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by SDC
Sat Jun 08, 2024 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When we wander off the path and break precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: When we wander off the path and break precepts

Most Buddhist people who live in heavily Theravada countries aren’t anywhere near this uptight. Is this a western thing? It is a monastic thing. Are you suggesting westerners take a page from those who live in SE Asia? This is a question of debate. And whatever the discussion goes on, in any direct...
by SDC
Fri Jun 07, 2024 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When we wander off the path and break precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: When we wander off the path and break precepts

I’m saying take a page from monks. Monks like this? Firstly, a mendicant is ethical, restrained in the monastic code, conducting themselves well and seeking alms in suitable places. Seeing danger in the slightest fault, they keep the rules they’ve undertaken. What about sense of shame and fear of w...
by SDC
Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When we wander off the path and break precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: When we wander off the path and break precepts

Rambutan wrote: Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:39 pm Most Buddhist people who live in heavily Theravada countries aren’t anywhere near this uptight.
Is this a western thing?
It is a monastic thing.

Are you suggesting westerners take a page from those who live in SE Asia?
by SDC
Fri May 24, 2024 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Māra
Replies: 27
Views: 950

Re: Māra

Can you show where there is specifically the blaming of Mara for ignorance? The suttas describe Mara as having dominion over the six sense base. From that perspective, Mara can be responsible for goading the senses, up to and including mental images. But it remains that. A goad. And Mara can only sn...
by SDC
Wed May 22, 2024 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: right view and emulating an arahat?
Replies: 80
Views: 3526

Re: right view and emulating an arahat?

It gets worse H1 2024 strategy and priorities We believe to scale jhanas to millions, we’ll need an intervention that teaches jhanas reliably in under 10 hours, or ideally under 2 hours. Such such speed and reliability will require a tech product. But for now, we have a special opportunity in start...
by SDC
Tue May 21, 2024 3:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Yes. The ascetics thought that development of the body was through withstanding pain, via making oneself experience it. The Buddha taught that development of the body is by having wisdom when it comes to pleasure. The context is in terms of food. When one eats, one doesn't get caught up in the plea...
by SDC
Tue May 21, 2024 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

How are you reading that it is exclusively about food and asceticism? Well that's the context “But, Aggivessana, what have you learned about development of body?” “Well, there are, for example, Nanda Vaccha, Kisa Sankicca, Makkhali Gosāla. They go naked, rejecting conventions, licking their hands, ...
by SDC
Tue May 21, 2024 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I once argued that physical pain and pleasure can arise at any of the 5 senses, This is interesting: How, Aggivessana, is one undeveloped in body and undeveloped in mind? Here, Aggivessana, pleasant feeling arises in an untaught ordinary person. Touched by that pleasant feeling, he lusts after plea...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I once argued that physical pain and pleasure can arise at any of the 5 senses, This is interesting: How, Aggivessana, is one undeveloped in body and undeveloped in mind? Here, Aggivessana, pleasant feeling arises in an untaught ordinary person. Touched by that pleasant feeling, he lusts after plea...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 9:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Which the suttas define as physical pain. Mental painful feeling would be the domanassa bit. In modern times, particularly in the west, this is missed an only the mental side of dukkha is taught. This leads to the notion that the Buddha didn’t teach that life is dukkha. He did. Everyone talks about...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

I want to go back to this since it seems we are quite far apart on some other details: The “dukkha” in the 1st Noble Truth is pain, or an unpleasant physical sensation. All forms of vedana are dukkha. You specify “physical”. Are you saying mental is not part of the first noble truth, i.e. anguish, d...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 8:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

In brief means that when there is clinging, all that dukkha comes to be. When there is clinging there will be of course mental torment now, and a condition for future rebirth and so physical and mental torment in the future. I thought “in brief” is in reference to all the items previously mentioned...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

All forms of vedana are dukkha. Doesn’t that make, “in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering”, redundant? Feeling (dukkha) is dukkha? If the feeling aggregate is already dukkha, why is it listed with the other aggregates, without that same significance? What about SN 22.19: A...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

They are dukkha, since they are part of the feeling aggregate. Just to confirm, since it’s been a while since we’ve discussed this together: you consider any instance of dukkhā vedanā (unpleasant feeling) to be a reference to dukkhā of the first noble truth? Do you mean any physical pain here? Just...
by SDC
Mon May 20, 2024 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha and the aggregates
Replies: 103
Views: 2897

Re: Concentration Develops Right View - Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Ceisiwr wrote: Mon May 20, 2024 5:27 pm They are dukkha, since they are part of the feeling aggregate.
Just to confirm, since it’s been a while since we’ve discussed this together: you consider any instance of dukkhā vedanā (unpleasant feeling) to be a reference to dukkhā of the first noble truth?