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by SDC
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

Can I prove it like with manuscript evidence or something? No, but there aren't any widely available Critical Editions of the Suttas like there are of the New Testament with the Nestle-Aland 2Xth edition to show that "These manuscripts are missing this line" or something like that. I imagine once t...
by SDC
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 38
Views: 530

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

If no single thing exists independently, then there are not many things, as without one, there cannot be many. So nothing exists. I do not like this! I think it is not what the Buddha taught but a wild extrapolation and misunderstanding of what he taught. Nonetheless, without reinterpreting DO to b...
by SDC
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

So therefore, MN 1 is in a corrupt state where someone accidentally included nibbana in a sutta that was originally only about not delighting in the 4 classical elements. Is there any evidence that MN 1 was "originally only about not delighting in the 4 classical elements"? It is stated at the star...
by SDC
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 38
Views: 530

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

if nothing exists independently there is no single thing, How does that follow? The fact that, say, trees exist dependent on soil, water, sunlight, the seeds from which they grew, etc., surely doesn't mean that no single tree exists. It just means that no tree is its own cause and no tree exists in...
by SDC
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 358

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

Are you arguing a difference in meaning between perceiving and conceiving? I can't perceive nor conceive one. maññati : (to) conceive maññāṇā : conceiving sañjānāti : (to) perceive saññā : perception Oxford Dictionary: Conceive : form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind Perceive : become aware o...
by SDC
Sat Dec 07, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 358

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

Does anyone have an edifying explanation of what phrases like those used in MN 1 "He directly knows X as X" even mean? In line with what SDC posted above, in my understanding, this means knowing X as it is, bereft of all additional superposition of conceiving, ideas, views, inclinations. This inclu...
by SDC
Sat Dec 07, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 668

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

I've never looked down on anything and I've never asked for, nor received the sort of comfort and support you often imply is a necessity. It isn't a necessity for me, so I've never asked for it. I don't understand how you can just assume every person requires the same things that you do in order to...
by SDC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 358

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

Does anyone have an edifying explanation of what phrases like those used in MN 1 "He directly knows X as X" even mean? "The Tathagata — a worthy one, rightly self-awakened — directly knows earth as earth. Directly knowing earth as earth, he does not conceive things about earth, does not conceive th...
by SDC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 668

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

It's easy for you to look down on other people's desire for what you call "comfort and support" after you've received them. -- A rich man goes into a fancy restaurant and there eats a sumptuous meal. After leaving the restaurant, in the street, a beggar approaches him and begs for food. And the ric...
by SDC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Is "expedient means" explicitly taught in the abhidhamma?
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Is "expedient means" explicitly taught in the abhidhamma?

daveblack wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:08 pm
Because I've noticed that many Theravadins use this concept that is clearly Mahayana from the Lotus Sutra. Is this just a result of Westernization mixing schools up? or is it in the Abhidhamma, because I don't see it in the suttas.
In what context is it being used by Theravadins?
by SDC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 167
Views: 13058

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Due to the political undertones of this topic, it has been moved to the Hot Topics section, which will require moderator approval for all posts. If people prefer to speak freely regarding the political aspects of Western Buddhism they can do so at DWE.
by SDC
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 668

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

So an ordinary person comes off the street and in contact with this thing called "Buddhism" or "Dhamma". And there they are expected to function by vastly different principles than in ordinary life; in fact, by principles that are awkwardly similar to plain old sociopathy, or more plainly, principl...
by SDC
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 668

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

The notion of reciprocity supports the order of things there "for me". Although that may be desirable or even necessary in most if not all relationships, it is counter to the direction taught by the Buddha. So even if it is just the mere "utterance of another" along with "proper attention", that is ...
by SDC
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 774

Re: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism

... By Mumbo Jumbo I mean they no longer really following the real teaching of Buddha they have formulated too much rituals and too many stories and mythology attached to their teachings. It is the rituals and performance of certain rites that I feel make them "Mumbo Jumbo". Well, I am just asking....
by SDC
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 25
Views: 726

Re: Sex only for procreation

Moved to "Sila" since the OP implies a request for conjecture.