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by kirk5a
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: not self
Replies: 70
Views: 3653

Re: not self

The point I am making is practical: we can't control the thoughts. Not entirely true, it's something which can be mastered. "He thinks any thought he wants to think, and doesn't think any thought he doesn't want to think. He wills any resolve he wants to will, and doesn't will any resolve he doesn'...
by kirk5a
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?
Replies: 44
Views: 2325

Re: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?

Hi everyone, Ven. Thanissaro on the Sabba Sutta - SN 35.23 "The Commentary's treatment of this discourse is very peculiar. To begin with, it delineates three other "All's" in addition to the one defined here, one of them supposedly larger in scope than the one defined here: the Allness of the Buddh...
by kirk5a
Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?
Replies: 44
Views: 2325

Re: Buddha had a specific way of defining "All"..what was it?

Regarding S.N. IV 251 (SN 38.1) The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this, friend, is called Nibbana. Bhikkhu Bodhi footnote: Spk argues against the idea that Nibbana is the mere destruction of the defilements (kilesakkhayamattam nibbanam), holding that Ni...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: consciousness definition
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: consciousness definition

I agree with you about consciousness being a component of contact, and I think you explained it well to Tom. It was certainly an accurate explanation of sense consciousness, and probably more pertinent to Tom's question. But I was also praising dhammacoustic for pointing out this other aspect of co...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: consciousness definition
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: consciousness definition

Hi kirk5a, It's helpful to try to see this from the experiential point of view (how we experience things from within), rather than the objective point of view (how we see things "out there"). From the Buddha's experiential point of view, there is the process of consciousness, but there is no experi...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: consciousness definition
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: consciousness definition

Does eye consciousness mean one notices one is seeing or is it just a synonym for seeing? Or does it have another meaning? You could say it is just seeing, although if you wanted to dig in a bit, "seeing" is a process which requires several rather straightforward factors. (Ven. Sariputta) But when ...
by kirk5a
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: consciousness definition
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: consciousness definition

dhammacoustic wrote:Any consciousness implies there is a subject-object distinction. The objects are formations that originate from avijjā (usually translated as ignorance)
The Buddha could see and hear so that is simply not the case.
by kirk5a
Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death or annihilation as the end point
Replies: 72
Views: 5022

Re: Death or annihilation as the end point

So, to blow out the flame of existence would be self-annihilation. It brings up a kind of feeling that it is somewhat similar (or you could even say closer) to suicide. When you understand the correct meaning of the word 'Nibbāna', you see that what is meant is that the fire of continued existence ...
by kirk5a
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death or annihilation as the end point
Replies: 72
Views: 5022

Re: Death or annihilation as the end point

Perhaps this from Ven Sujato will be of interest: nibbāna In a similar challenging mood, I have dared to translate Nibbāna with its actual meaning: extinguishment. Generations of translators and teachers have hedged around this, not translating it, or using avoidy terms like "unbinding" or "freedom...
by kirk5a
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:
Replies: 149
Views: 12557

Re: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:

This doesn't sound like "non-existence as we know it" (do we know non-existence?) Doesn't sound like existence either. There is that dimension, monks, where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consci...
by kirk5a
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:
Replies: 149
Views: 12557

Re: In your view, understanding, Parinibbana is:

This doesn't sound like "non-existence as we know it" (do we know non-existence?) Doesn't sound like existence either. There is that dimension, monks, where there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of conscio...
by kirk5a
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3098

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

Spiny Norman wrote: We've been putting up with the damage caused by militant monotheism for 2000 years, isn't it about time we challenged it?
Who is included in "we"?

Which group do you mentally associate yourself with? Do you see how group identification is a manifestation of personality view (sakkaya-ditthi)?
by kirk5a
Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3098

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

Why do apologists instinctively blame somebody else as a way of avoiding the issue? Blame the west, blame Israel, blame anybody, just don't talk about Islam needing reform. :shrug: You should not resort to the inflammatory tactic of calling someone an "apologist" for raising larger questions of cau...
by kirk5a
Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3098

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

It probably does, but how is that relevant to the question of Islam needing reform? A growing number of Muslims are saying that Islam does need reform and they should be supported. The mediaeval aspects of Islam simply don't belong in the 21st century. Which mediaeval aspects in particular do you h...
by kirk5a
Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral
Replies: 56
Views: 3098

Re: A Singaporean Muslim Response to the Paris Terror Attacks Goes Viral

Do you think if we alienate 1.6 billion people across the world, it will help or hinder the fight against ISIS? Islam does need reform though. Does the ideology behind this sort of thing need reform too? Or no. http://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2014_30/585976/pc-140726-gaza-truce-mn-915_066693e...