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by Dinsdale
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?
Replies: 22
Views: 382

Re: Is Dependent Origination about Nama,Rupa or Nama-Rupa?

One can't talk about namarupa in dependent origination until you are able to define correctly what it means . Here is the nidana "definition" of nama-rupa from SN12.2: "And what is name-&-form? Feeling, perception, intention, contact, & attention: This is called name. The four great elements, and t...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Have you read Buddhadasa's essay on the two ways of interpretation? One is people language, the other is dhamma language. The difference in interpretation according to him lies in the difference between these two ways of speaking. I have, but didn't find him convincing on this point - he just makes...
by Dinsdale
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

One thing is as Dinsdale said . How is it possible to explain dependent origination when everyone has different understanding and interpretation such as sankhara , consciousness , namarupa etc etc and express and present it ? Indeed, and as I observed, most DO suttas don't actually describe a mutua...
by Dinsdale
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

retrofuturist wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am
In cessation mode, it explains that when that ignorant misunderstanding ceases, "origination" based upon it ceases too.
DO in cessation mode also means the cessation of physical birth, aging and death. That is problematic for some interpretations.
by Dinsdale
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Basically, because of ignorance, we fabricate dhammas. There is consciousness of that which is fabricated, and this dhamma is garnished with name-and-form, and consciousness grasps the name-and-form, and so on... I see three obvious problems with this interpretation: 1. Most DO suttas don't describ...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

With all due respect to Sarath, the problems arise because he takes commentarial Abhidhamma notions (such as that of rupa as "materiality", and nama as "mentality") and tries to super-impose them over the suttas, where rupa actually means "form", and "nama" is as described as being exclusive of vin...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:45 pm
Are emptiness and Anatta the same?
It's really a matter of scope, for example the Heart Sutra starts with the emptiness of the five aggregates ( anatta ), and then broadens the application to include other phenomena.
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1281

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:59 am
Nama-rupa & vinnana are the exception to this rule, for they are actually co-dependent upon one another for its arising... hence the simile.
But not in all DO suttas, eg here: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
by Dinsdale
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).
Replies: 112
Views: 1887

Re: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).

What you have to prove is that it does so without cessation of perception and feeling... because you are saying that it is not necessary but i have equated it to the attainment of the Deathless in which development of perception of impermanence cultivates. Are you talking about cessation of percept...
by Dinsdale
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).
Replies: 112
Views: 1887

Re: How to understand AN 9.34 (my explanation).

3. Therefore, when non-Aryians read AN 9.34, because a non-Aryian has not tasted the freedom of Nibbana, they might believe Nibbana is the Cessation of Perception & Feeling (which is a state of unconsciousness ; compared to a corpse in MN 43 ). MN43 also describes a monk emerging from the attainmen...
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 523

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

Zom wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Everything else is minor details and not really important.
I'm not sure I agree, since with DO it seems that the devil is in the detail. :thinking:
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 523

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:02 am
Since we can't change nama rupa, salayatana, phassa, or even vedana, we look at tanha, because it is where we can regain control.
So how do you understand DO in cessation mode, when presumably all these nidanas cease?
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 540

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:43 pm
I did not pay much attention to it at the beginning, but maybe it is worth a deeper contemplation. When we talk about attachments and desires, we seem to refer more to the heart than the mind.
And there is clearly a close connection between what we are thinking and what we are feeling.
by Dinsdale
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How consciousness be infinite if it is dependently originated?
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: How consciousness be infinite if it is dependently originated?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:19 am
I am talking about Vinnānañcāyatana.
In the suttas I understand it to be a meditative experience ( arupa jhana ), rather than an ontological reality. Some Mahayana schools might have a different view. ;)
by Dinsdale
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Dhammawheel is not growing - because it has zero SEO
Replies: 61
Views: 1430

Re: Dhammawheel is not growing - because it has zero SEO

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Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 am
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