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by skandha
Wed May 05, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where do you sit to do meditation?
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Where do you sit to do meditation?

I prefer to meditate in my bedroom than in nature and under the trees. My bedroom is pretty quiet compared to that in nature; no worries about insects, strong wind, heat from the sun; ground is flat. I have got no need for inspiring sights of nature as I will be closing my eyes, and the training is ...
by skandha
Wed May 05, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 712

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Yes that is a great sutta, but all I see is the six sense base (internal/external), consciousness, contact, feeling, craving, etc., but if sensation is only touch of the body then I’m not sure how it applies to all the other senses as well. There doesn’t seem to be a word for this idea of all of th...
by skandha
Tue May 04, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 712

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Sensations are phenomena that are sensed by means of the six sense organs, in other words feelings, including mind-feelings, like thoughts, ideas, memories. See chachakka sutta, six sets of six. Yes that is a great sutta, but all I see is the six sense base (internal/external), consciousness, conta...
by skandha
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 559
Views: 12958

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: 559
Views: 12958

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: 559
Views: 12958

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: 559
Views: 12958

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: 1146

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: 1364

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: 1364

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: 1364

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: 559
Views: 12958

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: 13689

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: 13689

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: 1130

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.