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by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 21

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

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by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?
Replies: 10
Views: 75

Re: 'Zero-Calorie' Sweeteners Aren't Actually Calorie-Free?

Not that I support artificial sweeteners, but if your read the rest of those articles, you can't compare gram for gram because artificial sweeteners are lighter and more potent in their sweetness. You don't need to use 10 splenda packets in a cup of coffee, one is more than enough, which apparently ...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: should i abandon my possessions and become homeless
Replies: 7
Views: 89

Re: should i abandon my possessions and become homeless

i don't want them anymore, but i cling to them, but they give me no satisfaction i can't ordain because i have debt, and it's something i'll never be able to work off meaningfully Be careful not to romanticize homelessness into something it isn't. It is not the same as being a monk or nun. Monastic...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: New member

Welcome to DW!

:buddha2:
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 89
Views: 627

Re: was jesus an arahant

Perhaps off topic: jesus was not a christian and buddha was not a buddhist. chownah Buddha did not call himself a "Buddhist" because the term "Buddhism" didn't exist yet. He followed the Dhamma-Vinaya which he rediscovered, in a line of past samma-sam-buddhas. " A rose by a...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

Thank you so, so much. Just reading the abbess' story nearly brought tears to my eyes as it validated and voiced so much of the frustration and pain I've experienced as a woman practitioner. So happy to see some courageous women carrying on despite obstacles that can at times seem crushing. :anjali...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: Who are well-respected teachers in southern California aside from Thanissaro Bhikkhu, of any lineage?

Come to think of it, there is a bhikkuni outpost somewhere out in the wilderness in the south, with a single but s/w respected bhikkuni (who has precepted other bhikkunis through ordination. There's a large thread at SuttaCentral on bhikkuni ordination where this information can be ferreted out). A...
by David N. Snyder
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

I think RobertK describes the Classical view well here: There is only citta, cetasika and rupa that arise and cease instantly. However each citta (in conjunction with cetasikas) potentially conditions succeeding cittas which means there is a stream - neverending, unless khandha parinibbana occurs- o...
by David N. Snyder
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

Does this provide an answer to David's OP? To my eye, it looks a lot like 2.e in his list below. Though perhaps it could also be 2.c. 2.a. There is no self but there is a frequency transfer of kammic energies (some interpretations) 2.b. There is no permanent self, but there is an indeterminate, ine...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 3996
Views: 232302

Re: the great vegetarian debate

I can recall at least a couple of times someone telling me that they are vegetarian while they are chewing on a chicken wing. They should at least put the chicken wing down while making that claim. :tongue: If they had their mouth full, maybe you misheard them saying that the chicken was vegetarian...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 3996
Views: 232302

Re: the great vegetarian debate

• Going Back - Five out of six people who give up meat eventually abandon their vegetarian ways. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201412/84-vegetarians-and-vegans-return-meat-why I've heard of those studies, but something doesn't sound right. I'm guessing there are some flaws in ...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 20
Views: 338

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

And even setting aside devas and other worlds and the like, why tell the student, from day one, that identifying with a sense of self is delusional and that this delusion should be dispelled? Instead of simply inviting the student to focus on the nature of self and let them decide by themselves, ev...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

From Rupert Gethin's Foundations of Buddhism : The problem of personal continuity: self as 'causal connectedness' We have seen how Buddhist thought criticizes the concept of an unchanging self as incoherent; however, both ancient and modern critics have argued that to do away with the self in the ma...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 8
Views: 104

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

:buddha2:
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

I completely agree with anatta. If you cut a being open and look inside there is no soul to be found; dissect a body and its brain, still no soul, no self. I don't find this convincing at all. To know another's self, you would have to become that other's self -- which is not possible. Moreover, an ...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

I completely agree with anatta. If you cut a being open and look inside there is no soul to be found; dissect a body and its brain, still no soul, no self. I don't intent to nit pick here, but do you really find this convincing? How does any such procedure lead to the conclusion of anatta? No, I do...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

Herein, bhikkhus, recluse or a certain brahmin is a rationalist, an investigator. He declares his view hammered out by reason, deduced from his investigations, following his own flight of thought thus: 'That which is called "the eye," "the ear," "the nose," "the t...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

I like the rather more modest interpretation of Richard Gombrich in What the Buddha Thought . He maintains the idea of personal continuity, as this is the only way of making sense of us being owners of and heirs to, etc., our individual kamma, as per binocular's post above. Yes, that would make sen...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

I like the ship Argo analogy and also the chariot analogy in the suttas, however, in those cases or other analogies like that, say a computer which has all its parts exchanged eventually, its hard drive and memory transferred, there is human involvement; that is there are humans making those changes...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?
Replies: 63
Views: 726

Re: According to Classical Theravada, what is reborn?

binocular wrote:
David N. Snyder wrote:Did I miss any other possibilities?

The possibility that "What is reborn?" is the wrong question and the wrong way to approach the issue.


Okay, what is the right question, right approach note; assuming literal rebirth is true?

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