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by perkele
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha displaying sense of humor
Replies: 15
Views: 94

Re: The Buddha displaying sense of humor

I don't think this was meant to be humourous by the Buddha. It may appear humourous to some of us, due to certain connotations of expressions in our modern parlance. There are quite a number of passages in the Pali canon which I perceive as humourous, while I think they were probably not intended to...
by perkele
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 91
Views: 726

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

If a man looks into a mirror and an ass peers back, is it the fault of the mirror? Oh, there we go. Constructive criticism taken as offense, as usual. The question is clear enough. If you had to kill in self-defense would you? Yes/No The question, if taken as just the sentence "If you had to kill i...
by perkele
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 21
Views: 284

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

“For example, there is a 99 percent probability that by 2033 human telemarketers and insurance underwriters will lose their jobs to algorithms. There is a 98 percent probability that the same will happen to sports referees. Cashiers — 97 percent. Chefs — 96 percent. Waiters — 94 percent. Paralegals...
by perkele
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 91
Views: 726

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Only 16% of those who visited had an anonymous opinion about killing in self defense .. an important opinion if there was one, among philosophers. You should read the OP more carefully. The question is not about an opinion. It is about the outcome of a potential (yet highly hypothetical/improbable)...
by perkele
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: metta.lk domain name expired. What happens?
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: metta.lk domain name expired. What happens?

If anyone wants to help include more there, too, so it can be preserved in one more place on the internet for some time, they could come on the sangham.net forum to help. It is just a matter of asking for permission from the right places to make sure it is allowed to copy, and formatting some HTML ...
by perkele
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3740

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

Possibly, the term "a + pavattā" does not refer to the non-continuance of Nibbana but, instead, refers to the non-continuance of samsara, i.e. to non-continuance of 'vatta'. I second DooDoots interpretation. The non-continuance of everything else. Does that imply "eternity"? No. If you ask me, I th...
by perkele
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Nirvana permanent?
Replies: 62
Views: 3740

Re: Why is Nirvana permanent?

All phenomena ( damma) is subject to momentary changes as the universe or universes is in an eternal flux and rotation. Wrong. sabbe saṅkhārā aniccā — "all saṅkhārā (conditioned things) are impermanent" sabbe saṅkhārā dukkhā — "all saṅkhārā are unsatisfactory" sabbe dhammā anattā All saṅkhārā are a...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

I found this sutta, which seems also interesting in clarifying somewhat what these arupa states are about: /.../ "Monk, the property of light is discerned in dependence on darkness. The property of beauty is discerned in dependence on the unattractive. The property of the dimension of the infinitude...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

thepea wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:36 pm
How is it practical to practice arupa jhanas how does this lead to liberation from suffering?
Not that I can speak from experience, but: One after another
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

I don't know where I have read about these relations. Maybe if I could find the source of these statements that I remember this would help to clarify what the arupajhānāni (pl.?) are about. I found it: I tell you, monks, awareness-release through good will has the beautiful as its excellence — in t...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?
Replies: 14
Views: 187

Re: What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana?

What is Vinnanacayatana "The Base of Infinite Consciousness" in Arupavacara Jhana? How this relates to Vinnana in Dependent Origination? Please also consider the Vinnanayatana in 18 Dhatus. https://books.google.com.au/books?id=y6TUD2nUBDgC&pg=PA117&lpg=PA117&dq=vinnanayatana&source=bl&ots=2JyMdXlGc...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why forth Jhana is not infinitude of consciousness?
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Why forth Jhana is not infinitude of consciousness?

Thanks OP corrected. The OP was not incorrect. In common speech, "boundless" = "unbounded" means about the same as "infinite" (although mathematically there is a distinction). But "unbound", on the other hand, is something different (meaning something like "free", or "released"). Bhikkhu Thanissaro...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Good movies to watch
Replies: 37
Views: 2675

Re: Good movies to watch

DooDoot wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:38 am
Funny religious (short) movie about 'miracles'

by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why forth Jhana is not infinitude of consciousness?
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Why forth Jhana is not boundless consciousness?

Restricted to the body. Could I say that jana is linked with the mind while boudlessness is with the state of nirvana. pls see Bahiya sutta. Sarath seems to be speaking about the "dimension of inifinitude of consciousness" or "boundless consciousness" (Pali viññāṇañcāyatana , Skt. vijñānānantyāyata...
by perkele
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2145

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

One can not abandon his family to ordain without permission. Here it is only the children who may not abandon their parents (or entire clan, with point 14) without their permission, and obtain the going-forth. The other direction has found no consideration in monastic rules, apparently. The monasti...
by perkele
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2145

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

And why quote post from another thread here? How is that relevant here? Oh boy... That was the thread which kicked off this thread. The last posts there belong to the same topic. And, true, this tangent about Indian culture started with DooDoot bringing in you being Indian, somewhat mockingly - to ...
by perkele
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2145

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

I kept culture and nationality out of it till he/she forced me to reply using "cultural appropriations". No. You have been culturally appropriating from the beginning by accusing others of culturally appropriating your 2500 year old Indian culture when they try to give a historical outsider's persp...
by perkele
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2145

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

I had specifically requested in OP to avoid "historical cultural appropriation" (East vs West and this kind of shock is well absorbed in arranged marriages argument) but then a member went ahead and posted a video from YT and I had to correct him/her. Rather odd that in such cases how the rebuke is...
by perkele
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2145

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Gotama's wife was obviously well cared for and, as the mother to the next king (Rahula), probably treated with high regard & respect. Today, in the world, there are many single mothers, who chose to be supported by government pensions. Women find purpose in motherhood; as long as they are cared for...