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by Sherab
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 1016

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

Since the sad demise of the 'Lounge' section, I don't know where to post this, but as I'm finding the information herein depressing, I will place it here under 'health'. Through I try, I cannot refute what Sam Harris says in this talk. I hope someone listens to the talk in it's entirety, but I will...
by Sherab
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?
Replies: 17
Views: 402

Re: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?

Is Dependent Origination deterministic? Where do you find the free will in Dependent Origination? This question is a result of the following discussion. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=33291 Definition of determinism from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th E...
by Sherab
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is everyting predetermined?
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: Is everyting predetermined?

I don't think it's the kind of question that has any use to our practise. How it is answered is useful for practice. Past actions determined the present experience. Therefore the present is determinate. Present choices and the actions that follow determine future experience. Therefore the future is...
by Sherab
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 36
Views: 2256

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

All religions are like different cars all moving in the same direction people who don't see it like that have no light in their hearts- Ajahn chah. we have to remember Christianity Islam were founded after Buddhas life. In the bible it says be still and know that I am God. That sounds like choicele...
by Sherab
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

The Catuṣkoṭi form of analysis is often seen in Mahayana commentaries but I don't recall the Buddha actually using the Catuṣkoṭi form of analysis himself in the Suttas that I have read. I do recall the Buddha talking about it only in relation to the argument itself as used by his opponents. Would ap...
by Sherab
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why would a creator god need a creator god?
Replies: 98
Views: 6778

Re: Why would a creator god need a creator god?

Here's another good video: God is not a good theory. (I think I posted this link before.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew_cNONhhKI
by Sherab
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why would a creator god need a creator god?
Replies: 98
Views: 6778

Re: Why would a creator god need a creator god?

Here's an interesting video on why we believe in gods:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg
by Sherab
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: And therefore, God does not exist!
Replies: 221
Views: 9882

Re: And therefore, God does not exist!

Here's a pretty good video that is relevant to this thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew_cNONhhKI
by Sherab
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 20408

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

A misunderstanding of logical argumentation . Natural science and philosophy of nature are two different type of pursuits of knowledge, with two different methods, and two different types of truths arrived at. Natural science has for its object and its goal the phenomena and processes of sensible b...
by Sherab
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 20408

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

To answer Goofaholix, tiltbillings, Sherab, and others participating: The topic is ontology, the study of being. Western ontology asks the questions concerning existence. The doctrine given called hylomorphism teaches that there is actuality, what is that which is in existence, and potentiality, wh...
by Sherab
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 20408

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

To answer Goofaholix, tiltbillings, Sherab, and others participating: The topic is ontology, the study of being. Western ontology asks the questions concerning existence. The doctrine given called hylomorphism teaches that there is actuality, what is that which is in existence, and potentiality, wh...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 20408

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

God's nature is to be. Pure Actuality. Pure Being. Not pure creation. I hope I am being clear here. Creation is another question altogether. Then the presence of man or anything else in this world for that matter is purposeless. There will always be a disjoint between the existence of God and the e...
by Sherab
Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist response to Western ontology
Replies: 217
Views: 20408

Re: Buddhist response to Western ontology

.. The concept of the Greatest Possible Being (GPB) is coherent (and thus broadly logically possible)... The concept of a Creator God is incoherent. God by definition must be self-sufficient, if he is not self-sufficient how can he be defined as God? If God is self-sufficient, there is no need for ...
by Sherab
Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera
Replies: 247
Views: 28252

Re: The Work of Venerable Ñānavīra Thera

Can you (or anyone else) provide an excerpt from one of Ven Nanavira's works which clearly indicates this? Notes on Dhamma :: Shorter Notes :: PATICCASAMUPPÁDA In spite of the venerable tradition, starting with the Patisambhidamagga (or perhaps the Abhidhamma Pitaka) and continued in all the Commen...