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by Gaoxing
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

tiltbillings wrote:
Gaoxing wrote: It's best to just take the damn shoe off because no matter where you tread it sticks and strings.
The problem is you cannot simply take off your shoe.
:cry: :clap:
by Gaoxing
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

danieLion wrote:In which sutta(s) does the Buddha teach that there is no self?
Parivatta Sutta
Paticca-samuppada-vibhanga Sutta
Maha-nidana Sutta

Have you read the Abhidamma?
by Gaoxing
Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is marriage a path to Nibbana?
Replies: 53
Views: 7354

Re: Is marriage a path to Nibbana?

I just realized that there are two questions, which are actually quite different. 1) Is marriage a path to Nibbana? (understood: is it possible to attain Nibbana while being married) - Yes. 2) Is marriage a VEHICLE to Nibbana? - No. Performing one's duties in the context of marriage can be part of ...
by Gaoxing
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

And your point is? Like I already said: Having a view about "who I really am" is a recipe for the strenghtening of the hindrances. Then you did not make your point very clear in the above msg. Also, until you reach into the ariya levels, you are going to have a view about "who you really are" wheth...
by Gaoxing
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

It's not about assumptions.....You can't generalize matters in that way. I agree - that's really the point I was making. Bad thoughts? Sometimes the question do arise; " Why are the suttas so unsophisticated?" Maybe the circumstances at the time did not allow for lengthy discussions due to a lack o...
by Gaoxing
Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is marriage a path to Nibbana?
Replies: 53
Views: 7354

Re: Is marriage a path to Nibbana?

" but with sexuality there is absolutely no skilful way it can be used for the goal of the holy life." Page 59: http://www.urbandharma.org/pdf1/wh155AnguttaraNikaya1.pdf ;) Part of the mind wants to agree but another not. Do you think brushing another persons teeth has the same problem? Ok, the rea...
by Gaoxing
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Binoc wrote:Having a view about "who I really am" is a recipe for the strenghtening of the hindrances.
Correct but it differs from person to person and where they are on the path.
by Gaoxing
Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

If the audience have the mind of seeing only the two extremes to which one could answer no there is no self or to the other that yes there is a self would be disastrous. But this seems to assume that Indian thought at the Buddha's time was unsophisticated, and that his audience couldn't have coped ...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Actually the Buddha’s methods of refusing to speak about no-self or self are simple when considering the audience. Speaking to either extremes and answering both would be fatal to the minds of those who are either rooted in eternalism (the atta teachings in the time of the Buddha) or annihilation (t...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

danieLion wrote:Gaoxing,
I'm confused by your syntax. Please rephrase.
Kindly,
dL
What part confuses you? I'll try if you can tell me where.

Having read my own bit again I believe I might have talked rubbish. I'll rephrase if you tell me where. please.
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Reading a number of posts back it seems the general consensus that it's possible to move from an initial not-self view to the ultimate no-self view. It makes sense that a dishonest denial of an ever present self, if such an illusion persists, could lead to all kinds of problems like dishonesty. It ...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 32999

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Reading a number of posts back it seems the general consensus is hat it's possible to move from an initial not-self view to the ultimate no-self view. It makes sense that a dishonest denial of an ever present self, if such an illusion persists, could lead to all kinds of problems like dishonesty. It...
by Gaoxing
Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aggregates v. clinging aggregates
Replies: 101
Views: 10954

Re: Aggregates v. clinging aggregates

A different perspective; In semi-darkness a rope is mistaken as a snake but the displeasure is the same. Once in the light, the rope is identified and calmness returns. The illusion of the snake was a real experience to the mind and body but yet not true. So does the illusion of a 'Self' cause suffe...
by Gaoxing
Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

Hanzze wrote:Well, I guess we are all here for awakening, somethimes a pinguine helps, sometimes not. Who like to continue to sleep if not an atta?
Atta= :zzz:
Anatta= :hello:
by Gaoxing
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

Sounds like a lot of Atta.

:zzz:
by Gaoxing
Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aggregates v. clinging aggregates
Replies: 101
Views: 10954

Re: Aggregates v. clinging aggregates

us as non-Arahants
Hmmmmm! Non-Buddhist? Thing? Name? Form?

Metta?
Empty-Process?
by Gaoxing
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

Annapurna wrote:I don't understand. Could you please explain how Vipassana gets my customers served and my bank account filled?

Thank you.
Sure you don't understand. Do you even know the meaning of the word? Sorry for going over your head with that one but we are trying to discuss Buddhism.
by Gaoxing
Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

How would all this get done, if they wouldn't get up...?
How would not ordained people get their income...?
Who would feed the monks, if they didn't get up?
With a touch of some old Vipassana. As easy as that. :clap:
by Gaoxing
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

Sorry the post went through twice. Please see above.
by Gaoxing
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: Why getting up in the mornig? What for?

I have read books (i.e. their talks) by Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. I like a lot of what is being said there. I am looking for some feedback on one question. Let's assume a certain level of awareness is being established. It allows to be liberated (or at least get an idea of it). What I have not ...