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by barcsimalsi
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Much Learning & How Much Practice
Replies: 25
Views: 3466

Re: How Much Learning & How Much Practice

How much is expected of me?
Expectation is craving and yes it leads to suffering; "I feel so irrelevant".
You have just acknowledge the 1st and 2nd noble truth.

What type of mediation are you practicing?
by barcsimalsi
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN 28 and the Clinging Aggregates.
Replies: 109
Views: 9318

Re: MN 28 and the Clinging Aggregates.

It feels more like the perception happens first, followed by a feeling based on that perception. So for example if I have a pleasant mental feeling associated with looking at the sea, doesn't the perception of "sea" come first? Or to put it another way, how can a feeling arise from a sense-object i...
by barcsimalsi
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara aggregate
Replies: 61
Views: 7701

Re: Sankhara aggregate

It might be significant that in the suttas consciousness, perception and feeling are described as inseparable. Does this imply that the activity of the sankhara aggregate is separable, another level of experience? http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/popcrush.com/files/2011/12/BritDominos.jpg Tak...
by barcsimalsi
Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Some questions about Buddhism
Replies: 20
Views: 2300

Re: Some questions about Buddhism

1. I know that Buddhism is strongly against killing and aggression in all forms, but how about if it's not harmful or justified? For instance, the oft-cited explanation of having to protect yourself from a hostile force. Then there is also the case of young children (boys usually) "horsing around" ...
by barcsimalsi
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right view... right knowledge
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Right view... right knowledge

Through dispassion, he is fully released. With full release, there is the knowledge, 'Fully released.' He discerns that 'Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.' So right knowledge refers to the insight of fully released which only arahant/bu...
by barcsimalsi
Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right view... right knowledge
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Re: Right view... right knowledge

SarathW wrote:Detailed description is given here:

Seven stages of purification:

http://www.nissarana.lk/wwwww/publicati ... entry_id=5
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by barcsimalsi
Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right view... right knowledge
Replies: 14
Views: 1531

Right view... right knowledge

mn117; "Of those, right view is the forerunner. And how is right view the forerunner? In one of right view, right resolve comes into being. In one of right resolve, right speech comes into being. In one of right speech, right action... In one of right action, right livelihood... In one of right liv...
by barcsimalsi
Mon May 19, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?
Replies: 52
Views: 8456

Re: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?

Thanks for the replies everyone. As how i see it, the quality of intention pretty much depends on cognitive ability. I have a relative who got stroke and cognitive problem, he was a mechanic for about 40 years but now he can’t even recognize which tool to use for loosening the nut from the bolt. I w...
by barcsimalsi
Sun May 18, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?
Replies: 52
Views: 8456

Re: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?

Read this Sutta. https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn36/sn36.006.than.html&sa=U&ei=VqN4U_iDHefQ4QTQv4HQDA&ved=0CAYQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNEQIHrt77FdxQ5y-dglnm0qcFVMRA I don't think it answer my question. Regarding the disease; ...Cognitive abili...
by barcsimalsi
Sun May 18, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?
Replies: 52
Views: 8456

Re: Was Pali Lord Buddha's "native" or spoken language?

The sutta stated that Arahant is not exempt from bodily sickness so what if an arahant was diagnosed with huntington’s disease which leads to cognitive impairment, memory deficit and various psychiatric symptoms? How is it possible that the culmination of right mindfulness be sustained in this case?...
by barcsimalsi
Tue May 13, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chasing Experience
Replies: 12
Views: 2112

Re: Chasing Experience

It depends on where you are, referring to mn137 ; craving for attainment is not all bad if you notice you tend to be more disenchanted towards worldly things lately but to progress further there’s more to do and undo. "And what are the six kinds of renunciation distress? The distress coming from the...
by barcsimalsi
Sat May 10, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: DELETED
Replies: 8
Views: 2323

Re: Is "Positive thinking" Good or Bad?

Positive thinking is important to develop a peaceful mind, the problem is it isn’t easy to keep up with especially when one is facing problem and the mind is clouded by restlessness. It is clear to us that life is impermanent so as it is uncertain, we never know what’s gonna happen next. Speaking ab...
by barcsimalsi
Thu May 08, 2014 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Key component missing? Does the wheel turn smoothly without?
Replies: 131
Views: 17037

Re: Key component missing? Does the wheel turn smoothly with

retrofuturist wrote:
Smiling is just smiling.
Perhaps it is gladdening/satisfying the mind like in the 3rd tetrad;
[10] He trains himself, 'I will breathe in satisfying the mind.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out satisfying the mind.'
by barcsimalsi
Sun May 04, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Defilements vs purity
Replies: 26
Views: 3665

Re: Defilements vs purity

"But, Mālunkyāputta, in what way do you remember the five lower fetters as taught by me?” “Venerable sir, I remember identity view as a lower fetter taught by the Blessed One. I remember doubt as a lower fetter taught by the Blessed One. I remember adherence to rules and observances as a lower fett...
by barcsimalsi
Sat May 03, 2014 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Defilements vs purity
Replies: 26
Views: 3665

Re: Defilements vs purity

The root of defilement is ignorant/wrong view. It is called defiled because the view one holds is distorted from the truth.

Regarding the terms like luminous mind, radiant consciousness or Buddha nature, it implies the potentiality rather than a pure state of mind…IMO.