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by alfa
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time
Replies: 14
Views: 148

Re: what's the nature of consciousness, and its relationship with time

chownah wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:07 am
cappuccino wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:48 pm
the impermanence of consciousness is change

consciousness itself isn't impermanent
Consciouness is a fabrication....all fabrications are impermanent...so consciousness itself is impermanent.
chownah
Wouldn't that make nibanna an unconscious state? :shrug:
by alfa
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 91
Views: 892

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda...what are the things of which an arising is manifest, a ceasing is manifest, a persisting-while-changing is discerned?’—being asked thus, Ānanda, how would you answer?” Can u explain the bolded part? The phrase is ṭhitassa aññathattaṃ paññāyatī’ti a...
by alfa
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 815

Re: Results of past karma

If vipaka is both outward and inward, then we have no control over mind states. That's not true, because you can control your intentional actions, which thereby influences, or exerts control over, which kind of vipaka will arise to begin with. I am talking about the results of actions here, NOT int...
by alfa
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 91
Views: 892

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

SDC wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:24 am
If, Ānanda, they were to ask you: ‘Friend Ānanda, what are the things of which an arising is manifest, a ceasing is manifest, a persisting-while-changing is discerned?’—being asked thus, Ānanda, how would you answer?”
Can u explain the bolded part?
by alfa
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 815

Re: Results of past karma

I'll rephrase this. Let's say I lose my job. Let's call this karma vipaka (the results of my previous karma). Let's say I suffer mental strain as a result of losing my job. My question here is: losing job (outward) is karma vipaka. But losing peace of mind as a result (inward) - is this also karma v...
by alfa
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Buddhism die?
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Will Buddhism die?

:namaste:

A friend of mine told me: as long as we die, Buddhism will live. But once we become immortal, Buddhism will die.

Is this true? :anjali:
by alfa
Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 815

Results of past karma

:namaste:

Is it true that most of the things we experience now is the result of past karma?

If so, do these results only manifest as outward events (such as illness, accident, winning lottery, etc.)?

Or do they also manifest as our subjective experiences like anger, sadness, etc.?

:anjali:
by alfa
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 395

Re: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism

Did the Buddha ever actually encourage/believe in these things? :shrug: Or was he trying to appeal to an audience?
by alfa
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism destructive?
Replies: 23
Views: 495

Re: Is Buddhism destructive?

I guess the OP mistakes equanimity for apathy and indifference. Buddhism is subtle and easily misunderstood. But I do think that in many ways it would be subversive if the majority embraced the Dhamma in earnest. For starters people would consume a lot less and not place current importance on mater...
by alfa
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 3202

Re: Arahant's suicide

A professional has a thirst, he is attached to his favorite activity, and Arahant has neither thirst nor clinging. Why, then, does Buddha meditate when he has already achieved everything? The Pali Buddha at Mahaparinibbana Sutta says that meditation makes life more comfortable for an old man whose ...
by alfa
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism destructive?
Replies: 23
Views: 495

Is Buddhism destructive?

:namaste: Buddhism may be good for individuals. As Buddhists, we may be able to accept things as they are because we know the four noble truths. That way we find peace. But is Buddhism destructive to society? Consider the plague that wiped out half of Europe. If the Europeans had been Buddhists, the...
by alfa
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 763

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

those consequences are going to be random. Meaning, 'good' won't necessarily lead to good, 'bad' won't necessarily lead to bad. Because both 'good' and 'bad' are our inventions. We should be very clear on what the statements above mean. Action that brings pain and suffering WILL create re-action th...
by alfa
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 763

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

4) Consider karma. Actions lead to consequences. But from the above three points, we conclude there's no good or evil, no morality. So an action, such as killing (which in the eyes of society is bad), could lead you to taking birth in a wealthy family (which in the eyes of society is good). An acti...
by alfa
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 763

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

Thanks for all your replies. I think some of them were too hasty and didn't bother to understand it fully. So here I go again: 1) Consider nature. No moral dimension. Lion kills zebra. 2) Consider human society. No moral dimension. But we've invented morality as part of our evolution, to maintain or...
by alfa
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 763

No right or wrong (karma)

:namaste: Whenever people talk of karma, they turn it into a reward/punishment theory. Which in turn would imply: you do the right thing, you get good results. Conversely, you do something bad and you get bad results. Maybe there's no such thing. Maybe people who do evil get good results (wealth, fa...