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by Sobeh
Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Questions for longtime practitioners
Replies: 16
Views: 2420

Re: Questions for longtime practitioners

--How have your views of Buddhism and Buddhist practice changed over the years? The trend for me since about 1995: Zen --> Kundalini, et al --> Mikkyo/Shingon --> Vajrayana in general (now including Tibet) --> Theravada, et al (--)What expectations did you have going into it and what have you learn...
by Sobeh
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 105225

Re: How common is stream entry?

dhamma_spoon wrote:How does 'abandonment of the six defilements' connect to elimination of the three fetters? :thanks:
It might come from the Vatthupama Sutta, but there are listed sixteen mental defilements, those six included.
by Sobeh
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects - Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 7862

Re: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects - Poll

So who or what gets to inherit the result of action ? The Bhara Sutta answers you: The Blessed One said, "And which is the burden? 'The five clinging-aggregates,' it should be said. Which five? Form as a clinging-aggregate, feeling as a clinging-aggregate, perception as a clinging-aggregate, fabric...
by Sobeh
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1063
Views: 173544

Re: "advice for stream entry"

nibs wrote:...set off a somewhat physio-energetic process that will ultimately right the mind's perception of reality within and unblock the energy blockages and eventually complete the physio-energetic circuit...
nibs wrote:...this forum is... not really taking the dharma seriously.
:cookoo:
by Sobeh
Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?
Replies: 26
Views: 3922

Re: What's going to happen to YOU when you die?

Tīn'imāni bhikkhave sankhatassa sankhatalakkhanāni. Katamāni tīni. Uppādo paññāyati, vayo paññāyati, thitassa aññathattam paññāyati. Imāni kho bhikkhave tīni sankhatassa sankhatalakkhanānī ti. -Sankhata Sutta (AN 3.47) "There are, monks, these three determined-characteristics of what is determined....
by Sobeh
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll on Belief.
Replies: 33
Views: 4439

Re: Poll on Belief.

So, let me see, about 50% of the forum have said that they believe in rebirth but only 25% have said that rebirth matters greatly to their practice. Interesting :thinking: I follow Nanavira in understanding "punabhava" according to a combinatorial model of static and dynamic aspects of dhammas, but...
by Sobeh
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects - Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 7862

Re: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects - Poll

Yup - edited post in the meantime to include the rest of my answer.

I have no problem with polls, but I do have a problem with poorly constructed polls.
by Sobeh
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects - Poll
Replies: 52
Views: 7862

Re: I Believe in Kamma and its Effects

My answer is to cite the Acintita Sutta (AN 4.77) as well as the Kamma Sutta (SN 35.145). Unfortunately, these were not in the list of possible responses. Perhaps an "Other; please specify" selection?

:group:
by Sobeh
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Which word is the Pali word for "rebirth":
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

Re: Which word is the Pali word for "rebirth":

If that was the case, Retro, mightn't we have the Pali? Without it, I hear you claiming that rebirth is inferred from the Suttas, as opposed to declared in the Suttas, so I must be missing something (or not...). Is it similar to Sankhara perhaps, where the word refers to the cause, effect, and proce...
by Sobeh
Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Internal Dialogue
Replies: 77
Views: 9656

Re: Internal Dialogue

Is internal dialogue wholly sankhara, or can the phrase "internal dialogue" sometimes be used to refer to consciousness of perceptions or feelings (in a khanda sense, not in an emotional sense)? I suggest categorization according to the five khandas might be under-utilized here...
by Sobeh
Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll on Belief.
Replies: 33
Views: 4439

Re: Poll on Belief.

PeterB wrote:Is it any more an invitation to speculate would you say Sobeh than asking what people believe ?
I'm not sure what you're asking me.
by Sobeh
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll on Belief.
Replies: 33
Views: 4439

Re: Poll on Belief.

Post-mortem rebirth being proven beyond a doubt is a state of affairs that does not obtain in the world; therefore, it is idle speculation, and to be wholly put aside.

That there is suffering is a state of affairs that does obtain in the world; therefore it is pertinent to the holy life.
by Sobeh
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Internal Dialogue
Replies: 77
Views: 9656

Re: Internal Dialogue

My guess is, there's reigning the mind in and fostering wholesomeness, and there's playing whack-a-mole with the mind. The latter is what I thought of when I read "control". The former is what I thought of when I read "let it go".
by Sobeh
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zen Vs Therevada
Replies: 59
Views: 10399

Re: Zen Vs Therevada

tiltbillings wrote:Japanese Zen does not have a Vinaya.
:jawdrop:

I expected something.
by Sobeh
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:47 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Which word is the Pali word for "rebirth":
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

Re: Which word is the Pali word for "rebirth":

You can pick multiple... and re-vote! I set it up to be very user-friendly.