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by Bundokji
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Two Truths
Replies: 17
Views: 2622

Re: The Two Truths

I think the word "truth" itself is a convention to begin with. The interdependence between nama and rupa constructed a consciousness of which fabrications/conditions appear to meet and create a whole dependent on a vantage point. The ultimate is an act of reduction that assumes a beginning hence no ...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

The lust (raga) of the boy is an unwholesome citta or cetasika. It is his cetana to act with lust ( and moha) which created the kamma which resulted a vipaka ( result). Negativebkamma vipaka acts with minds filled with klesha. If one cleans the mind by Niklesha thoughts then the past kamma vipaka c...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

The training in morality is a foundation for the training in concentration. In the conditioned realm of existence, taking responsibility implies knowingly assuming a choice, not as a blind belief. The fact that you can think of it in terms of vipaka is what makes taking ownership of actions a whole...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

The Buddha advised individuals to think in terms of kamma, not vipaka. What does it matter if you think of kamma, while the other person doesn't do so? You're thereby making yourself a sitting duck. The training in morality is a foundation for the training in concentration. In the conditioned realm...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

Upajjhatthana Sutta: "A disciple of the noble ones considers this: 'I am not the only one who is owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator; who — whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir. To the ...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

justindesilva wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:51 am The story about rape of uppalawanna indicates that rapists undergo kamma vipaka.
ًًWhat if the boyfriend let her go after ordination, would that also be kamma vipaka? and if so, then what is the point of calling it kamma vipaka?
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Revenge
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Revenge

I would add that the Buddha's teachings on Kamma and Vipaka can be understood through his teachings on DO, not determinism nor free will. The teachings on DO is akin to self knowledge, which is rooted in ignorance and does not lead to release. It helps us see how certain conclusions are dependent on...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Revenge
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Revenge

When the Buddha insulted Devadatta, the later sought revenge. There is also the story of Aṅgulimāla whom the results of his past actions ripened after he attained release. In the following Dhammapada verse, retaliation is presented as a "possibility" for harsh speech: Speak not harshly to anyone, fo...
by Bundokji
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination and sleeping
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Dependent origination and sleeping

I'm pointing out the limits of the way this topic was conceived. Maybe my lack of understanding your point because i can't relate it the context being presented. The idea that different words can mean different things to different people remains a possibility applicable to every act of communicatio...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

Certain understandings of Kamma Vipaka seem to be closer to Hammurabi's Code and judo-christian mindset than the Buddha's teachings. It can be quite appealing to those with a strong sense of justice.
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination and sleeping
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Dependent origination and sleeping

And who said that experience has to be free of generalization. The issue of generalization is often raised when it causes a distortion of meaning or leads to wrong conclusions. Unless our experience shares many similarities, there wont be differences to be accounted for to begin with. And yet diffe...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination and sleeping
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Dependent origination and sleeping

"We", in this context, is our ability to communicate or think through language, which involves absence. For example, if you and i were having a coffee and you spoke about your mother, who was not sitting with us (physically absent), to what extent this ability to communicate at a certain time and s...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination and sleeping
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Dependent origination and sleeping

Obviously there is no one correct way of approaching this, but i was thinking more in the line of the relationship between sleeping and the idea of non-existence. The role it plays in objectifying our experience including our sense of time, and the ideas we hold about death, what is temporary and w...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination and sleeping
Replies: 26
Views: 2147

Re: Dependent origination and sleeping

The issue of lucid dreaming is interesting. As form indicated in a previous post, dreams is covered excessively in both western psychology and eastern philosophy. I am more interested in sleeping and its relation to how we conceive or comprehend "absence", or linking it more directly to DO as per j...
by Bundokji
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7235

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

Exactly. This degree of specificity falls well under the umbrella of the four unthinkables/inconjecturables. That the precise workings of kamma are inaccessible (AN 4.77), helps in understanding why trying to figure out such a specific issue like this is a fruitless endeavor. There are dozens and d...