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"the monk, when not loaded down, does not load himself down with pain, nor does he reject pleasure that accords with the Dhamma, although he is not infatuated with that pleasure. He discerns that 'When I exert a fabrication against this cause of dukkha, then from the fabrication of exertion there is dispassion. When I look on with equanimity at that ...


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Here's an analogy. Stream entry is like that point in time where you have completely understood how diet, exercise, obesity, metabolism, homeostasis, ageing and non-communicable diseases work. You've thoroughly seen how it works. There's no more denial, delusion and doubt. There's no more ritualistic practice of diet and exercise without understanding. You'...


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You quoted the Nakhasikha Sutta which states that suffering that remains for a person who has attained stream entry is like dirt under the fingernail, compared to suffering remaining for an ordinary worldling which is equivalent to the great earth. For e.g. a person's immediate family members all die due to an unfortunate accident. This person may become ...


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In some ways this is a trick question, because the meaning of suffering in the Buddhist sense is different from the meaning of suffering in the colloquial English sense. In the Buddhist sense, suffering is a mental phenomenon: an attachment that drives us and constantly reproduces the conditions we live in. When that kind of suffering is eliminated, it doesn'...


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An excellent question! We are all growing and learning, both of which are a part of cultivation. The process of defining the self and the Dharma attached is somewhat like refining our integrity; something we never expect to compromise nor change. The compassion of free will and the contradiction of self is we have a choice to act towards 'our' path or ...


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If a very young child looks in a mirror, it sees an object there that it cannot identify as itself. A slightly older child recognizes that the object it sees in the mirror is itself. A bit older than that, and a child internalizes the mirror, seeing a reflection of itself in the actions and reactions of others around it. On this development goes until the ...


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'Identity-view' means immersion in an identity such that one takes the identity to be the 'real' self. An identity-view can be an identification with practically anything, positive or negative: a career or the failure to achieve one; a relationship, relationships, or the absence of such; physical beauty or ugliness; intelligence or stupidity... Anything ...


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The Vera Sutta (AN 10.92) lists out the criteria for stream entry: Five forms of fear and animosity are stilled through the observance of the five precepts Four factors of stream entry Rightly seen and rightly ferreted out the noble method (dependent origination) The four factors of stream entry are verified confidence in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, as ...


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I think these excerpt taken from Ajahn Chah Teaching could be the answer: A sotapanna is still sekha puggala (a person who needs to train) so some of the conventions of teachings are needed. Usually when we talk about practice we talk about entering and leaving, increasing the positive and removing the negative. But the final result is that all of these are ...


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when, according to Sheng-yen then, does the practitioner realize non-attachment within the formless realms? Sheng-yen taught Chan which is a synonym for Zen meaning something like meditative mind. This is comparable to meditative absorption in Theravada. Juxtaposing how the two traditions fragment their understanding of those states is a little tricky, ...


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The Intelligence Quotient measuring mental acuity does not apply without Emotional Intelligence and Empathy (capacity for Compassion). https://www.crimeandinvestigation.co.uk/article/serial-killers-iqs-ranked On a positive note living sustainably in the forest away from numeracy and arithmetic, one still a good chance for reaching the first level of ...


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The coarser or more general context: It's about not being attached to symbolic rites and rituals or taking them to be literally true. For e.g. from SN 7.21: The Buddha said to Sangarava: “Is it really true, brahmin, that you practice purification by water, believing in purification by water; that you live committed to the practice of immersing yourself in ...


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