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by SDC
Fri May 19, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Capitalism.
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Victims of Capitalism.

Nibbana wrote:It is hypocrisy at it's best when one focuses on the one but not the other.
Always try to maintain a balanced view.


A great suggestion, but it is by no means a requirement when posting on this forum.
by SDC
Thu May 18, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It all sucks
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: It all sucks

There is some good advice going on in this thread and I just want to echo TLCD's suggestion that to practice is to face suffering. So just because your experience is still very much suffering, that does not imply you are practicing wrong, it does not mean that you are a failure. The fact that suffer...
by SDC
Sun May 14, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

The only thing I dislike about a forum like this is that, even though it's entitled "Connections to Other Paths," it's composed of certain people who seemingly aren't really interested in understanding what other paths actually teach, and would rather perpetuate their misunderstanding and...
by SDC
Sun May 14, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

Off topic posts removed. Please refer to the OP for the purpose of this thread. Thank you.
by SDC
Thu May 11, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach not self?
Replies: 77
Views: 946

Re: Did the Buddha teach not self?

The Hindu term for reincarnation is the same as the Buddhist term for rebirth, go figure. Same in meaning? It surely is not. Yes its the same word, so yes I would assume it has the same or similar meaning, rebirth is a modern term invented by Western Buddhists, the Cambodian Buddhists I studied wit...
by SDC
Thu May 11, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach not self?
Replies: 77
Views: 946

Re: Did the Buddha teach not self?

Santi253 wrote:Non-attachment to views, even views that we believe to be correct, is a Buddhist virtue.


That's a view.

Just because it happens to adhere to a point of doctrine does not imply exemption from the very act of adhering to it.
by SDC
Thu May 11, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach not self?
Replies: 77
Views: 946

Re: Did the Buddha teach not self?

lyndon taylor wrote:The Hindu term for reincarnation is the same as the Buddhist term for rebirth, go figure.


Same in meaning? It surely is not.
by SDC
Thu May 11, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 134
Views: 1860

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

I would never follow anything I don't see having a point. You need a reason to look elsewhere and it seems that you're content with where you are so I would not turn away from you Mahayana path.
by SDC
Thu May 11, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1590
Views: 127109

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

In terms of "aggressive" music this album is a nexus of "almost" everything that followed, mysteriously turning up at the very root of the many derivatives of hardcore, and of thrash metal, black metal and death metal. For those who may not know, that covers a good deal of ground...
by SDC
Tue May 09, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

I more or less agree with this, and especially like the bolded parts! (Emphasis mine). I guess I would take it a hair further, in that, if hatred, greed, and delusion are extinguished, and he senses things as if disjoined from them, his senses are "cut off" etc, all ways of saying that in...
by SDC
Tue May 09, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It all sucks
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: It all sucks

Relying on a forum for personal instruction is shaky business. Actually it is shaky anywhere on the internet and in real life as well. While many are willing and able to share their understanding, very few are prepared to instruct others, nor are they qualified to do so. And this is perfectly okay h...
by SDC
Mon May 08, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

Stated this way, for me, number 1 and 2 make number 4 impossible. The Arahant's experience as a whole still *is* suffering. It reduces to a complex of uncontrollable, inconstant, suffering-laden processes, and his wisdom, knowledge, and non clinging are also nothing more than aspects of these proce...
by SDC
Mon May 08, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Feeling completely lost and down?
Replies: 26
Views: 3786

Re: Feeling completely lost and down?

lotuspadma wrote:Thank you for your replies, but I need some advice on taking strong measures. I just had my 3rd nervous breakdown.


I think it would be a good idea to speak to a professional who is better qualified to offer you the advice you need.
by SDC
Sat May 06, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

Thanks for the clarification. What you say makes good sense to me....I don't use the word "validity" in this way which is why I asked for the clarification. Now I understand. Thanks again, chownah Sure thing, c. Though form is quite correct in the post above: these ideas must correspond t...
by SDC
Fri May 05, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

In terms of paṭiccasamuppāda it would be both; the assumption/holding the most immediate condition for being/existence ( upādāna-paccayā bhavo ), and ignorance the most fundamental --- to "this whole mass of suffering". Thanks for the reply. I'm wondering what meaning you are using for th...
by SDC
Fri May 05, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

In theory, the presence of assumption/holding/clinging in regards to an arisen experience is an additional dimension (existence) to that very arising; a dimension that stands with even more validity than that very thing which it is in regards to. Without the assumption, there is just that arisen na...
by SDC
Fri May 05, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

Thanks for your take. I have an idea that the distinction between "existence" and "experience" is significant here, but I haven't worked out why exactly. :thinking: In theory, the presence of assumption/holding/clinging in regards to an arisen experience is an additional dimensi...
by SDC
Fri May 05, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 103
Views: 1731

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

"The 3 marks of existence" doesn't sound right, because Nibbana / cessation of dukkha is a living experience. "The 3 marks of unenlightened existence" doesn't sound right either, because insight into anicca and anatta is a prerequisite for enlightenment, and I don't see how thes...
by SDC
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 195
Views: 4689

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

I think my institing of the similarities had more to do with the rather widespread insinuation that the actions of an anit-fascist/anarchist organization are somehow more justifiable and/or acceptable than allowing for the arising of even mere shades of fascism , which is none other than what ANTIF...
by SDC
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 195
Views: 4689

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

... Nice post, cj. I think my institing of the similarities had more to do with the rather widespread insinuation that the actions of an anit-fascist/anarchist organization are somehow more justifiable and/or acceptable than allowing for the arising of even mere shades of fascism, which is none oth...

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