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by SDC
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can anyone translate
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Can anyone translate

budo wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:08 pm
I believe it's an exposition on nothingness, because there's nothing to translate.
:D

Hi tdh10, it seems that you forgot to include what you wanted to translate or maybe you attempted to load a picture. Please return and let us know.
by SDC
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 549

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

If there is any Buddhism in the USA is because of immigration. It was colonial occupation, more than anything else, that began transferring Buddhism to the west. Then it was the intrigue of the intellectuals in both the UK and USA. Then there was the Parliament of World's Religions conference in 18...
by SDC
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 549

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

If there is any Buddhism in the USA is because of immigration. It was colonial occupation, more than anything else, that began transferring Buddhism to the west. Then it was the intrigue of the intellectuals in both the UK and USA. Then there was the Parliament of World's Religions conference in 18...
by SDC
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 760

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

I have experienced states where the perceiver and the perceived is clearly felt to be two different things/separated. On the other hand I have also experienced states where everything is one, no difference and separation between perceiver and perceived is perceived, same nature, the mind boundless,...
by SDC
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 760

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Perception is never independent or alone. It depends on so many things but I have the feeling I do not understand the meaning of your question right! If so what do you want to know exactly? Thanks for the response! What I was asking: is perception itself, i.e. the act of perceiving - in this case, ...
by SDC
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 760

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Perception happens linear, means one thing is perceived after the other, not simultaneously. DO is also linear. Feeling can't be perceived before contact. Contact is a prerequisite for feeling whereas feeling is not the prerequisite for contact. There are a few things I would ask you to consider: 1...
by SDC
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 760

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

The idea that it can be "seen" will likely presuppose that it is an observable phenomena in the classic sense: that it appears directly in some stream of thinking. The dependency in DO/PS is implied , it can be known by virtue of the nature of arisen phenomena. In other words, the relationship/depen...
by SDC
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 43
Views: 1493

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

/.../ Buddhism is the attempt by the lineage to preserve the Dhamma, often failing to understand that any attempt to preserve or protect or describe - no matter how accurate - is going to be a layer to wade through in order to gain that access. /.../ Are these ideas your own, or have you heard of t...
by SDC
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 43
Views: 1493

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

Sounds like you would be better fit for a real life group or an invite-only forum. That would be an act of defeat, as the name "Theravada" is still being blemished by others. Buddhism is a blemish on Dhamma, but within that blemish is access. Access to the "right" things. Buddhism is the attempt by...
by SDC
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 43
Views: 1493

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

We have been in many "self proclaimed Theravada" forums. Many of them seem to indicate following characteristics. 1. Criticize Suttas and have less faith in Theravada doctrine 2. Biased towards Modern criticisms, West and Feminism 3. Gang up against Theravada views If you had a forum that didn't ha...
by SDC
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Madawela Punnaji (1929-2018)
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: Madawela Punnaji (1929-2018)

It was an honor to have learned from him, and on the one occasion I met with him, he was incredibly gracious and humble. Truly a great monk.

:heart:
by SDC
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 4314

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

I think the difficulty we are having is in what we define as phenomena. For example, do we really see things or are we seeing the 'image' of things? I think Buddha as well as neuro scientists say that all experience is within our minds, the thought structure, the image making activity, our percepti...
by SDC
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 4314

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

Very sorry for the delay, been a busy few weeks. The only way that it is possible to understand my statement, 'in a sense, there are only wrong views', is to let go of all your thinking and discover the nature of mind, not the content of it. Nature of mind is not the most fundamental position in reg...
by SDC
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 4314

Re: What is samudayo (arising)? What is it that is arising?

In a sense, there are only wrong views and we are like drowning men grasping at something to save us. This thought structure wants to survive. I don't think there is any 'right' structure to work with it. This is part of the illusion. It is grasping. But that is still a view, and you are using it t...
by SDC
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 4314

Re: What is samudayo (arising)? What is it that is arising?

No, it doesn't oppose the thought structure. It 'sees' the thought structure for what it is, the source of dukkha. There is no theory involved, but I can see what you say as being true about exchanging one theory for another, which I am not talking about, but agreeing with you. Negation of theory i...