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by justindesilva
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha statue
Replies: 7
Views: 102

Re: The Buddha statue

Statues of Gotama typically have only one shoulder covered and sometimes (though not always), one hand reaching for the ground, in the earth-witness pose when he attained enlightenment. https://www.lionsroar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/5-DP297456r4_61A-1.jpg A budda statue found in Gandara ( now...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha statue
Replies: 7
Views: 102

Re: The Buddha statue

Statues of Gotama typically have only one shoulder covered and sometimes (though not always), one hand reaching for the ground, in the earth-witness pose when he attained enlightenment. https://www.lionsroar.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/5-DP297456r4_61A-1.jpg A budda statue found in Gandara ( now...
by justindesilva
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self protection / killing insects
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Self protection / killing insects

Insects just want food. If you have screens on your windows, and your house is clean, then there is no reason to have insects in your house, and when you do get the occasional insect, you can just catch them and release them outside. I rarely get mosquitos because I have screens on all my windows. ...
by justindesilva
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'
Replies: 64
Views: 2871

Re: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'

how should one apply this to one's own actions? Bhikkhus, form is not-self. Were form self, then this form would not lead to affliction, and one could have it of form: 'Let my form be thus, let my form be not thus.' And since form is not-self, so it leads to affliction, and none can have it of form...
by justindesilva
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'
Replies: 64
Views: 2871

Re: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'

You are not the car, but it doesn't mean you don't control the car. ... Yes, but isn't this the tricky bit? What is this you that is separate from (in this simile) "the car"? :sage: Mike The "you" that seems to operate the five aggregates from our perspective of clinging, is not really in control o...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are everybody?
Replies: 18
Views: 1195

Re: Where are everybody?

This forum is still pretty busy with about 80+ active topics over the last 7 days. Google analytics figures for the last 30 days: 30 Days dhammawheel.com 3 DECEMBER — 2 JANUARY Unique Visitors 52,958 Total Requests 18,849,012 Percent Cached 6.43% Total Data Served 162 GB Data Cached 10 GB Almost 53...
by justindesilva
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions about lust/sexual desire.
Replies: 11
Views: 943

Re: Questions about lust/sexual desire.

Please answer, I'm having problem with lust and I need to solve this problem. Thanks. Hope you understand what emotions are. Sexual feelings arise out of emotions and emotions arise out of desires, also called Tanha. Kama Tanha is expressed as sensual desires. When we see a woman we take it that sh...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 2469

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

user99 wrote: Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:28 pm Do we have a total independent choice of what we choose to do or is it depedent on what karma we have?
Consciousness is dependant on karma.
by justindesilva
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there devotion in Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Is there devotion in Buddhism?

What is devotion? What is the Pali word for it? Could you provide a sutta that mentions devotion? Is devotion a good thing? The following video about Hindu devotion. https://youtu.be/YhiXUllfQ8I?t=259 The closest word for devotion to me is Shraddha. Shraddha is a word of sanskrit meaning trust , co...
by justindesilva
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 2469

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

Yes the concoussness is you. Anattalakkhana Sutta too states that consciousness is not self. How can one then say it is you or yourself. Is there an explanation? The explanation is within that Sutta, if it is properly understood. This Sutta was made by Lord budda as a further explanation to Dammaca...
by justindesilva
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 2469

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

user99 wrote: Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:48 pm Yes the concoussness is you.
Anattalakkhana Sutta too states that consciousness is not self. How can one then say it is you or yourself.
by justindesilva
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 2469

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

Yep, a pity he fell into the wrong view of "does the self exist? no there is no self" instead of focusing on suffering and the cause of suffering. But alas, that is the product and result of counterfeit dhamma. Consciousness is not you or self but the carpenter who fabricated the being through sala...
by justindesilva
Sat Dec 26, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What determine type of kamma ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1056

Re: What determine type of kamma ?

Hi members other than intention , what else determine one's kamma is dark or bright ? For example , is meat eating considered dark kamma since the meat supposed to be killed for us the consumers ? For non preceptor are drinking makes it a dark kamma ? Kamma is also called Moral causation of mental ...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist concept of rebirth?
Replies: 35
Views: 2727

Re: Buddhist concept of rebirth?

Why this topic, then? Samma vayama or right effort is the answer for striving. May I respectfully ask, Striving for what? ... Striving to ask the question?; or Striving to get the answer? ... all the while the OP will doubt whatsoever the answer is by saying "I doubt that": To get an ultimate answe...
by justindesilva
Thu Dec 24, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist concept of rebirth?
Replies: 35
Views: 2727

Re: Buddhist concept of rebirth?

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:12 am
D1W1 wrote: Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:48 am To get an ultimate answer you need to strive to achieve enlightenment but do they who embark on this path and have obtained this knowledge will tell you what is the truth? I doubt that.

Why this topic, then?
Samma vayama or right effort is the answer for striving.