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by pyluyten
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?
Replies: 40
Views: 615

Re: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?

As long as the practices work, does it even matter? The whole thing could be a complete fiction, but if the practices delivered the end of suffering, it wouldn't matter at all. Another "who cares" version may be, as soon as wise people taught some useful stuff, does it matter it was actually one wi...
by pyluyten
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What was the innovation of Siddhartha Gautama?
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: What was the innovation of Siddhartha Gautama?

What essentially new did Siddhartha Gautama bring into his yogic practice that allowed him to become a Buddha? not everyone agrees. Most of the time i have read he learned Jhana (and even Arupa Jhana) then he (re-)discovered vipassana and all the truths that vipassana can bring. So what you already...
by pyluyten
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this missing ingredient between Jhanas and Nibbana?
Replies: 22
Views: 548

Re: What is this missing ingredient between Jhanas and Nibbana?

i consider your question to be a very good one a) sutta do not call "arupa" attainments "jhanas" ( there is no "arupajhana" in suttas) b) jhana, are not a distinct practice from vipassana. Jhana are both samatha and vipassana. c) some sutta say buddha was taught arupa attainments so we have many pos...
by pyluyten
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?

Natthi jhanam apannassa, Panna natthi ajhayato; Yamhi jhanan ca panna ca, Sa ve Nibbanasantike. “There is no Jhana without wisdom, There is no wisdom without Jhana. One who has Jhana and wisdom, He is in the vicinity of Nibbana.” http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/B%20-%20Theravada/Teachers/A...
by pyluyten
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?

Natthi jhanam apannassa, Panna natthi ajhayato; Yamhi jhanan ca panna ca, Sa ve Nibbanasantike. “There is no Jhana without wisdom, There is no wisdom without Jhana. One who has Jhana and wisdom, He is in the vicinity of Nibbana.” http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/B%20-%20Theravada/Teachers/A...
by pyluyten
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?
Replies: 13
Views: 360

Re: Does Noble Eightfold Path include both Samatha and Vipassana?

Verse 372. There Is No Wisdom In Those Who Do Not Think No concentration wisdom lacks, no wisdom concentration lacks, in whom are both these qualities near to Nibbana is that one. http://www.buddhanet.net/dhammapada/images/IDP372@50dpiRGB.jpg Explanation: For one who lacks meditation there is no wi...
by pyluyten
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dunning–Kruger effect
Replies: 24
Views: 673

Re: Dunning–Kruger effect

I think if the pursuit of truth is the purpose of a debate then it is a very effective way to utilize collective intellectual resources. If the purpose is forming public opinion then it can get nasty got similar conclusion, both on internet and more broadly. i ended up with something like this a) T...
by pyluyten
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dunning–Kruger effect
Replies: 24
Views: 673

Re: Dunning–Kruger effect

the idea seems fair. was not sure about validity, but first view ok. For the original study, i found 65 participants http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=547CCAE6AE709B00D2BC4E89FA653117?doi=10.1.1.64.2655&rep=rep1&type=pdf This is not really few but, to test people within severa...
by pyluyten
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Are we dead now?

yes at some point life ends. parinibanna. i'm not sure this is so easy to accept this to be the ultimate goal! life ending is another life, for almost everyone ironically, people might felt relieved by rebirth, and would not admit impermanence. We have to fight hard to admit such thing :jedi: .This...
by pyluyten
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Are we dead now?

justindesilva wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:32 pm
Whether we like it or not births and rebirths in samsara will occur as part of a process in existence until one achieves the state of nirvana.
yes at some point life ends. parinibanna. i'm not sure this is so easy to accept this to be the ultimate goal!
by pyluyten
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Are we dead now?

Perhaps the death of the organism makes us live for the first time? it is difficult to get used to the fact, that at some point we die, our organism becomes dust, all thoughts disappear, we are no more and will never be anymore. The idea death is an awakening should not refrain you from accepting s...
by pyluyten
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you could ask the Buddha one question
Replies: 47
Views: 1368

Re: If you could ask the Buddha one question

if Buddha was here, just in face of me, this would not help me in any way. i already know what to do. i mean, do it or do not it's up to you. [ note 1 - well ok obviously external world has an impact, eg if you dye right now because of an earthquake, but it does not change the principle ] [ note 2 -...
by pyluyten
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?
Replies: 64
Views: 1543

Re: What is the Dark Night of the Soul in Buddhist terms?

well if you mean as in La noche oscura del alma from St Jean
maybe "bhanga nupassana" and the next steps

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visuddhim ... rification
by pyluyten
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 621

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

Pseudobabble wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:43 pm
Are you saying that there is no scenario where violence is a price worth paying for the purpose of preventing a greater violence?
in this specific thread, violence is not a price worth paying.
by pyluyten
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence
Replies: 22
Views: 621

Re: Sri Lanka declares state of emergency in wake of communal violence

We should avoid violence at all costs. Kevin This is facile. What if the cost was the destruction of the planet? Or the human race? Or the environment? 'At all costs' is idealistic, and unlikely to hold up in the real world, where trade-offs are the name of the game. destruction of the human race i...