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by Nicolas
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:20 pm
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: 9
Views: 112

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

Nicolas wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:32 am Kaccānagotta Sutta (SN 12.15)
For one who sees the origin of the world as it really is with correct wisdom, there is no notion of nonexistence in regard to the world.
[...]
‘All does not exist’: this is the second extreme.
(Adding the actual quote.)
by Nicolas
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samsara must have an end?
Replies: 78
Views: 773

Re: Samsara must have an end?

“And, Master Gotama, when having directly known it, you teach the Dhamma to your disciples for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow & lamentation, for the disappearance of pain & distress, for the attainment of the right method, & for the realization of unbinding, will all the c...
by Nicolas
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student
Replies: 23
Views: 2110

Re: "Is consciousness me? " ... 40 Days @ Pa Auk / Experiences of a Goenkaji's student

Are all newborned babys very near nirvana because they havent done something inmoral? A young tender infant lying prone does not even have the notion ‘identity,’ so how could identity view arise in him? Yet the underlying tendency to identity view lies within him. A young tender infant lying prone ...
by Nicolas
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Source of this quote
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: Source of this quote

It is in the Visuddhimagga, a few pages before the end of chapter 16.

Nanamoli translates the passage there as:
For there is suffering, but none who suffers; Doing exists although there is no doer.
Extinction is but no extinguished person; Although there is a path, there is no goer.
by Nicolas
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge
Replies: 22
Views: 3110

Re: Refuge

Sidenote: when one takes refuge in the Sangha, it's in the ariya-sangha.
The Saṅgha of the Blessed One’s disciples is practising the good way, practising the straight way, practising the true way, practising the proper way; that is, the four pairs of persons, the eight types of individuals—this Saṅgha of the Blessed One’s disciples is worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of reverential salutation, the unsurpassed field of merit for the world. wrote:
by Nicolas
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: We have a problem with the term annihilation
Replies: 137
Views: 8990

Re: We have a problem with the term annihilation

This may be relevant: Why now do you assume ‘a being’? Mara, is that your speculative view? This is a heap of sheer formations: Here no being is found. Just as, with an assemblage of parts, The word ‘chariot’ is used, So, when the aggregates exist, There is the convention ‘a being.’ It’s only suffer...
by Nicolas
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: interrogation on aggregates
Replies: 1
Views: 3474

Re: interrogation on aggregates

Three aggregates associated with consciousness, conjoined by consciousness, generated by consciousness: Feeling, perception, sankhara. Form and consciousness are either not so, sometimes so, or neither so nor not so.
by Nicolas
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How does Buddhism explain Hindu moksha and Shaktih
Replies: 29
Views: 6394

Re: How does Buddhism explain Hindu moksha and Shaktih

(James Randi died a month ago, October 20.)
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 903387

Re: the great rebirth debate

The literal meaning is inconsistent, that's the problem. My personal taste has nothing to do with that. If I take my ancestor's lives as my previous lives [...] This sounds like it is your personal taste, though. I still don't see the inconsistency. Your point is internally coherent but I don't und...
by Nicolas
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 903387

Re: the great rebirth debate

The literal meaning is inconsistent, that's the problem. My personal taste has nothing to do with that. What is the inconsistency? I'm guessing the meaning of SN 15.1 is essentially the same as SN 15.14, i.e. "the number of mothers you've had [in 'previous lives'] is larger than the number of twigs...
by Nicolas
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: To be or not to be?
Replies: 11
Views: 933

Re: To be or not to be?

My interpretation: Papanca is coterminous with the six senses. That is the limit of the effable. "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." (Wittgenstein) Any such statement (on what there is or is not with the remainderless stopping & fading of the six contact-media) would be made on t...
by Nicolas
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???
Replies: 15
Views: 6774

Re: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???

[...] Micha-samadhi was just an example, I didn't mean to imply: "all and everything good and beneficial is included in the Noble eightfold path, but nothing good and beneficial exists outside of it". Edit: in other words, whether or not recollections etc. are included in N8P isn't relevant to this...
by Nicolas
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???
Replies: 15
Views: 6774

Re: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???

My interpretation: The Noble Eightfold Path is a subset of sila/samadhi/panna. Samma-viriya, samma-sati and samma-samadhi all fit under the category "samadhi", but not all samadhi fits under the category of samma-viriya, samma-sati and samma-samadhi. (Micha-samadhi, for example.) Same with the other...
by Nicolas
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What happens to consciousness/awareness when entering Paranirvana?
Replies: 34
Views: 2622

Re: What happens to consciousness/awareness when entering Paranirvana?

Doesn't the last point contradict with the others? SN 22.53 is before the break-up of the body. Second quote is upon/after break-up of the body. I mean if everything what I am, even consciousness, which I think I ultimately am [...] It is not what you are, none of it is to be seen as me or mine. wh...