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by JiWe2
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are there two dependent origination sequences?
Replies: 10
Views: 1094

Re: Are there two dependent origination sequences?

Zan, you might find something useful in a very detailed book called "Buddhist Analysis Of Matter" by the Sri Lankan scholar Y. Karunadasa, written in 1967. (Sometimes such books are available on sites like archive.org) This study constitutes an inquiry into the analysis of matter as expressed in the...
by JiWe2
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentarial treatment of the four elements
Replies: 10
Views: 580

Re: What suttas support the orthodox Theravada position that matter exists and all is not imaginary or mind only?

Not really. Occams Razor basically says the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. The explanation with fewest assumptions, in other words. The explanation that most closely matches what is observed, without additional assumptions. So that would rule out something like kamma then when som...
by JiWe2
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Commentarial treatment of the four elements
Replies: 10
Views: 580

Re: What suttas support the orthodox Theravada position that matter exists and all is not imaginary or mind only?

There are beings that are purely immaterial, so this doesn’t seem like a strong argument. Also idealism is a necessary cause for solipsism, not a sufficient one. Well, I did mention "...when they live in a suitable plane of existence". And if the general claim is that all materiality is mind only, ...
by JiWe2
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What suttas support the orthodox Theravada position that matter exists and all is not imaginary or mind only?
Replies: 26
Views: 2146

Re: What suttas support the orthodox Theravada position that matter exists and all is not imaginary or mind only?

What suttas support the commentarial position that matter exists and that all is not mind or consciousness? Kamma teachings support the existence of other beings and their actions, which are separate from my actions. And just like me these other beings can act by body, speech or mind when they live...
by JiWe2
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noisy surroundings
Replies: 17
Views: 1692

Re: Noisy surroundings

Just to continue my post above... Seclusion from the noises etc of other people can be beneficial. I've had drunken quarreling people living above my apartment and for me a mp3 track of brown noise and jungle sounds was useful for sessions of calming meditation with breath. I could "go to the forest...
by JiWe2
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Noisy surroundings
Replies: 17
Views: 1692

Re: Noisy surroundings

Even confining in a room by yourself, the outside you hear kids running and playing around. Maybe try those noise canceling headphones from Amazon.. ...and sound masking with some form of white/pink/brown(ian) noise track. YouTube has lots of examples. "Sound masking is the addition of natural or a...
by JiWe2
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why did Vism.'s Buddhaghosa burn all of the Sri Lanka commentaries?
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

Re: Why did Vism.'s Buddhaghosa burn all of the Sri Lanka commentaries?

"Living" spoken languages, like Sinhala and English, are in a constant process of change. Were these old Sinhala commentaries, written perhaps hundreds of years earlier, still understandable to the Sinhala speakers of Buddhaghosa's time? And if thou kanst nat tellen it anon Yet shal I yeve thee leve...
by JiWe2
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??
Replies: 12
Views: 4566

Re: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??

In the Sarvāstivādavinayavibhāṣā the purpose of compiling the scriptures into the four Āgamas is described: "The sermons which were delivered according to occasions for the sake of gods and people were com­piled in the Ekottarāgama. This is what preachers esteem. For in­telligent persons profound d...
by JiWe2
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Writing during the time of the Buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Writing during the time of the Buddha

But there was a lot of writing going on at the time of the Buddha, and before it. The Upanishads and other Vedic literature existed centuries beforehand, written down in Sanskrit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Hindu_texts The earliest Vedic texts existed centuries before the Buddha, but...
by JiWe2
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 1539

Re: Buddhism and memory

I think that the combination of sati, as reflective awereness, and sañña, as apperception, includes some of the memory aspects you are looking after. The translation of sati as mindfulness is something of a compromise, as sati doesn’t really mean simply mindfulness, which in normal English is synony...
by JiWe2
Tue May 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 33
Views: 7811

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

The "true" capital is in Shechem. Jerusalem was the capital of Judah, not Israel, but Judah dominated in the end and made Jerusalem the capital for the whole kingdom. Shechem was the site where the Lord gave the Canaanite's land to Abraham's offspring: Genesis 12: 1 The LORD said to Abram, "Go fort...
by JiWe2
Mon May 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.
Replies: 44
Views: 3945

Re: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.

The municipal code had something about charcoal type grills not being allowed, but would you do something like this? No, I wouldn't. But if I wanted charcoal bbq I'd try to use a place where charcoal bbq is allowed. And if I wasn't aware of the rules and regulations and someone mentioned them to me...
by JiWe2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 2560

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

No_Mind wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:51 pm
Any more conjectures that you wish to share ..
No. Now the conjectures are balanced to my liking. 8-)
by JiWe2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 2560

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

Hinduism never attacked Buddhism in any way (other than at debates) so "Hinduism defeated Buddhism" is wrong statement. Please do not invent history (rather dangerous since most who visit this forum have no idea of ancient Indian history). Buddhism declined because it lost popularity and due to Isl...
by JiWe2
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pacceka Buddha translated as Lonely Buddha ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1530

Re: Pacceka Buddha translated as Lonely Buddha ?

Khuddaka Nikaya The Collection of Little Texts 13. Apadana — Stories Biographies, in verse, of the Buddha, 41 Paccekabuddhas ("silent" Buddhas), 549 arahant bhikkhus and 40 arahant bhikkhunis. Many of these stories are characterized by flowery paeans celebrating the glory, wonder, magnificence, etc...