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by Dinsdale
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 9
Views: 89

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: 234

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: 9
Views: 89

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: 132
Views: 1477

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: 13
Views: 246

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: 132
Views: 1477

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: 2546

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: 2546

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: 97

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: 301

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: 234

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: 132
Views: 1477

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: 204

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: 234

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: 132
Views: 1477

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: 138
Views: 1823

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:
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This/that conditionality in DO
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: This/that conditionality in DO

Sincere question: Are we certain these two modes are actually two modes? Or are they both an elaboration of the same thing? Possibly two aspects of the same principle? The first principle describes states, the second describes changes of state. Eg When there are clouds the colour of the sky is grey...
by Dinsdale
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 234

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

I've read the thread a couple of times and I'm still not clear what the question is. Is it something to do with the distinction between recognising what is arising and ceasing at the sense bases, as opposed to just noticing that there IS arising and ceasing? A practical example would be helpful, as ...
by Dinsdale
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This/that conditionality in DO
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: This/that conditionality in DO

I mention this because it seems apparent that knowing this information is useless to anyone who has not gone through the same thing that the Buddha did. It doesn't seem graspable by the intellect in any way. It can only be a 'hobby' like doing a crossword puzzle. Don't you get the feeling that want...
by Dinsdale
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 20
Views: 274

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

My ancestry is mostly Irish, with a bit of Spanish and a hint of cockney. Gawd blimey, hasta la vista, atall, atall. :toilet: