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by Dinsdale
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Why are you in this forum?

Number 9 is nearest for me. And there are some interesting and knowledgeable people on this forum.

PS Who is going to admit to number 6? :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 125

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

I was involved in amateur dramatics when I was younger, and found it quite liberating. Playing different roles, loosening up preconceptions about character and personality, exploring different ways of being. Fascinating.
by Dinsdale
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 53
Views: 727

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Buddha never said which came first, consciousness or the rupa. Only thing what Buddha said was, "It is as if two sheaves of reeds were to stand leaning against one another. In the same way, from name-&-form as a requisite condition comes consciousness, from consciousness as a requisite condition co...
by Dinsdale
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1560

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

U.G. said many times that each person that comes into this natural state will be necessarily unique in their expression of it. They will also affect the consciousness of all beings in ways we can't understand. It seems like you are trying to interpret Buddhist teachings through a UG lens - that is ...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Loneliness

Much the same here in Australia. The number of single-person households is a giveaway: It seems that more people are choosing to live alone. I don't see a direct correlation between living alone and loneliness. Not everyone who lives alone does so by choice. Not everyone who lives alone will be lon...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 248

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

I have noticed a practical difference between "seeing" ( an activity ) and "sights" ( visible objects ). Using the scale above, attention on the activity of seeing is one notch closer to emptiness than attention on objectified sights. I find the first approach is better for noticing how stuff arise...
by Dinsdale
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Loneliness

Kim OHara wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:00 am
Much the same here in Australia.
The number of single-person households is a giveaway:
It seems that more people are choosing to live alone. I don't see a direct correlation between living alone and loneliness.
by Dinsdale
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1560

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

Why? Because there is nothing within our toolbox that can rectify this. To me, this is the beginning of disenchantment, dispassion, and the letting go of volitional activity like 'will', trying to understand, and seeking in general. I find this a puzzling comment, since the suttas clearly provide a...
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lay people should still try
Replies: 16
Views: 315

Re: lay people should still try

I suspect that the monk/lay-person dichotomy will become less relevant as Buddhism adapts to western culture.

One example is Triratna ( FWBO ) Order Members, who are somewhere in between.
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1560

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

James Tan wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:41 pm
Actually , namarupa is mentality materiality , but how to explain in the nidana between vinnana namarupa salayatana chain is the question that many stumped at it .
Indeed. Is it more productive to focus on how feeling leads to craving and aversion, as per the Second Noble Truth?
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Pseudobabble wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:26 am
I'm not convinced that blind adherence to what was thought previously ought to supersede our own investigation and understanding.
People can be blindly adherent to contemporary views as well.
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Because if being a " monk in Sri Lanka " is regarded as no particular grounds for authority, then I wonder how (other than playing favourites) why the weight of authority attributable on that basis is any different for ven. Buddhaghosa? One consideration is that Buddhaghosa was historically closer ...
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions?

Are ten hours a day surfing the net shrink 10% of the key brain regions? What about relentless tweeting? :tongue: https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fa.abcnews.com%2Fimages%2FEntertainment%2F161205_viewalec0_16x9_992.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fabcnews.go.com%2FEntertainment%2Fvideo%...
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 308

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

DNS wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:57 am
Personally, I think non-killing is the most important. A person could lie to me, steal from me; but at least I'd still be alive.
:thumbsup:
by Dinsdale
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 248

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

Greetings Dinsdale, I have noticed a practical difference between "seeing" ( an activity ) and "sights" ( visible objects ). Using the scale above, attention on the activity of seeing is one notch closer to emptiness than attention on objectified sights. It does seem to be a progression, though I'm...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1560

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

James Tan wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:18 am
Namarupa actually refers to "the processes" , not as a "static" something .
I think that's the case for all of the nidanas.
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

If an invasive species is causing havoc to the natural environment how would you deal with it as a Buddhist? Would you break the precept ? If not, would you side-step the issue and let someone else deal with the problem? Or would you say it's not a problem and let the invasive animal species domina...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 248

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

For example, we do not have to say that seeing is naama, visible object is ruupa. There is no need to say this because that is only remembrance of the terms one has heard many times and thought about. But what about this moment of seeing? It is so real, because whatever is seen, is seen now and tha...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 139
Views: 1560

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

If you can't get the true meaning of namarupa , you are unable to understand what is the meaning of Paticcasamuppada , at least not completely . This is of course looking from Buddhism perspective . There seems to be a lack of consensus on quite a number of the nidanas, and how they relate to each ...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 152
Views: 2117

Re: Diversity among mods

perkele wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:00 pm
Are you implying there exists a world beyond this forum?
Please provide some evidence for such bold metaphysical claims.
:alien:
:jumping: