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by Sherab
Sun May 19, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?
Replies: 9
Views: 259

Re: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?

Greetings, Can we say that : - element of solidity (earth) = Strong interaction - element of cohesion (water) = Electromagnetic force - element of heat (fire) = Weak interaction - element of movement (air) = Gravity What do you think ? :anjali: Definitely not. Their definitions are not even remotel...
by Sherab
Thu May 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1000

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The knowledge of the world that we now know through science is much more advanced than the knowledge present during the time of the Buddha. I would expect the Buddha to use the knowledge of the time even if they are later proven wrong as tools to explain his Dhamma. As long as we seek the meaning o...
by Sherab
Wed May 15, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1000

Re: The Dhamma and Science

How do we approach Suttas which go against current scientific knowledge? For example, modern science tells us that a Big Crunch and a cyclic universe is impossible due to the increasing rate of expansion of the universe. The only two options are the Big Rip or the Big Freeze. This contradicts the s...
by Sherab
Sun May 12, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 631

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

When you watch everything arising, arising, arising, all the time, the idea of non-existence doesn't occur to the mind. When you see these things passing away, passing away, passing away, the idea of existence doesn't occur to the mind. 'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't ...
by Sherab
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

In point of fact, whether or not Germann's hypothesis is correct is irrelevant , despite what he or anyone else might say, for the simple reason that correctness on convoluted expositions and scholastic evolutions of doctrine is not the point . We are (supposed to be) here to practice for the end o...
by Sherab
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

null wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:24 am
Germann's argument is more of an argument against beginningless time than anything else.
This is incorrect.

He has laid out his argument very clearly here viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33879&start=630#p509911.
by Sherab
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The infinite monkey theorem is the conditional probability that one of them will write Shakespeare--given that they exist and are writing. This is where the analogy breaks down because monkeys who achieved nibbana wouldn't be here to attempt to do so. No, he already covered the case of the infinite...
by Sherab
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Re: space, uncompounded?

Is uncompounded a synonym for unconditioned?
Is something that is uncompounded necessarily be something that is unconditioned?
by Sherab
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

cappuccino wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:18 am
Sherab wrote:
cappuccino wrote:

yes and no
Why yes?
Why no?
Why yes AND no?
consciousness depends on eyes, ears, it also doesn't
which consciousness?
by Sherab
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

We define the terms. A test is a combination of causes and conditions leading to an outcome. The outcome is incidental if the test leading to any outcome has other outcomes. A random event is any collection of random outcomes. A deterministic event is an outcome that is sure to occur during a given...
by Sherab
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:09 pm
Sherab wrote: Does the dependent arisen consciousness ceased at Nibbana?
yes and no
Why yes?
Why no?
Why yes AND no?
by Sherab
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The reality is that there are many interpretations of what the Buddha actually taught amongst Theravadins and Mahayanists and within the Mahayana, the Vajrayanists. Which compounds the problem. Which problem? I have seen people on this forum and its sister forum holding a position that is vulnerabl...
by Sherab
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

If there is no subject of free choice, then the path to Nibbana (the sequence of combinations of dhammas, after which Nibbana manifests) is random or deterministic. In any case, this path will be traversed for an infinite past. Here, in this thread, random events were denied in favor of fully deter...
by Sherab
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I don't think this kind of contemplations are anything more than an amusing pastime. The OP unfortunately has a knack for making assertions with no actual understanding to back them up. His original thesis has been repeatedly disproved, but like a bot he keeps repeating the same thing instead of en...
by Sherab
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 12830

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Regarding the two types of consciousness that the Buddha taught: In the MN 38 Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta: The Greater Craving-Destruction Discourse https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.038.than.html Sati was severely admonished by the Buddha when he insisted that there is a consciousness tha...