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The Arahant and the Void

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The Arahant and the Void

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:45 am

Greetings Drolma,

Yes, this is referring to emptiness.

However, it's not necessarily referring to the "formless jhanas" such as that in which the Buddha's meditation teachers dwelt in and experienced the fate you describe above.

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:18 am

Greetings Drolma,

I see it here as relating to a dynamic mode of perception, where there is knowledge/awareness that all that is being experienced is both anatta and anicca. There is no perception of, or clinging to, any form of 'self'.

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"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:21 am



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Re: The Arahant and the Void

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:55 pm

Thank you kindly, Element. I see that sunnata and void are used together in these contexts :smile:

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby Jason » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:27 pm

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Re: The Arahant and the Void

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:46 pm

Elohim,

Thank you very much. Text in context is quite helpful!



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