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by alfa
Fri May 04, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?
Replies: 21
Views: 450

Re: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?

If we could generate our own experience, then surely we'd all be generating only happiness??? Evidently, that's not the case. So ... Somehow, I don't think the universe is interested in happiness. It's a particularly human concept completely fabricated. If we could generate our own experience, then...
by alfa
Fri May 04, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate
Replies: 78
Views: 1630

Re: Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate

LOL at Western fanboys of Russia thinking there is some real substance in Russian conservatism as promoted by Putin. Despite of state support for the church and all the hoopla, Russians are in practice among the least religious people in the world. There are like 2% of believers going to church, Am...
by alfa
Thu May 03, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?
Replies: 21
Views: 450

Re: Does a being generate 100% of their own experience?

If we could generate our own experience, then surely we'd all be generating only happiness???

Evidently, that's not the case.

So ...
by alfa
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again...
by alfa
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again ...
by alfa
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Suffering of others

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:13 am
what do you mean alfa
The self is a convention. Because we have a body, we say 'I', 'you' etc. to distinguish between various objects. Space is space. There is no division.
by alfa
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 102
Views: 2643

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

SarathW wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:50 pm
He will retreat to the forest.
This is incorrect and I agree with Mike.
Practicing Brahma Vihara is a key aspect of Buddhism.
Didn't the Buddha (and many others after him) leave the world?
by alfa
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: Suffering of others

What was Buddha's teaching about suffering of others? Let us say when Buddha was teaching in Mahajanapada X a war broke out between Mahajanapada Y and Mahajanapada Z (had to have really happened .. at some point during his four decades of teaching) Would he have asked his students to stop meditatin...
by alfa
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving for what, exactly?
Replies: 23
Views: 453

Re: Craving for what, exactly?

Isn't all craving psychological?

Hunger is physiological, but the desire to eat chocolates is born of psychological craving alone.
by alfa
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 2013

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

When the Buddha said soul or self, he probably meant what we would now call ego or personality. As long as the ego/personality exists, there is rebirth. So no-self (if we interpret it as no-ego) could well be the objective rather than our current state.
by alfa
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Imagination vs Reality
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Imagination vs Reality

Friends, It's often said that imagination is the problem, not reality. I will explain what I mean. I think of a road accident, start imagining that if I drive I will collide into a truck, blood will flow, etc. etc. I imagine all this and the result is a mixture of negative emotions like fear, anxiet...
by alfa
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The meaning of"self" per English is something permanent ?
Replies: 10
Views: 180

Re: The meaning of"self" per English is something permanent ?

Hindus meant self as a permanent entity.

Buddha said no permanent entity, and therefore no self.

That is all.
by alfa
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Preciousness of human life
Replies: 49
Views: 912

Re: Preciousness of human life

Animals do experience pain.
by alfa
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Facing fact, what is
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Facing fact, what is

There are many schools of thought (like J krishnamurti's) that says: face fact, face what is. But what is what is? Let's say there is a certain object causing fear. Is the object 'what is' or is fear 'what is'? Should we ignore the object and face the fact of subjective experience alone? Is that wha...
by alfa
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the practical use of this body?
Replies: 21
Views: 448

Re: What is the practical use of this body?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:08 pm
What is the practical use of this body?
There is a practical use of a cup as we can drink water quenching our thirst.
What is the practical use of the body?
No use. It's a curse. All the more reason to practice dhamma and get the f**k out of this body. :guns:
by alfa
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Environmental trigger
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Re: Environmental trigger

i can sympathize. i never had money issues so i have never envied the rich. but i have made social mistakes in the past. and frequently my mind returns to that moment. what if i had gone along with something instead of not? and it is an ongoing thing. at the moment my mind is fluid concerning such ...
by alfa
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Environmental trigger
Replies: 11
Views: 312

Environmental trigger

Friends, This is regarding how something out there might trigger something inside of us. Let's say I go out and see a guy getting out of a fancy car. This triggers the following: Ten years ago, I squandered an opportunity. If I had taken that opportunity, I would be the guy getting out of the fancy ...
by alfa
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 9363

Re: Criticism of Islam

I don't know much about Syria or why people are fighting there or anywhere else. But as Buddhists, I think we should just assume that everyone is ignorant and that's why they are fighting. So the best thing is to ignore the world and focus on our own practice. Else, we will go insane. Just what I fe...
by alfa
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's an American to do?
Replies: 25
Views: 533

Re: What's an American to do?

I think what you present is a quintessential example of the dukkha which arises when one wrongly grasps identity.....in this case it is identity as an "american". Seems like a quintessential example of the dukkha which arises from the perception of a significant diminution of goodness in the world;...
by alfa
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we dead now?
Replies: 12
Views: 407

Are we dead now?

We think we are awake. We fall asleep. We wake up in a new world. We call it dream. Then we wake up from the dream world to this 'real' world. So is it possible that we are dead already? And once the organism stops functioning, we will wake up to reality. Perhaps the death of the organism makes us l...