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by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

It might be MN 101 Devadaha Sutta: At Devadaha https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.101.than.html#fnt-2 ...and perhaps you are refering to the part near the end called "The Three Knowledges ". chownah Not this one. I came across it by coincidence after we had the discussion about the natu...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

Who equated meditative attainments with nibbana? I think both of us didn't. I was referring to why awareness might appear as the goal. Sometimes when meditating, one can experience the mind as working by itself. Sometimes the mediator can experience temporary memory loss. If these kind of experienc...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

Can a practitioner be satisfied with nibbana? Can a worldly practitioner be satisfied with any simile or verbal indication of nibbana? Maybe there are those who can and those who can't. And one who reaches nibbana, can that one be satisfied with the nibbana he has reached? It reads ... For him — th...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

Bundokji, In another thread you were asking why the buddha chose to teach the end of suffering and I was adamant that the buddha did not make a choice but that he had from the very beginning been searching for the end of suffering and I also was adamant that there was no sutta refernce which even i...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

I wouldn't agree. If the goal is nibbana then the goal can't be understanding of this or that. Exactly because one might think it's an understanding one might come to think it's awareness that has that understanding. Awareness can be even signless and but signless awareness still isn't nibbana but ...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Awareness as the goal
Replies: 212
Views: 4003

Re: Awareness as the goal

The goal is a flawless understanding of the four noble truths, both in letter and spirit. How can this be reduced to "awareness"?
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1087

Re: Theories are useless

So what good is a theory when it has no impact on your life? :anjali: A theory is beneficial because it has an explanatory power of how nature behaves under certain conditions. Being independent of whatever the theory is trying to explain, it does not change the behavior of nature, but simply expla...
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 34
Views: 1335

Re: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice

The following article by Ven. Bodhi can be relevant:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... ay_32.html
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 34
Views: 1335

Re: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice

In terms of Buddhist practice, three of the four "divine messengers" seem to be gender neutral. The only one that can be gender sensitive, especially during the Buddha's age rather than our modern era is the wandering ascetic (especially if interpreted literally). If all are interpreted in the langu...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not-Self Alternate Meaning and/or Translation
Replies: 12
Views: 740

Re: Not-Self Alternate Meaning and/or Translation

From my current understanding, it seems to mean that you cannot 'possess' yourself. Which means that most things that happen to you (internally and externally through your senses) are basically automatic, fleeting, unsatisfying and never-ending. Not self can also mean: the self is dependent on asso...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 916

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

I think Buddhism teaches skillful use of views through understanding kamma and how views based on greed, hatred and delusion will only lead to suffering. As constructs, worldly views (including political ones) can be right or wrong based on the conditions, context, premises and assumptions used in c...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2124

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

The manifestations of climate change is different from one country to another. In some countries it can mean drought, in another country it could mean floods ...etc, while poverty seem to have the same meaning regardless of the country. Same thing can be said about sickness, old age and death. So, i...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2124

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

I'm still not clear what exactly your objection is. Would you object to a monastic talking about other difficult aspects of life, such as hunger, wars, violence and so on, and giving advice on how to live one's life in the face of such difficulties? Or is it simply that you disagree with Bhikkhu An...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2124

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Sila is the foundation for Samadhi and Panna. Buddha did not teach Sila to save the world from climate change. However, if every person observes Sila as taught by Buddha the climate will improve, hopefully, even if Buddha did not intend it. Personally i give monks the benefit of the doubt. And yet,...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2124

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

I think it would depend on how to view sila in Buddhism. In my view, the Buddha taught morality, but did not teach a moral system . To answer questions about modern social, political and moral issues, sila has to be presented as a moral system in which inferences can be made. In order to present sil...