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by stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2232

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Having attenuated - temporarily or permanently - the afflicted desire realm obscurations previously one may effortlessly slip into jhana states of the form realm. Not having attenuated - temporarily or permanently - the afflicted desire realm obscurations previously one may effortfully attain jhana ...
by stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2232

Re: experience of piti and sukha

But does the pleasure you describe come from a release, a sense of freedom, or is it simply a mundane pleasure that is transitory and thus essentially dukkha? All jhana states, with or without piti/sukkha, up to the peak of cyclic existences in the formless are releases, partial releases. But they ...
by stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2232

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 stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: So confusing!
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: So confusing!

:namaste: As I stated in an earlier thread, I struggle with anger, but somehow I can control greed, lust, etc. Let's say I finally tame anger too. How come it is relatively easier to control emotions than it is to control thoughts? I am not saying it's easy as in piece of cake, obviously I am still...
by stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 38
Views: 2232

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 stevie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

Regarding the unanswered questions, I just found this in the Translator's Introduction to Mipham's commentary on Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara: "Conversely, the Madhyamika is to be understood as the exploration and systematic expression of the Buddha's silence." If it took the MMK to explicate Bu...
by stevie
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?
Replies: 41
Views: 18722

Re: What is the difference between an Arhat and Bodhisattva?

ram peswani wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:03 pm
He clearly said that an Arhat is a very important stage and extremely necessary for further path of Bhoddisattva.
From the perspective of Mahayana that is completely wrong. The intention to attain the state of an Arhat is incompatible with Bodhicitta.
by stevie
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

I dont think it makes sense to "see the conventional as simply conventional" without first understanding its nature (the ultimate), which is what you're saying. Because then there would be no contrast. Its like someone else saying to you in a dream "see the dream as a dream" but you are not lucid e...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

I dont think it makes sense to "see the conventional as simply conventional" without first understanding its nature (the ultimate), which is what you're saying. Because then there would be no contrast. Its like someone else saying to you in a dream "see the dream as a dream" but you are not lucid e...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

I'm using ultimate truth to mean 'seeing the conventional as simply conventional.' There is nothing ineffable about this take of ultimate truth. Since everything expressed in the context of communication is necessarily conventional (without convention communication is impossible) the ultimate is ne...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

There is nothing ineffable about this take of ultimate truth. Are you talking about something else when you say 'ultimate level?' Since everything expressed in the context of communication is necessarily conventional (without convention communication is impossible) the ultimate is necessarily ineff...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Samaddhi for softening people's mind
Replies: 25
Views: 1612

Re: Samaddhi for softening people's mind

I don't know the term 'softening' in the context of meditative states, however I know the term 'pliancy' = 'serviceability' in the context of calm abiding as taught by Tsongkhapa. Calm abiding is attained when the ninth state is conjoined with a fully qualified pliancy—a serviceability of body and m...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

When I say 'There is no substantially existent self as user/ master of the aggregates' then this is conventional level! Why? Because ultimate level is ineffable. I'm using ultimate truth to mean 'seeing the conventional as simply conventional.' (Merci, Astus.) Great. I find this appropriate. After ...
by stevie
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

Depends, an individual may have faith in what you conceive as confusion. Such a faith may be quite satisfying for a period of time. Most do have faith in something that arises from confusion. Which is why we are all in the predicament of suffering. Many things are quite satisfying for some time. Ho...
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3595

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:26 pm
Viach wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:21 pm
there is no any religious blind faith.
You need to define that.
That should be easy provided one relies on non-religious blind faith. ;)
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

... and faith is a phenomenon the thread starter confirmed elsewhere to have an issue with, Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! Recovering Catholic Syndrome No culpa! Following buddhist convention 'There is no substantially existent self as user/ master of the aggregates. Pure faith may only arise in the ...
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

No culpa! There is no substantially existent self as user/ master of the aggregates. Level mismatch! When I culpa myself I am <consciously> speaking from the conventional level where things of all ilk are held to exist, including self's. You otoh are speaking from the ultimate level, where 'self' i...
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

I'd rather get to the other shore, or to the top of the mountain, than to be down here speculating whether or not all boats or roads lead to the same place. ... But that attitude is based on faith and faith is a phenomenon the thread starter confirmed elsewhere to have an issue with, not necessaril...
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 5847

Re: One truth?

... and faith is a phenomenon the thread starter confirmed elsewhere to have an issue with, Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! Recovering Catholic Syndrome No culpa! There is no substantially existent self as user/ master of the aggregates. Pure faith may only arise in the sphere of emptiness of self.
by stevie
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance
Replies: 66
Views: 3595

Re: The paradox of lack of cognitive dissonance

In the Kalama sutta, Buddha also said: "When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise ; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them." S...

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