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by ToVincent
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)

I have heard one day, somewhere somehow, that my body is made of around 70% water.
Maybe my senses were abused that day.

Next time I walk into a tree, I hope that this 70% quality flows through it harmlessly.

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by ToVincent
Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 36
Views: 283

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

Circular is just a way to represent it. One could as well represent it on a vertical line. The circularity resides in the cause and the call. As in, for instance: "Because there is manosañcetana (cause/That), there is maintenance of viññāṇa in the viññāṇa nidāna. Because of the maintenance of viññāṇ...
by ToVincent
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)
Replies: 16
Views: 228

Re: Mahāviyūhasutta Snp 4.13 (Week of April 18, 2021)

It is a ridiculous, poor and pretentious erudition, than to take the mere definition of the Monier-Williams dictionary for granted — without searching the Pre-Buddhist literature as well — and try to make it an undubitable surety, in the fleeceable minds. The meaning of rūpa is far more extended tha...
by ToVincent
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)
Replies: 51
Views: 728

Re: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)

Physiologically, emotion is linked with the stiring up of the nervous system. The process ends up in the limbic system, and prefrontal cortex - where (through the feeding of neurotransmitters/neurochemicals), one feels a pleasant, unpleasant, (or neither pleasant or unpleasant) mental state. Emotion...
by ToVincent
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)
Replies: 51
Views: 728

Re: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)

....... Contacted by a painful feeling, he does not sorrow, grieve, or lament;... . He feels one feeling—a bodily one, not a citta one. SN 36.6 (with parallel in SA 470 for that extract). ------------- It is, friends, because I dwell with a mind (citta) well established in the four ways to attain s...
by ToVincent
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

... Don't fall into your usual nonsensical logorrhoea. MN 13 extract is about the dangers of kāma. As in, theft is an inherent unpleasant danger of the desire to accumulate wealth. The object of desire is wealth — The unpleasant danger is theft. Sophistry! ------ As seen here: https://justpaste.it/...
by ToVincent
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

.... I thought you were not going to respond further I still have to give the last hit on the coffin's last nail, of your personal interpretation No, this is not what you said. What you originally said was: ....... (see above) You know exactly what I mean. Buddhism is a metaphysical synthetic a pri...
by ToVincent
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

... No, this is "right view": https://justpaste.it/48ny7 . Not what you are expecting it to be, to match your desire to make Buddhism a Humean old-hat analytical knowledge. As already said, a Mara's advocate would say that Buddha, as a man coming from a land of the gods, telling people that his exp...
by ToVincent
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

... You say: "The analytic and synthetic distinction doesn't refer to the origin of the concepts , but rather the justification of the reasoning." Then few lines later, you dare say: "Notice what is common to both of them? They both start from the same premise: 'This self' " ?!?!?! NOTE: This goes ...
by ToVincent
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Jhana and the early Mahayana
Replies: 159
Views: 3373

Re: Jhana and the early Mahayana

Cattāro ca mahābhūtā, catunnañca mahābhūtānaṃ upādāyarūpaṃ. Idaṃ vuccati rūpaṃ. The four great elements (mahābhūtāna rūpa) AND The forms out of (derived from) them (upādāya). This is called form. (SN 12. 2 & MN9) An idiosyncratic feature of Buddhism, compared to the Vedic conception. https://justpas...
by ToVincent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 155
Views: 22747

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

I really feel that the whole point of jhana is to happiness that doesn't depend on sense pleasures rather than anything else. A happiness that's more reliable and can quell the thirst of the mind more thoroughly and more consistently than sense pleasures can. I could not agree more. Something diffe...
by ToVincent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.
Replies: 62
Views: 4262

Re: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.

what is ignorant if there is no citta for the ignorance to reside in? Well — I must say that I don't have much interest about that. If there is something, I wouldn't be able to put a name on it. Would I? Sāṃkhya (aka sāṅkhya) would call it Purusha. With the latter being the seer. Purusha is a total...
by ToVincent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.
Replies: 62
Views: 4262

Re: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.

... Well my friend, I am going to stay with what the suttas say — and will not try to put a name on what happens once ignorance is definitely ended, (by attaining nibbāna without remnant). I am far from being there, and I will not clutter and burden myself with speculations, on which I can't even p...
by ToVincent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?
Replies: 155
Views: 22747

Re: Can We Hear Sound in Jhāna?

pitithefool wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:53 pm .....
Personally, I translate it: "separating oneself from objects of sensual pleasures".
But that's my take.

Personal jhāna Cheatsheet: https://rentry.co/m3inp
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by ToVincent
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.
Replies: 62
Views: 4262

Re: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.

[ Liberate oneself from the citta? :lol: that is a good one. why don't you liberate yourself from nibbana too while you're at it!! ------- Ignorance is prior to the possible inclinations of the citta. sankharas only constitute the modes of the citta, they don't "create" its ontological is-ness. so n...