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by Garrib
Sat May 09, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 1367

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

AI probably already has, and IMO definitely will, be able to pass some version of the turing test with flying colors - meaning computers will be able to convince people that they are in fact sentient beings, when in reality they are mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless, non-living, etc...
by Garrib
Wed May 06, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty
Replies: 17
Views: 632

Re: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty

"Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty" Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. If you don't want to do anything, then its empty. If you do want to do something, then its not. Saying its always empty is like claiming all thoughts are intrusive thoughts: i.e. patently false. Perhaps he means "empty" in th...
by Garrib
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One Question
Replies: 29
Views: 2678

Re: One Question

How can I uproot greed from my mind?
by Garrib
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sperm Donation
Replies: 12
Views: 910

Re: Sperm Donation

Is donating sperm also dāna? It can be, though I doubt it would count as such if the semen were being donated merely for the purpose of impregnating someone. The Vinaya Piṭaka lists ten motives for masturbation on the part of males, of which three or four might be viewed as instances of dāna. 1. Fo...
by Garrib
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Buddhas
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: In Praise of Buddhas

From the Atanatiya Sutta, DN. 32 - translation by Bhikkhu Anandajoti: The Seven Buddhas May you revere Vipassī, the glorious Visionary, may you revere Sikhī, who has pity on all beings. May you revere Vessabhū, the austere one, cleansed (of corruptions), may you revere Kakusandha, who has crushed Mā...
by Garrib
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 38
Views: 10131

Re: Adolf Hitler

But my overall stance is "Why go there?". Because when people sink into the depths of boredom and meaninglessness they always find solace in antagonism. It is one of those rare acts that can truly reflect back to you that you actually exist (anyone see Joker yet). In the case of Ruhe (and most peop...
by Garrib
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4971

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

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by Garrib
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4971

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It might be unsafe if you were in a relationship where your partner expected sexual activity to continue, or where people attempt to be celibate when they are not able to maintain it, or to mask other uncomfortable feelings around sex, such as fear or disappointment. I take your point - not everyon...
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4971

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

There is also the realistic aspect of this, which is that most of us are not ready for celibacy and forcing it would cause more craving and aversion, more trouble than benefit. We practice with what we have right now and I find it worthwhile to look carefully at my motivation. If it is aversion and...
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4971

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It has to be abandoned at some point along the path - if not now, then when? When it can be safely abandoned? Can you define when it would be "safe" to become celibate? When would it be unsafe? How do you move from an unsafe situation into a safe one? Surely, people have done it - it is possible.
by Garrib
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 4971

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

It has to be abandoned at some point along the path - if not now, then when?
by Garrib
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 615
Views: 38613

Re: Monastics and suicide

I have just learned of Bikkhu Samahita’s passing. I have read the comments and I feel that as Dhamma practitioners we are missing something very important. Bikkhu Samahita was not only a monk he was also clearly an Ajahn or Dhamma teacher of the highest calibre: in that capacity his modern means of...
by Garrib
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 45
Views: 2552

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Even if you assume we are not in the age of the "good Dhamma", and even if you conclude that this means attainment is impossible (I do not believe this by the way), wouldn't the quality of future rebirths give sufficient cause to practice as best as you possibly can? In other words, there is still n...