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by Komuso
Tue May 15, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1746

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

My approach has been to investigate it claims in an agnostic way. How did you do that? Could you share some details of this investigation? Take the first noble truth for example. One investigates dukkha. First one understands what is being said about dukkha. Then one looks to see if dukkha is prese...
by Komuso
Fri May 11, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1746

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

The dhamma is a come and see project. One does not have to believe in anything, all one has to do is try it out and see if it bears fruit or not. But this is not the way Buddhism is taught in reality, at least not any form of Buddhism that I am familiar with. Because of the extensive analysis and c...
by Komuso
Fri May 11, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2234
Views: 110140

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

The most obvious thing is that physical death is the cessation of the five aggregates and all of the emergent properties thereof. If you have ever actually watched the disintegration of a living being until it is just bones and then watched those bones start to disintegrate you have actually seen pa...
by Komuso
Fri May 11, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1746

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

Science is the self correcting pursuit of reality as it is. If it is real, then science will engage it sooner or later. As humans continue to advance, the ability to take large amounts of complex data (causes and conditions) and draw insights from them will make phenomena that seemed to transcend un...
by Komuso
Wed May 09, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1746

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

in traditional theravada buddhism there are devas and rebirth. Can I reject them and still be theravada buddhist? I mean I talked to some buddhists and they said that I am not allowed to do that I am stupid/irrational because rebirth explain everything. How does it look like in other places? Is it ...
by Komuso
Tue May 08, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: suffering is caused by ????
Replies: 16
Views: 677

Re: suffering is caused by ????

We have to remember that "suffering' is not an exact translation of "dukkha" although it is the one used most commonly. Some teachers prefer "stress" while "unsatisfactoriness" and "ill-ease" have also been suggested. None of them is quite right, though, as https://accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sa...
by Komuso
Thu May 03, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge
Replies: 433
Views: 85705

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

I aspire to sit in meditation for 50 minutes followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation once in the morning and once in the evening as my foundational practice.
by Komuso
Thu May 03, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma Wheel Memorization Challenge
Replies: 54
Views: 18212

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Memorization Challenge

I aspire to memorize SN 56.11 Dhamma Cakka Pavattana Sutta.
by Komuso
Wed May 02, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1254

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

I always thought that a Buddha was a trailblazer. One who attained unsurpassed enlightenment on there own. Then they shared what they discovered so others could actualize enlightenment also. I then understood an arahat to be one who attained unsurpassed enlightenment through the guidance of a Buddha...
by Komuso
Wed May 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Hello everyone

I am a lay Buddhist living in Wyoming. I am very happy to have found Dhamma Wheel.

I hope to learn and deepen my practice.

Best wishes,