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by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 464
Views: 5413

Re: Unconditioned

Though it's ironic that one unconditioned thing (Atman), is effectively replaced with another unconditioned thing (Nibbana). In Advaita Vedanta the unconditioned atman is always intrinsically within the personality. In Buddhism the unconditioned Nibbana is never an intrinsic part of the five aggreg...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 464
Views: 5413

Re: Unconditioned

Though it's ironic that one unconditioned thing (Atman), is effectively replaced with another unconditioned thing (Nibbana). In Advaita Vedanta the unconditioned atman is always intrinsically within the personality. In Buddhism the unconditioned Nibbana is never an intrinsic part of the five aggreg...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 464
Views: 5413

Re: Unconditioned

even the quoted Kevatta Sutta says "the Blessed One would not say, 'A monk with no more effluents, on the break-up of the body, is annihilated, perishes, & does not exist after death.'" Yamaka Sutta Correct, because "the monk" is not - the same, - different, - the same and different, - both same an...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 464
Views: 5413

Re: Unconditioned

Consciousness without feature, without end, luminous all around.. There are two interpretations: 1) This refers to the consciousness which arises in the moment when cognising Nibbana, but is itself impermanent etc. 2) The commentarial explanation that this isn’t referring to consciousness but inste...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a sutta in the Pali Canon where someone holds the view "all is unreal" and the Buddha addresses this view?
Replies: 34
Views: 702

Re: Is there a sutta in the Pali Canon where someone holds the view "all is unreal" and the Buddha addresses this view?

Form is like a lump of foam, Feeling like a water bubble; Perception is like a mirage, Volitions like a plantain trunk, and consciousness like an illusion
- SN 22.95

Note that the Buddha did not say "is" but instead "is like".
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate
Replies: 41
Views: 653

Re: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate

You keep referring to the Vism. yet I have not once relied upon it or the Abhidhamma. I would say that just because something is in the Vism. doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I think it’s extreme to say the Vism. doesn’t get anything right at all. I think the Vism. gets Jhana right (and the Vimuttimagga) b...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate
Replies: 41
Views: 653

Re: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate

You are indeed correct when you say DN15 is profound. It is, in my opinion, an extremely important sutta since it helps to unlock quite a bit of the Dhamma. Personally I am thankful that this sutta has been preserved and passed down both in the Pali suttas and the Northern Agamas. I just noticed DN...
by skandha
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate
Replies: 41
Views: 653

Re: The definition of 'jhana-lite' and 'jhana-heavy', and hopefully a better way to differentiate

Is not the physical body but the mental body (nāmakāya). If your only argument is that "body" here must refer to the physical body simply because it says "body" then I am afraid you are committing the logical fallacy of circular reasoning. The profound Mahanidana Sutta (DN15) talks about the namaka...
by skandha
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 464
Views: 5413

Re: Unconditioned

In reality, no self and "yes self"(?) are both not entirely correct. I'll have a read and will post my thoughts, but be aware that it would be an extrodinary leap of logic to go from "The Buddha did not teach no-self" to "therefore, there is a Self/Atman". It is really not anymore heretical to say ...
by skandha
Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What experiences Nirvana?
Replies: 155
Views: 11528

Re: What experiences Nirvana?

Nirodha-samāpatti is the experience of final nibbāna whilst still alive. Note that it is the only meditative attainment without a corresponding realm after death the corresponding realm is Nirvana After the death of an arahant there is no longer any corresponding, no reference points what so ever.
by skandha
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What experiences Nirvana?
Replies: 155
Views: 11528

Re: What experiences Nirvana?

I feel that death is actually pretty close to Parinibbana for those that have not experienced it. there is no stress in Nirvana hence it's not boring, nor difficult Imagine if all your limbs have been chopped off and you still live. It is certainly unpleasant but will you stress on account of it? I...
by skandha
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tired of being an underachiever? I have the solution - 2021 edition of 'Jhānitator Arahant Maker' coming soon.
Replies: 4
Views: 568

Re: Tired of being an underachiever? I have the solution - 2021 edition of 'Jhānitator Arahant Maker' coming soon.

Excellent idea, tracking dhamma practice with a spreadsheet just like how you track your finance. We need more of this type of transparent approach to tracking and measuring dhamma practice.
by skandha
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-delight
Replies: 24
Views: 1448

Re: Non-delight

I dont think that it is possible to delight without attachement. If one delight in senses - one delight in senses... Can you please give an exemple of delight without attachnent? Sure--I can give you all you want. For example, I always delight upon the experience of a sunrise or sunset: the experie...
by skandha
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'
Replies: 64
Views: 3224

Re: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'

There is no ego or identity, but you still own your actions, and you are the one that will feel the effect and consequences of those actions. Suffering still exists regardless of your view of an identity or not. I agree with the above. In my first post on this topic I supported the notion of I am t...
by skandha
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'
Replies: 64
Views: 3224

Re: Clarification of not-self and 'the doer'

"And, yes, I think whatever thought I want to think, and don't think any thought I don't want to think. I will any resolve I want to will, and don't will any resolve I don't want to will. I have attained mastery of the mind with regard to the pathways of thought. - Vassakara Sutta You very much hav...