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by pegembara
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there mind independent reality?
Replies: 21
Views: 205

Re: Is there mind independent reality?

If there are no minds around, would this conversation whether there is a reality independent of the mind even take place! :shrug: This constant need to know is simply mind fabrication. "Now I wonder — knowing in what way, seeing in what way, does one without delay put an end to the effluents?" The B...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there mind independent reality?
Replies: 21
Views: 205

Re: Is there mind independent reality?

Option one. Last night I was walking and gazed at the Full Moon. Then I turned away. It didn't disappear; it was still there. :tongue: Once I saw a meteorite it disappeared in front of my eye! :D I saw myself in the mirror. I turned away and when I looked in the mirror again I was still there. Ther...
by pegembara
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there mind independent reality?
Replies: 21
Views: 205

Re: Is there mind independent reality?

Sure - you see the world still existing even when others have died but what if everyone including you is dead?
Do "non-living" entities like viruses see trees, stars, people? I doubt this.

All fall under the category of dependently originated phenomena or conditioned things.
by pegembara
Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is aging & death impermanent?
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: How is aging & death impermanent?

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” ― Mark Twain I suppose it matters a lot where Mark Twain is whether he should have feared death Guess we'll never know exactly what "Mark Twain" rea...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sambodhi sutta - No Jhāna needed for Stream-Entry?
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: Sambodhi sutta - No Jhāna needed for Stream-Entry?

how do u see automatic process of what's happening in mind or impermanent of conciousn activity without jhana? With stillness and calm(samadhi) or "access concentration" without entering jhana. Being the witness for example - In order to clearly know these three characteristics of aniccam, dukkham,...
by pegembara
Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:25 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is aging & death impermanent?
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: How is aging & death impermanent?

Death can seem permanent if you had once "existed" and are no more. Or you could say the "experience" of being dead is "permanent" whereas the experience of being alive is impermanent. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered th...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The conceit of "i am equal"
Replies: 35
Views: 558

Re: The conceit of "i am equal"

I am equal: i am equal photo.png I am not equal I am not equal.jpg The concept of an I is a disease. “‘Bhikkhu, this person consists of six elements.’ So it was said. And with reference to what was this said? There are the earth element, the water element, the fire element, the air element, the spa...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sambodhi sutta - No Jhāna needed for Stream-Entry?
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: Sambodhi sutta - No Jhāna needed for Stream-Entry?

Consider this sutta too, which I have never read before “After the rainy season the sky is clear and cloudless. And when the sun rises, it dispels all the darkness from the sky as it shines and glows and radiates. In the same way, when the stainless, immaculate vision of the teaching arises in a no...
by pegembara
Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is aging & death impermanent?
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: How is aging & death impermanent?

What is death? Food for thought. Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. https://www.npr.org/2010/02/02/123232331/henrietta-lacks-a-dono...
by pegembara
Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: How is aging & death impermanent?
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: How is aging & death impermanent?

At Savatthī. “Bhikkhus, I will teach you dependent origination and dependently arisen phenomena. Listen and attend closely, I will speak.” “Yes, venerable sir,” those bhikkhus replied. The Blessed One said this: “And what, bhikkhus, is dependent origination? ‘With birth as condition, aging-and-deat...
by pegembara
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The conceit of "i am equal"
Replies: 35
Views: 558

Re: The conceit of "i am equal"

"All human beings are unique, and therefore are born free and equal in dignity and rights." "All 'beings' are born equal" says a lamb to the lion. Says who? In whose world? "This is how he attends inappropriately: 'Was I in the past? Was I not in the past? What was I in the past? How was I in the p...
by pegembara
Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering pleasure
Replies: 37
Views: 476

Re: Suffering pleasure

Overheard on a flight a miserable crying child going home to the Philippines from holidays. "I want to stay in Singapore. Why must we go home?"
Pleasure is dukkha in disguise.

"I was happy without shoes until I saw people enjoying their Nikes and Adidas"
by pegembara
Thu Sep 16, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: making nibbāna a 'thing'
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: making nibbāna a 'thing'

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you...
by pegembara
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What makes the mind arise after it has ceased?
Replies: 22
Views: 406

Re: What makes the mind arise after it has ceased?

Craving. ‘The sage has known both ends, and is not stuck in the middle . He is a great man, I declare, he has escaped the seamstress here.’ “Yes, sir,” they replied. The Buddha said this: “Contact, reverends, is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the middle...