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by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Do these six points have direct quotes in the abhidhamma?
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Do these six points have direct quotes in the abhidhamma?

Common Abhidhamma Argument #1 - Mentality and materiality are paramattha dhammas (i.e. ultimate dhammas) Common Abhidhamma Argument #2 - Dhammas exist I think the above as being Abhidhamma teachings were confirmed in my previous post; where saccikaṭṭhaparamatthena includes rupa and the constituents...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)
Replies: 34
Views: 464

Re: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)

One wonders why it appears in the suttas at all... in fact, couldn't the same 'reasoning' 🤣 be applied to virtually every sutta we have. Indeed: I surveyed the world with the eye of a Buddha. Surveying the world with the eye of a Buddha, I saw beings with little dust in their eyes and with much dus...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What sees?
Replies: 24
Views: 342

Re: What sees?

the suttas say three things meet for contact. therefore it must be consciousness that sees
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)
Replies: 34
Views: 464

Re: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)

Having said that, even if there was only one sutta containing the formula, the fact that it was a normative way of expounding the Dhamma can be see from the Udayisutta, AN 5.159. Possibly but my recollection of the OP is how dhamma was "often" taught to laypeople. DN 31 says laypeople are to be tau...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kathāvatthu: An exploration of the text and its meaning
Replies: 58
Views: 754

Re: Kathāvatthu: An exploration of the text and its meaning

Sorry I even can't understand the problem. Can you explain this in lay terms please? Are they saying that anything fixed is unconditioned? The Buddha taught the law of cause & effect (idappaccayatā) and the law of dependent origination (paṭiccasamuppādo) are "fixed". What this means is all things (...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Do these six points have direct quotes in the abhidhamma?
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Do these six points have direct quotes in the abhidhamma?

And the only Abhidhammapiṭaka occurrence of the term paramattha in reference to conditioned dhamma-s is in the Kathāvatthu. The term used is saccik aṭṭha paramatthe na (real and ultimate facts) Saccika , (adj.) (cp. Sk. satyaka) real, true Attha means meaning, essence, intrinsic existence. paramatt...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kathāvatthu: An exploration of the text and its meaning
Replies: 58
Views: 754

Re: Kathāvatthu: An exploration of the text and its meaning

OK. This is a matter I have vacillated on myself. Lets see how it goes. :smile: Points of Controversy 6.2 Of Causal Genesis Controverted Point: That the causal elements in the law of causal genesis are unconditioned. Paṭiccasamuppādo asaṅkhatoti? This is exactly similar to the opening argument in Kv...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sumitta, the hunter's wife
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Sumitta, the hunter's wife

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.31.0.nara.html In five ways, young householder, the parents thus ministered to as the East by their children , show their compassion: (i) they restrain them from evil , (ii) they encourage them to do good, (iii) they train them for a profession, (iv) t...
by DooDoot
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sumitta, the hunter's wife
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Sumitta, the hunter's wife

The Buddha said this: Bhagavā etadavoca: “And what is the explanation of the Dhamma that’s relevant to oneself? “Katamo ca, gahapatayo, attupanāyiko dhammapariyāyo? It’s when a noble disciple reflects: Idha, gahapatayo, ariyasāvako iti paṭisañcikkhati: ‘I want to live and don’t want to die; I want ...
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chaturogha - Oghatarana sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Chaturogha - Oghatarana sutta

When I pushed forward = too much effort to concentrate (rather the gentle letting go into flexible silent mind)

When I stayed in place = no effort to prevent unwholesome states and keep the mind silent
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 7029
Views: 998682

Re: the great rebirth debate

The book "Investigating the Dhamma: A Collection of Papers" by Bhikkhu Bodhi did addresses these question. Reading it will help better understanding. Available online for free. Browsing the above book, I found what i regard as the following errors by Bhikkhu Bodhi: Before we go any further, we shou...
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Does “Paccayā” Mean in Paṭicca Samuppāda?
Replies: 19
Views: 224

Re: What Does “Paccayā” Mean in Paṭicca Samuppāda?

Dhammavamsa wrote: Mon Jun 21, 2021 12:52 pm The book "Investigating the Dhamma: A Collection of Papers" by Bhikkhu Bodhi did addresses these question.

Reading it will help better understanding. Available online for free.
The word "pacacaya" appears not directly discussed above.
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)
Replies: 34
Views: 464

Re: The Dhamma is simple (if we want it to be)

"This person here is capable of understanding the Dhamma." So, aiming at Suppabuddha the leper, he gave a step-by-step talk, i.e., he proclaimed a talk on generosity, on virtue, on heaven; he declared the drawbacks, degradation, & corruption of sensuality, and the rewards of renunciation. Then when...
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Is There Anything At All?
Replies: 96
Views: 1005

Re: Why Is There Anything At All?

OK. thanks for your interesting article. at least you have one cute fan giving you flowers. :anjali:
by DooDoot
Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Is There Anything At All?
Replies: 96
Views: 1005

Re: Why Is There Anything At All?

I obviously wrote 'birth' and 'death' are occurences in the present and thus observable here and now? At the start I said they are mere manifestations of existence. Also, see my signature. I try my best to articulate things but honestly I am not responsible for another's non-understanding. Thanks. ...