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by pegembara
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brain vs mind?
Replies: 48
Views: 8208

Re: Brain vs mind?

Brain conditions mind eg. inherited tendencies for mental illness. Mind conditions brain eg. changes in patterns of activities in yogis. Is brain activity responsible for consciousness or consciousness responsible for brain activity? Is the brain just the soil/substrate for consciousness/brain activ...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stream-entry: Would you know?
Replies: 36
Views: 6399

Re: Stream-entry: Would you know?

Who knows?
But at least you can know for yourself if you still have craving or desire.
by pegembara
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do arahants discard vipaka/suffering?
Replies: 408
Views: 54999

Re: Do arahants discard vipaka/suffering?

Not sure if this helps, but from Bhikkhu Nanananda's Nibbana Sermon 18, (P562 in the PDF I have, also in Volume IV in the links from this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katukurunde_Nanananda_Thera ) Here, then, we have an extremely subtle problem. When the arahant comes back to the world and is...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ghost Festival
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Ghost Festival

Then Janussonin the brahman went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him. After an exchange of friendly greetings & courtesies, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there, he said to the Blessed One, "Master Gotama, you know that we brahmans give gifts, make offe...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Understanding the knower
Replies: 20
Views: 2693

Re: Understanding the knower

Viscid wrote:So what IS 'The Knower?'
There is knowing, a process or an experience but no knower.
by pegembara
Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!
Replies: 28
Views: 4827

Re: Meditation: Can't live with it! Can't live without it!

Our sense of self is continually formulated by the things that we do and our interactions with others. When we find ourselves with nothing to do or no one to be with, our ego has nothing familiar by which to define itself. However, we can transform our fear of this emptiness. Boredom and loneliness...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This True story made me cry :(
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: This True story made me cry :(

This is suffering.
The origin of suffering is attachment.
by pegembara
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Luminous Mind. - What is it?
Replies: 108
Views: 19871

Re: Luminous Mind. - What is it?

From Mae Chee Kaew - Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening P. 194 “When you investigate mental phenomena until you go beyond them completely, the remaining defiling elements of consciousness will be drawn into a radiant nucleus of awareness, which merges with the mind’s naturally radiant essence. This ...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Luminous Mind. - What is it?
Replies: 108
Views: 19871

Re: Luminous Mind. - What is it?

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by pegembara
Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 10760

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

This 1st stanza of the Heart Sutra says it all for me. Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita perceives that all five skandhas are empty and is saved from all suffering and distress. "Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, deat...
by pegembara
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making
Replies: 68
Views: 10760

Re: Anatta vs contemplations of death & metta vs merits making

I think one must be careful not to go too far in defining/reifying what is nibbana. "Now what, lady, lies on the other side of pleasant feeling?" "Passion[greed] lies on the other side of pleasant feeling." "And what lies on the other side of painful feeling?" "Resistance[hatred] lies on the other s...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does appamada mean to you?
Replies: 19
Views: 4411

Re: What does appamada mean to you?

Keeping guard at the 6 sense bases at all times and asking is there any greed or aversion present.
by pegembara
Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:53 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: contentment or laziness?
Replies: 10
Views: 2868

Re: contentment or laziness?

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. The wisdom is the knowledge that having arisen, all things change and die. That is what the Blessed One said. Gratified, the group of five monks delighted at his words. ...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 555
Views: 219099

Re: Overcoming passion

Check out this 32 parts body meditation. It reduces the attraction to our external self. This meditation has a special place in the Dharma. It is one of very few subjects of meditation which contain both a tranquillity aspect and an insight aspect. As well, it is a very useful practical meditation, ...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred
Replies: 40
Views: 6916

Re: Wisdom for uprooting greed and hatred

Furthermore, if this is a real short cut to nibbana, the Buddha would have taught his dying disciples including his father to enter nibbana directly at death, instead of becoming only a non-returner or stream winner. Here is a teaching by Sariputta to Anandapindikka on his death bed. The householde...