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by perkele
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?
Replies: 64
Views: 7053

Re: Do bad thoughts create bad karma?

Bhante, and RiceMonk, if I may interfere: I think there were some misunderstandings. I will try to translate some things according to how I interpreted them: First quote: Urr, yes. You say so yourself below. Perhaps I should have gone into more detail but I have a beginner's mind when it comes to in...
by perkele
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space
Replies: 57
Views: 731

Re: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space

OT: Space is a “thing” which can be twisted and distorted due to mass, hence gravity and black holes. “I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own ...
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 652

Re: Ambivalence

Greetings, Where should I even find a place to sit in meditation? :shrug: :thinking: Where do you sleep? Sit on that? I don't do formal meditation often, but the last time I did was underneath trees. In short, there are many possibilities. Metta, Paul. :) My bed is to the left, out of picture (and ...
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: countable set

Hi perkele, if I have the time tonight, I'm going to spilt your questions into another thread. Looking forward to the discussion. No need to spend time with it unless you have interest of your own to clarify it. I'm happy to just leave it there as an open-ended rhetoric curious question. Not lookin...
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 652

Re: Ambivalence

..., and maybe not of any use at all until a certain point where one has cleaned one's room and ... Btw., this is a current picture of my room: full of hope, and therfore dirt. Where should I even find a place to sit in meditation? :shrug: :thinking: IMG_20190410_044930.jpg Soon I will have to move...
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 652

Re: Ambivalence

Thanks a lot everyone for your kind answers. I have follow-up questions/comments: It's not very helpful in terms of concrete advice, but on at least 5 occasions the Buddha recommended people "practise as if your head was on fire!" This makes perfect sense, but how do you maintain such a motivated m...
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ambivalence
Replies: 40
Views: 652

Re: Ambivalence

cappuccino wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:56 pm
Don’t underestimate merit
(‘It won’t amount to much’)
A water jar fills,
even with water
falling in drops.
With merit — even if
bit
by
bit,
habitually —
the enlightened one fills himself full.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Sadhu!
by perkele
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: countable set

OT: Are you concerned that you are applying a theory to an already given state of affairs? In other words, you are taking up something additional after the fact . If it is "after the fact" it is something other than the fact, i.e. it isn't the fact at all. I am not sure that I understand you. But ar...
by perkele
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I think it should be obvious to you that your subjective experience does "exist". It is the most immediate, or perhaps actually the only thing that you can know. The fact (or assumption/proposition) that none of all that, including volition is a lasting and controllable "self", does not in any way ...
by perkele
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: A countable set of all possible lives

The subject is defined through freedom. Theravada denies the reality of the subject, which means there is no freedom. Then only random and predetermined events remain in the range of possible. This is solely your own claim which you have not substantiated in any way. It is false, and easy to explic...
by perkele
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: A countable set of all possible lives

The subject is defined through freedom. Theravada denies the reality of the subject, which means there is no freedom. Then only random and predetermined events remain in the range of possible. This is solely your own claim which you have not substantiated in any way. It is false, and easy to explic...
by perkele
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 645
Views: 8250

Re: Theravada against mathematics

A novel of any content, without a limit on the length, will be found among the texts randomly typed on a typewriter for an infinite time (for an infinite past). The set of all possible novels is a countable set . Correct, and the key point here is "randomly", which doesn't apply to our lives. Total...
by perkele
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Find all topics created by a user
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Find all topics created by a user

To find all topics created by a user, go to the search and select: * Search for keywords: (leave empty) * Search for author: the username whose topics you want to find * Search within: "First post of topics only" * Display results as: "Topics" Auswahl_380.png To find all posts (not only topic starte...
by perkele
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1640

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Bhante isn't correct either, because bhante is a first-person form of address, and to speak of Bhante Such-and-Such in the third-person is incorrect. You mean "vocative" not "first person". The person being addressed in the vocative is always the second person ("you"). https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/...
by perkele
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta teachings about forgiveness
Replies: 19
Views: 1488

Re: Sutta teachings about forgiveness

AN 2.21: Bala-pandita Sutta is the first one that comes to mind for me (already mentioned by Sam Vara). But maybe that sutta is more about pardon, not forgiveness. I am not sure if, and in what way exactly, one should make a distinction between pardon and forgiveness. In SN 35.88 , Venerable Punna ...