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by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15501

Re: Metta Meditation

My above statement, though, sounds arrogant, doesn't it? And I am a beginner myself, right? In the Dhammapada, Buddha taught: 379. By oneself one must censure oneself and scrutinize oneself . Yes, but I also remember Sariputta once saying (in one of the suttas -- can't remember the specific referen...
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)

I haven't said it "transmigrates." It is definitely swept away, but then, its cessation is as impermanent as its instantiation. Not the same thing as eternalism. You are making up as you go along. Doubtful, because I'm pretty consistent in my view of rebirth, though I'm a bit undecided as to what t...
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)

Thus reincarnation looks as follows: http://i44.tinypic.com/oqcg2c.jpg Where as rebirth looks as follows, born into various realms of experience due to our actions: http://i39.tinypic.com/2rnfqdf.jpg Considering that those 5 divisions represent actual places, and that's the god of death biting the ...
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:35 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)
Replies: 33
Views: 15795

Re: Sorry...What's the difference? (Reincarnation Vs Rebirth)

There is already a long thread on Rebirth going on, so it is not appropriate that I potentially divert that thread with my question. It may indeed already have been explored, but it's a long thread, and I'm having difficulty following it with the best will in the world, so I'm asking here, instead....
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:16 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 15367

Re: Mind-made body - a question

Greetings Individual, However, it says nothing about "mind precedes all physical states". Nor do I recall anything in the suttas that says anything to this effect either. Metta, Retro. :) That's one particular translation, sorry... I should've probably used a different one. The Pali used there for ...
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15501

Re: Metta Meditation

To be more blunt: How can you expect to ride a horse (to the Brahma realms) with only one leg? How can you expect to drive a car with only one wheel, or expect a bird to fly with only one wing? A horse with only one leg instead of four will just hop around, or fall over. Likewise, a car with only o...
by Individual
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15501

Re: Metta Meditation

who says they are superstitious or derived from the Visuddhimagga? A Hourse with one leg needs care and attention, a car with one wheel is good shelter from the rain, or a home for those who are homeless, a bird with one wing is a constant companion who needs help, not all birds fly btw. and moving...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Conceit
Replies: 3
Views: 3470

Re: Conceit

Greetings Manapa, I think the underlying problem with mana is that it infers there is a self that can be better than, worse than, or equal with other selves. All there is are the five aggregates, and they are not-self, not "I" and not mine. Metta, Retro. :) Not just a personal self, however, also a...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23091

Re: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?

I once remember hearing a Christian pastor criticizing Atheists' view of death. He said something like, "When Atheists say you die, they say that's it. You're gone forever. You're basically just worm-dirt." Annihilationism seems to be rooted in the delusional belief of materialism, in believing that...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6950
Views: 964786

Re: the great rebirth debate

The view of no-rebirth accords with the supramundane dhamma of the Buddha, with the teachings of impermanence, conditionality & not-self. It might seem that way because of attachment, but there is no mundane right view which "accords" with noble right view in particular, including nihilism. If it d...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 15367

Re: Mind-made body - a question

Because of the process of rebirth, I think that the body is made by the mind already. From the Dhammapada Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15501

Re: Metta Meditation

To be more blunt: How can you expect to ride a horse (to the Brahma realms) with only one leg? How can you expect to drive a car with only one wheel, or expect a bird to fly with only one wing? A horse with only one leg instead of four will just hop around, or fall over. Likewise, a car with only on...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6950
Views: 964786

Re: the great rebirth debate

To understand rebirth, one first needs to get rid of two wrong views: materialism (all is matter) and idealism (all is mind). Those who oppose "literal rebirth" generally seem to fall into the first category (even while telling themselves they believe in "physicalism" or science), while those who su...
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15501

Re: Metta Meditation

It is important to reflect on all of the Brahmaviharas, not just metta. It might also be good to observe how each Brahmavihara spills over into the other.
by Individual
Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A metaphor by Sariputta, in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.
Replies: 17
Views: 5438

Re: A metaphor by Sariputta, in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

Greetings Individual, My reading is that there's no way to attain arahantship that can circumvent the need for the development of the seven enlightenment factors, eradication of the five hindrances and the development of the four frames of reference (satipatthana). You can't sneak in through the si...