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by SDC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 48
Views: 376

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Hi SDC I wouldn't describe Milo as being transparent and honest. You may not like him (I don't care for his shtick either), but there is no denying that he completely exposes himself by revealing what he feels to be true. I'm not trying to trying to make a moral judgment here - that's pointless. I ...
by SDC
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Milo Yiannopoulous scandal
Replies: 48
Views: 376

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

The world is not prepared to handle his level of transparency and honesty. In this regard he was careless, arrogant and misleading with is thoughts. While this has often served him well, he should have known better with this sort of subject matter. He himself is an abuse survivor and unless we've be...
by SDC
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Greetings

Welcome to the forum!
by SDC
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1071
Views: 66647

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Thanks for the heads-up. A quick look at RealClimate http://www.realclimate.org didn't bring up any recent major articles on SF6 but did bring up a few mentions, so it's not totally forgotten. Its contribution to global warming seems to be more like 0.2% than 1% so no, don't lose sleep over it. :co...
by SDC
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1071
Views: 66647

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

... Hi Kim, I must admit that I have not followed this thread much over the last year, but I was curious how much of the focus has been on reducing the use of sulfur hexafluoride ? In short it has the potential to be 23,900 times more damaging than CO2 over a 100 year period. It seems the industrie...
by SDC
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

Much to digest here, sorry I have to be brief. My sense that all of the aggregates are inaccessible comes from listening to his recorded talks more than anything, in writing he seems to focus more on matter in this regard. Here is a cut and paste of some snippets from my transcription thread with s...
by SDC
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

I'm still struggling a bit with how rupa (generally speaking), and the "inaccessibility" of all five aggregates plays into his (Ven. NN) thinking, I'm hoping to gather some quotes that are giving me trouble and posing a question (s) once I've gathered my half baked thoughts :tongue: Both ...
by SDC
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

“Would it be correct to say that matter is revealed by the act of perception, rather than created?” The answer is: yes, it would. Like we often read in the Suttas: “The eye meets the form”; the form (matter) is already there, and the ‘eye’ discovers it. ‘Matter’ appears with consciousness being the...
by SDC
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

“Would it be correct to say that matter is revealed by the act of perception, rather than created?” The answer is: yes, it would. Like we often read in the Suttas: “The eye meets the form”; the form (matter) is already there, and the ‘eye’ discovers it. ‘Matter’ appears with consciousness being the...
by SDC
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: Thumbs up button

With or without this function, reputation will follow your member name. This is quite obvious when it comes to how we address each other's posts. It is easy to pick up on it. We grow to expect things from each other. I think having any sort of system to rate members is merely stating the obvious, bu...
by SDC
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Senses and the Thought Part I (Ven. NN)
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Senses and the Thought Part I (Ven. NN)

When I paste it, there seems to be an extra bit that is missing from your edit: https://pathpress.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/satipaṭṭhana-setting-up-mindfulness/ #more-2060 This is more complicated than existential dhamma :bow: You have to make sure you put the address within the "[url][/url]&qu...
by SDC
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Senses and the Thought Part I (Ven. NN)
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Senses and the Thought Part I (Ven. NN)

aflatun wrote:EDIT: I can't get the URL to work, I'm really good at this forum :jumping:


I fixed it for you. :tongue:

Quote your post to see the html code.
by SDC
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

Indeed, as the dust settles the propensity for work, i.e. "what to do" becomes more obvious, but as this settling is ongoing (all the way to the end), not knowing what to do can never be a reason not to try to do something. Because even though you've read about it, or talked about it, you...
by SDC
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

I'm tempted to ask, well then what are we supposed to do? I realize that's a loaded question, and its half rhetorical, as I'm guessing the more I read the more I'll understand the proposed intervention. But like Bodhesako's explication of the depth and pervasiveness of ignorance I find this really ...
by SDC
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 1361

Re: "Appearance and Existence" by Ven. Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli

Regarding Ven. NN and the background/foreground distinction: I listened to one of his recorded talks lately where he was advising his listener that she shouldn't constantly make the background into the foreground, but leave the background as background. I think he says something along the lines of,...
by SDC
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hey aflatun, Happy Birthday!
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Hey aflatun, Happy Birthday!

aflatun wrote:I'm honored, but my birthday is next month! LOL. Oh no, I'm so sorry, but appreciate the attempt!!! I guess I filled that out wrong :broke:


EDIT: I put 2/3/80 instead of 3/2/80 HAHA! Sorry!


A slick way to get yourself two birthdays. ;)
by SDC
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hey aflatun, Happy Birthday!
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Hey aflatun, Happy Birthday!

Enjoy it bud! :toast:
by SDC
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: My criticism of Nanavira and other "existentialist"
Replies: 223
Views: 2275

Re: My criticism of Nanavira and other "existentialist"

Twilight wrote:As for the second question, SDC and Retrofuturist have admitted that they are confused and don't know if their family will continue to exist or not.


I also said that I didn't care...
by SDC
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 1522

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

In my own opinion, it is absolutely impossible to "truly understand" via direct-knowing (abhiññā), or to not use a Buddhist-Hybrid-English term, experientially , without Awakening. Well there are different degrees of understanding which correspond the different ariya attainments. The sota...
by SDC
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: My criticism of Nanavira and other "existentialist"
Replies: 223
Views: 2275

Re: My criticism of Nanavira and other "existentialist"

From the suttas. Like you asked. You should hear the Mendark laugh :D : (External Pentad) (7) Diversity of Perceptions At Savatthı. “Bhikkhus, it is in dependence on the diversity of elements that there arises the diversity of perceptions ; in dependence on the diversity of perceptions that there a...

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