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by Pondera
Mon May 10, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Problem With Hell
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: The Problem With Hell

God/Allah/Yahweh whatever you call him is none other than Mara... As Buddhism rejects the doctrine of a world creator, surely the Buddhist equivalent of God or Allah or Yahweh would be sky flowers or the sons of a barren woman or the horns of a hare. Don’t we have “Gods who delight in creating”? Al...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Problem With Hell
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: The Problem With Hell

At what point do we as “good” people ignore the warnings of Hell and welcome the prospects of Heaven? When we're sekhas and therefore free of the risk of arising in lower realms. Until then prudence is always advisable. I have had a dream where I ascended to heaven among a group of friends via the ...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

Indeed. But the crux is: does this occur during Jhana or after emerging from it? “Mendicants, develop immersion. “samādhiṁ, bhikkhave, bhāvetha; A mendicant who has immersion truly understands. samāhito , bhikkhave, bhikkhu yathābhūtaṁ pajānāti. https://suttacentral.net/sn22.5/en/sujato My grasp of...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

Indeed. There are those who develop samatha and rid them selves of passion. Seems to imply that this, in and of itself, is the course towards discernment - and not otherwise. Are you being coy? :jumping: just come out and say it. Are you hard or soft? :rofl: (It’s Friday. Come on. It wouldn’t be Fr...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

In defence of samatha- Indeed. But the crux is: does this occur during Jhana or after emerging from it? EDIT: it seems you have already cast your vote. Welcome, friend - to the soft jhana EBT world of bliss and samadhi! Perhaps the world of bliss and ecstasy belongs to the hard jhanas! "These two q...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Problem With Hell
Replies: 14
Views: 396

The Problem With Hell

It’s seems in Christianity that whether one does good or bad deeds and thoughts, the Almighty Creator demands this: “Worship my son, Jesus, and you will NOT go to Hell. Otherwise, your phucked (either way).” Buddhism is reasonable. And odd. It sees people with bright kamma going to hell. It sees peo...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

In defence of samatha- "I tell you, the ending of the mental fermentations depends on the first jhana... the second jhana... the third... the fourth... the dimension of the infinitude of space... the dimension of the infinitude of consciousness... the dimension of nothingness. I tell you, the endin...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?

For lay people, in particular - the Buddha seems to say it’s okay to give an ox a thrashing if it wanders into one’s crops? Suppose the crops have ripened, and the caretaker is diligent. If an ox fond of crops invades the crops the caretaker would grab them firmly by the muzzle. Then they’d grab the...
by Pondera
Sat May 08, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 203

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

A good friend of mine used to stand outside the door way and exclaim, “Glad to be here!” Then he’d walk through the door into the house, stand straight up in one spot and exclaim, “Glad to be here !” :rofl: (I think it might have been an old John Lennon joke). “Here” is a very conventional concept. ...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

:coffee: Then Venerable Ānanda went up to the Buddha, bowed, sat down to one side, and said to him: “ Could it be, sir, that a mendicant might gain a state of immersion like this? They wouldn’t perceive earth in earth, water in water, fire in fire, or air in air. And they wouldn’t perceive the dimen...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

Oh man! pitithefool wrote: Look at this sutta quote, from AN 11.2: "For a person whose mind is concentrated, there is no need for an act of will, 'May I know & see things as they actually are.' It is in the nature of things that a person whose mind is concentrated knows & sees things as they actual...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

Oh man! pitithefool wrote: Look at this sutta quote, from AN 11.2: "For a person whose mind is concentrated, there is no need for an act of will, 'May I know & see things as they actually are.' It is in the nature of things that a person whose mind is concentrated knows & sees things as they actuall...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My Path
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: My Path

If the inner eye doesn’t work for you, use feeling only. Relax the bottom of your heart, notice the feeling of relaxation in your mind, notice the feeling of relaxation in your sphincter, notice the relaxation of the muscles all over your body, notice the tranquility in your mind, notice the elevat...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

I do enjoy our back and forth. Minimal rambling. No insults. As you say, he is very stubborn, and informed. Thank you and likewise. "Furthermore, with the complete transcending of the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, Sariputta entered & remained in the cessation of feeling & perc...
by Pondera
Fri May 07, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoherence (
Replies: 172
Views: 1957

Re: suttas where mind and body (31 body parts of meditator) dichotomy is incontrovertible, exposing Abhidhamma incoheren

... It looks as though we’ve scared off the “ Vitakka and vicara” nuts for now. :tongue: Maybe they’re just sleeping. :coffee: Ceisiwr's not one to give up so easily. His explanations are usually pretty on-point but he's conjoined at the hip with a certain view point and refuses to entertain the va...