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by Supramundane
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 53
Views: 720

Re: What is Art ?

catmoon wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:47 am
What is art?


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This is art.
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http://meetingbenches.com/wp-content/up ... onet-8.jpg

Can you feel the wind?
by Supramundane
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 53
Views: 720

Re: What is Art ?

They remind me somewhat of Chu Teh Chun ... http://www.artnet.com/artists/chu-teh-chun/ I wish I could upload some of the paintings of Chu Teh Chun to better illustrate my meaning, sir. Hello Supramundane ! Thank you so much for your response to my work !!! And thank you for introducing me to the p...
by Supramundane
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 1430

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

When I started an MA program in religion, I think in the critical theory course, the first week was devoted to defining the term religion. We read a bunch of stuff, all lost to memory now, but my take away was that there is no simple definition. Its one of those things like "obscenity" - you know i...
by Supramundane
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is Art ?
Replies: 53
Views: 720

Re: What is Art ?

very interesting images, sir. they remind me somewhat of Chu Teh Chun http://www.artnet.com/artists/chu-teh-chun/ who created landscapes that are clearly not of this world. I have reproductions and have spent many wistful hours meditating on the arcane vistas that exist only in the mind. https://www...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Is it suppression at all? If I'm sitting on a jagged rock, and it's uncomfortable and it hurts, I may get up, walk away and sit somewhere else. This doesn't mean I am suppressing the rock. I'm just not getting wrapped up in the rock, and the pain and discomfort, and maybe I have something more inte...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Depends. If one gets attached then karma of the form realm may ensue. .... In fact, most would concur the goal of jhanas is release from the senses, and thus fixation on pleasure would be unexpected. you are not correctly differentiating meditation and post-meditation. It is in post-meditation phas...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

this suppression you make reference to, do you believe it is a product of one-pointed concentration (the meditative experience itself) or of a (pre-existing) deeper understanding (i.e. qualities that are not associated with the immediate act of meditation) that allow for the suppression of restless...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Piti and sukha as i understand them do not engender karma. Depends. If one gets attached then karma of the form realm may ensue. i think there is a Theravadan Buddhist, Ajahn Dhammadaro, who claims that one can become fixated on piti and sukha to the detriment of the jhanas. this is a radical view,...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

If one relies on Abhidharma, it will give better understanding of those two words. The common terminology does not give proper meaning. First one should understand that, this sukha will arise in first absorption. To enter into the first one, one needs mental image (nimitya). So, one can say that it...
by Supramundane
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

piti and sukha aren't really suitable topics for forum discussion, ... Why? They are phenomena belonging to modes of conventional consciousnesses everyone can experience. Nothing special, not truly existing and impermanent. They are getting special only of the desire realm afflictions are strong. H...
by Supramundane
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

When I first practiced meditation I had several experiences of rapture often in the most unlikely places, like the checkout queue. They were unlike anything else that had ever happened, it was totally out of the blue. Amazing. That’s one of the things that made me believe there was something in it....
by Supramundane
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: experience of piti and sukha

The experience of piti and sukha is a type of pleasure that does not lead to craving or suffering. If that would be the case then 'piti and sukha' would be equalled with 'awakening'. But they are merely assigned to the path to awakening. Better to assume that as long as there is affirmation of self...
by Supramundane
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 481

experience of piti and sukha

This is one of the most powerful quotes of the Buddha: I recall once, when my father the Sakyan was working, and I was sitting in the cool shade of a rose-apple tree, then — quite secluded from sensuality, secluded from unskillful mental qualities — I entered & remained in the first jhana: rapture &...
by Supramundane
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 21
Views: 1301

Re: proof of nirvana?

Is nirvana a phenomenon? If not it can't even be demonstrated let along proven. Samsara cannot be proven and yet we assume every second of our lives that it exists. If ignorance exists then it follows that enlightenment exists..... Your question is intriguing. Is nirvana a phenomenon? I suspect tha...
by Supramundane
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 1569

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

Hi Rob, welcome to dharmawheel! Your question is a key one, and my understanding of it has evolved during my time on DW, as it has for others as well. Birth and death exist only in Mind; therefore, outside Mind there is no birth or death: every second is rebirth and death. When you ask what will hap...
by Supramundane
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5622

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

The latter reference links to the same source that Astus refers to above. Thanissaro's explanation is not found in Mahasi Sayadaw's Visuddhiñana-katha that you linked. Mahasi provides a short commentary on the matter of "viññanam anidassanam" in Manual of Insight, p 464-466. Bhikkhu Sujato discusse...
by Supramundane
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5622

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

What we are all experiencing are in a temporal dimension. Is there a dimension which is atemporal? In Einstein's Relativity, all frame of references are equally valid. But there is one frame of reference that is unlike others, namely, that of light. Say light moves from point A to point B in a part...
by Supramundane
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5622

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

From the Udana 8.1 alone, it is possible to conclude that there are two types of consciousness. There are thousands of suttas where it is taught again and again that consciousness is impermanent, unsatisfactory, impersonal, and empty, while there are a few stanzas - not even proper explanations - s...
by Supramundane
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5622

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Is there a dimension which is atemporal? In Einstein's Relativity, Unlike Einstein's Relativity, Buddhism operates within the framework of the five aggregates and eighteen elements. Is there anything atemporal in Buddhism? Yes there is: nirvana. Is nirvana a type of consciousness? No, it is not. ca...
by Supramundane
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 299
Views: 5622

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

Hi LordByron (great name by the way). Welcome to dharmawheel. I think your posts are thought-provoking and touch a chord because they lay at the heart of the Mahayana tradition in an oblique way. The reason people here take issue with you is that you seem to be positioning consciousness/awareness as...

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