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by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

I guess the aggregates describe different aspects of our experience. So you can notice any aspect of experience and classify it as empty/emptiness. Presumably this is similar to classifying aspects of experience as anicca, dukkha, anatta, etc. ...but if emptiness is empty then what could it contain...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2460

Re: Idealism

1/When I eat an apple, I get tons of feedback through all my senses, and they never, ever contradict. "Bugs in the Matrix" only happen in Hollywood movies. When feeling my teeth plunge into the apple, I hear it just when it happens, I feel a sour slightly sour taste which makes me realize that it w...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2460

Re: Idealism

When I drop a brick on my foot all I experience is mental. There is no evidence of an independent thing outside of hardness, pain etc. Whether one sticks to naive realism and with it to the dichotomy external/internal, or whether one tries to abandon it, either way, one is on the way to the looney ...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

If form is emptiness and feeling is emptiness and, fabrications are emptiness, and perception is emptiness and consciousness is emptiness....then.....why do the scriptures talk like these are different things?....how can you tell if you are contempating which one......it could get confusing.... cho...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

If form is emptiness and feeling is emptiness and, fabrications are emptiness, and perception is emptiness and consciousness is emptiness....then.....why do the scriptures talk like these are different things?....how can you tell if you are contempating which one......it could get confusing.... chow...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vision being restore after blinded means no contact
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Vision being restore after blinded means no contact

sentinel wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:09 am
It was said anuruddha that blinded restore his vision due to psychic , is it true ? How ?
It was said that I am a holy man.....do you believe it?
chownah
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding something someone has lost
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: Finding something someone has lost

I once found a one hundred dollar US bill on the floor of a store....I went to the lost and found and informed them that I had found a certain amount of money on the floor and if someone comes looking for it if they can describe it I will give it to them......here is my phone number so you can call ...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood and Abortion
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: Right Livelihood and Abortion

If you had to dissect the body of a person who was killed by someone would you think that you were somehow involved in that murder........seems to me to be the same situation.
chownah
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

The post is actually not just address to you, You started your post with "Hi chownah" which means that it actually is addressed to me. Perhaps you did not intend to address it to just me but in fact you have addressed it to me. So, since you addressed it to me I would like to tell you that I do not...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

Hi chownah, the above is 大般若波羅蜜多經 , varies from the heart sutra that you quoted; on “Form is not other than emptiness. Emptiness is not other than form”. The name for heart sutra is “ 般若波羅蜜多 心 經” From the heart sutra: Listen, Sariputra, (2-form is emptiness, emptiness is form). (1-Form is not other...
by chownah
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2460

Re: Idealism

In my view there is no evidence for matter and so Idealism seems to be the more logical position. Even with Nama-Rupa we can only experience the 4 great elements as perception. Is this compatible with the Dhamma? I think your post hints at something important but I don't think that the question you...
by chownah
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?
Replies: 60
Views: 1328

Re: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?

However, "synonym" does not mean "interchangeable", Some synoyms can be interchangeable in some contexts though. No need to insist that synonyms can not be interchangeable. If citta and mano or vinnana should be considered to belong in certain contexts but not in others then it would be good if som...
by chownah
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

Does the phrase 'form is emptiness' have any place in Theravada? I believe it's from the heart sutra which is a Mahayana suttra. Is emptiness different in different schools? Which one focuses more on emptiness? Does any Theravadin here believe that the Mahayana Suttras are the words of the Buddha? ...
by chownah
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 2745

Re: Form is emptiness

From the heart sutra: Listen, Sariputra, form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Form is not other than emptiness. Emptiness is not other than form. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. So, its not form that is "emptiness"....it is also feelings, perception...
by chownah
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?
Replies: 60
Views: 1328

Re: What is the difference between Citta and Vinnana?

Sure, you can view them as synonyms, but they seem to be used in different ways in the suttas, and understanding the how and why of those differences might be significant and useful terms of how you practice. Its not straightforward though. Sometimes different words mean the same thing in different...