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by Sunrise
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

Also, it's not correct to say that all the religious morality systems are alike. There are some important distinctions. For example, my Christian friends have no problem with the butchering of animals because they believe it is sanctioned by the Bible. Most religious beliefs are for morality; that'...
by Sunrise
Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

Therefore anatta has no bearing on the question "should we believe in post-mortem rebirth?" Should we believe in post-mortem rebirth??? Super mundane practice has very little or no place for beliefs. Beliefs are for morality and the mundane cultivations. Thus, Buddhists "beliefs" and Hindu/christia...
by Sunrise
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

After all, Buddhism does teach that beings (or mindstreams or individuated dependent origination processes or whatever term we prefer) re-arise in the various realms. ..... Just thinking back on the stuff that confused me when I first encountered it, perhaps it would be helpful to clarify as follow...
by Sunrise
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

That souls are reborn from lesser forms of life into higher forms of life until they become human beings and have a chance at escaping the cycle of rebirth and reach Nirvana Not sure what you are talking about. Buddhism is about anatta and the concept of a soul does not fit in there. IMO it is best...
by Sunrise
Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Big square of rebirth in small round Xs
Replies: 56
Views: 8800

Re: Big square of rebirth in small round Xs

There is no need to quote suttas and the "History of Buddhist Philosophy" to state a simple fact that physical pain is pain. When the Buddha stuck his leg on a stone he would have felt pain. He had a nerves system. Point is, there is a difference between phyiscal pain and the associated mental suffe...
by Sunrise
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Big square of rebirth in small round Xs
Replies: 56
Views: 8800

Re: Big square of rebirth in small round Xs

But pain is pain. Pain is dukkha and it is out of total control. Pain is only physical if you remove the mental suffering associated with it. That will not make life suffering in itself. Did the Buddha lead a miserable life after enlightenment or did he dwell in peace born from relinquishment? Pain...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 9208

Re: About nibbana

What was new was the realization that the mind could shut down completely, so that there was no experience (feeling or perception) of anything at all. Upon reflection, this told me that it was possible to bring the mind to utter cessation... How is deep sleep different to this experience? ... thoug...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 9208

Re: About nibbana

Even in the Visuddhimagga the cessation attainment (nirodhasamāpatti), a.k.a. the cessation of apperception and feeling (saññāvedayitanirodha), while nominally mentioned as similar to nibbāna in a couple of passages, nevertheless is not the same as nibbāna. Visuddhimagga 23.52: As to the question: ...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 9208

Re: About nibbana

Hi Sunrise, could you give us a page reference or a short quote, since I can't find what you are referring to in Ajahn Brahm's book... Mike Hey Mike. I don't have the book with me right now as I gave it to a friend. But it is there when he is describing Nibbana after describing in detail all the fo...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 103
Views: 15807

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

PeterB wrote:Semantics.
He died.
We have a description of that event.
Frankly, it's as simple as that :jumping:
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Experience (of?) Nibbana
Replies: 83
Views: 13371

Re: Experience (of?) Nibbana

One who has attained the fruition of stream entry has abandoned identity view (sakkāyadiṭṭhi), i.e. self-view (attānudiṭṭhi), but still hasn't abandoned craving for existence (bhavataṇhā), which includes craving for a high birth, i.e. desire for form existence (rūparāga). Thanks Geoff. Can you plea...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 9208

Re: About nibbana

There is a meditative accomplishment beyond neither-perception-nor-non-perception, which is sañña-vedayita-nirodha/the cessation of perception and feeling. In which apparently, consciousness stops occurring and everything stops for a little while. I believe that this does, supposedly, bring a perso...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?
Replies: 103
Views: 15807

Re: Three Things a Buddha Cannot Do?

Maybe this will help: "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? The Buddha-range of the Buddhas "The jhana-range of a person in jhana... "The [precise working out of the] results ...
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About nibbana
Replies: 71
Views: 9208

Re: About nibbana

Kenshou wrote:Really? Anagami or arahant due to simply the sphere of nothingness? Are you sure he didn't mean the cessation of perception and feeling?

If you aren't mistaken, then Ajahn Brahm most likely is.
What do you mean by "cessation of feeling?" :jawdrop:
by Sunrise
Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Experience (of?) Nibbana
Replies: 83
Views: 13371

Re: Experience (of?) Nibbana

The "right view required for liberation" is the "right view without effluents" as it directs the mind towards the super-mundane practice of letting go while "right view with effluents" directs the mind towards Dhana and moral conduct while still encouraging effluents. My opinion is that the right vi...