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by bridif1
Sat May 18, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 41
Views: 816

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

I thought people weren't supposed to talk about their attainments. Hi ChooChoo! That's exactly why this issue is so controversial and why I decided to ask about it. I wanted to know if the rule could be put aside in consideration of the power of scientific methods and the potential of education abo...
by bridif1
Fri May 17, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 41
Views: 816

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

So yes, I don't think the arahats' acrobatics would bring the effect you wish for. Hi! What a wonderful and insightful answer! Now I just starting to notice this lack of interest and belief on the effectiveness of the Dhamma, so I agree on your point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Kind regards!
by bridif1
Thu May 16, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 250

Re: Karma and Intent

The poor will be grateful to you. Your reputation improves and you should rejoice because you have done something good. What bad result do you expect? However, if you expect people to be grateful and to praise you for this but that didn't happen then you might have a degree of dukkha. On the other ...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 825

Re: The Dhamma and Science

Science do not tell us the truth about reality. It only help us to confirm and reject falsable observation of phenomena. We cannot know if our confirmed hypothesis and theories tell us the complete truth about reality. We will never know if there's something else to discover and understand. Kind reg...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit = identity view
Replies: 23
Views: 293

Re: Conceit = identity view

... There's no need to attack each other. I just stated what I thought, and I never said I was smarter than you. I don't know you, how could I say that? Let's agree we disagree on the "identity view = conceit" subject-matter. But do you agree on the example about the difference of knowing and accep...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conceit = identity view
Replies: 23
Views: 293

Re: Conceit = identity view

I know what the text says , No you have to read carefully what I point to . Regards Hi Sentinel! I interpret the Khemaka Sutta as stating that the destruction of identity view is the understanding that the khandhas are not-self. That is not so hard to understand, at least theoretically. Conceit, on...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 2097

Re: Secular Buddhism

The Buddha taught that paṭiccasamuppāda happens in every moment and that said process, conditioned by kamma, continues post physical death. This last bít is the one I'm questioning. As DooDoot has shown, the interpretation of rebirth is not indisputable in favor of post-mortem continuation of mind ...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

Maybe not but it’s a curious thing to have faith in Nibbana yet have no faith in kamma or rebirth post death. Yes, it's curious but not impossible. Everyday practice seem to prove that behavior, thoughts and tendencies can be changed through understanding and repetition. And desire and aversion are...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

Of course, any person with integrity will acknowledge this. But, perhaps some lessons can be learned from the art of war. A good general will take precaution against all avenues of attack. Lest he be taken by surprise. It does not seem very wise to think, I don't know where the attack might happen ...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 2097

Re: Secular Buddhism

It means I take it as a working hypothesis, as something I take to be potentially true and so I orient my life around (akin to how I orient my life around Nibbana) yet I don’t say it is true and certain, everything else is worthless. It means I accept I could be wrong and that I won’t declare other...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 2097

Re: Secular Buddhism

A hypothesis can be confirmed as being certain and true in rare circumstances and so becomes a fact. The spherical Earth hypothesis being one of them. I don’t say that rebirth and kamma post death is certain and true, but I have confidence that such things exist. I will only say it’s true when I kn...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

As some "secular buddhist" say, we can put aside ideas not YET verified, and without assuring the reality or falsehood beneath those ideas. If you put them aside (rejected), how could you self verified them? You have rejected them because you can't understand it. I put that "YET" on purpose to say ...
by bridif1
Wed May 15, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

I blame the many years of mental conditioning we have to endure in modern education systems. Makes us stuck in a Newtonian world view. Making it impossible to even imagine how rebirth might happen. When we catch sight interdependence of namarupa and consciousness it can be seen that the world is fa...
by bridif1
Tue May 14, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe Bhava (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

Because the OP is about the people who think that there is no other life. You said: We seek Nibbana because we need to end Samsara. Samsara means the repeated births... But as I said, I think we can see samsara as a process happening in this very life, and still believe in the possibility of attain...
by bridif1
Tue May 14, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you do not believe birth (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?
Replies: 20
Views: 286

Re: If you do not believe Bhava (Jati) and Kamma means that you do not believe Nibbana as well?

SarathW wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:58 am
Thanks.
It is corrected as Jati.
The problem with one life model is that people are still suffering from Sankhara Dukkha unless you are an Arahant.
Even if you become an Arahant you still subject to sickness and suffering.
And how is that problem exclusive to the one-life model?

Kind regards!