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by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Has anyone here mastered any of the jhanas?
Replies: 141
Views: 2539

Re: Has anyone here mastered any of the jhanas?

Greetings,

This topic is now closed, and replaced by the newly created...

Let's help each other develop jhanas (take two!)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban heretics
Replies: 90
Views: 3262

Re: ban heretics

Greetings Budo, Greetings Budo, There's some upcoming tweaks to the Terms of Service (coming probably within the next 24 hours) which should empower moderators to help cut down on such derailment. The kinds of behaviours you described have been observed and will be addressed more tightly in the futu...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Change to Tos2c / New ToS2i
Replies: 0
Views: 557

Change to Tos2c / New ToS2i

Greetings, Effective immediately, we are making some modifications to the Terms of Service. These are not radical changes, but they are changes in emphasis in order to clarify expectations upon members, so it would be appreciated if you would take the time to digest the following. Firstly, we are ch...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: ban heretics
Replies: 90
Views: 3262

Re: ban heretics

Greetings Budo, There's some upcoming tweaks to the Terms of Service (coming probably within the next 24 hours) which should empower moderators to help cut down on such derailment. The kinds of behaviours you described have been observed and will be addressed more tightly in the future. Metta, Paul....
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Mike, Dependent origination explains an ignorant mis-understanding of emptiness, and its consequences. Hi retro, would you mind explaining in detail the meaning of this brief passage? OK, can do now, but will have to be brief, and done holding an occasionally grizzly baby with one arm. :) ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Mike,

Next time I am at a PC, I will... because I want to source some quotes - definitely from Nanavira, but possibly others too.

If I happen to forget, don't hesitate to remind me.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:43 am
Cultivating impermanence is the practice.
How do you "cultivate impermanence" when all fabricated dhammas are impermanent anyway, with or without your practice?

:shrug:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath, How is it possible to explain dependent origination Why did Buddha teach Dependent Origination? What is the purpose? ( Same answer as above... ) Dependent origination explains an ignorant mis-understanding of emptiness, and its consequences. In cessation mode, it explains that when...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Facebook page for ReadingFaithfully.org
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: New Facebook page for ReadingFaithfully.org

Greetings bhante,

Followed!

All the best.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings, I wish it were so, Paul, but this is not what the Buddha really meant by 'seeing things the way they are'. Intellectually, I can speak about certain things and use logic up to a certain point so we can have a conversation. But the change that takes place in one's body with the realization...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Saengnapha, The whole process of name and form is tied to conditioned perception. Any analysis must be conditioned, too, as it uses the same tools, perception, memory, cognition, and all are interpretive. I truly doubt that any intellectual sharpening can result in 'seeing things the way t...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings, Dependent Origination and the emptiness is the same as far as I am concern. Reverse Dependent Origination is necessary for the understanding of cessation. Dependent origination explains an ignorant mis-understanding of emptiness, and its consequences. In cessation mode, it explains that w...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Saengnapha, Perhaps you could explain to me that if emptiness is really understood, and all dhammas are devoid of essence and necessarily devoid of self, why would one turn to an analysis of paticcasamupadda as a practice? In terms of understanding what's going on in paticcasamuppada, you ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath,
SarathW wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:19 am
It appears to me emptiness is something more than not self.
In a sense you are correct.

All dhammas are devoid, or empty, of essence. (See here for what I mean by essence.)

Being devoid of essence, they are necessarily devoid of any self.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bundles of reeds simile.
Replies: 114
Views: 1637

Re: Bundles of reeds simile.

Greetings Sarath, Could someone tell me whether Dependent Origination also means interdependent? HHD says that DO has to be understood in above two levels. Is this the Theravada teaching as well? Without watching the video, no. Only the nama-rupa and vinnana could reasonably be said to be "interdepe...