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by Alex123
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Core teaching of the Buddha
Replies: 71
Views: 3549

Re: Core teaching of the Buddha

The belief in something that is factual and true is quite different to the belief in something which is non-existent and false. America exists, Narnia does not. If rightly understood, the belief in rebirth in other realms of existence after death informs and motivates one's actions in this existenc...
by Alex123
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: self acceptance and weight issues Vs the Dhamma
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: self acceptance and weight issues Vs the Dhamma

anthbrown84 wrote:My question is, I really do want to fatten up a bit, just so I look more normal so to speak –
Don't fatten up. Exercise and eat more protein.
by Alex123
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?
Replies: 13
Views: 1399

Re: Establishing Mindfulness in Front?

In the suttas, when the Buddha gets ready for sitting meditation, he crosses his legs, erects the body, and establishes the mindfulness in front. Does this simply mean, having mindfulness established. Can somebody please explain the “in front” part。 I wonder if it could mean that one looks on the g...
by Alex123
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

You might want to note that in SN 12.17, the "oneself" is saya and "another" is para . It does not appear to be "by oneself" in the innocent sense of the reflexive pronoun attanā , but a fully-loaded Self view of an agent underlying the action. This much is obvious from the use of saya , plus the o...
by Alex123
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

Dear Bhante, The Buddha would have used different genres when teaching different audiences. So in the Jataka mode he would employ the narrative or cosmological genre, whereas in the Vibhanga (analytical) mode he would describe it in a phenomenological way. But wouldn't "Jataka genre" mislead people ...
by Alex123
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

So is teaching like: "That evil kamma was done by you yourself, and you yourself will experience its result." is extreme in the sense of being "eternalism/existence" ?
by Alex123
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

SarathW wrote:This is due to the method of delivery.
Buddha taught in two styles.
Conventional reality and ultimate reality.

But why didn't He say something like: "Ultimately there is no your kamma, but conventionally there is your kamma"?
by Alex123
Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

Hello dhammacoustic,

Good choice of quotes. Some suttas seem to say what other suttas deny.
by Alex123
Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Dependent Origination & Jataka & Kamma

Hello all, There are some suttas about dependent origination that seem to contradict Jataka stories and suttas that teach kamma between lives. Ex: "'The one who acts is the one who experiences [the result of the act]' amounts to the eternalist statement, 'Existing from the very beginning, stress is ...
by Alex123
Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the practices to remove/reduce sexual impulses?
Replies: 61
Views: 4353

Re: What are the practices to remove/reduce sexual impulses?

I came to the conclusion that I would be happier without any form of sexuality in my life. If I would have the choice to change this in a single second, I would be done with it. Sadly, this is not the way this happens. What are the practices to remove—or at least reduce—sexual impulses? Not clingin...
by Alex123
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the meaning of "Birth is ended"?
Replies: 131
Views: 6089

Re: What is the meaning of "Birth is ended"?

Not sure if anyone posted this quotation yet, but clearly, here we have a "psychological" explanation of birth. In Susima sutta, ven. Susima could see all links of Dependant Origination - yet he couldn't see literal rebirth or working of kamma ( he did not have first two tevijja ). There are also o...
by Alex123
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: impermanence, what does it mean and what is aware of it?
Replies: 33
Views: 1924

Re: impermanence, what does it mean and what is aware of it?

There is nothing obviously dukkha that trillions of mental & physical states arise every split second. But aging, pain, death.... That is a dukkha. There is. There are three kinds of suffering, suffering as pain (dukkha-dukkhatā), the suffering inherent in the formations (sankhāra- dukkhatā), the s...
by Alex123
Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: impermanence, what does it mean and what is aware of it?
Replies: 33
Views: 1924

Re: impermanence, what does it mean and what is aware of it?

Hello Michadelic, ...? There is a big difference between anicca ( inconstancy ) and khaṇika ( momentariness ). Earlier Suttas talk about anicca, never about khaṇika. Khaṇika isn't even part of canonical abhidhamma pitaka. Only commentaries explicitly teach this , and Buddha ( to my knowledge and acc...
by Alex123
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinnana Vs Vedana
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Vinnana Vs Vedana

lionking wrote: - Touching (Vedana) would be the sensory event.
- Cognition (Wiññāṇa) is the analysis of the sensory event. i.e. friendly touch vs someone pinched me etc.
That cognition appears to be "perception" saññā. So, what is the difference between viññāṇa & saññā ?
by Alex123
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinnana Vs Vedana
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Re: Vinnana Vs Vedana

Pali for vedanā & viññāṇa: What is the significant difference between: sukhampi vediyati dukkhampi vediyati adukkhamasukhampi vediyati. vs sukhantipi vijānāti, dukkhantipi vijānāti, adukkhamasukhantipi vijānāti. I guess for native pali speakers, living in 5th century BC, and for whom 5 khandha was p...
by Alex123
Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinnana Vs Vedana
Replies: 19
Views: 842

Vinnana Vs Vedana

Hello all, What is the difference: "And why do you call it 'feeling'? Because it feels, thus it is called 'feeling.' What does it feel? It feels pleasure , it feels pain , it feels neither-pleasure-nor-pain . SN22.79 One cognizes ' pleasure .' One cognizes ' pain .' One cognizes ' neither pleasure n...
by Alex123
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Adrenaline
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Adrenaline

Work smart, not hard.

Physical effort and meditation may be different kinds of "effort".

In any case, just make sure to use wisdom power rather than will power.
by Alex123
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 507
Views: 61292

Re: How common is stream entry?

Being a sotāpanna is rare thing nowadays. Dear Bhante, I wonder what this "rarity is". Being born as a human is very rare. Only 7 billion humans vs dozens of quadrillions of insects, for example. Also out of those 7 billion humans, how many are Buddhists? And out of those, how many are diligent, wi...
by Alex123
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can you attain enlightenment without experiencing all world desires?
Replies: 13
Views: 1328

Re: Can you attain enlightenment without experiencing all world desires?

Should one abandon food? Can one abandon food? Is Ananada suggesting that because the nun is now (supposedly) severely ill she can now practice abandonment of food, and die without suffering? Is it because of relying on food, to generate the energy to study Dhamma, she can now abandon food and atta...
by Alex123
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can you attain enlightenment without experiencing all world desires?
Replies: 13
Views: 1328

Re: Can you attain enlightenment without experiencing all world desires?

"You have to be somebody before you can be nobody" - Jack Engler Is that a Theravāda (or sutta) teaching? Considering that Dhamma runs contrary to the world ( which values craving and accumulations ), and that sex should be avoided as it is useless ( AN4.159 ). Unlike food, craving and conceit, sex...