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by pegembara
Tue May 04, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammapada verse 267
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Dhammapada verse 267

Of course, there are volitions. The volition to turn on the air conditioner is due to heat. The volition doesn't arise without condition. The reply to your question was because of your previous question. The volition for food and water is because of hunger and thirst. All due to causes and condition...
by pegembara
Tue May 04, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammapada verse 267
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: Dhammapada verse 267

What does it mean by transcending both merit and demerit? The merit and demerit are for whom? The words already presume that there is someone who receives a report card. In the ultimate sense, there is no who. The arahant performs good deeds but there isn't anyone who gets the "reward". They simply...
by pegembara
Tue May 04, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Collecting all references about Samsara Dukkha
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Collecting all references about Samsara Dukkha

"Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning? "The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, th...
by pegembara
Mon May 03, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"
Replies: 27
Views: 412

Re: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"

"And so, Anuradha — when you can't pin down the Tathagata as a truth or reality even in the present life — is it proper for you to declare, 'Friends, the Tathagata — the supreme man, the superlative man, attainer of the superlative attainment — being described, is described otherwise than with thes...
by pegembara
Mon May 03, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"
Replies: 27
Views: 412

Re: What Ven.Ajahn Chah meant by "The Timeless Buddha"

He says; So the Buddha was not enlightened in India. In fact he was never enlightened, was never born and never died. further; I live nowhere, There is no place you can find me, I have no age ... ... to think you exist is already a problem...etc. Can you please teach me this in very simple terms? :...
by pegembara
Mon May 03, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Sotapanna still enjoy the sensual pleasures?
Replies: 72
Views: 1563

Re: Does Sotapanna still enjoy the sensual pleasures?

... Possible to enjoy or feel pleasure without craving for an arahant, unlike zombies. Meaning they won't deliberately go for second helpings. ... By enjoyment you are referring to feeling and I'm referring to happiness. I think Arahants feel the pleasant chocolate flavor but they don't find happin...
by pegembara
Sun May 02, 2021 5:26 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 796

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

Thoughts? Is anyone reading this text for the first time? Impressions? Favorites? Thig 1.5 was a gut punch the first time I read it. I find those direct descriptions to very effective. I also enjoy the brevity of these shorter sayings, which is naturally less prevalent in the longer, narrative form...
by pegembara
Sun May 02, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Sotapanna still enjoy the sensual pleasures?
Replies: 72
Views: 1563

Re: Does Sotapanna still enjoy the sensual pleasures?

I don't know Sotapannas but I think Arahants have renounced to happiness in favour of equanimity ( and beyond) so despite seeing agreeable things as agreeable they don't find enjoyment in them, they already renounced to that kind of happiness and don't ever indulge in them. Even if to seek pleasure...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Buddha's Annihilationist Beginnings
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: The Buddha's Annihilationist Beginnings

Cessation of form, feeling, perception, formations and consciousness doesn't sound like annihilation to me, unlike saying he died. “If, friend Yamaka, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Yamaka, when a bhikkhu is an arahant, one whose heart is pure, what happens to him with the breakup of the body, after ...
by pegembara
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1369

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

Nibbana is self. Self means it has substance. People don't even understand the meaning of word self and discussed merely on blind faith. A house doesn't have a self because the house existence based on outside things like the ground, the air, the sun... So the house doesn't have a self that can def...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Next Katukurunde Nanananda - Ven Bandarawela Wangeesa.
Replies: 12
Views: 622

Re: Next Katukurunde Nanananda - Ven Bandarawela Wangeesa.

:woohoo: I showed this to another person and she said she saw a penis! :rofl: Perception is not self but merely the product of conditioning. Now I see what she saw, although she could have been more precise in her description :) Do You See What I See? Cultural groups throughout the world talk about...
by pegembara
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Next Katukurunde Nanananda - Ven Bandarawela Wangeesa.
Replies: 12
Views: 622

Re: Next Katukurunde Nanananda - Ven Bandarawela Wangeesa.

Beautiful person
Skull with teeth and a hole for the nose. And the skull has an uneven surface.
Hair, eyes, nose, lips, skin, hands, fingers, cloth, perfume bottles or hair spray, mirror. The bottles sit on the lower jaw of the skull.

What's the message? Don't believe what you see?
by pegembara
Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1369

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

Did Buddha speak about the annihilation of the latter? It is only sankharas ie. things that arise and cease due to conditions that are impermanent. They are unsatisfactory and not-self. Some examples of sankharas -empires, countries, marriages, pandemics, living things, ideals and beliefs, thoughts...
by pegembara
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1369

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

IMO, demonstrating or denying the body or the soul is beyond the scope, the concern should be the five clinging aggregates. I agree that the first task is to view the five aggregates as not-self. It's already a big ask to view the body as not-self what more the mind. "Monks, an uninstructed run-of-...