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by suaimhneas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: The specificity of our example

I could just as well say that "Nibbana in my past" was impossible because it didn't happen, and that therefore it also isn't included in the finite set dictated by the Abhidhamma. This would mean that the achievement of Nibbana, from the point of view of the Abhidhamma, is generally impossible. The...
by suaimhneas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I consider Theravada an erroneous interpretation of the Buddha’s Teaching. It is wrong to _totally_ deny the subject of decision-making, to _totally_ deny the existence of satta. Can you define this satta, so that we may investigate it? In fact, satta is a changeable flow of experiences, a flow of ...
by suaimhneas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

We have a set with a finite set of elements, but not an infinite set! The number of varieties of dhammas, the number of varieties of printed characters is a finite set. The number of guests arriving at a hotel with an infinite number of rooms is a set of a finite number of elements. The number of p...
by suaimhneas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

This does not change anything. Nibbana should have already manifested itself, since in the infinity of the past, the entire Path, from beginning to end, must have already passed. How about my Hilbert's Hotel point earlier? No matter how many check out the hotel always remains perfectly full. If you...
by suaimhneas
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

This means that the complete passage of the Path, from beginning to end, does not lead to Nibbana. Such a Path is not a Path. Exactly. The path is not a path but not the way you understand it. What is conditioned cannot become unconditioned. When the conditioned ceases, there is the unconditioned b...
by suaimhneas
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

There are only two options - either there is no first life, or there is first life. If there is a first life, then there are the first impermanent dhammas that arose without kammic reasons. Can Theravada admit that non-permanent dhammas may not have kammic reasons? No. Therefore, there is no first ...
by suaimhneas
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Buddhism does not teach budding flows with the formation of the first life in the new flow. Sure, though I can't remember it being specifically ruled out either. You are assuming that we are all infinite beings (have existed in a sense forever into the past) and that we have all lived for half of i...
by suaimhneas
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

But every non-permanent dhamma has a dhamma cause. So we get an infinite series. Well, not necessarily. In addition to such a dhamma as Nibbana, each dhamma has a cause — a different dhamma. The entire path, from beginning to end, would have already been printed by the infinite "monkeys" - past liv...
by suaimhneas
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The Buddha did seem more of a pragmatic empiricist and shied away from declarations regarding infinity or otherwise (at most talked about samsara having "no discernible beginning"). But every non-permanent dhamma has a dhamma cause. So we get an infinite series. Well, not necessarily. There must be...
by suaimhneas
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 690
Views: 15600

Re: Theravada against mathematics

In biology, there isn't really a particularly clear boundary between what is life and non-life. Similarly, the line between sentience and non-sentience is quite a fuzzy one. Does rebirth or dependent origination (DO) apply to viruses, single cell organisms or somewhat less simple organisms like nema...
by suaimhneas
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New book from Venerable Analayo
Replies: 22
Views: 4942

Re: New book from Venerable Analayo

Cool, thanks. I'll take a look.
by suaimhneas
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New book from Venerable Analayo
Replies: 22
Views: 4942

Re: New book from Venerable Analayo

third installment: Case study on intellectual dishonesty, agendas, biases: Frankk and his views on jhāna, vitakka, vicara https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/02/case-study-on-intellectual-dishonesty.html second installment: MN 111 Bhikkhu Analayo, circular reasoning and red herrings https://...
by suaimhneas
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1688

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

There's also a question that so far I seem unwilling to let go. It goes something like this: What is the common stage of attainment (is that how to call it?) for Buddhists? Both among monastic communities, and among lay people? Nobody seems to talk about it. Like, people don't say "Hi, I'm Alison, ...
by suaimhneas
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1688

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

I'm actually a person who practices both ACIM and Buddhism Is ACIM an escape bridge for you from Catholicism to Buddhism? That's a reasonable question. For the most part, my answer would be no. Given I'm Irish it probably isn't exactly unsurprising that I was raised Catholic. However, I've made my ...
by suaimhneas
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1688

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

Hi grumpyfreyr, I'm relatively new around here too (just introduced myself in recent days). I'm actually a person who practices both ACIM and Buddhism (ACIM longer than Buddhism). I was actually surprised to see mention of ACIM around here (it's not a topic I would probably even have raised here mys...