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by Caodemarte
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 145
Views: 3971

Re: if you witness a crime

...(Also to be contrarian, isn't all current Theravadan meditation practice tradition a relatively modern reconstruction from the last century or two (revivalist pioneers working from texts and their own experiences), sometimes too in the context of Western colonialism? Recent and Western are relat...
by Caodemarte
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 26
Views: 810

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

Devas are in Samsara. Bodhisattvas who have attained the bhumis (bodhisattva grounds) are liberated from samsara. They are trans-worldly. That is the traditional Mahayana perspective, yes. But none of that has a basis in the early Buddhist texts (samsara is not a place, but a process as the Buddha ...
by Caodemarte
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

Do whatever you can to the best degree you can for however long you can do it. After all, what else can we do?
by Caodemarte
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi Noting for main practice
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: Mahasi Noting for main practice

.....If you're doing a job that entails discursive thinking then just pay attention to doing that job well.... If you this throughly this may become a continuation of your “formal” meditation practice or, rather, the same thing done at different times in superficially different ways depending on wh...
by Caodemarte
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?
Replies: 20
Views: 628

Re: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?

Who do Christians believe their god is? There are over 2,000 years of sophisticated theology that argue against all the naïve Sunday school descriptions here (not to say that some people may embrace what the Pope called the flying magician with a beard heresy and its variants). It would be better to...
by Caodemarte
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 677

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

..... .. perceives a continuity between their present state and their past state (say, an hour before) and identifies both states with the same person... Just to add this is obviously a false perception. There is no word for rebirth in the Pali cannon used when describing or preaching Buddhism acco...
by Caodemarte
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there are Christian monks?
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Why there are Christian monks?

Could I ask why one asks question on Christian monks or any different religion on a Buddhist forum? This is the connecting to other paths forum. It is good to know about other religions as we live with 6.5 billion people with other faiths. This is an attempt to know the similarities and the differe...
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness
Replies: 33
Views: 744

Re: Science “Proves”/finds accurateness in some Buddhist concepts of Consciousness

The article is about Dr. Fenwick's ideas. There is no science to support any of what he says about consciousness and its association with the brain. There is no science here....just someone's speculation. Dr. Fenwick has made his career in the study of near death experiences and in expounding his v...
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there are Christian monks?
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Why there are Christian monks?

Could I ask why one asks question on Christian monks or any different religion on a Buddhist forum?
by Caodemarte
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness
Replies: 51
Views: 1115

Re: Nirvana is the Cessation of Consciousness

:namaste: The Buddha likened consciousness to a magic show. Probably because just like a magic show, there is nothing real about it. It is full of disorder and illogical. So wouldn't it naturally follow that nirvana is the ending of this madness called consciousness? Does it even matter if there is...
by Caodemarte
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 43
Views: 1362

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

[I guess where I get confused is when I don't feel like I have an issue with something, like listening to music. I'm not using that as a crutch or using it to avoid something, I just like tunes. Also, I think that being mindful, in the moment about enjoying food and listening to your body about whe...
by Caodemarte
Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?
Replies: 26
Views: 725

Re: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?

....... Oh what an attitude ! Whatever ! More seriously I doubt the purpose is to cut off thoughts, but to see through them. Trying to suppress or stop them seems to just be an example of aversion. Try letting them do what they will without suppressing or indulging and they will slowly calm down by...
by Caodemarte
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?
Replies: 26
Views: 725

Re: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?

... Which does not preclude to say that your "seriousness" has very little (if nothing) to do with Buddhism - as per suttas referred in the previous post... I just don’t agree that the suttas advocate that the duty of a watchman to blindly kill every visitor. That is not how I read the metaphor or ...
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?
Replies: 26
Views: 725

Re: Does the aims of breathing training is to cut off thoughts totally ?

More seriously I doubt the purpose is to cut off thoughts, but to see through them. Trying to suppress or stop them seems to just be an example of aversion. Try letting them do what they will without suppressing or indulging and they will slowly calm down by themselves. "Seriously" that is not Budd...