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by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"
Replies: 174
Views: 8794

Re: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"

I have never seen Thanissaro Bhikkhu talking about "half self". How do you make up all these things? :) You talk about right view, but main point of right view is not to fall for some extreme view position like "self exists" and "self does not exist", but to see directly the arising and passing away...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"
Replies: 174
Views: 8794

Re: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "true selfers"

Well how about the eternal consciousness idea ? Is consciousness self ? Is consciousness permanent or impermanent ? On what does consciousness depend on ? What is the gratification, the danger and the escape in the case of consciousness ? But how is it related to Thanissaro Bhikkhu and "true selfer...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 474
Views: 36844

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Unfortunately, that is just one meaning out of many. There are many meanings and definitions; for example Upanishads have their own definitions of "Self" which are usually completely different from the above meaning.
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicikicchā and suttas that define it
Replies: 9
Views: 1186

Re: vicikicchā and suttas that define it

At MN 16, vicikiccha applies to Buddha, Dhamma (that includes any part of the teaching, the noble truths, the three characteristics etc. and also who speaks the truth or falsehood [SN 43.13 and AN 3.66]), Sangha, the training (sikkha). Can you give me the name of this sutta or perhaps a link if you...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicikicchā and suttas that define it
Replies: 9
Views: 1186

Re: vicikicchā and suttas that define it

Thanks everyone. The word itself literally means "the desire to discern". I like this meaning; this is encouraging as it fits my limited understanding: vicikicchā may not be "doubt" in the sense of "doubting the teachings, etc..." but it is doubt in the sense of "sense of not understanding". Such a ...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 474
Views: 36844

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Alternatives to the Ananda sutta? Not alternative to Ananda sutta. But an alternative meaning of the word "self" used in "Ananda sutta". The whole confusion regarding "self" and "no self" arises because of spectrum of meaning of this single word. In the context of Ananda sutta "self" has its specif...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 474
Views: 36844

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

self, would be conforming with eternalism There is a version of "Self" which is not eternalism. no self, would be conforming with annihilationism There is a version of "No self" which is not annihilationism. all phenomena are not-self True. But in my opinion practice based on "no self" (without wro...
by SamKR
Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicikicchā and suttas that define it
Replies: 9
Views: 1186

vicikicchā and suttas that define it

What is the meaning of vicikicchā in Sutta Pitaka? Which suttas define it?
:anjali:
by SamKR
Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???
Replies: 73
Views: 3045

Re: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???

Twilight wrote:...understanding dependent origination ...
How to understand dependent origination? What is dependent origination really?
(seems like everyone has his own pet interpretation; I have my own.)
by SamKR
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???
Replies: 73
Views: 3045

Re: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???

So what is this unique thing that he done on that night of his enlightenment ? What could it possibly be ? It is not the case that he did something to achieve enlightenment. Rather, " Vision arose, insight arose, discernment arose, knowledge arose, illumination arose within me with regard to things...
by SamKR
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant with greed and aversion
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: Arahant with greed and aversion

Could you give me the sutta refference that says the from time to time the arahant changes his perception to balance his greed/aversion, he changes it to perceive the beutifull in the ugly eg According to mainstream Theravada an Arahant does not have any greed/aversion (and he has no illusion of "I...
by SamKR
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha

As I understand the meaning, āram­bha in this sutta means to endeavor/strive to acquire something desired or to keep something cherished. It refers to the efforts (mental and physical) involved in obtaining and keeping the objects of desire. I understand the cessation of āram­bha to mean that there...
by SamKR
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha

Thank you Buddha Vacana and katavedi. It is funny, when I created the original post yesterday I totally missed to realize that āram­bha (Devanagari: आरम्भ) is a very common word in my own native language (Nepali) and Hindi where it means "initiation" or "beginning". I believe it has the same or simi...
by SamKR
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta & Meaning of āram­bha

In Dvaya­tānu­passa­nā­sutta there is the following part: ‘Siyā aññenapi … pe … kathañca siyā? Yaṃ kiñci dukkhaṃ sambhoti sabbaṃ āram­bha ­pac­ca­yāti, ayame­kānupas­sanā. Ārambhānaṃ tveva asesa­virāga­nirodhā natthi dukkhassa sambhavoti, ayaṃ dutiyā­nu­passanā. Evaṃ sammā … pe … athāparaṃ etadavoca...
by SamKR
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The case against Reality
Replies: 42
Views: 2524

Re: The case against Reality

Much of confusion arises by not clearly defining or understanding "real". What is real? And what is reality? What do "exists" and "does not exist" mean? Is anything that is perceived and/or conceived to be arising, staying and then ceasing real and/or existing? Unless the participants of a discussio...