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by justindesilva
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

To what ever extents we discuss birth control , no buddhist couple will refrain from controlling births as it has become a social need to cut down on population. Yet we can discuss on methods of not going in to abortions. Even abortions ( as heard on a sermon) can be a karmic effect of the foetus t...
by justindesilva
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

To what ever extents we discuss birth control , no buddhist couple will refrain from controlling births as it has become a social need to cut down on population. Yet we can discuss on methods of not going in to abortions. Even abortions ( as heard on a sermon) can be a karmic effect of the foetus to...
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Determinism vs Dependent origination
Replies: 44
Views: 534

Re: Determinism vs Dependent origination

[quote=rightviewftw post_id=489187 Have you heard of Raymond M Smullyan? He's one of the most notable logicians and mathematicians of our time he received his PhD at princeton university, but also attended Yeshiva university (a religious jewish institution). Anyway he wrote a piece of work about de...
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Determinism vs Dependent origination
Replies: 44
Views: 534

Re: Determinism vs Dependent origination

rightviewftw wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:25 pm
Determinism hardly applies to a system without a beginning like Samsara
I sincerely feel that determinism exists in theistic religions where God is supposed to determine the future of people and everything else mentioned as omnipotence.
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 53
Views: 1907

Re: Why are you in this forum?

Ever since I wanted to accept true damma I did not hesitate to discuss , argue and read while listening to acceptable teachers or monks. Here I found all my requirements while I discard non agreeable views and accepting the reasonable views with gratitude. I have thankfully improved my damma knowled...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications
Replies: 41
Views: 583

Re: Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications

In Sn 12.1 re paticca samuppada vingana is mentioned in general. But with 12.65 vingnana is partitioned through pancendriya and vingnana acts only with a single indriya as nose mouth eyes tongue or body in a single moment. Vingnana cognites with a single indriya out of the five at a moment.
by justindesilva
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Determinism vs Dependent origination
Replies: 44
Views: 534

Re: Determinism vs Dependent origination

Paticca samuppada explains the cause and effect of existence. If we follow that Avijja paccaya sankara ( karma fabrications are conditioned by ignorance) & Sankara paccaya vingnana ( consciousness is conditioned by karma fabrications) which follows conditions to jati which conditions jara marana the...
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Determinism vs Dependent origination
Replies: 44
Views: 534

Re: Determinism vs Dependent origination

Dependant origination is the process of existence based on kamma. How can it be then deterministic?. It is also anicca dukka anatma explained through 12 nidanas.
by justindesilva
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abhidhamma and Computer Science
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Abhidhamma and Computer Science

I wrote a book in 2014 (unfinished) called Abhidhamma Lessons. If you are interested in Abhidhamma, I explain many key points and relate them to computer science. The link is here: https://americanmonk.org/abhidhamma-lessons/ It should be readable without any prior experience. Feedback or questions...
by justindesilva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 355

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

Intention is the determinative factor for whether kamma is wholesome or unwholesome. What is the meaning of intention, i.e., the Pali term translated as intention that refers to the mental quality determinative of wholesome or unwholesome quality of kamma. In American criminal law, for example, int...
by justindesilva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: petavatthu
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: petavatthu

In Sri Lanka certain priests in sermons use petavattu story to create a psychosis towards akusaladamma to mention about future rebirths. In modern days students with modern education to believe phenomena. Is there any facts from sutta to present that petas really exist in there so called appearances...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 617

Re: Throwing food

What do monks do when there is surplus food available? In Thai wats some of it will be eaten by the laypeople who brought it, some by the temple boys or any laypeople who’ve come to work in the wat, some (in town and city wats) by beggars, and some by the wat’s cats, dogs and chickens. In a large w...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 617

Re: Throwing food

Hello all, We have been told by many people even since our childhood to refrain from doing this or encourage to do that, but we do not always know the reason behind that. We have mixed value instilled within us. If someone works in F&B industry or has his own business selling food & beverages produ...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 377

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Could you state what those objective actualities are? The way I understand "anatta and sunnata" can be taken as objective actualities. The practitioner’s perspective should be from a practical and immediate engagement, not from detached theoretical speculation, which is unwise attention - “Shall I ...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1511

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

If there is no craving (8th link), how will actions arise? How can actions occur before contact & craving? I think commentarial explanation makes a good sense here. Ignorance and (volitional) formations belong to the previous life, so these are the causes of our present existence. The rest till "be...