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by pegembara
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?
Replies: 36
Views: 277

Re: Is the operation of Dependent Origination individual or collective?

The origin of the cycle of DO is "ignorance" or not seeing the reality of existence - so it applies to both the individual as well as the society at large. How else can the individual and the society as a whole be willing to sacrifice blood and tears for a "worthy" cause? And what is ignoble search?...
by pegembara
Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)
Replies: 51
Views: 727

Re: Sallatha Sutta SN 36.6 - The Arrow (or dart, thorn)

"When an untaught worldling is touched by a painful (bodily) feeling, he worries and grieves, he laments, beats his breast, weeps and is distraught. He thus experiences two kinds of feelings, a bodily and a mental feeling. It is as if a man were pierced by a dart and, following the first piercing, ...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

... Many, many thanks. Yes it is a good posting. Does this mean that there is no Buddha to be found anywhere? What about the living Buddha? What about the Buddha after Parinibbana? Is Buddha like a child playing with the sand castles? Sand castles are demolished but the children are still there! Th...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

What does sunnata mean? What's the sunnatta teaching? Sunnata means a lack of inherent existence ie. anatta or corelessness. For example- What is the ear? Is it the ear drum, ear canal, the fleshy part, ear bones, the nerves or brain? Without its parts, there is no ear! So the ear is dependent on i...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

My understanding is Buddha did not go to two extremes of existence and non-existence. A simple example of this. You know that the USA doesn't truly exist but is a mere convention(mental creation). And yet try to cross from Mexico to the US and tell the border patrol that the border only exists in o...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?
Replies: 21
Views: 314

Re: Did Buddha ask us to treat five aggregate as "this is not me, this is not mine, this is not my self?

Actually, the Buddha asked us to treat everything as not-self.
That even includes the Uncreated.

Sabbe sankhara anicca/dukkha
Sabbe dhamma anatta
by pegembara
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is NIrodha Samapatthi (the cessation of perception and feelings) an aspect of consciousness hence within the five aggreg
Replies: 7
Views: 202

Re: Is NIrodha Samapatthi (the cessation of perception and feelings) an aspect of consciousness hence within the five ag

Here is a point of controversy. Is there a "something" apart from the five aggregates? And if the five aggregates are all, then "what" is that is observing the rise and fall of those same aggregates? "Bhikkhus, how do you conceive it: is form permanent or impermanent?" — "Impermanent, venerable Sir....
by pegembara
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we have to learn Abhidhamma to gain Wisdom?
Replies: 17
Views: 224

Re: Do we have to learn Abhidhamma to gain Wisdom?

Thousands didn't. They only listened to the Buddha with careful attention.
Now during his utterance, the hearts of those thousand bhikkhus were liberated from taints through clinging no more.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .nymo.html
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The breath as a distraction
Replies: 12
Views: 214

Re: The breath as a distraction

Hello everyone, I recently considered the possibility that counting/following and otherwise focussing on the breath might be getting in the way of my sessions developing as they have been in a state of attrition for some time. This conclusion seems to have been correct - instead of seeing the breat...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

The Second Noble Truth says the cause of dukkha is craving, not believing there is a being or a self. No cherry-picking and choosing only parts you like to suit your interpretation. Where does it say in the suttas that the belief in a self or atta is not dukkha? "This, monks, is the path of practic...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

What's the point of knowing water as water, wind as wind, and so on, if these things don't exist, or worse, if you can't say they either do or don't exist? The Second Noble Truth says the cause of dukkha is craving, not believing there is a being or a self . Do beings or the self exist or not? What...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle ...." What amazes me is how someone misunderstood this statement and then changed it to saying any particular thing exists or...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 751

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

A question on a sutta in Saccasamyutta, it would be nice if you can help me out. It is a study group, kind of private, even though the public might read us. https://suttacentral.net/sn56.41/en/sujato But Buddha says "Nevertheless, Bhikkhus, what that man saw was actually real , not unreal"  "Once i...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle ...." From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-&-form. From name-&-form as a requisite condition come the six se...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

The point here in the above post is that you do not get angry when you have a self-view. Does this mean Sotapanna and Anagami also not get angry as they have eliminated self-view? Even if you are without a doubt that there is no fixed self, the perception of a centre still persists. The "I am" conc...