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by bridif1
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 4348

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

SN 7.6 was an exchange with a non-Buddhist. The language of the conversion is the language of Brahminism. Hi DD! I don't understand how is it relevant that the listener was a non-buddhist. In SN 42.7, the Buddha says that he teaches the Dhamma to all listeners. If the Dhamma is the truth, it is ind...
by bridif1
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 4348

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

Hi! By chance I was just reading an essay on the role of mamarupa and viññana in Dependent Co-arising. There, the author seem to suggest that with the gradual destruction of ignorance and cognitive distortions, there comes the destruction of sense and designation (quoting SN 7.6). The final result o...
by bridif1
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do Arahants experience non-neutral mental vedana?
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Do Arahants experience non-neutral mental vedana?

In terms of the effects of the attainment of arahantship over the arising of feelings (vedana): Do Arahants experience the arising of non-neutral (pleasure or displeasure) mental feelings? According to Sallatha Sutta, an Arahant will still experience physical feelings of pleasure and pain, but he wi...
by bridif1
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 3908

Re: Results of past karma

Hi! I don't know if this was brought up before, but I'll put it anyway, in case it could point to something useful: SN 36.21 : On one occasion the Blessed One was dwelling near Rajagaha in the Bamboo Grove Monastery, the Squirrel's Feeding Place. There Moliyasivaka the wanderer went to the Blessed O...
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 3908

Re: Results of past karma

Hi bridif1, but my question is where in the suttas do you find they say that the results one gets in this present life are strictly and exclusively due to his past-lives kamma only? Where do you see they rule out the effect of present-live kamma? Just because present-life kamma doesn't give immedia...
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 3908

Re: Results of past karma

Wrong, working hard is a volitional/intentional act that'll result in some wholesome results either in this life or the next. Hi Santa100! I'm not saying that this interpretation is wrong; not at all. But have you considered that this line of thought is not thay different from the one christians ha...
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana, Sankhara and Phasso in dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 1628

Re: Vedana, Sankhara and Phasso in dependent origination

Hi Khemindas! In my opinion, DO is a model created to explain how a past namarupa (tainted by ignorance) gives rise to a new namarupa (tainted as well), after the "contact" link. If ignorance is still present, the first namarupa includes past kamma. After the physical impingement with the sense-door...
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are

Kim OHara wrote: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:42 am ...
Thanks Kim!
This is really useful to keep in mind.
I appreciate you sharing this.

Kind regards!
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are

Volo wrote: Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:27 am Could it be this one?
Hi, kind Volo!

Yes, that was exactly the one I was thinking about.
I'm really thankful.

Have a wonderful day!
by bridif1
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Looking for sutta - Unskillful people don't know that they are

Hi!

I'm sorry for bothering you about this.

I'm looking for a sutta where it's explained that "bad people" is not aware about their unskillful deeds and ways of thinking.

I'd really appreciate any kind of help.
Thanks in advance for your time!

Kind regards!
by bridif1
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta
Replies: 16
Views: 4222

Re: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta

Hi Auto!

As far as I know, the metaphor of the river and the stream has a lot of uses and interpretations in the suttas.

If we follow your first example without any concern for its context, everyone would be stream-enterers.

Kind regards!
by bridif1
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 208
Views: 16161

Re: Arahant's suicide

Why, then, does Buddha meditate when he has already achieved everything? The Pali Buddha at Mahaparinibbana Sutta says that meditation makes life more comfortable for an old man whose body is decrepit. Hi Germann! I asked a similar question on Buddhism.SE. Here's the link to that question with an a...
by bridif1
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?

The process of meditation unifies the mind (citta ekagata) and then goes through the process of dyana as vitakka ( apply) vicara ( verify) piti ( mental joy) sukha (feeling beyond vedana- ecstacy) . With meditation one learns to steer the direction to a target. In fact the meditation of satara sati...
by bridif1
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?

If you want to take a look, this question was originally published in Buddhism.SE, here: Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight? Hi! As the title indicates, I don't know how the mind "picks" which sensation to focus on. Considering the huge amount of sense-data being recei...
by bridif1
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 208
Views: 16161

Re: Arahant's suicide

... Thanks for your time and answer! I think your getting to something that I thought I understood, but maybe I didn't... I assumed that whatever dukkha is felt, it was always a feeling (vedana). Or, basically, that when the chain of DO gave rise to dukkha, what happened was that a mental "pain" wa...