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by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The breath as a distraction
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: The breath as a distraction

Hello everyone, I recently considered the possibility that counting/following and otherwise focussing on the breath might be getting in the way of my sessions developing as they have been in a state of attrition for some time. This conclusion seems to have been correct - instead of seeing the breat...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

The Second Noble Truth says the cause of dukkha is craving, not believing there is a being or a self. No cherry-picking and choosing only parts you like to suit your interpretation. Where does it say in the suttas that the belief in a self or atta is not dukkha? "This, monks, is the path of practic...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

What's the point of knowing water as water, wind as wind, and so on, if these things don't exist, or worse, if you can't say they either do or don't exist? The Second Noble Truth says the cause of dukkha is craving, not believing there is a being or a self . Do beings or the self exist or not? What...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle ...." What amazes me is how someone misunderstood this statement and then changed it to saying any particular thing exists or...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 1293

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

A question on a sutta in Saccasamyutta, it would be nice if you can help me out. It is a study group, kind of private, even though the public might read us. https://suttacentral.net/sn56.41/en/sujato But Buddha says "Nevertheless, Bhikkhus, what that man saw was actually real , not unreal"  "Once i...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Does Classical Theravada believe in "beings" and "selves"?

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle ...." From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-&-form. From name-&-form as a requisite condition come the six se...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

The point here in the above post is that you do not get angry when you have a self-view. Does this mean Sotapanna and Anagami also not get angry as they have eliminated self-view? Even if you are without a doubt that there is no fixed self, the perception of a centre still persists. The "I am" conc...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: i dont like the term 'unbound'
Replies: 19
Views: 757

Re: i dont like the term 'unbound'

We are bound to the skhandas. When there is no perception or feeling of the skhandas we are “unbound”. I love this phrase. I find “extinguished” very hard to separate from “annihilated”. “Unbound” is also similar to “released” in a way that “extinguished” cannot capture or relate. I like cooled dow...
by pegembara
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 1293

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

Right view comes first and all the way to the end. More on right view. "Well then — knowing in what way, seeing in what way , does one without delay put an end to the effluents? There is the case where an uninstructed, run-of-the-mill person — who has no regard for noble ones, is not well-versed or ...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

They still possess the conceit or perception of "I am". "Friend, concerning these five clinging-aggregates described by the Blessed One — i.e., form as a clinging-aggregate... feeling... perception... fabrications... consciousness as a clinging-aggregate: With regard to these five clinging-aggregat...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Anagami have no anger because they dont possess anything?

They still possess the conceit or perception of "I am". "Friend, concerning these five clinging-aggregates described by the Blessed One — i.e., form as a clinging-aggregate... feeling... perception... fabrications... consciousness as a clinging-aggregate: With regard to these five clinging-aggregate...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)
Replies: 32
Views: 1293

Re: “Right View comes first”: SN 56.37, SN 56.44, dash of MN 117 (Week of April 11, 2021)

:reading: Paṭhamasūriyasutta (The Sun) SN 56.37 (SN v 442) Translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi Bhikkhus, this is the forerunner and precursor of the rising of the sun, that is, the dawn. So too, bhikkhus, for a bhikkhu this is the forerunner and precursor of the breakthrough to the Four Noble Truths as the...
by pegembara
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Intention in name&form in DO
Replies: 13
Views: 431

Re: Intention in name&form in DO

so is it saying if u see a dog and know its a dog by label.. u see form of dog and name it dog so is it witnessing name and form? Namarupa=sense experience Rupa=Form + derivatives ie. what you see, hear, smell, taste and touch (five senses). As you can see, without nama which involves the sixth sen...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2361
Views: 403557

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

... There is no "world" out there. It's all a construction derived from the six senses. It exists by virtue of the six senses. "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away, or reappear. B...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are idappaccayatā, aniccā, dukkhā & anattā asaṅkhata ????
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Are idappaccayatā, aniccā, dukkhā & anattā asaṅkhata ????

... No. The Laws of Dhamma are not the uncreated but just laws of nature. ... Isn't it that seeing the Dhamma is seeing the unconditioned? Isn't it that the Dhamma is the uncreated? Aren't the laws of Dhamma the Dhamma itself? How is it that they are not Dhamma and not uncreated? In a way yes. You ...