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by Sylvester
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia
Replies: 93
Views: 4583

Re: Bhante Jag - Euthanasia

In the following video Bhante Jag made the following comments. - Killing doe not include killing oneself. Ven Dhammanando made an insightful observation about suicide here - http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=23927&p=343438&hilit=parajika+suicide#p343438 Apparently, a suicide attempt i...
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can someone attain Once returner if he or she do sex?
Replies: 11
Views: 877

Re: Can someone attain Once returner if he or she do sex?

Can someone attain Once returner if she or he has sexual activity? I mean she or he has a loving relationship and not a sex mad. You can, just like the example of Isidatta in AN 6.44. Read especially the final passage in the sutta as to the distinctions between Purana and Isidatta, based on their r...
by Sylvester
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Another twist on "ekayano maggo"
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: Another twist on "ekayano maggo"

Hi CJ I think the good Sayadaw was merely citing one of the Comy explanations that it means " na dvedhāpathabhūto " (it has not become a crossroad, ie it's not a forked path). Perhaps the commentators were thinking of the usage of this phrase in MN 12, about the path that leads only to the cesspit e...
by Sylvester
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16565

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Well, then you have to prove that such a characterisation commits the fallacy of the excluded middle. Or are you going to issue another ex cathedra?
by Sylvester
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Sorry for being vague, but by "located" I meant literally "where is it?" Could we say that attention in the direction of mind is the "range"? And despite that liberal treatment of Dhp 1 :tongue: could "things in mind" precede experience without the assertion that they "exist" independent of experie...
by Sylvester
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Sylvester, This is very interesting, thank you. If you are so inclined and have the time, could you develop the following part (in a new topic or not)? I am not familiar with the Chandogya Upanisad, and so am lacking perspective/information when reading SN 12.15 and SN 12.48. What SN 12.15 is criti...
by Sylvester
Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 4795

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

I have this definition; but maybe you could provide us with something else. Friends, what is right effort? Here, the bhikkhu arouses interest, puts forth effort and makes the mind spring forward. For the non arising of non-arisen evil thoughts of demerit, for the dispelling of arisen evil thoughts ...
by Sylvester
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

But is the "bound" interpretation inexorable? Could you please give me a hint what exactly you are referring to? Hi acinteyyo It was a point canvassed in the Timeless Model thread, where 2 variants of Phenomenology's "bound" interpretation were addressed by pointing out 3 paradoxes which cannot be ...
by Sylvester
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

But is the "bound" interpretation inexorable?
by Sylvester
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

If, friends, internally the eye is intact but no external forms come into its range, and there is no corresponding conscious engagement ( tajja samannāhāra = attention), then there is no manifestation of the corresponding section of consciousness. If internally the eye is intact and external forms ...
by Sylvester
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

Hi Nicolas What does it mean for something to "exist"? Does it matter? Yes, in fact the ability to describe a dhamma as " it exists " and " it does not exist " is central to the EBT presentation of Dependent Arising and Cessation. If one entertains scruples about asserting that a thing atthi (exists...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16565

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Why must it be my cross to bear, by repeating my same old tired refrain, over and over again? :cry: Because from them it does not follow what you claim follows. Are you going to prove your allegation about the alleged fallacy of my reasoning or are you just going to issue an ex cathedra? While you'...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Phenomenology question - view about the world
Replies: 114
Views: 5362

Re: Phenomenology question - view about the world

If, friends, internally the eye is intact but no external forms come into its range, and there is no corresponding conscious engagement ( tajja samannāhāra = attention), then there is no manifestation of the corresponding section of consciousness. If internally the eye is intact and external forms ...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16565

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Produce the formal proof please. Declaring it does not prove anything. If you wish to assert a conclusion, you need to show why your argument - Premise - Letting go of the aggregates is for your long-term welfare and benefit. Conclusion - Therefore, nibbana is a place. is even valid. Another synthe...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16565

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Why must it be my cross to bear, by repeating my same old tired refrain, over and over again? :cry: In MN 22, these are the 2 parts - Venerable sir, can there be agitation about what is non-existent ( asati ) internally?” “There can be, bhikkhu,” the Blessed One said. “Here, bhikkhu, someone has the...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16565

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Some people in the no-self camp think this same way: "If you don't say there is no soul, this means you're saying there is a soul." Well, the targets of this "reasoning" do expose themselves eventually. Ven T's famous not-self strategy is supposed to point the way to the post-mortem consciousness o...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Sentence structure: adverbs of time
Replies: 17
Views: 994

Re: Sentence structure: adverbs of time

First off, what is the distinction between atthi and honti? It seems that hoti/hū is derived from bhavati/bhū ... so, what's the distinction between the three then? "Bhavati" has "to become" included in the definition, from what I've found, whereas the other two are merely "to be, to exist," but I ...
by Sylvester
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 4795

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

1. I have to confess i still don't get the dwellings bit. May i trouble you to dwell on it and elaborate? Are you saying that viharati is a verbal noun? That is unlikely, as a form is available in Pali to convey this. It looked like "dwelling" was being used to mean a participial action -- nominali...
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 4795

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

1. I have to confess i still don't get the dwellings bit. May i trouble you to dwell on it and elaborate? Are you saying that viharati is a verbal noun? That is unlikely, as a form is available in Pali to convey this. 2a See the CPD entry 2b You'll have to read the entire Timeless Model of PS thread...
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Sentence structure: adverbs of time
Replies: 17
Views: 994

Re: Sentence structure: adverbs of time

I'm a bit confused as to how the sentence works without containing a verb, even though I get the meaning of the Pāḷi after looking up the words. In the Pāḷi construction, it's that three causes, kammas, arise from. Why not a verb instead of a noun? Hope the query is no longer stale, but as to why t...