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by notself
Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

Are you referring to space/time?
by notself
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: KIVA
Replies: 23
Views: 3621

Re: KIVA

I saw a TV program about micro loans and it seems that women pay the loans back more reliably than men. Women take the profits from their businesses and spend the money educating their children more than men do. They take any left over money to re-invest in their business more than men do. I find th...
by notself
Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: KIVA
Replies: 23
Views: 3621

KIVA

For those of you interested in the terrific work impact that microlending can have in peoples lives, I suggest you look into KIVA an American based lending organization that lends world wide. One can start lending with as little as $25 and re-lend when the original loan is paid back. As a lender one...
by notself
Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What did the Buddha have to say about God?
Replies: 34
Views: 1960

Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

Within Buddhism, in general, "momentariness" - khan.a - is a doctrine of instaneous change. This was not taught in the suttas or even the Abhidhamma Pitaka texts. It is something that got introduced into the Theravada with Buddhaghosa about 1,000 years after the Buddha's death. As has been pointed ...
by notself
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What did the Buddha have to say about God?
Replies: 34
Views: 1960

Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

Within Buddhism, in general, "momentariness" - khan.a - is a doctrine of instaneous change. This was not taught in the suttas or even the Abhidhamma Pitaka texts. It is something that got introduced into the Theravada with Buddhaghosa about 1,000 years after the Buddha's death. As has been pointed ...
by notself
Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defamation of Religion
Replies: 35
Views: 2175

Re: Defamation of Religion

I cannot stand intolerance :rules: Buddhists shouldn't be worried about such laws. They should not defame other religions anyway. Neither approving, nor disapproving, one should just teach Dhamma. Anti defamation laws curtail free speech. Although the laws are called anti-defamation they are really...
by notself
Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What did the Buddha have to say about God?
Replies: 34
Views: 1960

Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

The early Theravadins did not, nor is it in the Pali suttas, which means that the Buddha did not, nor is it a matter only being written down with Buddhaghosa. If it had been part of the Theravadin doctrine, it would have shown up long ago before Buddhaghosa. You have offered nothing but your unsupp...
by notself
Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

What is reborn? I can't find it discussed anywhere in the suttas. Help me.
by notself
Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Defamation of Religion
Replies: 35
Views: 2175

Re: Defamation of Religion

With many of the Tea Party saying that there is no Constitutional separation of church and state, we will soon have religious anti-defamation laws in the USA. Atheists will be further harassed and freedom of speech will be further curtailed. Avowed atheist are not eligible to hold public office in s...
by notself
Sat May 08, 2010 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

tiltbillings "When for you there will be only the seen in the seen, only the heard in the heard, only the sensed in the sensed, only the cognized in the cognized, then, Bahiya, there is no you in terms of that. When there is no you in terms of that, there is no you there. When there is no you there...
by notself
Sat May 08, 2010 4:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

Absolutely. What I have been trying to do is to get people to respond and you have. Thank you. The reason it is important to think about what is reborn, if anything, is that people cling to the idea that they will be reborn. Of course this goes against the very idea of anatta. The problem with this...
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

With respect, If one should not think about what is reborn because it leads to confusion, then why think about anything from any of the suttas? Are we to sink into blind faith? I believe in rebirth. I believe in kamma. I believe in anatta. I believe in anicca. I believe in everything and understand...
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

With respect, If one should not think about what is reborn because it leads to confusion, then why think about anything from any of the suttas? Are we to sink into blind faith? I believe in rebirth. I believe in kamma. I believe in anatta. I believe in anicca. I believe in everything and understand ...
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

I will just back out of this thread if no one wants to discuss what is reborn in his own words but only wants to refer to the teachings and commentaries.
What a shame since we are in the Dhammic free-for-all forum.
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

PeterB,

I am not interested in references. I am interested in what other members think. I am interested in personal opinion based on an individual thought process and conclusion (however tentative) on what is reborn.

Do you not have any of your own thoughts on the subject?
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

I think the metaphor is easily unpacked in this life. We are neither the same as the child was born, nor are we different than the child that was born. It gets tricky when one goes past this life. I think the tricky part gets less tricky when one separates the rebirth concept into two parts. The fir...
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

All of the suttas I have read talk about rebirth but do not say what is the vehicle for kamma to pass from one life to the next or the operation of kamma itself. I realize this last part about how kamma operates is so complex as to leave one crazy to think of it but I am interested in what other pos...
by notself
Fri May 07, 2010 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 426103

Re: the great rebirth debate

I have been away for a while and haven't read the entire thread. I would like opinions on what is reborn. Is it consciousness? Is it a process? Is it phenomnena arising and falling away? Where is the self in all of this. As in "He will be born in the animal realm." Thoughts?
by notself
Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Getting rid of a wasp nest without killing them... How?
Replies: 68
Views: 7455

Re: Getting rid of a wasp nest without killing them... How?

I haven't read the whole thread, but the best way to get rid of wasps is to break the nest when they first start to build. Do this a couple of times and they will go else where. Be careful because, if wasps are like bees, the can recognize human faces. http://www.sciencecodex.com/bees_recognize_huma...
by notself
Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How come all the Theravada Countries so under-develop?
Replies: 60
Views: 5737

Re: How come all the Theravada Countries so under-develop?

...I can't help but wonder if there's a correlation between spiritualism and violence. I find the notion disturbing but I am unable to explain why the more temples/mosques/churches/synagogues you find around you, the more likely your human rights will be violated. Any ideas? There is a correlation ...