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by pegembara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging
Replies: 30
Views: 1061

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: 1061

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...
by pegembara
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: About the Pain Body
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: About the Pain Body

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by pegembara
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: About the Pain Body
Replies: 8
Views: 594

Re: About the Pain Body

The physical body isn't yours. The 'pain body' isn't yours either. Interestingly the mind made body can also influence the physical one. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-the-mill person might grow disenchanted with this body composed of the four great elements, might grow dispassionate toward it, migh...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: vipasanna for 6 sense base
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: vipasanna for 6 sense base

I remember I would sometimes go visit Ajahn Sumedho in his room. On the wall he had a picture of an old man sitting inside his little cottage on a rainy day, sitting just inside the window, looking out, and in his hand he held a cup of coffee. And I remember Ajahn Sumedho saying, for him this was t...
by pegembara
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: incline the mind to deathless? what?
Replies: 51
Views: 1079

Re: incline the mind to deathless? what?

so what is incline the mind to deathless, what one cognize? how to understand? It is the same as turning away from the conditioned or sankhara. A laying down of the burden of the five aggregates partially at first before the final nibbana. The Buddha then spoke of ways to dissolve the fetters throu...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?
Replies: 60
Views: 1279

Re: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?

This includes And if I — being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is no self — were to answer that there is no self, the bewildered Vacchagotta would become even more bewildered: 'Does the self I used to have now not exist?' that sutta is difficult to understand very difficult Indeed. So is...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?
Replies: 60
Views: 1279

Re: Is Nirvana a suicide in the good sense of the word?

It's the total loss/cessation of being or self-identity. All are regarded in this manner:'This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.' These two Nibbāna-elements were made known By the Seeing One, stable and unattached: One is the element seen here and now With residue, but with the cord o...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 636
Views: 17915

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

To that end, I present a quote from the Buddha's words: "Monks, how is a person practising for their own benefit as well as for the benefit of others? Here, monks, a person refrains from killing living beings themselves, and also encourages others to refrain from killing living beings." -AN 4.99 [/...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 636
Views: 17915

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

For householders it’s really an individual thing. Personally I’m trying to become less political and less involved in the world, as an aid to practice. Not really. For householders, there is a duty towards the society at large like choosing the right leaders in a democracy ie. live in a suitable lo...
by pegembara
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 636
Views: 17915

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

One cannot remove good governance and social justice from Buddhist practice. They are interdependent at least for the lay Buddhists. The problems are not the "other people's". I liked what the Pope did ... provide moral support in the struggle for social justice. ‘“But what, sire, is the duty of an ...
by pegembara
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 83
Views: 2521

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

The well-instructed disciple realises that the citta isn't the same as the incoming defilements and is able to separate the two. So the citta is the self then. No (You are not that either!). That realisation comes later. Nevertheless, it is a useful resting place for the moment. But without the abi...
by pegembara
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 83
Views: 2521

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

what got me confused was that some explanations about citta is that it is something "Supreme", "Pure", "Radiant" .. so there is no logic to "develop" .. what we have to do is reach that state .. by your explanation, I understood that we must develop our mind (citta) to perceive and reach this state...
by pegembara
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such thing in dhamma?
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Is there such thing in dhamma?

The greater the attachment to pleasure, the greater the dukkha. Why do you think children cry when they have to leave Disneyland when they were apparently having a great time at first? Pleasure may well be dukkha in disguise. It's just that when the man was a leper covered with sores and infections,...
by pegembara
Fri May 29, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is ended
Replies: 29
Views: 1038

Re: Rebirth is ended

hence annihilation in contrast to existence With regards to final nibbana: True, if you believe in existence and therefore by convention. The same event viewed through different lenses. Bhavatanha : 'craving for (eternal) existence' https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/bhavatanha What? Do you assum...