Achieving the "Highest Happiness"

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Achieving the "Highest Happiness"

Postby Tom » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:00 am

Is there a point in Buddhist practice where one can know with absolute certainty that Nibbana, is the "highest happiness" possible? As in achieving a direct knowing that leaves absolutely no room for doubt and transcends senses, perceptions, thoughts, (possibly even consciousness), etc.? Can a pyrrhonist reach a point where even he can say he "knows" this to be true with absolute certainty?

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Re: Achieving the "Highest Happiness"

Postby Magoo » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:19 am

The only time one would know this, is when one has attained Nibbanna, so I cant answer this just yet. Maybe tomorrow? :thinking:

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Re: Achieving the "Highest Happiness"

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:24 am

Greetings,

As I understand the suttas, it can occur with stream-entry...

SN 12.68 wrote:"My friend, although I have seen properly with right discernment, as it actually is present, that 'The cessation of becoming is Unbinding,' still I am not an arahant whose effluents are ended. It's as if there were a well along a road in a desert, with neither rope nor water bucket. A man would come along overcome by heat, oppressed by the heat, exhausted, dehydrated, & thirsty. He would look into the well and would have knowledge of 'water,' but he would not dwell touching it with his body. In the same way, although I have seen properly with right discernment, as it actually is present, that 'The cessation of becoming is Unbinding,' still I am not an arahant whose effluents are ended."

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“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

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Re: Achieving the "Highest Happiness"

Postby Tom » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:16 pm

I'm referring to a type of "knowing" that knows this with absolute certainty.


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