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by SDC
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: American Exceptionalism
Replies: 52
Views: 498

Re: American Exceptionalism

The are many things happening right now that are far from exceptional. The last thing I would do this morning is pat myself on the back. We sort of suck right now, but for quite a few more reasons than the left-leaning world would have you believe. Liberty is on its last legs over here, and instead ...
by SDC
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Pāli Tradition's Responce to Vasubandhu
Replies: 30
Views: 293

Re: The Pāli Tradition's Responce to Vasubandhu

Taking a look at MN 117: Therein, bhikkhus, right view comes first. And how does right view come first? One understands wrong view as wrong view and right view as right view: this is one’s right view. “And what, bhikkhus, is wrong view? ‘There is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed; n...
by SDC
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

Twilight wrote:...


And that is not to say your views are wrong. I'm not here to discredit anyone. Just trying to settle the waters.
by SDC
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

... But you have this thread and you have you opportunity to present it. What more do you need? If you are correct then people will take what you say and try and verify it. If people disagree or question you that does not mean they will never see that you are correct. It just means they do not see ...
by SDC
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explaine

I wish you well too and respect you for been one of the few here who DO study the canon. Unfortunately, just like other before you in this thread, you are good at asking questions cause that is something anybody can do. But when asked a question yourself, such as the green question, you had to retr...
by SDC
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Ruby Ridge
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: Ruby Ridge

It is now in this thread. I am sure it was just an oversight when doing the split.
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?

Twilight wrote:You'll never find them like that. That's why they are called blind spots. Only others can see them.


:zzz:
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Buddha Vacana wrote:
SDC wrote:What I assumed was that you assumed such a thing

That's what I meant. Anyway no worries. Have a nice day/evening/good night.


And you as well. :smile:
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?
Replies: 18
Views: 338

Re: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?

If I'm looking for blind spots I am usually looking for my own.
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Now that is not to say as you have chosen to assume that the electorate is a monolthic entity (who would be misinformed enough to believe such a thing?). I clearly did not. What I assumed was that you assumed such a thing, but clearly I made a mistake. Okay? Dude, we're cool, alright? We disagreed....
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

The blogishness of this whole thread has me tending to keep it one place for now. What makes you think it is blogish ? It is a simple discussion between 5 users about how stream entry is achieved. Normally when a thread goes in another direction, it is split into another thread instead of changing ...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

It would be good to split all these discussions in another topic about "How is stream entry achieved. Samadhi vs contemplation". Maybe even include a poll. And only leave the first page of the topic over here. In this way more people could engage in this stream entry debate witch I consid...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

Twilight wrote:As I said, if you have been a hardcore ascetic for many years than you will attain arahantship when hearing such discourses. If you are a normal person then you will only attain stream entry and then need to follow the noble 8thfold path to achieve arahanthip.


Grammatical confusion. Now I see.
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 249
Views: 2216

Re: Mahashi vs sutta (explained)

This is why you can not achieve arahanthip by just hearing discourses, only stream entry. ...Then through the Gracious One’s brief teaching of this Dhamma, Bāhiya of the Bark Robe’s mind was immediately freed from the pollutants, without attachment. Then the Gracious One, having advised Bāhiya of t...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

And as I said earlier, despite the "United" part, the US is a federation of 50 states and we have both wholesome and unwholesome values. We do not operate as one. You seem to be very attached to your view of the US as being a federation of 50 states. I will not argue with this perception ...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

If and when we get into French politics I will be sure to preface any comments with something along the lines of, "While I have no direct experience of French politics it seems..." If you don't I won't be offended. If you are wrong I will explain you why, and not criticize you for not bei...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Yes, and unfortunately I think the divisions are now more stark and polarised than ever with Trump's election. And as a prediction, through his policy agenda, this gulf will become more accentuated. I think the stakes are much higher as far as most people are concerned (not me) and I think that is ...
by SDC
Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1434
Views: 34774

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

There seems to be a lack of awareness of this at Dhamma Wheel and a kind of 'normalising' of Trump's election, particularly from a country who holds itself up to be the "leader of the free world", and this disappoints me. Instead of America being a country with values one should emulate, ...

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