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by reflection
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 10015

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

Hi dear friends, Nice to be back! Just hopping by. Sorry, I know I'm repeating some things others already have written, but here's some of my thoughts. The Buddha DID categorically deny any self because 'sabbe dhamma anatta' means 'everything is without a self' (I.e. there is no self in anything.) i...
by reflection
Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 3588

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

This is nothing more than a wrong understanding of quantum physics, perhaps combined with wishful thinking. Again, it is the detector APPARATUS (aka machine) that changes the behavior of particles in a double slit experiment. The apparatus (for example a light source) changes the momentum of the pa...
by reflection
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife
Replies: 69
Views: 3588

Re: Quantum physics proves their IS an Afterlife

Lanza cites the double-slit test, pictured, to backup his claims. When scientists watch a particle pass through two slits, the particle goes through one slit or the other. If a person doesn't watch it, it acts like a wave and can go through both slits simultaneously. This means its behaviour change...
by reflection
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Was this an unpleasant side effect...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: Was this an unpleasant side effect...?

To me the breath also usually becomes the central point of awareness after a gentle body awareness. That's because the breath is the most prominent sensation in the body, so that's where my attention is drawn to. I am not sure what the excitement feeling was, but I wouldn't give it importance. Just ...
by reflection
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bhavanga/ citta after parinibbana?
Replies: 6
Views: 1661

Re: Bhavanga/ citta after parinibbana?

Pari-nibbana is where existence ceases; the cessation of the aggregates. There is no consciousness, feeling, perception, etc. This I think should answer all your questions.

:anjali:
by reflection
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkuni order, the Buddha's vehicle for Women's liberation
Replies: 9
Views: 1633

Re: Bhikkuni order, the Buddha's vehicle for Women's liberat

In my eyes the bhikkhuni order has never been really gone. But I would like to see it grow more and I think that's what starter means with 'revive'.

:anjali:
by reflection
Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion

Interesting, I didn't know that. Could you reference it, I'd like to take a look at it. "To tell an unordained person of one's actual superior human attainments is [an offence of Confession.]" http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/ariyesako/layguide.html I am quite sure past life recollection ...
by reflection
Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion

Does anyone know of any monks that have disclosed that they have remembered some or all of their past lives? Such instances are mentioned in the suttas multiple times, Buddha even talks about ascetics and contemplatives with no connection to his teaching remembering their past lives. There is a dis...
by reflection
Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and logic?
Replies: 23
Views: 2404

Re: Buddhism and logic?

for example how virtue leads to happiness, we may begin to have some faith in the path. But, logically looking at it :D , Buddhism is not the only path that propagates virtue and where virtue leads to happiness. Having faith in the Buddhist path because of that makes no sense, being that there are ...
by reflection
Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 4614

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Today Carlsen played like a computer. Move after move he followed the computer's advise in a game with many deep lines, amazing. Anand was doing well, but at a certain point he started making some small mistakes which accumulated into a loss.
by reflection
Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and logic?
Replies: 23
Views: 2404

Re: Buddhism and logic?

Hi, First of all I'd like to say it is not about fully accepting or fully discarding. One can also accept certain parts and not accept others. Then also, the "seeing for oneself" is not saying we have to see the entire path and results of the Buddha. Ideally of course, yes, but if we just see a star...
by reflection
Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending of a relationship
Replies: 7
Views: 1145

Re: Ending of a relationship

Hi, Welcome to the forum. Why did you feel averted to him? The Buddha said we should choose our friends and partners wisely. If a partner is not supportive or helpful, it may be for the best to break up. The following is an exaggeration, but desperately trying to hold onto a relationship, just for t...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: Hello

Hi welcome!

Many people who do not consider themselves Buddhist in any way do get a lot out of some Buddhist teachings, so that's totally fine. You may want to shy away from some discussions, though. But admittedly I often also do. :jumping:

Reflection
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and logic?
Replies: 23
Views: 2404

Re: Buddhism and logic?

do not go by ... logical reasoning, by inferential reasoning, by reasoned cogitation, by the acceptance of a view after pondering it, Did I understand that correctly- Buddha actually says that one shouldn't use logic and rational inquiry? He doesn't say that we should totally ignore it, but the poi...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brian Ruhe and Representation
Replies: 148
Views: 10067

Re: Brian Ruhe and Representation

Well talking about not identifying with labels - I actually think that is an important thing on some levels. (But do think taking refuge etc are good things.) In my eyes we could turn this teachings around into something useful. Maybe anybody who feels offended is attached to belonging to a group or...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Past Life Study: Cognitive Science of Religion

An interesting and daring study, thank you and good luck in advance. I missed the option for people to share the initiation of their past life memories. Like spontaneous, through meditation, hypnosis, etc. Are you not interested in this? Or did I misunderstood a question? :anjali: (= sign of respect...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Training without self-inspection.
Replies: 12
Views: 2401

Re: Training without self-inspection.

I wouldn't say that is all that it is about, but for an important part, yes. I also wouldn't say concentration is a totally wrong translation, but just like many other words in the Buddha's teachings, one needs to know it is just a choice of translation for a word that has no accurate English counte...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and logic?
Replies: 23
Views: 2404

Re: Buddhism and logic?

There is logic in Buddhism, but the teachings are something to be applied, not just to ponder upon. As for quotes where the Buddha and his direct disciples specifically spoke about this: Bhante, there are some ascetics and brahmins who come to Kesaputta. They explain and elucidate their own doctrine...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada
Replies: 40
Views: 3366

Re: Good reasons to reject Mahayana and follow Theravada

This won't answer your question, but you can also choose both. Or - and this is what I prefer to identify with - neither. I want to follow the Buddha's original teachings as close as possible, not later additions, commentaries and traditions that have gotten in. And this happened to both groups you ...
by reflection
Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: When a translator needs a vacation
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: When a translator needs a vacation

I laughed so many times when reading the suttas. I guess it depends on the way you look at it.