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by mjaviem
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism about non-dualism?
Replies: 22
Views: 308

Re: Is Buddhism about non-dualism?

DooDoot wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:11 am SN 35.95...
This is a good sutta. Thanks for pointing this one out :wink:
circuit wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 12:29 am ...
:clap:
by mjaviem
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Thinking about the cause of dukka
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: Thinking about the cause of dukka

... what's necessary to end suffering is to stop wanting things and accept the way things are, it worries me... Would you rather act out of discontentment then? Do you think one cannot change things if being content? Do you think that being generous and benevolent yields no results? ... :bow:
by mjaviem
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wasnt Buddha a human ?
Replies: 12
Views: 184

Re: Wasnt Buddha a human ?

There could be some mild word-play in this exchange. The future tense in Pali can express surprise, wonder, and perplexity, as in 'What is this?!" This seems to be the sense in which the question is asked. A bit like the English (and Irish!) construction "Might you be Mr.Smith?" or "Will you be nee...
by mjaviem
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About renouncing and contentment
Replies: 50
Views: 1034

Re: About renouncing and contentment

Let me add one more example: People who are healthy and full of vitality are content, at least about this aspect of their lifes, because what else one could ask for one's body and life? A healthy and vital person is at the top of what can be achieved so it's easy to be content on this. And what abou...
by mjaviem
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The human condition and the way of Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: The human condition and the way of Buddhism

... ... I may gain... ... I'll gain short term pleasure, but I'm giving up the longterm wholesome pleasure... ... That's the problem with these not-so-unwholesome addictions, they're harder to give up. We should practise giving (giving away, giving up) as well as we should be heedful to not harm an...
by mjaviem
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why give up sensual pleasures?
Replies: 111
Views: 1880

Re: Why give up sensual pleasures?

... observing drawbacks of sensual things. Again and again, until drawbacks will appear spontaneously... :goodpost: ... See the futility of desire, and the terrible suffering it brings. ... :goodpost: ... And - just as meat eaters contribute to the wide spread slaughter of animals - those who fap c...
by mjaviem
Sat Jul 03, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 981

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

To me secular buddhism seems tailored to please customer's ear. "Oh, you don't like the teaching this way? Here I have a better teaching that may fit best to your taste". At least my impression.
by mjaviem
Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Any amount of alcohol is bad for you
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re:

... If a little bit of alcohol is ok, maybe a little bit of lying, a little bit of stealing, a little bit of adultery and a little bit of killing is also ok. For those seeking progress on the path, none of that is true. Not lying, not stealing, no adultery, not killing, are all expected behaviors. ...
by mjaviem
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Searching for suttas mentioning "final nibbana"
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: Searching for suttas mentioning "final nibbana"

i have tried to find the reference for you, but i have read in one sutta the buddha describes the arahant who is living to be like a flame that has just gone out but the embers are warm and there is smoke. the arahant who dies one final time is like the fire that has gone out and the embers are com...
by mjaviem
Thu Jul 01, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 927

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

I agree but what if you are blind? Perhaps it could be just a picture or a replica some sort. So in ultimate sense what we are sure is seen colors, touch etc but no broom as such. In other words what we perceive in ultimate sense is Nama Rupa. :shrug: Ok, there is the (visual) form of something tha...
by mjaviem
Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:40 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 927

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

... emptiness does not mean there is nothing but we recognise that things are dependently originated. I think emptiness is about knowing, that "I have this, but I do not have this" sort of thing. Finally you come to the conclusion that in ultimate sense what is left is the thought of "I" so you let...
by mjaviem
Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 927

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

I can read about emptiness and not self but I still can't stop seeing things as something. Even a particle of dust I see it as being a particle and not just an assemblage of components. I can theoretically say it is made of molecules (and that molecules are an assemblage of atoms, and so on down to ...
by mjaviem
Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 927

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

... ... Some people may be of the opinion that dust is not an independent entity but that a sparrow is. Others may see that trees and animals are not independent entities but take people to be so. In seeing people as independent entities or as selves, some will say that the body is not-self but the...
by mjaviem
Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Nothingness (Akintayatana) and emptiness (Sunnata)?
Replies: 13
Views: 305

Re: What is the difference between Nothingness (Akintayatana) and emptiness (Sunnata)?

What is the difference between Nothingness (Akintayatana) and emptiness (Sunnata)? Emptiness depends on "sth" in "empty of sth" and therefore is relative because "empty of x" is not "empty of y" while nothingness is absolute (absence of everything). Interesting. A glass empty of water is in fact fu...