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by Bundokji
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1746

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 Bundokji
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: To be or not to be
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: To be or not to be

SDC wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:24 am
I'm super tired and just yanked a deer tick from my chest, so I apologize if this is a bit hectic. :?
No worries SDC and thanks for taking the time to answer my question :anjali:

P.S: I hope you and the deer tick are doing fine :tongue:
by Bundokji
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 3131

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

The following essay by Ven Sujato might be relevant to the topic in hand

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/on ... gies/11836
by Bundokji
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: To be or not to be
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: To be or not to be

The way I see it, the Being that is craved for is on the level of the capability to possess choice - of having the responsibility of being that Being, of being the "you" that is found there in the world. Craving for the ownership of that capability "to be" is what provides the notion of choice, the...
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 1214

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

The only way to erode social conservatism will be with the complete breakup of the heterosexual family unit. As the late Tony Duvert said 'rage against the fascism of mothers'. As if humans are in need for more degeneracy! This what happens when non-violence serves as a justification for existence.
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The cause of suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: The cause of suffering

Thank you. The question is what's the source of that attachment? Aversion or desire? Or is all aversion grounded on desire? In the teachings on dependent origination, the root cause is described as "ignorance". The conditions necessary for attachments are: 1- To have feelings of pleasure and pain 2...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is self view?
Replies: 9
Views: 462

Re: What is self view?

kalyana.mitta wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:36 pm
Also, what can you practice to get rid of self-view?
In the context of the 4NT, the aim of the practice is to end suffering, not to get rid of self view. Therefore, the relevance of self view (and its intended meaning) is the role it plays in creating suffering.

All in my opinion.
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference of vinaya and secular law
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: Difference of vinaya and secular law

They are similar in the sense that they are binding to those who are within their respective domains. They are different in content though.
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 45
Views: 1729

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Is the notion "the good Dhamma will last 500 years only" belongs to the good dhamma? If it does, then the notion "the good dhamma will last 500 years only" would be wrong. If it does not, then the notion "the good dhamma will last 500 years only" would also be wrong. :popcorn: Can anyone see the abs...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

I think this kind of contradictions can be useful in revealing the nature of self deception. The suttas being mostly formed around a central figure (The Buddha) who is an archetype of wisdom, challenges the reader to find the underlying consistency amid many apparent contradictions. Ideally, this wo...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1407

Re: Arupa is mind only being

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:20 pm
Aren't there some Buddhist stories that Brahama comes and having discussion with Buddha?
Yes, which belongs to the rupa realm:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... #sahampati
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1407

Re: Arupa is mind only being

Those who attained arupa realms are described as "non-returners", so the primacy of rupa is out of question for them. According to this source , which you yourself quoted afterwards, about the 31 planes of existence, this statement is false. From where, then, do you come to your statement above? As...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1407

Re: Arupa is mind only being

Could you provide some texts says arupa as anagami ? The description i provided was meant to differentiate between Kamma loka and rupa loka where the idea of arupa is useful to differentiate between the two, not based on textual reference of what arupa means in the kamma loka. If you prefer textual...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1407

Re: Arupa is mind only being

My question is , without rupa how does the arupa being exists.? If mental could exists without particular organ , that seems not the Buddha taught . The terms "exist" implies localized phenomena in space and time, which is, by definition, implies the primacy of rupa (hence your point would be irrel...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1407

Re: Arupa is mind only being

The term "mind" has no meaning without some sort of sensory experience. Therefore, i think arupa means that experience is primarily mental, or not localized/bound by a particular organ/body. In contrast, rupa means that experience is primarily physical, so even if the mind/mental activity has the ab...