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by Bundokji
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can someone reconcile these two Buddhist concepts of self for me please
Replies: 34
Views: 515

Re: Can someone reconcile these two Buddhist concepts of self for me please

The self is the most universal aspect of the human mind hence the teachings on not-self. The universality of the self makes it persisting, habitual and sharping the human experience. Therefore, the teachings on Anatta is both a point of emphasis and a statement of truth. As a point of emphasis, it i...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What can I do to help my father. (Oral cancer)
Replies: 34
Views: 346

Re: What can I do to help my father. (Oral cancer)

I am sorry to hear about the suffering of your father and the stress you are going through. It is difficult to advice someone we do not know what to do under these circumstances, but as you asked for it, avoid being spiritual for the time being and try to simply be a good son. Attend to his physical...
by Bundokji
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Importance of Asceticism
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: Importance of Asceticism

"Bhikkhus, these two extremes ought not to be cultivated by one gone forth from the house-life. What are the two? There is devotion to indulgence of pleasure in the objects of sensual desire, which is inferior, low, vulgar, ignoble, and leads to no good; and there is devotion to self-torment, which...
by Bundokji
Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is panna? Is it permanent?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: What is panna? Is it permanent?

When i approach this topic, i try not to turn permanence into an absolute. Permanence is more inline with persistence that absolutism (which is a form of essentialism, something the Buddha denied in his teaching on anatta) If ignorance was an absolute (having an essence), then enlightenment would be...
by Bundokji
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 84
Views: 6118

Re: How to overcome love of debate?

Maybe contemplating the draw backs of debate helps: Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Not even a god, an angel, Mara or Brahma can turn into defeat the victory of a person who is self-subdued and ever restrained in conduct. However, debates have benefits such as testing the co...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How exactly was Angulimala redeemed?
Replies: 17
Views: 233

Re: How exactly was Angulimala redeemed?

Mr Man wrote: Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:45 pm I don’t believe redemption is a Buddhist concept. There is no need for absolution.
This what came to my mind when i read the OP question.
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Spiny Norman wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:58 am It isn't a case of "refusing to admit" something, I simply don't agree with you. No worries.
Well, we don't have to agree of course, Buddha forbids :tongue:
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Eternal = without beginning or end. Transient ("nihilist") = with beginning and end. So with your logic, cessation of contact would be in the nihilist category, along with origination of contact. The whole point was to show you that contact and the origin of contact as presented in AN 6.61 are the ...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Several posts up. "Contact without an end is eternal - that without a known beginning is without a known end." This is what i said: Contact without an origin is eternal - that without known beginning is without a known end You also seem to overlook what i said about the cessation of contact. How ca...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Spiny Norman wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:19 am You proposed eternal contact, with no origination or cessation. Thats pretty much the definition of unconditioned.
Can you quote me where i did that?
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

You seem to be proposing unconditioned contact, but this is a contradiction in terms, and not something which is ever described in the suttas. Contact is the "meeting of the three", and is always dependently arising. It always has an origination, and always has a cessation. I think you're clutching...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Sorry, but that doesnt make sense. Eternalism and nihilism are a dichotomy, but contact and origination of contact are not. Origination of contact and contact are a process , followed by cessation of contact. The process manifests itself in the dichotomy (either/or) - (being/non being). Contact wit...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

Simply because the two ends in the sutta examples don't look like "extremes", and the middles don't look like "beyonds". The 6 examples in this sutta look more like sets of things, or processes. And the seamstress of craving keeps us involved with these, keeps us attached. Contact = eternalism The ...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

I'd agree that the sage "not stuck in the middle" has attained supramundane right view. Specifically this would be deep insight into the workings of the 6 examples given in AN 6.61. However I don't think AN 6.61 is anything to with the "middle way". If you look at the way the 6 examples in the sutt...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Questions of Metteyya
Replies: 63
Views: 1059

Re: The Questions of Metteyya

I think the middle path taught by the Buddha that is dependent on the extremes is mundane right view (or mundane path). Why it is right view? because it acknowledges ignorance as its root, or lack of certainty. Why it is mundane? because it is dependent on self view and has not ended the origination...