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by pegembara
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 79
Views: 1342

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

From another post: "Although I theoretically believe in Nibbana, I believe in this day and age it is not very possible because of lack of good teachers. The most one can hope for is to have a well-rounded idea of Dhamma, lead a Dhammic life, be a decent and good person." ============ What is your o...
by pegembara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Question about dependent origination

archaic wrote: My question however, is more philosophical. If everything arises from causes - everything is conditional - then would this not imply lack of free will? Yes. At Savatthi. "Monks, intention for forms is inconstant, changeable, alterable. Intention for sounds... Intention for smells... ...
by pegembara
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Question about dependent origination

To me, anatta is a characteristic of existence regardless one's opinion or clinging. In this discourse, the Buddha clearly point towards the no self doctrine based on impermanence. As in there being no permanent person. The realisation of anatta(seeing things as arising from causes and conditions o...
by pegembara
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Question about dependent origination

Free will implies that there is a person making all those choices. In the face of anatta, one could say that choices are being made which are driven by causes and conditions without a self behind them. Anatta is always a controversial topic... To my understanding anatta is not about if there is a s...
by pegembara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 22
Views: 842

Re: Question about dependent origination

My question however, is more philosophical. If everything arises from causes - everything is conditional - then would this not imply lack of free will? Free will implies that there is a person making all those choices. In the face of anatta, one could say that choices are being made which are drive...
by pegembara
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: You never die!
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: You never die!

I thought you never die because there was never a self to die in the first place. There are the birth process and death process. That which was born is not the same as that which dies. The jellyfish don't undergo the death process but what it was, say 70 years ago isn't the same as what it is now. I...
by pegembara
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Daily life, silent mind or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Daily life, silent mind or not?

When in "Rome", do as the locals do. Only be mindful that "Rome" isn't your true home. Be aware- not silent which is impossible when carrying out daily activities like driving. [2] "Furthermore, when walking, the monk discerns, 'I am walking.' When standing, he discerns, 'I am standing.' When sittin...
by pegembara
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 1398

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

A what if scenario. Some armed men come to your home asking if you have seen any refugees hiding nearby. You are indeed aware of their presence in the nearby jungle and you know what is going to happen if you answer truthfully. Which is worse? Telling a lie or speaking the truth. The 4th precept isn...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 1288

Re: Anger

Parents use pretend anger to teach their children how to behave since the power equation is clearly on their side. If the power equation is on the side of the parents, why use pretend anger to begin with? Err, because it works. The child learns better never to stick his fingers into power sockets o...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 50
Views: 1288

Re: Anger

Anger is rooted in fear. There is the fear of being taken advantage of, being bullied, of being humiliated or being viewed as weak. One who has no fear also has no anger. Parents use pretend anger to teach their children how to behave since the power equation is clearly on their side. For surely he ...
by pegembara
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 467

Re: There is nothing to do

What did the Buddha do between his awakening and his passing away? Surely not nothing.
As for those who are not yet awakened, there is even more to do!
by pegembara
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

So is the real issue here the contradiction between Life and Idea? Reality is but when ideas and expectations clash with it, problems are created. There is a saying: If you don’t have a problem… then don’t worry. If you have a problem, but you can’t do something about it….then don’t worry. If you h...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here
Replies: 29
Views: 1377

Re: I'm trying to attain some inner peace here

Try something less difficult like listening to sounds of nature, music or whatever. Anything that temporarily takes one out of one's thoughts. Do that until the mind gets used to the relaxed state just like the young Buddha used to do under a tree while his father was working in the field.
by pegembara
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: What is Nibbana?

In essence, then, the Middle Teaching[23] describes two processes: 1. Samudaya: the origination mode of the Dependent Origination cycle: ignorance => volitional impulses ... becoming => birth => aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair = the arising of suffering. 2. Nirodha: th...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: What is Nibbana?

I have heard that on one occasion Ven. Sariputta was staying near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Feeding Sanctuary. There he said to the monks, "This Unbinding is "pleasant", friends. This Unbinding is pleasant." When this was said, Ven. Udayin said to Ven. Sariputta, "But what is the...
by pegembara
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nibbana?
Replies: 14
Views: 476

Re: What is Nibbana?

There's the conditioned and there's the unconditioned and the realisation that they coexist. Form and emptiness. The conditioned includes all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes. touch, feelings, thoughts, impressions etc. They arise and pass. The unconditioned has been there all along but because on...
by pegembara
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 47763

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. Conditioned. And it is precisely because they are conditioned that there is the possibility of change for better or worse. Change isn't the problem. Ignorance is. The mistake is to think that one can control change in ...
by pegembara
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 47763

Re: Free Will

Perhaps one should inquire if one's intentions are conditioned or unconditioned. The answer given is that they are dependent on contact/phassa among other things. So is our pain entirely self inflicted or not? If not, how intention("will") has to be conditioned. "Whatever brahmans & contemplatives, ...
by pegembara
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happiness?
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Is all happiness dukkha, or only some forms of it? If the latter, how do we distinguish dukkha from nondukkha happin

Joy At Last To Know There Is No Happiness In The World - Ajahn Brahm Doesn't Ajahan Brahm teach people to find joy in meditation, specifically in the Jhanas? But here he is referring to something finer than that. It's great to be able to reflect on the Jhanas. First Jhana is so much less than you h...