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by pegembara
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.
Replies: 80
Views: 5703

Re: Eternal citta in "Theravada"? ---> probably Found.

Finally, we turn the investigation back onto one’s own mind - the mind that grasps to the belief that it is the true, genuine mind, or that it is ‘the knower’. The teaching of the Buddha has us investigate, probing to destroy this ‘knower’ because this ‘one who knows’ is still defiled - ‘the knower...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 09, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana

As the worldly person vacillates between bhava, self-continuity, and vibhava, self-discontinuity, which are themselves unsatisfactory, dukkha, the Buddha teaches bhava-nirodha, cessation of self-continuity. As we will come to know in the course of this discussion, bhava-nirodha, cessation of self-co...
by pegembara
Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Impermanence of Body
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: Impermanence of Body

"'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.' This is the first fact that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained. "'I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.' ... "'I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.' ... "'I will grow diffe...
by pegembara
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why give up sensual pleasures?
Replies: 114
Views: 2144

Re: Why give up sensual pleasures?

Hello, this is my first post here, and came to ask the only one important question I have regarding the dhamma, as someone who has tried to practice for several years. From my position - I don't know if rebirth is true or that I will be reborn, so when I die my life is over - As a 36 year old, I ha...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 05, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Cessation of existence is not necessarily nibbana

Agree. Cessation of existence is annihilationism. Nibbana is the realization of non-existence or the deathless. There is, monks, an unborn[1] — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated. If there were not that unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born — ...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?
Replies: 50
Views: 989

Re: Do secular Buddhists have the right view?

"Black cat or white cat, if it can catch mice, it's a good cat." “He discerns, as it has come to be, that 'This is stress… This is the origination of stress… This is the cessation of stress… This is the way leading to the cessation of stress… These are effluents… This is the origination of effluents...
by pegembara
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if only Theravada Buddhism existed?
Replies: 12
Views: 304

Re: What if only Theravada Buddhism existed?

Then the teaching that all conditioned things are impermanent, unsatisfactory and not-self would be untrue!
by pegembara
Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bullet proof Buddhism. Is there any other philosophy or religion so perfect?
Replies: 28
Views: 540

Re: Bullet proof Buddhism. Is there any other philosophy or religion so perfect?

Essentially, to put it in slightly different terms, no matter what you throw at Buddhism, it's irrelevant unless you make us omnipotent, and thus bestow selves upon us. If there are no selves, there are just objects. No matter how many crazy things you come up with to throw at a pile of rocks on th...
by pegembara
Sun Jul 04, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What sees?
Replies: 46
Views: 947

Re: What sees?

My point is that the eye base is just a concept. It is the rods and cones of the retina, the optic nerve, the cornea, lens, the liquid and gelatinous parts and much much more. The "eye" is just a convenient way to describe a sum of many parts which by themselves are also composed of parts. The so c...
by pegembara
Sat Jul 03, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What sees?
Replies: 46
Views: 947

Re: What sees?

i This doesn't answer the question. What you are saying is the eye is "that". But what is "that thing" precisely? The commentaries treat the conventional eye as a composite of various physical dhammas. Regarding the sense base for vision, it refers to "sensitive matter" which receives external visu...
by pegembara
Sat Jul 03, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What sees?
Replies: 46
Views: 947

Re: What sees?

Since I’m not framing this in terms of atta theories, it is. Yet we have suttas that say the eyes sees. So far on this basis the eye must be a real dhamma, the sabhāva of which is “seeing”. Can you verify in your own words what you understand what this "eye" is? Or are you in agreement with me that...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bullet proof Buddhism. Is there any other philosophy or religion so perfect?
Replies: 28
Views: 540

Re: Bullet proof Buddhism. Is there any other philosophy or religion so perfect?

Sorry, I don't understand what you mean by "it is not". My answer above: Someone would say that it's a very stupid argument: how is "a self" connected to being able to change yourself into anything at will (be thus, not be thus)? It is nonsense. You can be a self and not be able to change anything,...
by pegembara
Fri Jul 02, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 936

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

What about a rainbow? Is it an independent entity in its own right? Or Google for that matter? And yet we can sue "Google". ... That's a good example. Even if I learn that the broom is illusory like a rainbow is, I know I still can't internally get rid of the idea of a self there. Even by learning ...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 936

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

the viewer doesn’t see the world; he is part of a world process. In my opinion this is the biggest problem. We are trying to understand the world with the angle of the world. It is like eye is trying to see the eye. I just realise this only recently. (I am not saying that I became a Sotapanna or Ar...
by pegembara
Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: ultimate meaning of emptiness..
Replies: 39
Views: 936

Re: ultimate meaning of emptiness..

... emptiness does not mean there is nothing but we recognise that things are dependently originated. I think emptiness is about knowing, that "I have this, but I do not have this" sort of thing. Finally you come to the conclusion that in ultimate sense what is left is the thought of "I" so you let...