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A literal reading of this translation brings the conclusion there is the same person transmigrating or reincarnating from life to life. Therefore, there will obviously be the impression of a permanent substance, such as a "soul", reincarnating from life to life. The Neo-Buddhists can argue until they are blue in the face that what transmigrates is a "re-...


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from an EBT (early buddhist text) perspective: http://lucid24.org/tped/d/dhamma/index.html#dhammamsutva ☸Dhamma, dhamma ☸Dhamma = The Buddha's Teaching. Dhamma = Natural laws of the universe, like impermanence, death, illness, etc. dhamma = idea/thought cognizable by the mind (6aya): 💭 manasā dhammaṃ viññāya. dhamma = thing. A broad term that can mean ...


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If you have a child then when your child is happy you are automatically happy, and that happiness you experience is 100% without holding back, that is because your love and compassion for your child is unconditional. The same type of happy feeling you must get if your thoughts are pure towards others happiness. Jealousy is the reason why you cannot feel ...


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Shankara is Advaita Vedanta, a branch of Hindu philosophy inspired by Buddhism, so why are we talking about him? I guess you were reading his critics of Buddhism and this is what you ask? Your confusion about "infinite regress" comes from your materialistic assumption that separate objects exist in and of themselves, without observers. But in reality, ...


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There are several questions brought up here. One I see you asking: is the entire teaching of Buddha- with everything it has to offer -- is a true explanation of reality or is it merely a useful fiction, an expedient mean for achieving a goal (liberation from suffering)? To me the answer is clear. Any explanation of reality is a conceptual model. Every ...


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Sounds like the hinderances have been temporarily tamed to some degree. 💚Oneness as I experience it using metta, self investigation and mindfulness just means there doesn't nessasarily have to be a distinction made by us human beings between me and other, us and them, tree and it's background, hand and fingers, sky and ground, good and bad, out and in,...


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I think that "atta" and "atman" are the same words, two different languages (Pali and Sanskrit). That in a Buddhist context, "atta" (and its converse, "anatta") are related to ideas like upādānakkhandha (from SN 56.11) and sakkāyadiṭṭhi ... and furthermore that (according to doctrine) any/all theories about self (or "self-existence"?) are unsatisfactory or ...


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The question is loaded with erroneous doctrines that epitomise this other question. There is no such thing as "dry vipassana". Since the suttas (SN 22.59) say vipassana results in dispassion & nirodha, obviously any vipassana-dispassion-nirodha will contribute to calmness & samadhi. Vipassana means 'clear seeing'. Since 'vipassana' is 'seeing', it ...


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OP: How can I be happy at other's happiness ? How can I develop my willingness to see others' being happy ? One of the Brahmavihārās meditation subjects is Muditā which is to develop delight at other's well being. Muditā develops happiness at other's happiness. OP: Sometimes, I do loving-kindness meditation. But I'm looking for some kind of understanding ...


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The answer to the question is the message of the Nakulapita Sutta. Now, how is one afflicted in body & afflicted in mind? He assumes [each of the five aggregates] to be the self, or the self as possessing [each aggregate], or [each aggregate] as in the self, or the self as in [each aggregate]. He is seized with the idea that 'I am [each aggregate]' or '[...


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The conceit ‘I am’ is the 8th fetter; only fully eradicated by an Arahant. Bhikkhus, there are these five higher fetters. What five? Lust for form, lust for the formless, conceit, restlessness, ignorance. SN 45.180 The stream-enterer has overcome 'identity view' ('sakkaya-ditthi'); which means seeing the group (body; kaya) of aggregates are not a self. ...


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If you're post stream-entry you should understand that "I" is not a thing, therefore your eating habits or weight problems are not your decision, they are part of your overall life style, your environment, and the patterns of your life. If you really want to change them, change your situation drastically, move to another place etc. Either that or ...


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Thinking is of two kinds: 1. About the seen; smelled; tasted; felt with the body; or heard. 2. About 'thinking' itself In this sense thinking is one of the six and can model a representative expression of that which can be thought about, figuring out how things work, imagining and understanding how reality, which would be what the senses present, works ...


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You are starting to observe things with more clarity, noting that there is nama and rupa (mind and body) and also noting an awareness of both. In other words, you are experiencing awareness (knowing, consciousness) as its own object, distinct from the sensations it accompanies. This is good. Continue sharpening your mindfulness. Maintain your continuous ...


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The word dhamma in these passages has multiple meanings and can only be understood in the context of the passage they come from as you seem to understand. This is difficult for most Buddhist students and anyone who does not speak the original language of these ancient texts. That is why it is important to rely upon good translations and on good spiritual ...


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Samdhavata-Samsarata (translated above as "wander and transmigrate") literally means "continuously run or flow". It evokes an image of water in a river, carrying itself forward but never running out. This is a reference to the stream of life in nature. In context of this sutta I would translate it as "reproduction". Generations of sentient beings derive ...


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I'd like to hear your views on the arguments on both sides. Anatta: only a strategy for realization or a real "ontological" position? It is both. From Sutta Nipata 4.14: Seeing in what way is a monk unbound, clinging to nothing in the world?" "He should put an entire stop to the root of objectification-classifications: 'I am the thinker.' This ...


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In my opinion, the linchpin teaching of Buddhism is the teaching of no-self. It is the pillar that holds the entire foundation, and once it falls, enlightenment is inevitable. You have made a very common jump in logic that will hold you until you free yourself. You have two contradicting beliefs that will never allow you to progress in your path to freedom ...


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There are two languages, Pali and Sanskrit. Pali sounds like a mumbled version of Sanskrit, basically. Many of the consonants found in Sanskrit words are skipped in corresponding Pali words. So Dharma is Sanskrit and Dhamma is Pali. Atma is Sanskrit and Atta is Pali. Anatma is Sanskrit and Anatta is Pali. Sarva is Sanskrit and Sabba is Pali. Nirvana is ...


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All of these questions about rebirth lately focus on what happens at the end of life. The questions themselves betray confusion and I would suggest to help clear it up first focus on a narrower investigation. Here is an important fact that should be kept in mind whenever trying to understand rebirth: The Buddha taught that sentient beings are reborn moment-...


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This is due to subtle Upadana. (clinging) There are three kinds of clinging. -Kama Upadana (it seems you have less of this) -Dithi upadana -Atta upadana. (perhaps this is your problem) -Silabbatha Upadana upādāna: Clinging; attachment; sustenance for becoming and birth — attachment to sensuality, to views, to precepts and practices, and to theories of the ...


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We are trapped in this vicious understanding of Self. I am superior , I am inferior , I am equal ... I did that ... I am doing this ..I will do that... The conceit and view of 'I AM ' runs our life. We are holding wrong view and this wrong view is pushing us into greater trouble forever. Therefore holding the right view and holding no conceit of 'I AM' takes ...


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The intellectual understanding of anatta is not particularly complicated, and i agree with you in that regard. However, dhamma teaches us that intellectual reflection is one out of three types of wisdom: Learned panna (suta-maya-panna) Intellectual reflecting (cinta-maya-panna) Spiritual experiencing (bhavana-maya-panna) And how is final knowledge ...


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Good householder, first of all mudita with his gains and second: sadhu for telling "faults" and seek for advise. Kāmacchanda (sensual desire), at least, can only be overcome be a replacement "drug" and this is given with Jhana. As for the kind of paths that means completing Sila-perfection and gain of Samadhi. To reach the state active ...


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If those "addictions" are very mild and do not have any significant consequences, then just let it go when you transgress your rules, but try to stick to them the next time. They should not cause you remorse and mental anguish. After all, if you're post stream-entry, then you're free of the fetter of attachment or clinging to mere rules and ritual (...


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It seems to me that I can't own fire, for example. I might think I own the fuel, which is consumed by fire! I think Buddhism suggest that thoughts are not entirely uncontrollable -- like you can't control fire -- but you might control how much fuel and air you feed it. So see for example: Food and other cravings, and guarding the senses Related suttas (...


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SN 44.10 is not about anatta (not-self). In SN 44.10, based on the Buddha's final summation to Ananda, the befuddled Vacchagotta essentially asked: "Do I exist?" ("atthattā"); "Do I not exist?" (natthattā). Both questions of Vacchagotta included an implicit belief in "self". That is why they were faulty questions and the Buddha remained silent. As the ...


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I'd like to hear your views on the arguments on both sides. Anatta: only a strategy for realization or a real "ontological" position? It is both. It is a fact that the direct realization of emptiness is the true antidote to all that ails us in samsara. As such, we must not minimize the importance of annata - it's true understanding and direct realization ...


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