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by Ruud
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?
Replies: 16
Views: 346

Re: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?

While I agree that in common experience it seems that not everything that is impermanent is suffering, it is the question whether that really is because it is actually happiness: Perceiving impermanence as permanence, suffering as happiness, not-self as self, and ugliness as beauty— sentient beings ...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Thought on abstaining from false speech
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: Thought on abstaining from false speech

It is possible to say something true that is still unwholesome (true but unbeneficial, true but at the wrong time). Or to say something true that has nothing to do with the Dhamma and therefore wouldn’t be “channeling the Dhamma”. On the other hand, lying is always unwholesome. Therefore I think tha...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

Yeah, I now also see we come from two very different directions. You approached a point of agreement with me which is intention being kamma. I'm not a materialist; as such, I think this intoxication of a bottle of whiskey is mind-made, it is the result of kamma. Your body will be 'intoxicated' if a ...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

In such a case, we must definitely include cigarettes; how else could it be? If you feel smoking clouds your mind than yes, cigarettes can be included. I don’t know since I never smoked. If gaming intoxication can be stopped by the mind, so can alcohol intoxication. Part of that is fostering the in...
by Ruud
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

... I understand your point about alcohol as a medicine. I also agree certain substances could be used as drugs. In that regard though, when used as medicine, not as enjoyment, in my understanding they do not fall under the precept. When you had a car accident and your doctor says you need morphine...
by Ruud
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Mahasi instructions and the interview process
Replies: 6
Views: 1293

Re: Mahasi instructions and the interview process

I recently ran into the following talk by Sayadaw U Pandita that spells the interview process out in a little more detail than in ‘In this very life’. https://www.achtzaamheid.nl/en/vipassana-mahasi-method/articles-and-e-books?download=9:paving-the-way It (unsurprisingly ofcourse) corresponds exactl...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Father question
Replies: 12
Views: 592

Re: Father question

As rightviewftw also said, it is very difficult to give advise without knowing your exact situation. I also think that you should be very careful taking advise about something so important from strangers on the internet. With that in mind: You think you are fine the way things are. Your parents thin...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?
Replies: 18
Views: 413

Re: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?

In addition to the above, as another example that silence is understood as yes, the following from the Pātimokkha: Venerable sirs, the ninety-two rules entailing expiation have been recited. Herein I ask the venerable ones: Are you pure in this? For a second time I ask the venerable ones: Are you pu...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

Why wouldn't we also include, say, jūtappamāda? Heedlessness from games. Did you ever get so “intoxicated” playing games that it lead to the death of someone? Or to sexual misconduct? I think games fall much more under sense-restraint (comparable to the 7th precept). Alcohols, in various forms, are...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

While the first three parts of surāmerayamajjappamādaṭṭhāna seem to point at alcohol, I do not think we should forget the last part, pamādaṭṭhāna, leading to negligence/heedlessness. While modern drugs are (understandably) not mentioned, I think they can be counted under this precept for their effec...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2248

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

It is good to note though that science and scientism are two quite different things...
by Ruud
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2248

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Thanks I will read but in general i don't like to speculate on the matter because; Acintita Sutta: Unconjecturable "There are these four unconjecturables that are not to be conjectured about, that would bring madness & vexation to anyone who conjectured about them. Which four? "The Buddha-range of ...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 2720

Re: Slandering buddha

I find it somewhat ironic people would like to ban supposed heretics and fix a certain orthodoxy so that then they can discuss about it. :shrug:
by Ruud
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2248

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

So with confidence you actively intend and make a serious effort to personally fathom the teachings instead of just believing. This would mean you would have to get rid of all preconceived ideas, abandon all of your thinking. If you did this, the chances are you would not chase after any teachings ...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2248

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I think the interesting question related to the OP would be whether the Buddha (for as much as we know him through our 'fallible' scriptures) would want us to take him as infallible. Based on for example the Kalama Sutta, I believe the answer to that is no. We can learn extremely much from the Budd...