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by ground
Mon May 20, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice
Replies: 41
Views: 6603

Re: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice

Alex123 wrote:Hello all,

I have multiple ideas as to how the practice ultimately works.

...

Any comments?
If you look at it you will see that all these ideas have just one purpose: to keep itself busy. It is just restlessness. :sage:
by ground
Sun May 19, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice
Replies: 41
Views: 6603

Re: Nature of Awakening, the role of practice

If one didn't have concepts, then, for example, one couldn't distinguish between a door and a wall. The distinguished is the distinguishing. One can, without prior thought, open a door and walk through rather than try to walk through a wall. So, at least some concepts, are built into pre-thinking p...
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 2694

Re: Who or what test us?

tiltbillings wrote:Hmm. Cute, but it still does not work.
What is "it" that is expected to work? Is "it" that which tests us? :sage:
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 2694

Re: Who or what test us?

tiltbillings wrote:Obviously, by your own words, there is not "nothing," ...
thinks what has already been arisen as felt something. :sage:
by ground
Sat May 18, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who or what test us?
Replies: 11
Views: 2694

Re: Who or what test us?

steve19800 wrote:But what/who is actually testing us? Thanks.
Nothing, because there is nothing. The arising of something in the sphere of arising of sense of self however causes the arising of the sense of "being tested". :sage:
by ground
Fri May 17, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does arahant's Cetana not produce kamma/vipaka?
Replies: 16
Views: 2948

Re: Why does arahant's Cetana not produce kamma/vipaka?

ground, I don't think that really answers Coyote's question. ground, I don't think that really answers Coyote's question. Actually, I think ground's response does answer the question. I agree with retrofuturist. The issue however is that the wording is "answer Coyote's question" while fivebells can...
by ground
Thu May 16, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does arahant's Cetana not produce kamma/vipaka?
Replies: 16
Views: 2948

Re: Why does arahant's Cetana not produce kamma/vipaka?

"But when one doesn't intend, arrange, or obsess [about anything], ...

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
:sage:
by ground
Wed May 15, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a correlation between death anxiety and ego?
Replies: 8
Views: 1190

Re: Is there a correlation between death anxiety and ego?

Well, of course. :) I'm familiar with not-self and impermanence. I guess I was hoping for something that illustrated a connection between anxiety and the ego (if such a connection exists). But thank you for sharing these wonderful verses. :toast: Edit: After some thought, these teachings are in fac...
by ground
Wed May 15, 2013 4:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhammas beyond experience?
Replies: 23
Views: 3651

Re: Dhammas beyond experience?

In Abhidhamma and later literature it is said that there are paramattha dhamma s, for example citta , which arise and fall away with extreme rapidity (some say billions of times within a blink of an eye), whether or not there is direct experience of such rapid change. Seems to be a metaphysical sub...
by ground
Mon May 13, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It's a long way back from hell...
Replies: 11
Views: 3184

Re: It's a long way back from hell...

... I love the central ethic of Buddhist doctrine, at how the victory of virtue is self evident for those who develop the mind to see it. However, I find it hard to reconcile that lower rebirths make it harder to accumulate merit, by product of their environment (aka "nasty places"). How do others ...
by ground
Sat May 11, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytism
Replies: 63
Views: 19839

Re: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytis

Binocular, that is just the Mahayana way of expressing Dhamma. Theravada also spends a good deal of time speaking of love and compassion for beings that are inehrently "without self". The understanding is that on a relative level there are sentient beings, but on a deeper level there are not. Yes b...
by ground
Sat May 11, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytism
Replies: 63
Views: 19839

Re: “Skillful Means” and the rhetoric of Mahāyāna proselytis

As things stand, the Mahayanist "skillful means" look more like an attempt to deliberately fool oneself, actually knowing that one is fooling oneself but doing it anyway. And this for an unspecified time duration. On the one hand, they talk about the necessity of having compassion for other living ...
by ground
Sat May 11, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Difficulty with certain kind of conception of Kamma.
Replies: 30
Views: 5257

Re: Difficulty with certain kind of conception of Kamma.

... So kamma as explanation of " why bad things happen to good people " runs into this difficulty of randomness or equality. Over infinite time span, mundane kamma that you have done is overally the same as kamma that I have done, thus it cannot be a basis for distinction about what happens today. ...
by ground
Sat May 11, 2013 3:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practices to find and/or eliminate clinging
Replies: 11
Views: 2152

Re: Practices to find and/or eliminate clinging

nem wrote:What are your practices, for identifying and eliminating clinging?
There is no need to eliminate it. Just identify and be aware. That is ... you may drop the belief that there is any added value of having eliminated clinging other than just having eliminated it. :sage:
by ground
Mon May 06, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 17863

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

Same source, same essence, same basis. In addition: same effect of practice (focus and exclusion, resulting in faith, contentment, confidence and even happiness). However the ideas qua self-expressions by means of words are different. So it is similar to colors. All colors are the same in terms of ...