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by SDC
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Theravada for beginners
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Theravada for beginners

The idea of the pre-moderation was always to filter out really bad or misleading replies, not to enforce a party line. Bad replies include put-downs ("You're so dumb you don't even know this?"), oddball responses ("The Buddha taught this because on his home planet of Krypton he saw that neglecting ...
by SDC
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Theravada for beginners
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Theravada for beginners

I think you have to have a certain reputation to automatically approve the post. I understand your frustration Volvo. I like your answers and they are very helpful. However, as you are a newcomer the same rule applies to you. I am not sure whether it is possible to overrule this restriction for the...
by SDC
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Another "Moin"
Replies: 38
Views: 5541

Re: Another "Moin"

Glad to have you back, Flo!
by SDC
Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Theravada for beginners
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Theravada for beginners

I'll start another thread among the mods and admins. I've had mixed feelings over the years about that section. I think many newcomers who post in General Theravada get the same quality of responses, so it is hard to say how necessary it is. And, yes, with the myriad of interpretations out there, it...
by SDC
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

chownah wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:16 am
Hedonism avoids suffering? I doubt it. Perhaps a temporary postponement.
chownah
Semantics.

Avoid. Postpone. Suppress. Manage. Control. Choose any word you like. My point was that hedonism or suicide can provide a stay of execution. Yet none would be freedom from it.
by SDC
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

If all is there to live for is to seek eliminating suffering, then hedonism and suicide seem to me to be more effective and straightforward. Exactly, and if it were done in the sense that I think you mean, the work we be to avoid and prevent suffering. But again, it really does not seem that the Bu...
by SDC
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Wouldn't this then point to something unchangeable behind them? I think when you say "unchangeable", it points to exactly to what is meant by "persist". Things have the nature to manifest; to arise, cease and endure in appearance, but just because that nature is consistent for that duration, does n...
by SDC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Your input might provide an explanation as to why the Buddha reduced things to suffering. The act of reduction serves as the general purpose you talked about often presented as "the desire to eliminate all desires", but such approach (or act of unification) does not come about without problems of i...
by SDC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

I am not sure if the nature of purpose is abandoned in the case of the Arahant because they are still capable of using intention. My interpretation is that assuming a purpose at the macro level can be the result of the fallacy of composition where it is assumed that what is applicable at the level ...
by SDC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda...what are the things of which an arising is manifest, a ceasing is manifest, a persisting-while-changing is discerned?’—being asked thus, Ānanda, how would you answer?” Can u explain the bolded part? The phrase is ṭhitassa aññathattaṃ paññāyatī’ti a...
by SDC
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Even if the teleological nature is a result of self view, the teachings seem to encourage acknowledging it rather than denying it through formulating the end of suffering as a "goal". There is no choice but to start there in the wrong view , but through the nature of desire, through the wrong view ...
by SDC
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

There can be a teleological nature present in experience not free of self-view and the conceit "I am". From the position of things being "mine" and "for me", there will always be significance and purpose. No matter how far a person accepts, denies (both or neither) their own existence, things will ...
by SDC
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1321

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

...the Buddhist view of the universe is that it has no teleology, but how enlightenment is then possible? Is the whole thing ultimately a pure chance? There can be a teleological nature present in experience not free of self-view and the conceit "I am". From the position of things being "mine" and ...
by SDC
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Causes for gratitude
Replies: 89
Views: 1089

Re: Causes for gratitude

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by SDC
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 3325

Re: Arahant's suicide

Due to the OP wishing to discuss Mahayana ideas, this thread has been moved to "Connections..."