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by clw_uk
Sat May 21, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: permanently banned?
Replies: 21
Views: 2060

Re: permanently banned?

Pesky trolls :jedi:
by clw_uk
Sat May 21, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: permanently banned?
Replies: 21
Views: 2060

Re: permanently banned?

Information You have been permanently banned from this board. Please contact the Board Administrator for more information. Reason given for ban: stupid cough syrup guy A ban has been issued on your IP address. I got this message when I logged in using one of the European servers of my vpn provider....
by clw_uk
Sat May 21, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: permanently banned?
Replies: 21
Views: 2060

Re: permanently banned?

I've had the same problem, although it only affects my phone provider. I'm allowed on via my home wifi, yet it seems like partial access.
by clw_uk
Sun May 15, 2016 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Bhikkhu Pesala - I don't think he does, but there's no point talking about plate tectonics to an audience with no modern scientific knowledge. Why not? We get talk about magic and supernatural beings, why leave out plate tectonics which is far less astounding than devas, nagas and tree spirits? The ...
by clw_uk
Sun May 15, 2016 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Tilt- Been there, done that, and really, I do not have the interest to go over the same ground again. I'm not arguing that i am right here. I am just asking, out of genuine curiosity, how you distinguish between what is apocrypha and what isn't. How do you distinguish between said suttas on earthqua...
by clw_uk
Sun May 15, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Tilt- I assume that you know where I am going with this :) How do we then distinguish between the Buddha's views on earthquakes with those on rebirth etc? And I assumed that you were going to take this obvious tack. I'll let you mull that one over the obvious differences. Life is way too short to g...
by clw_uk
Sun May 15, 2016 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Sorry, Digity, I don't get it, why would people before Buddha's time (during his past lives) know that the world was round and about electricity? I must've said that already, but I second (third, etc..) the view that the Buddha is about getting rid of delusion, everything else is irrelevant to his ...
by clw_uk
Sat May 14, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Tilt-

I assume that you know where I am going with this :) How do we then distinguish between the Buddha's views on earthquakes with those on rebirth etc?
by clw_uk
Sat May 14, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 2428

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

AN 10.29 wrote: “Bhikkhus, of the speculative views held by outsiders, this is the foremost, namely: ‘I might not be and it might not be mine; I shall not be, and it will not be mine.’ I've always liked this quote. It's quite warm to materialists. Sadly this is something that seems to be lacking in...
by clw_uk
Sat May 14, 2016 1:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 2428

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

Maybe a few. I'm under the impression that the majority subscribe as much to Nibbana and the 4 stages of enlightenment as they do rebirth. I suppose you could call me a "secular buddhist" in that I don't accept rebirth, yet I don't deny it either. I file that away as "no idea". ...
by clw_uk
Sat May 14, 2016 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 181
Views: 5537

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

tiltbillings wrote:
SarathW wrote:So what do you think about the eight reasons given in the Sutta?
As science, it is nonsense.



Wouldn't that mean that the Buddha taught some things based upon personal belief, or faulty accepted beliefs of the time, instead of personal knowledge?
by clw_uk
Sat May 14, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Belief in rebirth
Replies: 143
Views: 8043

Re: Poll: Belief in rebirth

I believe in literal rebirth tentatively, it is a belief that I hold very lightly and skeptically however. My study of philosophy, especially philosophy of mind has helped in making me see the problems in a materialist or physicalist view. Even though people like to criticize western thought for be...
by clw_uk
Tue May 10, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Belief in rebirth
Replies: 143
Views: 8043

Re: Poll: Belief in rebirth

Greetings, Agreed... particularly when you consider that at least one third of poll respondents are not convinced of rebirth. Metta, Paul. :) They would probably be better suited for a philosophy like stoicism. It's similar to buddhism but without the teachings of karma and rebirth. Is the sutta I ...
by clw_uk
Tue May 10, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Belief in rebirth
Replies: 143
Views: 8043

Re: Poll: Belief in rebirth

If there is no rebirth, what is the point of spending so much effort in keeping the precepts? Better put all your efforts in not being caught when cheating or when taking what is not yours, and take precautions to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Keep yourself safe, drink moderately, have fun a...
by clw_uk
Mon May 09, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Belief in rebirth
Replies: 143
Views: 8043

Re: Poll: Belief in rebirth

No rebirth = zero point in practicing Dhamma I don't think that's true. The Dhamma has practical use in any scenario. For example: 'Now what is the allure of sensuality? There are, monks, these five strings of sensuality. Which five? Forms cognizable via the eye — agreeable, pleasing, charming, end...
by clw_uk
Mon May 09, 2016 11:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Poll: Belief in rebirth
Replies: 143
Views: 8043

Re: Poll: Belief in rebirth

No rebirth = zero point in practicing Dhamma I don't think that's true. The Dhamma has practical use in any scenario. For example: 'Now what is the allure of sensuality? There are, monks, these five strings of sensuality. Which five? Forms cognizable via the eye — agreeable, pleasing, charming, end...
by clw_uk
Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma, Ethics and Hume
Replies: 37
Views: 997

Re: Kamma, Ethics and Hume

Bhikkhu Pesala Since you do not like being lied to and deceived, do not tell lies, nor deceive others in any way. Since you would not like to be killed, do not kill others, etc. I agree up to a point, however in some circumstances it seems we have to lie and kill. Do you agree? Faith is opposed to d...
by clw_uk
Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma, Ethics and Hume
Replies: 37
Views: 997

Re: Kamma, Ethics and Hume

Mkoll - I'm not going to answer a leading question. You can define your use of the phrase "self preservation" without answering my original "leading question" Like I said, I have a moral code. I think that means I have moral knowledge and therefore I'm not a moral skeptic. Ok goo...
by clw_uk
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma, Ethics and Hume
Replies: 37
Views: 997

Re: Kamma, Ethics and Hume

Mkoll - Of course it is—how would you answer it? TBH, I thought "self-preservation" was a pithy response to your question. Answer my question I don't know what a moral skeptic is. "Moral skepticism (or moral scepticism) is a class of metaethical theories all members of which entail th...
by clw_uk
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma, Ethics and Hume
Replies: 37
Views: 997

Re: Kamma, Ethics and Hume

Mkoll - Leading question. Not at all. I must ask, what an earth do you mean by "self preservation"? There are good and bad actions in my view. In your view, I don't know. I don't speak for you, or us, or we. You sound like a moral sceptic? How do you decide what actions are good or bad? Is...

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