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by ToVincent
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marine Le Pen and monasticism
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Marine Le Pen and monasticism

I took it to be praising traditional French values and aspirations, over the globalist agenda of the European Union. Traditional values of the french are not Marine Le Pen's. And the danger is not the european union; for it is definitely not the european union that set up this mess in the arab worl...
by ToVincent
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marine Le Pen and monasticism
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Marine Le Pen and monasticism

(252) Easily seen is the fault of others, but one's own fault is difficult to see. Like chaff one winnows another's faults, but hides one's own, even as a crafty fowler hides behind sham branches. (253) He who seeks another's faults, who is ever censorious — his cankers grow. He is far from destruc...
by ToVincent
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marine Le Pen and monasticism
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Marine Le Pen and monasticism

This meme would also suggest that robes shall remain acceptable... I suppose that the bright spark who draw that tasteful meme, had previously checked data on poverty in the world. Usual french bashing. Reality vs. delusion, I suppose. Once again, I will give an example of that delusion. French bas...
by ToVincent
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Marine Le Pen and monasticism
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Marine Le Pen and monasticism

Quoting the article linked below " Le Pen’s proposal aims to extend a 2004 law banning headscarves and other “ostentatious” religious symbols in classrooms to all public spaces. While the 2004 law covers all religions, it is aimed at Muslims." Just wondering if this law gets passed, it wi...
by ToVincent
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 149

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

we will invent new medicines and medicinal technology to extend our lifespans and attempt to improve our quality of life, ... What do you mean? I don't see what that has to do with transhumanism (and/or Buddhism)? Do you mean that if you are pro-technology, it means that you are buddhist - and more...
by ToVincent
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 149

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

Hi Javi, I would argue the opposite actually, that the Buddha was quite a radical and flexible thinker, who introduced new ideas or radically transformed old ones. Sure - But in a pretty conservative way, as far as not letting that continuous and pervasive construct of an atman-brahman stuff to get ...
by ToVincent
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 149

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

... What you have to understand is that Buddha was a conservative person. His reaction to the Upaniṣadic revolution of equating Atman with Brahman, is resumed in his reaction and answer to the question from the ignorant monk in SN 22.82: Anattakatāni kammāni kathamattānaṃ phusissantī”ti? What self,...
by ToVincent
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view
Replies: 11
Views: 246

Re: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view

... Not only in the Upaniṣads. You can find such references in the the Samhitas, Brahmanas, or Aranyakas. For instance this Brahmana reference: The heart he bastes (with clotted ghee) first of all; for the heart is the self (soul), the mind; and the clotted ghee is the breath (the vital force-prāṇa...
by ToVincent
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma: The Law of Moral Causation
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: Kamma: The Law of Moral Causation

The Law of Kamma is the Law of the 21st century; as motion was the law of the 17th, or relativity the law of the 20th. It is the law of information. As such, any byproduct should be conceive as that Law (of kamma); coming from it; not independently from it. We are just living (and entering) into the...
by ToVincent
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Satipaṭṭhāna and the faculty of mindfulness: And where, bhikkhus, is the faculty of mindfulness to be seen? The faculty of mindfulness is to be seen here in the four establishments of mindfulness (viz. the four dwellings, guarding the recollection of the Dhamma). Kattha ca, bhikkhave, satindriyaṃ da...
by ToVincent
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 906

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

In this world with its devas, maras, and brahmas, in this generation with its ascetics and brahmins, its devas and humans. Sadevake loke samārake sabrahmake sassamaṇabrāhmaṇiyā pajāya sadevamanussāya. More than a dozen references to this pericope; just in the Saṃyutta with parallels in other texts ...
by ToVincent
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Yes. Factors of Comprehension (bojjhanga) are developed during Satipatthana practice (including Anapanasati). See other suttas on Satipatthana practice, especially Bhikkhunupassaya. I don't really catch the relationship between the Bhikkhunupassaya sutta and the bojjhange. SN 47.12 would have been ...
by ToVincent
Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Hi, Yes. Factors of Comprehension (bojjhanga) are developed during Satipatthana practice (including Anapanasati). See other suttas on Satipatthana practice, especially Bhikkhunupassaya: Yeah, yeah! - But, once again, the most important thing is that the factors of enlightenment/comprehension have to...
by ToVincent
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Why do you think that satipaṭṭhāna does not include the " Fulfilling of the seven factors of enlightenment"? Hi, I will again take the SN 54.13 extract: Concentration by mindfulness of breathing, kanda, is the one thing which, when developed and cultivated, fulfils the four establishments...
by ToVincent
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anekantavada - multi-perspectivism and the blind men and the elephant
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Anekantavada - multi-perspectivism and the blind men and the elephant

What Buddha meant in here https://suttacentral.net/en/dn9/58-59 is that there are things restricted to reservations and things that are not. The origination of stress … The the cessation of stress … are categorical. Paṭiccasamuppāda is categorical. However, saying that the world is eternal, is non-c...
by ToVincent
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

I have one more question about satipaṭṭhāna. Why MN 10 is called satipaṭṭhāna, if satipaṭṭhāna does not include the "Fulfilling of the seven factors of enlightenment"? SN 47.24 definition of satipaṭṭhāna is clear about the four satipaṭṭhānas - the four ways to protect (preserve) the recoll...
by ToVincent
Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anekantavada - multi-perspectivism and the blind men and the elephant
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Anekantavada - multi-perspectivism and the blind men and the elephant

Hi Javi, Ironically, Jainism ended up with only two major schools, fighting each other. On a Buddhistic point of view, multi perspectivism (like quantum theory for instance,) is as useless as wondering if there are, or not, aliens; or superpowers, etc. They are just things of this world; and it alwa...
by ToVincent
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

Let's resume: We have seen that grammatically speaking, it is feasible that Pa might, in fine compositi, be the adjective base of pa: guarding, protecting. ( http://sanskrit.inria.fr/MW/145.html#paf3 ) In Sanskrit, "king" is spelled "nṛ pa " [«who protect men»]. We find such occu...
by ToVincent
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

. It is, friend, when these four establishments of mindfulness are not developed and cultivated that the true Dhamma declines. SN 47.23 The four "guarding/preserving of the recollection of the Teaching" (satipaṭṭhāna). What are they? A bhikkhu dwells contemplating the body in the body, ard...
by ToVincent
Sat Dec 31, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna
Replies: 38
Views: 3665

Re: Pali Term: Satipaṭṭhāna

"earliest and hence" Does that necessarily makes it more reliable!?! I suppose that we will have to rely on Sanskrit once more (sorry to have to direct you towards a french/pali site): http://sanskrit.inria.fr/DICO/51.html#mukha "front d'une armée" means an "army front"...

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