Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Lal
2M ago
Of course. They can also watch an “X-rated movie” without generating any lust. They can see “beautiful people” as such (just like a puthujjana), but their minds don’t get any “pleasure” from that illusion. It’s the same with tasty food. They taste the food to be ‘”tasty” because that is how their physical bodies originated (that is explained with the “uppatti bhavanga” but it is not necessary to understand the mechanism;  if one is knowledgeable in Abhidhamma that also can be understood.) There is no difference between that and recalling one’s own previous experiences. They fully unders ..read more
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Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Yash RS
2M ago
So does it mean that an Anagami or Arahant would still be able to recall even sexual pleasure/feeling but still won’t get triggered by it?    ..read more
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Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Lal
3M ago
It is correct to say that thiniking about chocolate can recall the “chocolate taste.” – Even an Arahant can recall that taste. However, it is only a “DISTORTED sanna” for an Arahant. Arahant’s mind KNOWS that it is a MIRAGE and thus would not attach to it. – For a puthujjana, that “distorted sanna” instantaneously leads to a “DEFILED sanna” and a “DEFILED vinnana”. The mind automatically adds raga and moha (for chocolate taste), and that is why it becomes DEFILED. The Buddha said that the mind is the fastest entity in the world ..read more
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Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Yash RS
3M ago
Whenever we see let’s say chocolate, we can recall/feel it’s taste through the past memory of the chocolate’s flavour, we remember how it tastes, we can feel it on our tongue just by thinking about it. This is “Defiled Vinnana”, right ..read more
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Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Lal
3M ago
Yash asked: “Does an Anagami forget how a particular pleasure feels?” An Anagami or Arahant would still taste the flavor of ice cream. They still get the “distorted sanna” of the flavor of ice cream or the lovely smell of a rose. – But their minds don’t get to the next step of attaching to that and making it a “defiled sanna/vinnana.” – Their minds have comprehended the fact that the “flavor of ice cream” or the “beauty of a person” is made up the mind according to the existence (bhava.) That is why while humans experience a “foul odor” from rotten meat/feces, a pig loves that odor and tastes ..read more
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by Dawson
3M ago
I don’t think normal people can recall the taste of ice cream as taste is a very difficult thing to recall. The same is true of smells and tactile sensations, which is why we value having physical bodies to the degree that we do; so we can make contact with those things. By contrast, you can recall sights and sounds, although, they will of course be distorted ..read more
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Reply To: Perceiving the sensual world
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by Yash RS
3M ago
Does an Anagami forget how a particular pleasure feels? For example, the Taste of a vanilla ice cream, normal people recall how it tastes and then start craving for it. But how does an Anagami respond to it? Can he recall the taste but still not attach/want it or will he not be able to recall it’s taste at all? Does this affect the memory power/recalling power of the Anagami? I know taste is mind-made feeling but I still want to confirm ..read more
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Reply To: Formal Meditation
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by Lal
3M ago
Yes. Quite true. As we dive deeper into Buddha’s teachings, a solid background becomes necessary. Without a proper background, it will be an exercise of just reciting some words.  To get an idea of that, please read the English translation of the “Mūlapariyāya Sutta (MN1)” in that link, where the translator substituted each Pali word with an English word. Can anyone understand what the English translation says? Many Pali words CANNOT be translated directly into ANY language. We must understand the MEANING of such Pali words and use those Pali words even in English translations.  ..read more
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Reply To: Formal Meditation
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by Christian
3M ago
There is no way to actually do it faster than you are naturally conditioned to progress on the Path. Imagine bodybuilding, it depends on your genetic makeup how much/big and how fast you will grow, it’s the same with Dhamma – having living Buddha would be relative to having “steroids” as Buddha could progress the Path for you by explaining what you need to know and in what context so you can realize Nibbana faster. Also Dhamma Path is not progressive as you would think of, it takes much more for person as you need to develop your own way of understanding Dhamma or should I say “in your own way ..read more
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Reply To: Formal Meditation
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by Lal
3M ago
Yes. That is good; be mindful all the time! There is another aspect that will help a lot with reducing cravings. We have a “distorted saññā” that worldly things (tasty food, attractive things, and attractive people) have such “mind-pleasing inherent qualities.” But the Buddha taught that it is a “made-up perception” by our minds.  That understanding will help tremendously with controlling cravings. It is a good idea for everyone to read the post, “Sotapanna Stage and Distorted/Defiled Saññā” and the background material for it pointed out in the last bullet below. The subsequent post ..read more
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