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October 17, 2012


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Jure: I think the Java is referring to the 2nd skandha, vedana—the lower grade stuff—with its three feelings: 1) duhkha; 2) sukha; 3)aduhkha-asukha (neutral).

Java Junkie:

In the Sutta Pitaka nirvāna is described as the perfect peace. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha says of nirvāna that it is "the highest happiness", an enduring happiness QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT from the limited, transitory happiness derived from impermanent things:

Hunger is the greatest ill,
the greatest dukkha - conditionedness,
knowing this reality at it is:
Nibbana bliss supreme.

We find the same in the Mahayana sutras, where Nirvana is described as:

"Eternal (nitya), Blissful (sukha), the Self (atman) and Pure (subha)" (Nirvana Sutra)

in your lack of doctrinal studies, perchance you missed that buddhism teaches "adukkham asukkham" (NEITHER dukkha NOR sukkha), both are antionmies parcel to temporal or khandhic being.

You err in failing to mention, that while nice pertaining to life, sukkha is a metaphysically EQUALLY undesirable state or hope, and contrary to the endgole of transcendence of both.

"..term duhkha does not seem to be in the Rig Veda. Duhkha is, therefore, a much later notion."

Really? Absence of a single word indicates that Dukha is a later notion? The word might have been the foundation upon which Buddha launched his investigations but life has suffered and endured from the very first moment there was a wisp of prana to animate flesh.

Rig Veda's approach to solving the riddle of life did not share lexicon of the Buddha but that does not mean the hundred Rishi's were daft to sit and ponder away for nothing. A cursory reading of "Secret of Veda" by Sri Aurobindo would provide the vocabulary and taxonomy to interpret the Rig Veda and understand for oneself what the Rishis actually did.

FYI, I venerate the Buddha and every spiritual being who have left the fruits of their sadhana for humanity. But this foisting of conclusions on what Rig Veda is without having entered into the spirit of its enquiries is counterproductive at so many levels.

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