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by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

The requirement for faith is trust, and ariyas are trusted because of their ethical conduct. If one does not have ethical conduct, then he will not be trusted, except only by foolish people who are unethical themselves. Until one has ethical conduct, they cannot understand the dhamma, even if they ...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

coconut wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:01 pm
People who I don't trust because they have demonstrated bad faith in the past do not get a favourable response from me.
I have the same personality flaw.
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

Because if your interpretation of text is vastly different for every little concept, then one can spend months in discussion about thousands of concepts, and pages of texts and I don't think it's a good investment of time and energy on someone who has such a different interpretation of concepts. We...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

.... ... Can you please edit your post. Quoting whole sections of large posts makes the thread difficult to read for everyone. You're free to double down on your beliefs, I will not though. I've said what I had to say. There's nothing for me to say anymore regarding this topic. It is a shame that w...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

Wrong. There's a reason the Buddha said this: ... In other words, you're never going to get your answer from putting your attention on "the self exists or doesn't exit", or from "It is better to stick to analysing the suttas, the pali and putting forward rational arguments." The problem in the sutt...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

I'm not going to get into word games which results in strawmanning and a heap of drama. Its important to explain things clearly. I never said sankharas precedes ignorance. I said the asavas use sankhara to produce a being. But they don't. They are the conditions for sankhara. They don't "use them"....
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

And it's this person that exists and needs to be dealt with. If this person did not exist then there would be no training. That is just personality. There is no person who controls the 5 aggregates, who intends etc. For example, there is no "person" behind intention. Intention arises due to prior c...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

A person is nothing but preferences, asavas, attachments.. I would agree that there is certainly a personality, which is simply unique patterns of behaviour. And it's this person that exists and needs to be dealt with. If this person did not exist then there would be no training. That is just perso...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

coconut wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:24 pm
A person is nothing but preferences, asavas, attachments..
I would agree that there is certainly a personality, which is simply unique patterns of behaviour.
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 77
Views: 702

Re: Samsara must have an end?

You are not the vehicle (5 aggregates), you are the person who takes up the vehicle, manipulates it, and holds onto it. There is a personality within the 5 aggregates, but there is no "person" in terms of a self or atta. The Totality is empty of a self or what belongs to a self. If you do claim the...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 81
Views: 866

Re: Unconditioned

I don’t understand the question sorry. Could you rephrase? You assert that there is a nibbana state or domain where in reality it is not in anyway your actual "experience" but merely through your own reasoning you take it to be true and you seems to be quite certain about it , that is "a synthetic ...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 81
Views: 866

Re: Unconditioned

Who does this knowing belong to? Essentially you. Instead of trying to posit concepts like "Totality," "Awareness," "Citta," "Ayatana," just ask yourself this question and look. One might look and say "that's me," but that thought is not you either. It's empty, it's free, it's boundless, but it's q...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate
Replies: 27
Views: 426

Re: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate

The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy' https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-definition-of-jhana-lite-and-jhana.html Hopefully we can use more accurate labels to differentiate the two interpretations of jhana. Re the original op... just off the top of my head and giving the Vi...
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho moving back to England permanently?
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Ajahn Sumedho moving back to England permanently?

Sam Vara wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:53 pm
Ceisiwr wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:23 pm
Sam Vara wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:16 pm

Good luck! There is such a huge demand for Ajahn Sumedho's retreats that there is a lottery system to select participants. Unless, of course, you are on the "special list"!
Oh really? I got accepted twice before.
You might be lucky or you might be special! :tongue:
8-)
by Ceisiwr
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate
Replies: 27
Views: 426

Re: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate

The profound Mahanidana Sutta (DN15) talks about the namakaya and rupakaya. It also talks about the 2 types of contact, designation-contact and impingement-contact. From the sutta:- You are indeed correct when you say DN15 is profound. It is, in my opinion, an extremely important sutta since it hel...