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by dhammacoustic
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self, who experiences karma?
Replies: 62
Views: 4823

Re: If there is no self, who experiences karma?

Mental defilements both create and experience kamma. Without mental defilements, there is Nibbana - the ultimate reality. Dependent origination means "conditionally arisen phenomena". If there is no cause, there is no effect. Anyone with clarity can see the fact that an ego-entity cannot exist, beca...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is "Sexual Misconduct"?
Replies: 50
Views: 5843

Re: What exactly is "Sexual Misconduct"?

That's your opinion, but I don't think you're entirely correct. Hello, TheNoBSBuddhist :smile: I really don't give out opinions, although I used to have lots of them. Now I don't even bother what sort of ideas I have about things. So if I post anything here (or there), it's of experience. But I'd s...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What exactly is "Sexual Misconduct"?
Replies: 50
Views: 5843

Re: What exactly is "Sexual Misconduct"?

People can tell you all kinds of things about what sexual misconduct is. But you already know what it is. Sexual misconduct = pursuing the lust, and nothing else. And who knows what kind of lustful objects one has in mind? Lust and desire, if constantly cultivated, condition the mind to become degen...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 919
Views: 234073

Re: Free will and Buddhism

I would say, since there is no reality as "ego", it's pointless to debate whether there is free-will or not, as all are conditioned mental processes. There is the mind - which conditions the kamma processes of a stream, and there is the path/fruition - which leads to unconditionality after it's atta...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: I don't understand how meditation leads to englightenment?
Replies: 11
Views: 1726

Re: I don't understand how meditation leads to englightenmen

Hello everyone, As a beginner I have tried breathing meditation few times. Yes it is certainly a good exercise to reduce stress, I can see that, but I don't understand how it would lead to enlightenment? 1. How will my cravings go away after meditation? Eg after meditation if I see some beautiful o...
by dhammacoustic
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2347
Views: 384290

Re: Where does one go on attaining Nibbana

1. Once you've attained nibbana, you no longer have a fixed conception of you and no longer place any importance on whether you continue or cease, or change or whatever. But, to the point, Nibbana is not a place and no one can 'go there'. You simply cease to cling to your own existence and no longe...
by dhammacoustic
Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1337

Re: Two questions

1) Can mind exist without the body according to Buddhist understanding? When you say "Buddhist understanding", does it sound like, say, "Christian understanding" to you? It kind of does to me. There is no "Buddhist understanding", as Buddhism is about being in touch with reality. It's not a belief ...
by dhammacoustic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A meditation I've been doing
Replies: 17
Views: 2075

A meditation I've been doing

I don't know if it's common, but I've figured out and started this on my own, without hearing about it somewhere else. It was an idea I've come up with, and I see it works for me now. Since I've been doing this, my perception is dramatically increased. I can see into people. It doesn't help with my ...
by dhammacoustic
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What should a lay-buddhist do to become a Sotāpanna?
Replies: 21
Views: 3093

Re: What should a lay-buddhist do to become a Sotāpanna?

You need to be mindful, that's the most important thing. You need to know why you need to be a Sotapanna. Do not grasp it wrongly, or it won't work. Purify the mind, and realize that in reality, all things are without a self. When you're a human being - 3 primary mental defilements MIGHT cause exist...
by dhammacoustic
Fri May 02, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right now, what do you know?
Replies: 28
Views: 2577

Right now, what do you know?

Gautama's teachings are not based nor built on belief systems (am I right on that?), and that's the reason I've become a buddhist. It's been a while, and I've been meditating since then. Just this one thing, has started to give me doubts. I often talk to buddhists, or zen masters, et cetera. They al...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions About Kamma and Rebirth
Replies: 41
Views: 6037

Re: Questions About Kamma and Rebirth

Thank you all, for all the stuff you've provided. Actually, the thing I'm having trouble understanding is; the being that is born = is it the me of right now, or someone/something else. In meditation I focus on my breath, and try to put a distance between my current (momentary) mind and my heart. So...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions About Kamma and Rebirth
Replies: 41
Views: 6037

Re: Questions About Kamma and Rebirth

TheNoBSBuddhist, thank you for the input. I don't know where you got all this 'information' from, but it's woefully inaccurate. I came across this article, and got myself an understanding, as i've described above. What can you tell me? Everybody is carrying other people's wounds. In the first place,...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Questions About Kamma and Rebirth
Replies: 41
Views: 6037

Questions About Kamma and Rebirth

Hello. I'm getting to know about Siddharta's teachings, and I've come a long way. But still, some things I cannot grasp. My questions are related to karma and rebirth, obviously. - There is no eternal soul, only a stream of consciousness ~ within the universe of form. This is a fact, correct? In tha...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please explain how there is no ultimate entity?
Replies: 17
Views: 2456

Please explain how there is no ultimate entity?

Hi, just registered - this being my first thread i'd like to keep it as simple as possible. I'm new to Buddhism, for like a month old. I'm getting an understanding that -all is mind-, and a human being has to "blow out" in order to liberate its own consciousness. I've learned that the Buddha was sor...