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Fri May 20, 2022 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Viññāṇaṃ anidassanaṃ & appatiṭṭha viññāṇa, 2 types nibbana?
Replies: 102
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Re: Viññāṇaṃ anidassanaṃ & appatiṭṭha viññāṇa, 2 types nibbana?

I'd like to point out that my previous understanding of nibbana is wrong. I now understand nibbana as the following: the cessation of avijja and tanha, of greed, aversion, delusion that derived from avijja and tanha, of all evil derived from the defilements; the cessation of suffering / samsara (no ...
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Fri May 20, 2022 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supramundane Right View -- Four Noble Truths: suttas and practice
Replies: 3
Views: 435

Re: Supramundane Right View -- Four Noble Truths: suttas and practice

To my understanding, the four noble truths should be: The 1st noble truth: samsara and sankhara are suffering; The 2nd noble truth: avijja and tanha which produce greed, aversion, delusion; The third noble truth: the cessation of avijja and tanha, of greed, aversion, delusion, of all evil derived fr...
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Fri May 20, 2022 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right way to cultivate samma sankappa?
Replies: 64
Views: 26776

Re: Right way to cultivate samma sankappa?

I recommended MN 27 last time, and would like to point out it also contains later-added contents, including many later-standardized pieces which are not the Buddha's teaching. But at least it doesn't have N8P, which is not the Buddha's original teaching. The Buddha's noble path is sila, samadhi, pan...
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Sat Dec 25, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right way to cultivate samma sankappa?
Replies: 64
Views: 26776

Re: Right way to cultivate samma sankappa?

I realized today that "right intention" or translated as "right thoughts" (of non-sensual desire, non-ill will and non-cruelty ) as the second factor of the "noble eight-fold path" (N8P), after noble right view, cannot be the Buddha's true teaching. Those who are able t...
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Mon Dec 13, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: False teaching in MN 104 concerning "the settlement of litigations by the opinion of a majority"
Replies: 2
Views: 559

False teaching in MN 104 concerning "the settlement of litigations by the opinion of a majority"

Here is a comparison of MN 104 and its agama parallels* MA 196 and T 85 regarding the two ways to settle litigations concerning what is Dhamma / Discipline and what is not Dhamma / Discipline. You'll see from such a comparison that "the settlement of litigations by the opinion of a majority&quo...
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Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Mundane right view: "atthi sattā, opapātikā" -- there is beings and the overlord (有眾生、有天)?
Replies: 1
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Mundane right view: "atthi sattā, opapātikā" -- there is beings and the overlord (有眾生、有天)?

Mundane right view / Law of Kamma: ‘atthi dinnaṃ, atthi yiṭṭhaṃ, atthi hutaṃ; atthi sukatadukkaṭānaṃ kammānaṃ phalaṃ vipāko; atthi ayaṃ loko, atthi paro loko; atthi mātā, atthi pitā; atthi sattā opapātikā; atthi loke samaṇabrāhmaṇā sammaggatā sammā paṭipannā ye imañca lokaṃ parañca lokaṃ sayaṃ abhiñ...
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Sun Aug 08, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: According to AN 5.79 we should not listen to the discourses spoken by disciples
Replies: 14
Views: 2023

Re: Authenticity of the suttas spoken by disciples

The Assessment of Textual Authenticity in Buddhism, by Étienne Lamotte https://journal.equinoxpub.com/BSR/article/view/16227/18637: Mahasanghikas vinaya (T 1425): “ The Dhamma is either what the Buddha proclaimed, or what he approved with his seal. ” The Pali vinaya and the Dharmaguptas (T1428) adde...
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Fri Aug 06, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 106 vs. MA 75: "the evolving consciousness" is a later development
Replies: 1
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MN 106 vs. MA 75: "the evolving consciousness" is a later development

MN 106: “... On the dissolution of the body, after death, it is possible that the evolving consciousness may pass on [to rebirth] in the imperturbable ...” “... When their body breaks up, after death, it’s possible that the consciousness headed that way will be reborn in the imperturbable.” Parallel...
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Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: According to AN 5.79 we should not listen to the discourses spoken by disciples
Replies: 14
Views: 2023

Re: Authenticity of the suttas spoken by disciples

Based upon the following documented history of the First Council, the discourses ("suttas") spoken by the disciples, such as Ven. Ananda, can't be earlier than the First Council: Ven. Kassapa questioned Ven. Upali on the Vinaya and made him state where, to whom and concerning what, the Bud...
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Mon Jul 26, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: According to AN 5.79 we should not listen to the discourses spoken by disciples
Replies: 14
Views: 2023

According to AN 5.79 we should not listen to the discourses spoken by disciples

In the Bhabru Rock Edict, King Asoka recommended seven sermons of the Buddha that he says all Buddhists — ordained or not — should listen to and reflect on frequently. Here is the text of the edict: "His Gracious Majesty, King of Magadha, bows down to the Sangha and — hoping that they are free ...
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Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: nama-rupa definition in MN 9/SN 12.2: can nama be separated from vinnana?
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

Re: nama-rupa definition in MN 9/SN 12.2: can nama be separated from vinnana?

Hi friends, Thanks for your input. I'd like to add that most Chinese agama suttas (MA 29, SA 298, T 124) define nama as the four aggregates without the form aggregate. Only one sutta (EA 49.5) has the same definition as MN 9 and SN 12.2. EA (Ekottara Agama) appeared later than MA and SA, and is cons...
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Sun Jul 11, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: nama-rupa definition in MN 9/SN 12.2: can nama be separated from vinnana?
Replies: 8
Views: 1008

nama-rupa definition in MN 9/SN 12.2: can nama be separated from vinnana?

Dear friends, Thanks for your previous help. I'm wondering how could the following definition of nama in nama-rupa in MN 9 and SN 12.2 make sense: "Feeling, perception, intention, contact, attention - this, friend, is called 'name'. The four great primaries and form dependent on the four great ...
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Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana

"Cessation of existence is nibbana" (‘bhavanirodho nibbānan’) is found in SN 12.68, its parallel SA 351, and AN 10.7. To my understanding, when arahants obtain Nibbana there is cessation of bhava for them; but for non-arahants who wander in Samsara bhava will eventually cease when they hav...
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Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What's the real "Dhamma Eye"?
Replies: 12
Views: 1189

Re: What's the real "Dhamma Eye"?

Hi friends, Thanks for your input and help. I'd just like to add that the understanding "Whatever is subject to origination is all subject to cessation" could also occur to annihilists. Based upon the following search https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/everything-that-has-a-beginning/204...
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Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Searching for suttas mentioning "final nibbana"
Replies: 10
Views: 590

Searching for suttas mentioning "final nibbana"

Dear friends, Thanks for your previous help. I'm searching for the suttas that mention "final nibbana", because I want to make sure that the Buddha did distinguish between nibbana obtained in life and nibbana obtained at death. So far I've found MN 68 and SN 22.87. Ven. Brahmali mentioned ...