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by aflatun
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

HI Mr. Vara! Yes, sorry, it was poorly expressed. But it's not all that essential, so don't worry if the following attempt is just as botched! I meant that I'm OK with the "subject" being a condition of perception and consciousness, providing that the perception is merely apperception/labelling ( sa...
by aflatun
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

I believe what he's getting at is much more primordial than the kind of concern and importance you're referring to. He's taking about the fact that experience points to, signifies, presents itself as for, the self same subject, as Kant and BV have argued, like the melody example in the OP's link. T...
by aflatun
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 63
Views: 529

Re: Structuring lay life

Sam Vara wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:16 pm
SDC wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 pm
Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight?

Thoughts?
I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock:
:lol:
by aflatun
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?
Replies: 27
Views: 260

Re: Do we find four stages of sainthood in Mahayana or Vajrayana?

It means samsara understood is nirvana. It also means neither can be established as any of the four extremes. It doesn’t mean there is no difference between nirvana (recognition) and samsara (delusion) from the perspective of the practitioner.
by aflatun
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Mahayana need each other
Replies: 60
Views: 1109

Re: Theravada and Mahayana need each other

Saengnapha wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:22 am

I have always found myself speechless after contemplating this.
That's what's supposed to happen :D

:heart:
by aflatun
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self' as subject can be briefly discussed as follows. As pointed out in PHASSA (b), the puthujjana thinks 'things are mine (i.e. are my concern) because I am, because I exist'. He takes the subject ('I') for granted; and if things are appropriated, that is because he, the subject, exists. Atta I've...
by aflatun
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?
Replies: 31
Views: 643

Re: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?

thomaslaw wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:51 am
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Zom wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:12 am
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Thank you for the responses!
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

However let me also explain why the "trascendental argument" fails. The argument, roughly speaking, says that positing the "self" is a "precondition" to the experience. What actually says is that we cannot speak about a "point of view" whithout considering a specific "observer". So, when we describ...
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi again aflatun. Apologies for the long delay. The Bradley stuff remains beyond my ken for the moment (I think one actually needs to read it, or at least be more familiar with Nanavira...) No worries, and I apologize, I can't seem to avoid thinking in three directions at once sometimes. The reader...
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?
Replies: 31
Views: 643

Re: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?

Is there a reason the Chinese text is by default considered corrupt when there is a conflict with the Pali? Why is it not the other way around?
by aflatun
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Sam and boundless

Thank you for your wonderful posts, I'm sorry I have not been able to keep up with you. I will be back as soon as I can.

:bow:
by aflatun
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 310

Re: why the reluctance??!

binocular wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:05 pm
Image
:rofl:
by aflatun
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3741

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

It’s pretty much a buyers market. You can have any doctrine of Nibbana you want!
by aflatun
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2145
Views: 82261

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Hi, to give further evidence for your hypothesis I found this section of the "Kathavatthu" (Abhidhamma) https://suttacentral.net/en/kv1.6: Theravādin: If you assert that the material-aggregate retains its materiality, you must admit that the material-aggregate is permanent, persistent, eternal, not...
by aflatun
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 117
Views: 6863

Re: Inspiring Words

If the self were the aggregates, It would arise and cease. If it were different from the aggregates, It would have none of their characteristics. When the self does not exist, How could that which belongs to it? Due to the pacification of self and that which belongs to it, The belief in an “I” and ...
by aflatun
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

I am with you for the most part! I think its true that most of the arguments put forward to remove the subject quite neatly destroy the object as well. Humean style phenomenalists seem quite willing to bear the fall out of being logically consistent here, and that is to their merit. But this all co...
by aflatun
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Thanks for this Sam, more later! I was intrigued to learn that BV was a student of J.N. Findlay , the great 20th century Neoplatonist. A former professor of mine, another Roman Catholic philosopher, recounted a story in which an anonymous student was growing increasingly frustrated with the Plotinia...
by aflatun
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Saengnapha wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:00 am
Sorry.
Thank you, its much appreciated, and I mean that.
by aflatun
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2217

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Taking a position:Wrong View Not taking a position:Wrong View No position can be held as all are impermanent and conceptualized. If we don't move past this point, we repeat, repeat, repeat........ Also, check nr 14: 14. The one who evades all questions thinking that answering them would be “attachm...