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by James Tan
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we only play not work?
Replies: 25
Views: 196

Re: Can we only play not work?

I think I know what you are saying: The difference between work and play is just a state of mind....a fabrication. I'm an organic farmer. I love it. I go out every day and play. People wonder why I work so hard. chownah What is an organic product ? Where are you living actually if you don't mind as...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we only play not work?
Replies: 25
Views: 196

Re: Can we only play not work?

Monks work, the good ones anyway. They do pastoral duties, practice meditation, study suttas, teach meditation, lead programs, chores around the temple including cleaning, etc. Some even get involved in construction, adding an addition to the temple, building a meditation hall or other structures. ...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 494

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

In the West we see the tendency to accept certain aspects of teachings wholeheartedly (like mindfulness and jhana and their commercialization), ignore or consider some aspects secondary (like Dana , Sila, simplicity, renunciation), and oppose some other aspects (like rebirth, heaven/hell). Without ...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

I wasn't commenting on your ideas....I was commenting on whether the logic you seemed to be using to support your ideas was actually logical or not.....seems to me that it is not logical and I have tried to show why by giving you an example of how it seems to lead to a clearly inappropriate result....
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Quitting Coffee - my experience
Replies: 32
Views: 649

Re: Quitting Coffee - my experience

DooDoot wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:25 am
DNS wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:59 am
cardiovascular disease
David. I started buying 1 block of 90% cocoa dark chocolate per week. Is this the same effect has coffee? Thanks
Too much of chocolate would affect your intestines .
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:25 pm
A thought is a kind of energy , what we called mind (in ancient) could be the brains .
A dead person may have the brain but may not have the mind.
Are you saying brain is the main cause for a person being alive ?
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

The four great elements = matters The feeling perception intention = mind objects Feeling arises from the matter , so is perception and intention , therefore , there are equivalent to matter . ........ ..... I think your logic is faulty. It seems that you are saying that everything which arise from...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

The problem, in dualist terms, is the seemingly impossible gap between matter and mind. If you say that mind is actually matter, but nibbana isn't matter, then haven't you simply moved the gap? :namaste: Kim I supposed no one knows what is nibbana . What I can say is , there is the conditioned (i.e...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 970
Views: 63689

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Breathing trainings suppresses angers , it doesn't remove angers . Breathing trainings when achieved to a certain degree of calming is used to practise four foundation i.e. the first link mindfulness in the seven factors of enlightenment . Without practising the four foundation of mindfulness on bod...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

Hi, James, Your question is answered in terms of Cartesian dualism in Western philosophy. Start here - https://psychologydictionary.org/cartesian-dualism/ - if you want to explore that way of looking at it. :namaste: Kim Thanks Kim . I am not talking about dualism . But , it seems mind and body can...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Re: Can non matter related to matter ?

Feeling arises from the matter No. Feeling arises from contact. Feeling, perception and contact arise together. We are not talking about sequence or order of it , I am saying interaction between say eye and eye object ie the contact give rise to eye consciousness , and feeling . Eye and eye object ...
by James Tan
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can non matter related to matter ?
Replies: 12
Views: 82

Can non matter related to matter ?

The four great elements = matters The feeling perception intention = mind objects Feeling arises from the matter , so is perception and intention , therefore , there are equivalent to matter . How does one categorized the consciousness ? Consciousness is the outcome of interaction between the matter...
by James Tan
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 984

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

In Buddha’s time, the monks, as men, wandered freely but nuns are not allowed . Evidence? Thanks Nuns’ Saṅghādisesa 3 … requiring a Formal Meeting of the Order because of going alone among villages … (as) in the first Defeat. https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-pvr2.9/en/horner-brahmali ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
by James Tan
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 487

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings James, Could you elaborate how those people with bodhisattva vow interfere in the affairs of all sentient beings ? Isn't making a vow does not necessarily in reality interfering in the affairs ? "The Bodhisattva vow is the vow taken by Mahayana Buddhists to liberate all sentient beings." ...
by James Tan
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 984

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

In Buddha’s time, the monks, as men, wandered freely but nuns are not allowed . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is impossible that a woman should be the Perfectly Awakened One. It is possible that a man should be the perfect rightfully Enlightened One. It is impossible that a woman should be the ...