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by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 176
Views: 15714

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Greetings Ceisiwr, I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Agreed, especially since the classical notion of getting your own house in order before trying to fix the wider world is becoming increasingly "old hat". And amongst those who don't even care for that, such people tend to see themselves as ...
by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 176
Views: 15714

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Where I live (South Wales, UK) I’m the only Theravadin I know of. There are no meditation groups or centres and my nearest temple and monastery is a 3 hour train journey away. Most white welsh are non-religious and culturally Christian. With Wales being 93% white it means most people just aren’t int...
by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 176
Views: 15714

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Why are the number of Buddhist converts so low? With its lack of God(s), dictats, popes, church and open attitude, one would have thought that Buddhism in some form would be a natural religion for liberal Westerners to turn to. The founders of Western Buddhism assumed all Westerners are "liberal" a...
by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

SteRo A beneficial fabrication, yes. In contrast philosophical speculations are harmful fabrications. My point entirely. Then I do not understand why you are coursing in philosophical speculations about empty words. Coursing in formations will block progress on the path. In that sense it is harmful...
by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Are kalapas and dhammas dependently originated?
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: Are kalapas and dhammas dependently originated?

So temperature born matter has temperature or the fire element as it's cause (I think this is "utu" the same as your translation's "physical change", and "tejodhatu" for the "fire element".)? So, rocks and weather for example can be produced dependent on temperature or fire? So a rock is dependent ...
by Ceisiwr
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

I don't know the meaning of this expression. That doesn’t surprise me. It means are you declaring Arahantship? That would be inconsistent since an Arahant is said to have abandoned conceit. Declaring any attainment or non-attainment or superiority or inferiority is nothing other than cultivating co...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

SteRo


A beneficial fabrication, yes. In contrast philosophical speculations are harmful fabrications.
My point entirely.
I don't know the meaning of this expression.
That doesn’t surprise me. It means are you declaring Arahantship?
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

... Until I’m an Arahant there will be formations, yes. That observation is not particularly insightful. Until then, I’m using the raft. You seem to want me to take apart the raft before reaching the far shore. While alive and outside of meditation formations arise, yes. Nevertheless there is a dif...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Are kalapas and dhammas dependently originated?
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: Are kalapas and dhammas dependently originated?

So temperature born matter has temperature or the fire element as it's cause (I think this is "utu" the same as your translation's "physical change", and "tejodhatu" for the "fire element".)? So, rocks and weather for example can be produced dependent on temperature or fire? So a rock is dependent ...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

SteRo but where do you perceive " a strong metaphysical claim"? in between the characters of the text string, below or above or behind the characters? In claiming there is no self. Where is this metaphysics if it is not formation in your mind? You actually believe in this metaphysics which is just a...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

Stating that something is speculative and metaphysical doesn’t invalidate the middle way. The Buddha continued to detect speculation and metaphysics after his enlightenment. That 'something' isn't this or that from the outset. First there must be a lack of nibbida and a lack of dispassion towards a...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

“There is no self” is a strong metaphysical claim. Not at all. If you look into your purse but can't find any money 'There is no money' isn't a strong metaphysical claim either. Looking into the purse and finding it empty of money is not the same as claiming there is no money anywhere outside of th...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 159
Views: 1895

Re: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam

Stating that something is speculative and metaphysical doesn’t invalidate the middle way. The Buddha continued to detect speculation and metaphysics after his enlightenment.
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dear to your Self
Replies: 31
Views: 238

Re: Dear to your Self

Pondera This doesn’t follow. The mere fact that I may identify with something does not entail necessarily that I am clinging to it or craving it. Nibbana is an experience. You need not call it “my self” but you can identify with the experience. Ie. knowing and seeing Nibbana entails identifying with...
by Ceisiwr
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dear to your Self
Replies: 31
Views: 238

Re: Dear to your Self

Universal doctrine of non harm applicable to run of the mill people and Arahants. Pointing to something deep within us. As in, “take care of yourself” being conventional speech. Bad example. “Take care of yourself” literally means “do that which is necessary to ensure the well being of your health ...