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by TLCD96
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Really Confused...!

I don't really think they contradict each other at all in the context of rebirth (though certain ideas about how rebirth might take place will differ). Both Theravadin and Mahayana scriptures talk about rebirth, and speak in praise of a favorable rebirth (which is always a result of virtue) while ho...
by TLCD96
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: What advice would you have given yourself when you began meditating?

Before I even started meditating, I determined to read most of, if not all of, the Visuddhimagga. "If I really want to be a good meditator, I better learn from the best". So I downloaded a PDF and began spending hours each day reading slowly and color-coding different passages and summarizing each s...
by TLCD96
Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: How have your relationships changed over time as a Buddhist?
Replies: 10
Views: 614

How have your relationships changed over time as a Buddhist?

Hi all, after practicing for about 5 years (give or take) and looking on the results of my practice, I feel happy to say that I've gotten out of my shell a bit and have gradually begun to embrace the world of relationships and appreciate kalyanamitta. I think the prospect of developing meaningful an...
by TLCD96
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

Ignore the hyperbole and colourful language, but it repays reading. There is a deeper point there which is redolent of Machiavelli's insight about virtue. As not everyone shares our pacifist ethic, (or truthful ethic!) we find that we often need others to act immorally to protect us in our pacifism...
by TLCD96
Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

Or, indeed, vice versa. Can you see how this works? It's pointing to the impossibility of grounding a moral absolute in the empirical facts of our existence. I don't know, but I would think that the only choices open to Buddhists who are willing to absolutise morality are faith ("The Buddha said it...
by TLCD96
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

Yes, I think that - figuratively speaking - it always will. I guess there will be some consequences for me if I tell a lie intended to save another. See my first response in this thread where I am, hopefully, clear about that belief. But a naturalistic view of the matter would have to admit that th...
by TLCD96
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

Problems of perception might mean that I might not know exactly what I feel loving kindness for; but there is no doubt that I feel it. So my intention not to harm can be steady even though I don't know what my actions might harm. Does wisdom have a role here? The weak keen-sighted person carried by...
by TLCD96
Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

First: of course, we work with the discernment we have now; perhaps we will see the harm in so-called "beneficial" lies as we develop along the path. For now, it is best to follow the precepts, remembering that they aren't necessarily based in metaphysics, and our teachers say they are essential in...
by TLCD96
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

First: of course, we work with the discernment we have now; perhaps we will see the harm in so-called "beneficial" lies as we develop along the path. For now, it is best to follow the precepts, remembering that they aren't necessarily based in metaphysics, and our teachers say they are essential in ...
by TLCD96
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level
Replies: 48
Views: 1924

Re: Lying: Taking "everyone is responsible for themselves" to the next level

No, it's a beautiful passage in MN 58, but it doesn't cover what I am talking about here. Firstly, because it is is descriptive account of what the Tathagata's speech is like, rather than a prescriptive account of what our's should be like. Second, even if it were an imperative account of Right Spe...
by TLCD96
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sutta Reading/Listening and Meditation
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: Sutta Reading/Listening and Meditation

Reading or listening to suttas is good, but reading them out loud or chanting them is also good. I'm not very good at processing what I read out loud or chant in the usual sense, but some seeds are definitely planted in the mind when I chant. https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/chanting-book/ Par...
by TLCD96
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 5776

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

.... That makes sense, though I'm not familiar with this interpretation. Where did you get it from? I'd be hesitant to say that DO is a way of investigating the interactions between eternalism and nihilism (as anything but extreme views, which are sankharas). To me its understanding the actual proc...
by TLCD96
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 5776

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

What i was trying to say is how the nature of our knowledge includes both believing and falsifying, and how the interaction between the two is what we call learning. For example, going to work is a certain context (controlled environment) which creates a sense of predictability (belief), but the wa...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 5776

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

The problem with belief is this: it can be carried forward, but it does not last. The fact that it can be used in more than one context gives us faith in the act of believing, and the fact that it cannot justify all contexts causes us to lose faith in believing. Should i believe in the skillful use...
by TLCD96
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Knowledge of Anatta
Replies: 85
Views: 5776

Re: Knowledge of Anatta

For me (heh), one thing that helped was this teaching from an ajahn: The problem is not that we have a sense of self, but that we believe in it. When we have a sense of self, or we see something as "mine", we use the contemplation of anatta to see past it. We might not immediately breakthrough, and ...