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by pegembara
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links. What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean. So, mapping your question onto paticcasamuppada, are you asking about contact without feeling...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Sorry, I am using perception rather loosely and not basing it on 12 links.

What I meant was the arising of bare awareness of sights, sounds, taste, smell and touch before one even recognize what they mean.
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

Yes, perception that arise from contact at the 6 senses are free from any concept or dualities. That happens during meditation. But watching events occurring in life with wisdom, one is not taken in by the "show". One realises that whatever comes into being will one day pass away. There is just a ti...
by pegembara
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

IMO it is greed, hatred and delusion that creates a problem with duality. For example birth and death. Birth is a condition for death but the default view is to accept birth and reject death. Same with health and sickness, wealth/ poverty, praise/blame. Duality is not the problem but our craving is...
by pegembara
Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?
Replies: 55
Views: 8328

Re: Dualism: Does Theravada address it? If so, how?

IMO it is greed, hatred and delusion that creates a problem with duality. For example birth and death. Birth is a condition for death but the default view is to accept birth and reject death. Same with health and sickness, wealth/ poverty, praise/blame. Duality is not the problem but our craving is.
by pegembara
Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan
Replies: 81
Views: 11092

Re: massive earthquake and tsunamis hit japan

One form of suffering is unavoidable.
The other is based on greed, hatred and delusion.

May all beings be free from physical and mental suffering.
by pegembara
Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Buddha's instruction for Bahiya
Replies: 10
Views: 3626

Re: The Buddha's instruction for Bahiya

There is thinking, no thinker
There is hearing, no hearer
There is seeing, no seer

In thinking, just thoughts
In hearing, just sounds
In seeing, just forms, shapes and colors.
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence
Replies: 8
Views: 1826

Re: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence

The worry about this sound of silence is that I might become fixated and keep hearing it. But one way or another it doesn't bother me.
I still prefer to be constantly aware of the breath during daily activities. Personally I don't find it subtle at all.
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:08 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence
Replies: 8
Views: 1826

Re: The Law of Attention and The Sound of Silence

I've used this practise a quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone. It doesn't matter what causing it what matters is awareness of it, as is the case with any vipassana technique. What I find is the degree to which I notice this sound is the degree to which the mind has settled down into a stat...
by pegembara
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The real meaning of upekkha?
Replies: 17
Views: 5471

Re: The real meaning of upekkha?

Upekkhā & Upekhā Upekkhā & Upekhā (f.) [fr. upa + īkṣ, cp. BSk. upekṣā Divy 483; Jtm 211. On spelling upekhā for upekkhā see Müller P. Gr. 16] "looking on", hedonic neutrality or indifference , zero point between joy & sorrow (Cpd. 66); disinterestedness , neutral feeling, equanimity. Sometimes equi...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”
Replies: 266
Views: 80614

Re: A Critique of Brahmavamso’s “The Jhanas”

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.044.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; "Is passion-obsession to be abandoned with regard to all pleasant feeling ? Is resistance-obsession to be abandoned with regard to all painful feeling? Is ignorance-obsession to be abandoned wi...
by pegembara
Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?
Replies: 20
Views: 2788

Re: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?

Use the sense organs, when occasion requires, But the perception of 'Using' does not arise. To me this means to use our sights, sounds, taste, touch and thoughts without any sense of self. All moving naturally without a doer. -- Hm, you are right. Do you see the difference between the Buddha's Nirv...
by pegembara
Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Does sensual pleasure include intellectual pleasure?
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: Does sensual pleasure include intellectual pleasure?

Did the Buddha discourage the intellectual pleasure deriving from reading/pondering about the Dhamma? Some forest ajahns consider reading/thinking as hindrances for gaining samadhi, and I wonder what the Buddha taught about this. Starter Of course not. Samadhi is used to silence the mind. Once that...
by pegembara
Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?
Replies: 20
Views: 2788

Re: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?

Use the sense organs, when occasion requires,
But the perception of 'Using' does not arise.

To me this means to use our sights, sounds, taste, touch and thoughts without any sense of self. All moving naturally without a doer.
by pegembara
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?
Replies: 20
Views: 2788

Re: Tathata/Tathagata interpretations?

This is what I manage to dig out on Tathata or Suchness. And the mind is always a chooser, it lives through choosing. The moment you stop choosing and allow life to be as it is, you immediately fall into the middle. Let-go is the way of the middle. Choicelessness is the meaning of let-go; Then you a...