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by alfa
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1051

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

That's exactly the point. 'diṭṭhi' means 'view' and that refers to conceptual belief not to perception. You just don't get this difference. I don't recall the Buddha ever teaching about 'self-perception'. Since 'self' is a 'view' or 'sankhara' (SN 22.81; SN 5.10; etc), how can it be a 'perception' ...
by alfa
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 145

Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?

:namaste:

Many times I hear this. How does it apply to our meditations?

They say breathe and calm bodily fabrications. What does it even mean?

Thanks. :anjali:
by alfa
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: Do we take this lifetime knowledge to the next life?

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:49 pm
Anything you do,
will create a tendency to do it again.
I think this is the right answer.
by alfa
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Slaughterhouse workers
Replies: 52
Views: 1282

Re: Slaughterhouse workers

Just out of curiosity. What if 'non-slaughter' also leads to problems? Is slaughtering then okay?
by alfa
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1334

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Any form of afterlife terrifies me... So the only option for an afterlife remaining is some kind of dream-state which sounds horrible. Better ever lasting anaesthesia. If you really crave annihilation after life, then you must stop dreaming and thinking - now. Every thought about what if , every th...
by alfa
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1334

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Just curious. Isn't everyone, except humans, an Epicurean by default? :stirthepot:
by alfa
Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

I think most people have misunderstood this, so let me simplify. Many times meditators complain that they go off on a long train of thought, return to breathing etc. etc. Familiar story. Why do you think they get 'caught' in the network of thought to begin with? They become distracted, catch themsel...
by alfa
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Isn't mindfulness absurd?

:namaste: Nothing can be observed in real time. We observe everything after the event. For example, you observe anger AFTER it has occurred, which is why there is regret. You observe the thought AFTER it's occurred, which is why there's frustration is not being able to control it. So point is: we ne...
by alfa
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother
Replies: 12
Views: 370

Re: Symbolic meaning of Buddha's mother and step-mother

All this indicates that it's a made-up story rather than a historical fact. There's nothing wrong with that. We can learn from the Buddha even if he's only a myth.
by alfa
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: Theories are useless

:namaste: I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it doesn't seem to m...
by alfa
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2057

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Let's look at activism in this way:

Buddhists believe in rebirth, meaning we keep coming back to this world.

The next time you come back could be 2080.

Do you want 2080 to be a better world, where you can practise dharma with ease?
by alfa
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Theories are useless

:namaste: I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it doesn't seem to ma...
by alfa
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 882

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

Can having strong political views co-exist with serious pursuit of Buddhism? excess details below can be skipped I have avoided politics of my nation for about 18 months but now I need to have a view due to prevailing circumstances. By absolutely liberal terms of reference it is right wing view. Bu...
by alfa
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Overcoming regret
Replies: 12
Views: 284

Overcoming regret

:namaste: How does one deal with regret? Let's say one has missed many opportunities when one was young - career, love, etc. - and now one is older. You can't go back in time and change things. What if, what if, what if ... this feeling doesn't go away. It's like a thorn in your flesh. How do you de...
by alfa
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't Nibanna inevitable?
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: Isn't Nibanna inevitable?

I think most people have responded without actually reading the post. :tongue: