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by Bundokji
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?
Replies: 34
Views: 3915

Re: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?

I think the more one quits willing and planning, the more the dhamma takes its natural course: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn12/sn12.038.wlsh.html "Monks, what a man wills, what he plans, what he dwells on forms the basis for the continuation of consciousness.[2] This basis being pre...
by Bundokji
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explanation needed: Contact is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the middle.
Replies: 22
Views: 3164

Re: Explanation needed: Contact is one end. The origin of contact is the second end. The cessation of contact is the mid

Would it be accurate to interpret it as:

1- Phenomena has no beginning (eternal) = Contact is one end
2- Phenomena has an origin (and therefore an end/nihilism) = The origin of contact is the second end
3- Phenomena has no known beginning = The cessation of contact is the middle
by Bundokji
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: social network
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: social network

Hi Zachary, I think your question is very relevant, and is a recurring theme among many practitioners taking wide variety of forms. Most of us have developed enough awareness of the unsatisfactory nature of worldly ways, and we read descriptions of people who developed insight that made them immune ...
by Bundokji
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3623

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

Im trying to find a sutta says that the nature of phenomena is rising-persisting-falling, but I cannot, could you send me a link? I think its in the Anguttara nikaya? "And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to mindfulness & alertness? There is the case wh...
by Bundokji
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3623

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

Of course, anything is possible in imagination. Simply saying that the lotus position balances the enlightenment factors ,doesnt make it so, if it did then its a pretty easy is task, and also impossible to achieve for those who cannot sit in lotus. If you do not sit in such a manner, do you equally...
by Bundokji
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3623

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

How does holding your body in various constricted positions, be conducive to gaining knowledge, let alone simple relaxation? One of the things came to my mind when i watched the venerable doing walking meditation is how similar our walking to the nature of phenomena. The venerable noting was: lifti...
by Bundokji
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando's video
Replies: 22
Views: 3623

Re: Venerable Dhammanando's video

Thanks for sharing :anjali:
by Bundokji
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 7
Views: 4655

Re: Hello!

:hello:
by Bundokji
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara
Replies: 17
Views: 3899

Re: Mara

For the purposes of the practice, i think it is irrelevant. Same thing can be said about the historical Buddha. In the language of the mind, it does not really matter. Separating the actual from metaphoric is akin to separating waking state from a dream. I have read somewhere that Mara is a deity, s...
by Bundokji
Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Definition of "justice"
Replies: 11
Views: 4075

Re: Definition of "justice"

As a human phenomena, justice is not always evident in the immediate experience, but something to be found or sought after in the future. For social beings who feel, action has a qualitative aspect, hence actions are thought to be returned in kind. In our judicial system, it takes the form of reward...
by Bundokji
Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: grasping and non-grasping
Replies: 15
Views: 2983

Re: grasping and non-grasping

this is something no-selfers going to not like. This line: "This is called a mendicant who neither gets rid of things nor accumulates them, but remains after getting rid of them. They neither give things up nor grasp them, but remain after giving them up." implies that the atta doesn't disappear wh...
by Bundokji
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 4050

Re: Faith and Reliability

I did not read the other thread. I have very little interest in academic or historical approach to the teachings. The faith in the Buddha, in my view, is the gradual end of bad faith in that which is unreliable. Faith in the Buddha is not a blind belief, but utilizing memory to understand bad faith....
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Universe - Chaotic or Ordered in Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 4882

Re: Universe - Chaotic or Ordered in Buddhism

I would say it can be transformed into order. It has no inherent nature.
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)
Replies: 14
Views: 2108

Re: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)

Yes but conditions can only exist if there was something before, or do I not understand? What you did is to turn the conditions into things and then explain them through other conditions. What you seem to be missing is that this is endless (explaining things through conditions, and then turning con...
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Question about covid and working
Replies: 24
Views: 2984

Re: Question about covid and working

If its already wide spread with tens of thousands of cases are reported every day, then not going to work would not be the best idea unless the laws in your country explicitly require people who tested positive to quarantine themselves. Whose advice is this? Are there any countries that advise to c...