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by chownah
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 184
Views: 4591

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

pulsar,
I see that I put the wrong link into my previous post....I am trying to get it fixed.
Sorry,
chownah
p.s. I'll respond to your post later.
chownah
by chownah
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 50
Views: 599

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

cappuccino wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:29 am
consciousness is conditioned, it can be unconditioned
No it can't!!
by chownah
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 157
Views: 19565

Re: Theosophy

There is an offshoot of Blavatsky's theosophy........... It is called the Perennial Philosophy.
I think this is a misrepresentation.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 50
Views: 599

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

cappuccino wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:32 am
chownah wrote: Consciouness is a fabrication....all fabrications are impermanent...so consciousness itself is impermanent.
sheer nonsense
I take refuge in the buddha, sheer nonsense, and the sangha?
chownah
by chownah
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha never state which part of us is mind sense base ?
Replies: 46
Views: 667

Re: Why Buddha never state which part of us is mind sense base ?

Unfortunately I don't know what is the mind base , so I am not conceiving something as mind base . Didn't the Buddha taught six sense base vs six sense object ? Mind is the number six as Buddha conceived it btw . When you said contact or phassa in the above , was it similar to what the Buddha taugh...
by chownah
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 50
Views: 599

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

cappuccino wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:48 pm
the impermanence of consciousness is change

consciousness itself isn't impermanent
Consciouness is a fabrication....all fabrications are impermanent...so consciousness itself is impermanent.
chownah
by chownah
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 184
Views: 4591

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Dear Chownah. I wanted to add this note, it may seem irrelevant in relation to the four rupa jhanas, but it is very much so, on further examination. There is seeming overlap in the Buddha's teaching and teachings of other sects, but the one place it differs radically is in the attitude to notion of...
by chownah
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha never state which part of us is mind sense base ?
Replies: 46
Views: 667

Re: Why Buddha never state which part of us is mind sense base ?

Some people have said that the buddha associated the mind with the heart but I haven't seen the sutta which supports this view.....I think that usually people associate the mind with the brain and I'm pretty sure that there is not sutta which support this because I think that the brain was not widel...
by chownah
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 50
Views: 599

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

I think I remember that the buddha said that it is called consciousness because it cognizes...I guess this means that the nature of consciousness is to cognize.....I think in the same sutta it says that consciousness is conjoined with some other stuff but maybe I'm wrong....if I get some time maybe ...
by chownah
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 184
Views: 4591

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Dear Chownah, the sequence of events in MN 36 reads like this, ...... ...... and the sutta continues with the remaining description ... According to the sutta 2nd, 3rd, 4th jhanas followed on the heels of the first jhana. :candle: I appreciate the effort to bring the excerpts and present your discu...
by chownah
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 17900

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Only a mathematically correct model can describe some kind of reality People describe "some kind of reality" and sometimes they use mathematical tools to make that description. The way they do it is to show how their mathematics predicted something which was then shown to actually happen. Your math...
by chownah
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 95
Views: 1231

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Hedonism avoids suffering? I doubt it. Perhaps a temporary postponement.
chownah
by chownah
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 95
Views: 1231

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

I remember encountering a story about some of Ajahn Chah's disciples losing faith when he got sick. Possibly, in their mind, they saw a man who dedicated his life to ending suffering and is unable to control his own defecation. One can't help but to raise questions about the cause of their disappoi...
by chownah
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 184
Views: 4591

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Chownah wrote I think this sutta does not say when the buddha first attained jhanas two through four but it certainly says that the buddha attained first jhana as a child.....well before he approached his teachers. Dear Chownah: The sutta refers to the four Rupa jhanas, and the events critical to h...
by chownah
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 95
Views: 1231

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Maybe some kind of "higher truth" can be found here: SN 35.75 PTS: S iv 47 CDB ii 1159 Gilana Sutta: Ill (2) https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.075.than.html "I understand that the Blessed One has not taught the Dhamma with purity of virtue as its goal." "If you understand that I ...