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by robertk
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is mind and chit the same?
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: Is mind and chit the same?

61:<Ya.m ca kho eta.m bhikkhave vuccati citta.m iti pi mano iti pi vi~n~na.m iti pi... "But that which is called Citta and Mano and Vinnana arises as one thing and ceases as another by day and night." Samyutta 12:61 (Bhikkhu Bodhi transl). Vism X1V, 82 " 'Whatever has the characteristic of cognizing...
by robertk
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is being a sugar daddy good kamma?
Replies: 21
Views: 295

Re: is being a sugar daddy good kamma?

It's not giving when you are getting/hoping for something in return.
by robertk
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

Is there actually any problem of treating this Jataka as metaphorical? I sense a certain hesitancy here to view it as such.
Well it it is not how the Theravada tradition sees it. It is said to be an event that did happen.
by robertk
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

The gist from Ven Dhammanando's post seems to be we should not just see kamma conventionally in terms of affecting individual persons, but to look at it from the ultimate perspective, i.e. anatta. If my understanding is correct, then a few things come to mind: - people will have less of a need to h...
by robertk
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

What I said was "real change is when right view develops". And what is the cause for right view: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.043.than.html "Friend, there are two conditions for the arising of right view: the voice of another and appropriate attention. These are the two conditions...
by robertk
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?
Replies: 82
Views: 1616

Re: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?

There is one example of so many suttas that clearly show the Buddha taught rebirth in various realms. The sutta says: Here, bhikkhus, someone engages in misconduct by body, speech, and mind. In consequence, with the breakup of the body, after death, he is reborn in the plane of misery, in a bad des...
by robertk
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?
Replies: 82
Views: 1616

Re: How do the modernist hell-deniers interpret AN 3.36?

Link: https://suttacentral.net/an3.36/en/bodhi Summary: Buddha tells the monks that when a wicked person dies they go to hell and are brought by the warders of hell to Yama the king of hell who interogates them on whether they saw the 3 divine messengers: 1. old person who is decrepid 2. terminally...
by robertk
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

In the end it comes down to anatta. Any other way of understanding misses the target. Any other way is treating the symptoms not the causes. I don't try to manage or change what has arisen because - as I see it- it is irrelevant to the path..One might have the illusion of making changes and miss th...
by robertk
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

You say "we have the power to change things"/ Not the way I look at life; I find the teaching on conditionality is always verifiable and realistic , and by learning what is kusala there is a little appreciation of kusala in daily life. But not trying to change things: things, phenomena, arise as th...
by robertk
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

I think this post by Ven. Dhammando explains. https://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=1020&p=16611&hilit=nina#p16611 To me the examples you give and the conundra you raise regarding them merely highlight the limitations of expounding kamma and its ripening in conventional terms (i.e. in te...
by robertk
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is Mudita Bhavana tied to Career Succcess?
Replies: 11
Views: 203

Re: Is Mudita Bhavana tied to Career Succcess?

The results of kusala kamma can come in this life or future lives.
by robertk
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-hypnosis
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Re: Self-hypnosis

[ if he only drop the no-self doctrine he would certainly not be doing that. Because it alone requires that kind of hypnosis to believe, because its illogical and it denies the first noble truth -- i.e. both that there is reincarnation AND that its suffering, because no-self means nobody to reincar...
by robertk
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-hypnosis
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Re: Self-hypnosis

Friends, Isn't the Buddhist path more like self-hypnosis than anything else? Only the no-self doctrine and emptiness doctrine are. So if you drop both of those and believe in a soul and that physical matter is real, it ceases to be self-hypnosis. They turn all meditation into self-hypnosis sessions...
by robertk
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vessantara Jataka
Replies: 43
Views: 848

Re: Vessantara Jataka

Also all beings are owners of their kamma, heirs to their kamma. His children had their own kamma which brings its own pleasant and unpleasant results. Isn't this too fatalistic though. Where do you draw the line between action and inaction? I think this post by Ven. Dhammando explains. https://www...