Within thousand years of the Buddha’s Parinibbāna (passing away), certain key concepts became distorted. For many years, I had nagging questions on the compatibility of certain concepts that are widely published in “Buddhist literature”, including Theravada literature. For example, explanations of anicca, anatta, sunyata, did not make sense to me. Furthermore, I got lost in a myriad of explanations for terms like saṅkhāra; there are three different meanings for that word in standard Theravada texts.
When I started listening to the dēsanas by Waharaka Thero in Sri Lanka, it became immediately apparent to me that “this was the true Dhamma”; see, “Parinibbāna of Waharaka Thero“. Furthermore, concepts like saṃsāra, samma, saṅkhāra became crystal clear while I was just listening. I hope I will be able to convey this information as clearly below.
This main section has the following sub-sections:
Basic Framework of Buddha Dhamma
San (Explanation of many key Pāli words)
- What is “San”? Meaning of Sansāra (or Saṃsāra)
- Sankhāra, Kamma, Kamma Bīja, Kamma Vipāka
- Sankhāra – Life is a Bundle of Sankhāra
- Difference Between Dhamma and saṅkhāra
- Kamma are Done with Saṅkhāra – Types of Saṅkhāra
- Nibbāna – Is it Difficult to Understand?
- The Four Stages in Attaining Nibbāna
- What Are Rupa? (Relation to Nibbāna)
- Niramisa Sukha
- How to Taste Nibbāna
- Does the First Noble Truth Describe only Suffering?
- Nirodha and Vaya – Two Different Concepts
- Nibbāna “Exists”, but Not in This World
- Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta – Wrong Interpretations
- Anicca – True Meaning
- Anicca – Inability to Keep What We Like
- Anicca – Repeated Arising/Destruction
- Anicca – Worthlessness of Worldly Things
- Anicca – The Incessant Distress (“Pīḷana”)
- Anicca, Dukkha, Anatta – According to Some Key Suttas
- Anatta – the Opposite of Which Atta?
- Dasa Akusala and Anatta – The Critical Link
- Anattā (Mundane Interpretation) – There is no “Unchanging Self”
- Anatta and Dukkha – True Meanings
- How to Cultivate Anicca Saññā
- How to Cultivate the Anicca Saññā – II
- If Everything is Anicca Should We Just give up Everything?
- Why are Tilakkhaṇa not Included in 37 Factors of Enlightenment?
- Two Versions of 37 Factors of Enlightenment
- The Incessant Distress (“Pilana”) – Key to Dukkha Sacca
- Also see, “Root Cause of Anicca – Five Stages of a Saṅkata” that is in a different section.
- Namagotta, Bhava, Kamma Bīja, and Mano Loka (Mind Plane)
- Gati and Bhava – Many Varieties
- Gati to Bhava to Jati – Ours to Control
- Memory, Brain, Mind, Nama Loka, Kamma Bhava, Kamma Vipaka
- Bhava and Jāti – States of Existence and Births Therein
- Pāpa Kamma Versus Akusala Kamma
Sorting out Some Key Pāli Terms (Tanha, Lobha, Dosa, Moha, etc)
- Kama Taṇhā, Bhava Taṇhā, Vibhava Taṇhā
- Lobha, Rāga and Kāmachanda, Kāmarāga
- Lobha, Dosa, Moha versus Rāga, Paṭigha, Avijjā
- What Are Kilesa (Mental Impurities)? – Connection to Cetasika
- Diṭṭhi (Wrong Views), Sammā Diṭṭhi (Good/Correct Views)
- Anantara and Samanantara Paccayā
- What is Avijjā (Ignorance)?
- Indriya and Āyatana – Big Difference
- Hetu-Phala, Paccuppanna, and Paṭicca Samuppāda
- Correct Meaning of Vaci saṅkhāra
Pañca Indriya and Pañca Bala – Five Faculties and Five Powers
- Kāmaccandha and Icca – Being Blinded by Cravings
The Five Aggregates (Pañcakkhandha)
- Five Aggregates – Introduction
- Vedanā (Feelings) Arise in Two Ways
- Saṅkhāra is discussed at, “Saṅkhāra, Kamma, Kamma Bīja, Kamma Vipāka“.
- “Viññāṇa (Defiled Consciousness)“
- “Rūpa (Material Form)“
Subsection: “Nāma & Rūpa to Nāmarūpa“