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by pegembara
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?
Replies: 11
Views: 190

Re: How to be happy about other people's achievements, when you don't have it?

I was wondering how can you be happy for someone else when you don't have what he/she has, which is the hard bit? I'm not talking about any specific problem or personal experiences I'm having in life, I'm just asking generally. It's all down to comparing "self" with the "others". By co-opting(claim...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purpose of life is to be happy.
Replies: 68
Views: 903

Re: Purpose of life is to be happy.

Do you want happiness or do you want peace ie. freedom from want? And what is ignoble search? There is the case where a person, being subject himself to birth, seeks [ happiness in] what is likewise subject to birth. Being subject himself to aging... illness... death... sorrow... defilement, he seek...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Law of atraction and kamma
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: Law of atraction and kamma

A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment. "What sort of people live in the next town?" asked the stranger. "What were the people like where ...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there consciousness in Nirodha Samāpatti?
Replies: 81
Views: 1265

Re: Is there consciousness in Nirodha Samāpatti?

1. “Seeing with discernment, his fermentations were totally ended” How does one “see with discernment” if one has been hit in the head with a brick unconscious. 2. “He emerged mindfully” When does he become “mindful”? Is it the exact moment after the experience? Or is it the more obvious interpreta...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is there consciousness in Nirodha Samāpatti?
Replies: 81
Views: 1265

Re: Is there consciousness in Nirodha Samāpatti?

When you wake up from a dream you are no longer percepient of the dream-world-existence, you are percepient of the worldly existence. One perception arises as another perception ceases. When entering cessation, you are no longer percepient of worldly existence, you are percepient of its cessation ....
by pegembara
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is expanded ego better than the contracted ego?
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: Is expanded ego better than the contracted ego?

The point that includes is better than the point that excludes.
by pegembara
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Support of consciousness in Arupadhatu
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Support of consciousness in Arupadhatu

Clearly the mind can transcend the form dimension(rupadhatu). Then comes infinite space, infinite consciousness, nothingness. The next two states: dimension of neither perception nor non-perception and cessation of feeling & perception may well be where consciousness isn't even present until the min...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s More Enjoyable?
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: What’s More Enjoyable?

Instead of using (the loaded term for some) meditation, why not use mental cultivation(bhavana). Also whether one wants a temporary relief or a more permanent solution. And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to a pleasant abiding in the here & now? There i...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the view (Ditthi)? How it deffer from thoughts (Sankappa)
Replies: 26
Views: 635

Re: What is the view (Ditthi)? How it deffer from thoughts (Sankappa)

The question is why do people have views. Can't we live without views? There obviously are different understandings of 'view'. In the context of 'right view', 'view' is considered to be panna in Theravada. Then there are other non-Theravada teachings that teach "no view" which also includes 'right ...
by pegembara
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 1363

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

whynotme wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:02 am
........., which im not really interested in.
Fine by me.
by pegembara
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 1363

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

How can you be conscious of the unconscious? You cannot, it is contradictio in adjecto . So the unconscious is some useless term? No, it is the unconscious of the others. "You have a smudge on your robe, Venerable." "Oh, thank you, layman." So it is an aware question. Awareness of one’s self. Simil...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 1363

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

The question is can you be happy with any object? How long is that happiness going to last? Such a question is inappropriate because every object has its subject (that is happy/unhappy) and every subject has its (found) object, there is subject-object correlation. How so? When you/subject get a new...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I be happy without an external object?
Replies: 59
Views: 1363

Re: Can I be happy without an external object?

The question is can you be happy with any object?
How long is that happiness going to last?

Or can you be contented with the moment; rather than wishing for it to last(and not end) or for it to be otherwise(This too shall pass!).
by pegembara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: Clinging

Thanks, everyone, for your input. And thanks, Bhante, for your link to the encyclopedia article from Bhikkhu Analayo. Everyone apart from an arahant has some degree of clinging. One of the most fundamental being clinging to life or existence (bhava tanha). This struggle for survival, of course, lea...
by pegembara
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: Clinging

Let's say someone is starving... are they clinging when they think all the time about food? Everyone apart from an arahant has some degree of clinging. One of the most fundamental being clinging to life or existence (bhava tanha). This struggle for survival, of course, leads to mental suffering. Ro...