I don't disagree with this statement, but you clearly misread the meaning of that sutta merely because it used that translation used the word 'birth.' You offered that to me as an example of why the Buddha would lie to his disciples about rebirth, when, in fact, he was talking about a completely different topic.Sunrise wrote:
Birth has several different meanings as I see it. So yes, suttas can be interpreted accordingly. I don't have time to go into details about this right now but even if I had, there would be little point in it
By definition, the "nibbanized" are without effluents. They are the only 'beings' who are completely devoid of effluents. Otherwise, they would be bound to samsara. This right view without effluents is precisely what has allowed the enlightened to escape the flood. Therefore, they are the only people who are capable of having right view without effluents (unless other ariyans are experience this type of "right view" which is something I'm not completely sure of). Right view without effluents is described as "transcendent," which suggests that those of us who are still bound to samsara by effluents ["These mental effluents are: the outflows of sensuality, views, becoming, and ignorance itself. They are termed 'effluents' because they 'flow' out of the habitual, deluded mind, creating the metaphoric 'flood' of samsaric birth and death.] "Right view without effluents"Sunrise wrote: Once again, as I see it, belief in rebirth is termed in the sutta as a "right view with effluents" and certainly is not an essential faith for Nibbana. I don''t understand how you came to the conclusion that noble right view only occures to enlightened beings and everyone else has right view with asava. But yeah, for an argument, you can interpret it that way too.
Mahacatarisaka Sutta wrote:And what is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path? The discernment, the faculty of discernment, the strength of discernment, analysis of qualities as a factor of Awakening, the path factor of right view in one developing the noble path whose mind is noble [e.g. an ariyan, a 'noble one'], whose mind is free from effluents ["the outflows of sensuality, views, becoming, and ignorance itself."], who is fully possessed of the noble path. This is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path.
I really think that this is you reading what you want to in to the articles, merely because you cannot accept that samsaric existence is dependent on factors outside of the material.Dhammapada, verse 93 wrote:Effluents ended, independent of nutriment, their pasture — emptiness & freedom without sign: their trail, like that of birds through space, can't be traced.
The suttas suggest otherwise. The Eightfold Path is the path to awakening and it includes Right View. As I have demonstrated through excerpts from numerous suttas, the Buddha includes "this world and the other world" and "mother, father, and spontaneously reborn beings" within the scope of Right View.Sunrise wrote: As I see it, belief in rebirth is "not a factor of the path to cessation" but it is right view for morality.
Furthermore, I would say that you are fundamentally incorrect that morality is not a factor of the path to cessation.
A.V.2 wrote:Ananda, skillful conduct gives freedom from remorse as its gain and advantage; freedom from remorse gives delight as its gain and advantage; delight gives joy; joy gives tranquillity; tranquillity gives well-being; well-being gives collectedness; collectedness gives knowledge and vision of things as they really are; knowledge and vision of things as they really are gives disenchantment and dispassion; disenchantment and dispassion gives knowledge and vision of freedom as its gain and advantage. So indeed, Ananda, skillful conduct gradually leads on to the highestIt certainly made sense to the Buddha whenever he exhorted Sariputta to "look upon the world and see its emptiness (voidness)." I suggest you pay a visit to this website for a lucid description of this concept and its application as presented in the suttas: http://emptyuniverse.110mb.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;Sunrise wrote: The term void in Buddhism means void of self or things belonging to self. It makes no sense to me to just say "void is the world".
That is because I am making a distinction between experiential, transcendental right view which is conascent with attainment and right view occuring within the confines of samsara. We develop the former to experientially realize the latter.Sunrise wrote: Sounds like an entangled ball of wool to me. First you asked how the "nibbanized" have "right view" of something 'they' aren't even 'viewing' and then you say "right view with effluents" leads up to the liberating "right view without effluents."
Because the Eightfold Path is integrated with right view.Sunrise wrote: Why do you need right view with effluents for Nibbana? You can practice morality whether there is kamma or not, whether there is rebirth or not. I would be a good person (a person abiding by the five precepts) even if I am born again or not, even if there is good bad kamma or not. I am practicing to abandon the "self view" arising in my mind and rebirth fantasies have very little significance in my practice if at all.
Sila, samadhi and panna is are integrated and mutually supportive. Samadhi and panna cannot occur without sila, and therefore, sila is absolutely relevant to realization and Unbinding.Sunrise wrote: No they are not. They are relevant for morality and the mundane cultivation. Dhana (charity) and sila (moral conduct) are just preparatory stages for Bhavana (meditation and Buddhist cultivation). They are meant to prepare the mind for "letting go". You can practice charity and moral conduct without any beliefs in life after death. As I said before, I will follow a moral conduct and practice giving even if there is rebirth or not; even if there is good and bad kamma or not. That's letting go.
I would say that is because they did not develop this ability in meditation.Sunrise wrote:But as per Susima sutta, not all enlightened beings have these insights into past lives.
Essentially. An impersonal,fluxating process of causes and conditions based on ignorance which breeds kamma coalesces in the arising and passing away of beings.Sunrise wrote: This statement is easy to make but harder to explain. As you can see, you have not even attempted to describe in understandable form how it happens. Basically you are claiming that "rebirth is just another link in the samsaric matrix" but no explanation what happens when I die. A "being" dies. Then there is another body and mind process formed based on kamma? Is that what you are saying?
That is precisely what I just said. From that essay of Ven. Bodhi's:Sunrise wrote:Ignorance is not realizing anicca, dukkha and anatta (not self). And you say kamma is everything we take to be "us". Taking the five aggregates as me and mine is ignorance. Are you implying kamma is ignorance?
Sutta Nipata 11.37 wrote:"This body, O monks, is old kamma, to be seen as generated and fashioned by volition, as something to be felt..."Everything that we ignorantly take to be us (the five aggregates) or the world in which "we" act (the eighteen dhatu) is our experience of kamma, which is fueled by ignorance.Bhikkhu Bodhi, Anguttara Nikaya 3.76 wrote:"'Existence, existence' is spoken of, venerable sir. In what way is there existence?" The Buddha replies: "If there were no kamma ripening in the sensory realm, no sense-sphere existence would be discerned. If there where no kamma ripening in the form realm, no form-sphere existence would be discerned. If there were no kamma ripening in the formless realm, no formless-sphere existence would be discerned. Therefore, Ananda, kamma is the field, consciousness the seed, and craving the moisture for beings obstructed by ignorance and fettered by craving to be established in a new realm of existence, either low (sense-sphere), middling (form-sphere), or high (formless-sphere)."
Well, no, because I would not try to figure out if "Y" is connected to "X" in the first place. Ignorance, craving, and kamma are the fuel, "the link" as you put it.Sunrise wrote:Kamma is input to samsara? Could you leave all this explanations and simply explain to me this. Mr. X dies today. His body remains and decays. Several years after there is a Mr. Y in so and so country and you think he is the rebirth of Mr. X. Please explain the link between X and Y. (without using candles please)
Statements like "trust me, if you can explain to me how rebirth happens without indirectly implying the notion of a self in the process I would gladly accept it" certainly seem to imply rejection.Sunrise wrote:First of all, I am not rejecting it. But I simply cannot explain it. Therefore I have decided to say "I don't know" rather than blindly believe it. It is not relevant to my practice after all.
If the rupa aggregate ceases, the other aggregates dependent on rupa will also cease at death. We should not take the five aggregates as fundamentally isolated phenomena (isolated as individual phenomena or isolated from samsaric environment), nor should we assume that the five aggregates are static. Rebirth is merely another change in an impersonal, interdependent process of arising and falling away, the same process which occurs here and now. Kamma, being the totality of experience (see those two suttas I quoted earlier), gives rise to selfless phenomena based in experiential ignorance. What we take to be isolated phenomena (selves, substances, etc.) are really just the coarisen totalities of causes and conditions, which are themselves the coarisen totalities of causes and conditions ad infinitum. Remove one, and this "isolated phenomena" ceases.Sunrise wrote: All is fine, until you try to explain further how these "fluxating causes and conditions" flux after the death of Mr. X. When someone dies the rupa aggregate decays. The rest of the aggregates flux as per kamma?
Whenever I say "fluxating causes and conditions" I am not merely referring to the causes and conditions within the five psychophysical aggregates. I am not proposing some sort of "person" or "psychophysical" being who exists within his environment (samsara) and acts independently of this environment. Rather, there is a fundamental interdependence between the two. The problem with materialistic views (like rebirth rejection) is that this idea is absent, in that mind and samsaric existence are taken as merely physical processes. This gives rise to other problematic views, such as a "beginning" to ignorance/samsara as well as the proposition of a Manyness (see Lokayatika Sutta), which are wrong views. It also involves a rejection of kamma, such as the idea I quoted in the Sutta Nipata that "this body is old kamma." It is also a thesis of permanence, in that death is taken as a permanent 'state.' What is permanent about death? The cessation of consciousness associated with a specific experience of the aggregates and eighteen dhatu? Does this mean that the cessation of consciousness of contact between a sense organ and sense object in daily life is death? The only 'thing' which I can think of that is described as "lasting" or "permanent" is Nibbana.
Sunrise wrote: I referred to the two links which you say explain "rebirth without notions of self" and they severely lack any considerable explanation apart from something to the effect that "it happens. The buddha said it happens but don't ask how it happens... it just happens".
I've enjoyed our discussion. It's helped me to clarify some of my own views, so I thank you for being a part of that. That said, I feel that it would be unskillful for me to continue this discussion. I wish you the best in your practice.