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by Pseudobabble
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9384

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The problem is, 'beginningless time' (if such a concept makes any sense), or infinite series, or whatever, is not something that Abhidhamma or Theravada has the authority to define. It is a matter for physicists. Attacking Theravada or Abhidhamma on the basis that it makes some mistakes in its cosmo...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?" "A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...suc...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

You can find that out for yourself, and test it in practice. I have. What I have said is only my opinion. Sure. But is appears unrelated to the suttas. No doubt you have DD. If you don't mind, what is nama , and it's role, in your opinion? If you could answer without quoting anything, I would be mu...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

Perhaps not, but I think we need to use our brains, and try to make a bridge to what was said so many years ago. It is unlikely that ancient texts will deliver the truth to us exactly as it is easiest for us to understand it. 'Nama' is omitted from many suttas on Dependent Origination. It does not ...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

The process of 'selfing' or 'generating self-view' does not appear to be called 'nama' in the suttas. Perhaps not, but I think we need to use our brains, and try to make a bridge to what was said so many years ago. It is unlikely that ancient texts will deliver the truth to us exactly as it is easi...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you have body pain in First Jhana?
Replies: 13
Views: 282

Re: Do you have body pain in First Jhana?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:46 am
Do you have body pain in First Jhana?
In First Jhana you have Vitakka, Vicara, Pithy, Sukha (Body or the mind?) and Ekagata.
Is this Sukha refers to mental pain or body pain?
Why not find out first hand?
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

Regardless, does "nāma" above really mean "name"? :shrug: H ow does "name" conquer, weigh down or oppress everything , as the above translators appear to claim? :shrug: Possibly the meaning of the above verse should be examined with yonisomanasikara before posting it? :shrug: Why would an obscure v...
by Pseudobabble
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 479

Re: The Dhamma

If the Dhamma is dualistic, it is epistemological dualism only: there are things one can speak of, and there is Nibbana. The Buddha explicitly avoided such philosophical categorisations as unlikely to lead to the goal. In any case, why does it matter? The Dhamma is a raft remember, to be discarded u...
by Pseudobabble
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9384

Re: Theravada against mathematics

This thread is like samsara - it goes on and on and on, repeating the same patterns over and over, and the only way to resolve it is to leave.

Thanks for the object lesson Germann!
by Pseudobabble
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

binocular wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:57 am
DooDoot wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:21 am
If the Buddha attained Nibbana, why did the Buddha meditate ???
One has to do something with one's time ...
And it might as well be pleasant.
by Pseudobabble
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 19
Views: 672

Re: What Now?

Another suggestion: Meditate not because you want to make progress, but because you enjoy it. It's like with a hobby. Let's say your hobby is football, and you play with your friends every Sunday. You are not doing it in order to eventually play for Real Madrid, but because you like it. Eventually ...
by Pseudobabble
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

As Retro said, because meditation is a pleasant abiding. What else would Buddhas do? John Peacock says in the video "I don't think of it as a finality". He doesn't think that there was anything permanently ended by the Buddha. "Enlightenment" is, for him, a term to describe someone who is further d...
by Pseudobabble
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

DooDoot wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:21 am
If the Buddha attained Nibbana, why did the Buddha meditate ???
I suppose even if you have achieved Nibbana, jhana is a pleasant state to be in.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9384

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I don't think this kind of contemplations are anything more than an amusing pastime. The OP unfortunately has a knack for making assertions with no actual understanding to back them up. His original thesis has been repeatedly disproved, but like a bot he keeps repeating the same thing instead of en...
by Pseudobabble
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9384

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Agreed. I think this could be massive. Perhaps the biggest ever. Arrrgh. :toilet: Seriously. This goes back to whether there is any point in practicing or not; and whether practicing is just something to pass the time with, while the result is not in one's hands in the first place. I don't think th...