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by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 3352

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

I think it is more like driving. No matter how many books someone who has never drive before has read, he will not understand the true experience of driving, the initial fear, the coordination, the dimension of the car, etc. From reading the books someone can make an imagination of what driving fee...
by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 3352

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Or in other words, the understanding of language might not fully describe the meaning of the teachings of the Buddha. What is written in the texts should only be taken as instructions to practice. From practice, true understanding will grow. Learning -> practice -> understanding. Don't expect to un...
by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 6450

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Thinking about this further, it might be ok to use the word illusion when describing the world if we accept that the Buddha said that perceptions are like a mirage. Perhaps it’s possible to claim that perceptions and the world are illusions without slipping into the metaphysics of non-existence? Th...
by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 6450

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

The central issue around all this is what we mean by “exists” and what did the Buddha mean by the word? Did he mean, actually exists (and so made a metaphysical claim about the world) or did he mean “exists” as a convention? I don't see any issue in understanding it. And what do the astute agree on...
by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 6450

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Rather than illusion it is misinterpretation. Illusion is something that does not exist but seems to be exist. Misinterpretation is wrongly understanding the nature of things. The best example is this Just as, with an assemblage of parts, The word 'chariot' is used, So, when the aggregates are prese...
by char101
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo
Replies: 20
Views: 2550

Re: Recollection of death - a guided meditation by Ven. Anālayo

The recollection of death is used to promote a sense of urgency (samvega) and are often used alongside metta meditation as an opening recollection before practicing other type of meditation (e.g. anapanasati). How to practice maranussati in the Visuddhi Magga 4. One who wants to develop this should ...
by char101
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?
Replies: 14
Views: 11222

Re: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?

Memory from previous life is supressed by the process of birth via womb. Beings who are born spontaneously retains their memory of their past lives. One such example can bee seen in the case of the hungry ghosts: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by char101
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Is the contact meaning physical contact?
Replies: 1
Views: 8475

Re: s the contact meaning physical contact?

Contact creates feeling, feeling creates attachment, that attachment is what leads to the view of I or my self. Imagine a person come into an inhabited land, this is contact. Then he build a house and he find pleasure in it, this is feeling. The longer he lives in the house, the more attached he is ...
by char101
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.
Replies: 3
Views: 848

Re: Sila is the first and last step on the path to enlightenment.

For all coming to follow the Buddha the most important practice to establish in oneself is that of sila. It is vipassana, why? Because vipassana is what brings enlightment. But vipassana cannot be developed without proper concentration. And concentration cannot be developed without proper morality....
by char101
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 19
Views: 3423

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

I wonder why the Buddha would taught such not important thing and which is a barrier, even repeatedly mentioning it in the suttas.
by char101
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 2627

Re: Really Confused...!

You will get over it. I used to read the tipitaka translation from the pali text society (my vihara had an almost complete collection), and the first time I read Mahayana sutras I just cant believe that it is expounded by the same person (or the same Buddha). The style and meaning is just too diffe...
by char101
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 2627

Re: Really Confused...!

You will get over it. I used to read the tipitaka translation from the pali text society (my vihara had an almost complete collection), and the first time I read Mahayana sutras I just cant believe that it is expounded by the same person (or the same Buddha). The style and meaning is just too differ...
by char101
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 3352

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

The sutta texts also tell us citta is an object of consciousness rather than consciousness. I don't usually express my opinion is emoticon but when I do :shrug: I think beyond using your own interpretation of the sutta you also need to consider common opinion, at least from respectable teachers. In...
by char101
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 3352

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

This sentence from the next paragraph in the book is also interesting This concern is highly important for the reader to be aware of, in that it will enable him to remember that whatever it is that he will read anywhere about the Buddha's teachings, lies somewhere across the spectrum which extends f...
by char101
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 3352

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Spk: One “fully understands what can be expressed” by way of the three kinds of full understanding: (i) by full understanding of the known (ñātapariññā) ... (ii) by full understanding by scrutinization (tīraṇapariññā) ...(iii) by full understanding as abandonment (pahānapariññā) One should not over...