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by robertk
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 21
Views: 319

Re: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few yea

However, my understanding is that all your karma must be cleared prior to attaining Nibbana
And that is a wrong idea. No one could ever attain anything if they had to get rid of or expend all past kamma.
Actually it sounds like something from scientology.
by robertk
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: One warning, ... Try it if you dare!
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: One warning, ... Try it if you dare!

I first read this outline almost 30 years ago, when it was in manuscript form . https://archive.org/details/TheConditionalityOfLife And yes, I think the more one learns about the Patthana the more one will see this and abhidhamma as the heart : because the teaching of anatta is the sole domain of Bu...
by robertk
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 200
Views: 12714

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:32 am
I don't see Christianity as having an "essence", be that scriptural, liturgical, doctrinal, or practical.
The bible is a basis isn't it?
by robertk
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What determines how long we live?
Replies: 9
Views: 213

Re: What determines how long we live?

Wouldn't bad people live longer and suffer more and vice versa, good people exit this samsaric hell-hole early
Dieing from human birth is not exiting samsara early. In fact one may die and be reborn in a less fortunate realm.
by robertk
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9577

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Assuming the path is very narrow (which it is), then it is possible, indeed likely, that the same unsuccessful combinations will repeat again and again, infinitely even.. Would anyone say that if two chess players played an infinite period of time, then only losing games for white would be played? ...
by robertk
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9577

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Assuming the path is very narrow (which it is), then it is possible, indeed likely, that the same unsuccessful combinations will repeat again and again, infinitely even..
by robertk
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9577

Re: Shannon number great, but not infinite

Shannon number great, but not infinite. The number of possible combinations of a finite number of elements is not infinite. The number of chess pieces is limited. The number of dhammas in the Abhidhamma is limited. The number of combinations can not be infinite. But the elements in Abhidhamma come ...
by robertk
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven Thanissaro has misleadingly omitted essential context; invoked a theoretical distinction that has no place in Dhamma
Replies: 27
Views: 778

Re: Ven Thanissaro has misleadingly omitted essential context; invoked a theoretical distinction that has no place in Dh

Aside from this quite semantical debate between the two, it's clear that Sujato has a vendetta for Thanissaro, based on their disagreement on Bhikkhuni ordination. The ad hominems in his response makes that very clear. I've also seen him respond in extremely childish ways whenever Thanissaro gets b...
by robertk
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the land of Buddha!
Replies: 19
Views: 425

Re: Hello from the land of Buddha!

Hi Friend! Are you from Nepal? I love Nepal, the land of the Buddha. I also love the Indo-Iranians who pushed through the Khyber Pass and settled in Lumbini (the ancestors of the Buddha). In fact, I love everyone! :heart: May you be happy and at peace, my friend. :anjali: welcome too! Just so we ar...
by robertk
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muscular Christianity
Replies: 44
Views: 1025

Re: Muscular Christianity

. I think there should be a Muscular Buddhist movement to counter all of the hippy, new age, gender-bender crap that has crept into burgeoning Western Buddhism.. Absolutely. When I got to a Western Monastery I was so pleased to see the monks shoveling concrete and getting dirty, and being practical...
by robertk
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How Many Of You Experience Depression?
Replies: 28
Views: 798

Re: How Many Of You Experience Depression?

. As Bundjoki stated, unless we have the Right View (added by me), then meditation could just be a another form of sensual escapism. these Feelings come and go on their own, I cannot control them, they are a factor of my unenlightened experience, and they certainly aren’t mine. . Nice. :sage: Feeli...
by robertk
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How Many Of You Experience Depression?
Replies: 28
Views: 798

Re: How Many Of You Experience Depression?

DNS wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:50 am
but I think you might be underestimating the American people. I'll just keep it short,
Breakfast looks amazing..
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by robertk
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: momentariness not in sutta?
Replies: 43
Views: 1590

Re: momentariness not in sutta?

Hi Robertk, i have not read thru that pages yet; i would prefer to come from the sutta direction for now. I did a google search and found this sutta. SN 22.57 Sattatthana Sutta: Seven Bases/Cases - Mike's post Chinese Parallel by 莊春江 For one that completed the 7 cases, is said to be well freed are ...
by robertk
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: I am a gambler
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: I am a gambler

Hey, it's bad if you are losing.

But if you are winning and supporting yourself then congratulations, you are in the select group of 5% of day/ swing traders who do.