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by justindesilva
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why give up sensual pleasures?
Replies: 120
Views: 2351

Re: Why give up sensual pleasures?

If you don't control sense pleasure, you cannot meditate, if you cannot meditate, you cannot be liberated. The same is explained in sabbasava sutta ,MN2, when lord budda ecpresses ", Monks, the ending of fermentations is for one who knows and sees, & not for one who does not know and who does not s...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?
Replies: 46
Views: 475

Re: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?

It seems the Aggañña sutta (DN 27) is describing the “the past”, “ancient lore” or “old tradition” of the brahmins. It seems the Buddha goes through the whole belief system just to conclude with the fact that none of it matters when it comes to who can practice Dhamma. I don’t think he intended it ...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?
Replies: 46
Views: 475

Re: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?

Sex was not a need for reproduction at the beginning (agganna sutta). It seems the Aggañña sutta (DN 27) is describing the “the past”, “ancient lore” or “old tradition” of the brahmins. It seems the Buddha goes through the whole belief system just to conclude with the fact that none of it matters w...
by justindesilva
Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?
Replies: 46
Views: 475

Re: Is a sexual relationship with a legitimate partner not considered attachment (greed)?

AN 4.159: “ This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. With regard to sexual intercourse, the Buddha declares the cutting off of the bridge.” There’s no loophole. It is to be abandoned. If you don’t, you’re gonna cut yourself short. End of story. I...
by justindesilva
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can i lose my hapiness?
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Can i lose my hapiness?

:thinking: Our happiness is decided by how we react to our emotions. Emotions are based on desires. We can satisfy our desires to satisfy our immediate sensuality but with certain after effects. As an example a diabetic with a desire for chocolates may satisfy his desire ( suka vedana) and suffer l...
by justindesilva
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without discoverable beginning
Replies: 24
Views: 428

Re: Without discoverable beginning

Bhikkhus, this saṃsāra is without discoverable beginning....Suppose, bhikkhus, a man would cut up whatever grass, sticks, branches, and foliage there are in this Jambudı̄pa and collect them together into a single heap. Having done so, he would put them down, saying [for each one]: ‘This is my mothe...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the 28 Buddha's concept?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: What is the 28 Buddha's concept?

Thank you Bhante. Isn't this concept of past Buddhas and future Buddhas confirm the concept of literal rebirth? Also dose't this contradict the concept of non-self. This also a form of determinism. I really feel that 28 past buddas are a matter of faith and sadda, while it may be better to cling to...
by justindesilva
Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

Yes. I was thinking about entropy. Even though the entropy is applicable to matter, perhaps we can assume that the mind also has this sort of quality. Perhaps it is natural for all beings to seek some sort of Nibbana. Yes, I think so. They all seek peace and happiness. And Nibbana is ultimate peace...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

Of course beavers dams and bird nests are made by these animals and beasts who observe and follow patterns and behaviour with nature. The building of nests along the riivers by certain birds predict rains, floods and dry periods. We have to understand their ways of living is in accordance with wind...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

I’m not sure about this. Are skyscrapers unnatural? Certainly they are the result of man manipulating his environment, but so are beaver dams. If beaver dams are natural, so too are skyscrapers and cars it seems to me. Man is an animal after all. Sky crapers or beaver dams or even houses are not cr...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

I call things happening effortlessly. sun. moon, birth. death etc. What is man made is unnatural. What appears surrounding us as sun moon air light are natural. Further nature is conditioned shuddashtaka while nibbana is shuddahtaka unconditioned. Hence Nirvana is nature bearing in mind Nirvana is ...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

I call things happening effortlessly. sun. moon, birth. death etc. What is man made is unnatural. What appears surrounding us as sun moon air light are natural. Further nature is conditioned shuddashtaka while nibbana is shuddahtaka unconditioned. Hence Nirvana is nature bearing in mind Nirvana is ...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?
Replies: 36
Views: 531

Re: Is Nibbana unnatural? unnatural?

You first need to define “natural”? I call things happening effortlessly. sun. moon, birth. death etc. What is man made is unnatural. What appears surrounding us as sun moon air light are natural. Further nature is conditioned shuddashtaka while nibbana is shuddahtaka unconditioned. Hence Nirvana i...
by justindesilva
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: explain meaning pls
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: explain meaning pls

To be of noble birth, with vast ambition and of slender means, and to crave for rulership — this is a cause of one's downfall.Parabhava Sutta: Downfall What I read in parabhava sutta is a person of warrior caste ( kshatriya kula) and with poverty having an ambition of greed to be a king is a reason...
by justindesilva
Sat Jul 24, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going raftless
Replies: 37
Views: 672

Re: Going raftless

Letting go of the raft in the pali canon is a simile used to describe a person at the end of the path. That is to say, an enlightened arahant. Unless you are there, we need the raft of the dhamma to keep you from sinking into ignorance and confusion. I have no idea what Mahayana says about that but...