Dhamma & Mundane Knowledge

For an arahant, what is a star? "It is that name given by people to that phenomenon which emits light in the night sky." Precisely and exactly what is experienced, what is perceived in experience, nothing more, nothing less! For everything in the universe is made up of the six elements, only the six elements, … Continue reading Dhamma & Mundane Knowledge

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A Buddhist Perspective on the Psychology of Prejudice

1. The mental roots of prejudice 1.1 Overview and method The Buddha adopted a radically pragmatic, down-to-earth methodology, in investigating the possible solutions to any psychological problem: He insisted that the root cause of that problem must be discerned. Otherwise, we end up engaging with this problem only on a symptomatic level. And while in … Continue reading A Buddhist Perspective on the Psychology of Prejudice

An Experiential Definition of Samadhi & Pañña

Samadhi is the absence of spontaneous reactionariness. So it is not the happening or advent of a new experience, but rather the cessation of one that is naturally and continually happening; which is spontaneous reactionariness, on both the bodily and mental levels, sensorially, emotionally, and conceptually. That is why it has been difficult to describe … Continue reading An Experiential Definition of Samadhi & Pañña

Transcendence Only

Transcendental ends are easier to reach than mundane ones. And the advantage of a transcendental solution is that it lasts. A mundane solution never lasts. And, in the first place, there are no mundane solutions. There are no mundane solutions to mundane problems.

Burmese translators of Tipitaka

There are in fact two significant -but not widely known- Burmese translators who translated many books from the sutta and abhidhamma pitakas into English. Their translations are in many instances much better than those done by PTS or contemporary translators, and they offer new interesting perspectives and understandings regarding the rendition of the difficult terms … Continue reading Burmese translators of Tipitaka

Sammāvimutti Sammāvisuddhi

True freedom and true purification can only be found in the transcendental realisation that nothing is free, nothing is pure! Nothing is independent. Nothing is unconditioned. Nothing is self-arising. True freedom and true purification can only be found in the transcendental realisation that "experience", bhava, enveloping the consciousness, the object of the will, all that … Continue reading Sammāvimutti Sammāvisuddhi

Ariyasaccā (What is Happiness?!)

The question "what is happiness?", despite of its serious significance, has only rarely been taken seriously enough. I think this is the case because, despite of the manifold definitions that are being proposed of happiness, no substantial and practical formulae are being provided as to the actual path of life through which to attain such happiness here and … Continue reading Ariyasaccā (What is Happiness?!)

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With view to the actuality of suffering and eventuality of death, the only meaning of life has to be found in the belief that some liberation from suffering and death, is possible. Yet our belief in that very "possibility" of liberation from suffering and death is conditioned by the way we understand and experience that very … Continue reading `

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Not at peace is he who identifies "others" as the cause of his pain. A blind man is he who is unable to see the suffering of all other beings. Not free is he who searches & struggles to find his deliverance in external forces, outside of his own heart.  

Three Clarifications Concerning Conditioning

There are three clarifications concerning conditioning, the understaning of which makes one finds it not in himself to 'blame' anyone or anything anymore. What three? There are no external causes of suffering, only external triggers. There are no external causes of defilement, all things defiled are mental. There are no external causes of desire or faith … Continue reading Three Clarifications Concerning Conditioning