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by vinasp
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 19
Views: 4288

Re: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path

Hi new, new said: - "What does it mean to possess the Noble Eightfold Path?" It is never explained, because it cannot be explained in words. The conceptual mind cannot grasp that which leads to the transcending of the conceptual mind. That would be like the conceptual mind attempting to grasp concep...
by vinasp
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ways to reach enlightenment according to the suttas
Replies: 34
Views: 3715

Re: Ways to reach enlightenment according to the suttas

Hi everyone, This is a complicated subject, here are some of my thoughts. There are two types of liberation, temporary and non-temporary. [see MN 29.6] The bhikkhus who were ordinary men, on the wrong eightfold path, attained temporary liberations in this life, and they believed that if they attaine...
by vinasp
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: On feeling being conjoined not disjoined from perception
Replies: 6
Views: 1711

Re: On feeling being conjoined not disjoined from perception

Hi R1111, Here I attempt to 'improve' the translation of the MN 18 passage. "Dependent on (fabricated) eye & (fabricated) form (object), visual-mind arises. The meeting of the three is contact. With contact as a cause, there is feeling, perception, and volitional formations (mental-factors). ... The...
by vinasp
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Courage in the face of versatility and supremacism regarding the Dharma?
Replies: 90
Views: 9949

Re: Courage in the face of versatility and supremacism regarding the Dharma?

Hi binocular, binocular said: - "Perhaps the Dhamma should be considered as similar to mathematics -- something that objectively exists, can be put into practice and tested and applied in many ways, and is ultimately independent of people or how people teach it." The problem is that the discourses a...
by vinasp
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Origin of the Mahayana.
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Re: Origin of the Mahayana.

Hi everyone, I have been looking at some 'early Mahayana' sutra's. For example: The Stanzas on the Practice of Holy Transcendental Wisdom. [arya prajna-paramita carya gatha.] Also called: The forty-two Stanzas of the Practice of Holy Transcendental Wisdom, in 164 verse lines. They seem to be using t...
by vinasp
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Origin of the Mahayana.
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Re: Origin of the Mahayana.

Hi Lazy_eye, Lazy_eye: - "The assertion that Mahayana "drops the idea that the awakened one is liberated from rebirth" sounds iffy to me. My understanding is that the ultimate goal in Mahayana is "anuttarā-samyak-saṃbodhi" (complete perfect enlightenment), which entails freedom from the rounds of re...
by vinasp
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Origin of the Mahayana.
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Origin of the Mahayana.

Hi everyone, The Origin of the Mahayana. In the earliest strata of the discourses the Buddha teaches the abandonment of all views and calls the resultant state emptiness. This is in sharp contrast to the middle and late strata discourses which are based on a certain world-view. The elements of which...
by vinasp
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: present tense verbs.
Replies: 0
Views: 608

present tense verbs.

Hi everyone,

What is the exact temporal range of present tense verbs?

It seems that they can refer to the future, but how far into the future?

I suspect that they can also refer to the past. Can anyone confirm this?

Regards, Vincent.
by vinasp
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi everyone, From ordinary man to Arahant - the sequence of states as described in the discourses. 1. The ordinary man is on the wrong eightfold path due to his wrong understanding of the teachings. [mundane.] 2. He 'awakens to the (four) truths' and understands the teachings in the correct way. He ...
by vinasp
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi everyone,

"Bhikkhus, these eight things, developed and cultivated, if unarisen do not arise apart from the appearance of a tathagata, an arahant, a perfectly enlightened one.
What eight? Right view ... right concentration..."

[ SN 45.14 - Arising (1)]

Regards, Vincent.
by vinasp
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi everyone, The Arising of the Path. Here is Ven. Bodhi on the arising of the path: "When the course of insight practice is entered, the eight path factors become charged with an intensity previously unknown. They gain in force and fuse together into the unity of a single cohesive path heading towa...
by vinasp
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi Sam Vara, Sam Vara: - "Is it your understanding that the best the "ordinary man" can do in order to facilitate the arising of the supramundane path is to follow the mundane path to the best of their ability? Or is there something else that can be done?" I have just noticed something important, it...
by vinasp
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 2280

Re: modern psychology role in understanding buddhism

Hi everyone, Here are some short notes on the subject of the left and right brain hemispheres. Taken from: The Concept "Self" and "Person" in Buddhism and in Western Psychology, by David Galin. From neuropathology there has been much publicity about the "split-brain" patients whose cerebral hemisphe...
by vinasp
Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi Sam Vara, Sam Vara: - "The "all or nothing" aspect of this is something that has often puzzled me. It would seem to imply that up until a certain stage (stream entry?) one remains an ordinary person whose understanding of the teachings is necessarily incorrect, or inferior. One might use the term...
by vinasp
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā
Replies: 26
Views: 2167

Re: Paññā

Hi Sam Vara, Sam Vara: - "With regard to the points about the difference between an ordinary person and a noble disciple, and between consciousness and wisdom. What can the former do, if anything, to advance progress towards the latter?" V: - According to MN 2, the four principle asava's are only re...