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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: 1431

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: 1431

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: 1431

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: 493

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: 3796

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: 3796

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: 3796

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: 3796

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...
by SDC
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Bring the Dana sub-forum back?
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Bring the Dana sub-forum back?

We had a dana sub-forum?
by SDC
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 3796

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

If our whole thought structure is based on assumptions, how can you have an open mind? It is correct to say that I don't agree with Theravada practices. There is no alternative. Everything you do is an attempt by this thought structure to escape itself, adjust itself, survive another day. You stop ...
by SDC
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 3796

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

You're saying it in your own way, but I think it's pretty much the same as what the sutta is saying. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding you though. Sorry but I don't see any connection here at all with SN 22.101 - could you explain? Saengnapha is still describing a change. He/she wants it to be something...
by SDC
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 3796

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

I know this is what you believe and you produce something that may or may not have been said by the Buddha but which you believe to be true. However, my above statement about time and the using of the thought structure to free oneself from distortion still stands. Development is a statement about t...
by SDC
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 140
Views: 3796

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

So what you are suggesting is that time is the tool that will take away our ignorance. One observes and continues to observe and makes further assumptions about the nature of experience. To me, this is just trying to sharpen the intellect, to give credence to the thought structure which is time its...
by SDC
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is samudayo (arising)? What is it that is arising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1486

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

This surely complicates the common notion that experience is a simple arising and ceasing of things all the time. Perhaps, but I think that this observation is a good starting point because it demonstrates the truth of anicca and related to this, the truth of dukkha . The next step is to understand...
by SDC
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: What is samudayo (arising)? What is it that is arising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1486

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

Do you agree or disagree with the above? Comments? Questions? etc. So a few uses of "arising" are being used in Ven. Nanananda's passage: samudaya : rise, origin, produce uppāda : an unusual or startling event, coming into being, appearance; production In the below sutta (which I know I quote a lot...