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by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the exterior is suffering?
Replies: 8
Views: 70

Re: How does the exterior is suffering?

Might "unsatisfactory" be a better translation of Dukkha here?
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vayadhammā saṅkhārā
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: vayadhammā saṅkhārā

Then the Buddha said to the mendicants: Atha kho bhagavā bhikkhū āmantesi: “Come now, mendicants, I say to you all: “handa dāni, bhikkhave, āmantayāmi vo: ‘Conditions fall apart. Persist with diligence.’” ‘vayadhammā saṅkhārā, appamādena sampādethā’”ti. i looked up vayo meanining and it is vitality...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Spiritual Pleasure vs The Sensual world
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: Spiritual Pleasure vs The Sensual world

This article by Ajahn Sucitto might be interesting for you: The skill of letting go of the string is renunciation. It’s not that you don’t feel pleasure, but you know how to let the string run through your hand and not to clench it. Then you don’t get pulled away. This skill is developed through ste...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Hello everyone

Hello, lithos, and welcome. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

I've known the Forest Sangha to also teach "Dhammo" as a mantra.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anyone welcomes suffering?
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Anyone welcomes suffering?

It depends what you mean by "let life be too comfortable". I have known Theravadans give up on the pursuit of comfort in order to experience hardships and a degree of physical and mental discomfort. A monk who taught me meditation took to the road in very unpleasant conditions (winter in the UK) to...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 241

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

There are several ways to approach this. The first is that (as your response to SarathW suggests) the Buddha certainly recognised that some people were difficult and vexatious. Our difficulties and our being vexed with them might be due to our defilements, but it's a real thing, perfectly understand...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anyone welcomes suffering?
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Anyone welcomes suffering?

It depends what you mean by "let life be too comfortable". I have known Theravadans give up on the pursuit of comfort in order to experience hardships and a degree of physical and mental discomfort. A monk who taught me meditation took to the road in very unpleasant conditions (winter in the UK) to ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: With Metta
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: With Metta

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greeting
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Greeting

Welcome, Bhante. We are fortunate to have you here. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 821

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

It's not possible to explore it "too far", it's "infinite". The regression might be, but my interest in it is certainly not. My point was that trying to figure out whether and how another person knows something is subject to infinite regress. Yes, the same applies. I don't have much time for that k...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 821

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Clearly, you're too late for that. Here's your chance to overcome wimpiness in regard to aeons of hell! :woohoo: I'll try to rise to the challenge. Maybe the metta-bhavana will help... :( Can you give an example? The desire to accurately reflect what the Buddha actually said, or the desire to free ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 821

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

The problem is in people making claims which are faith-based sound as if they are knowledge-based. Why would that be a problem? Don't you believe that everyone is responsible for themselves? The problem is that people can be deceived, or time wasted. The usual problems that attend the misrepresenta...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 821

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Yes, fair point, but I take the question to be about whether the same predicament applies to one who misunderstands the Buddha's teachings. Is it the case that unless one's understanding is perfect, one might as well not have bothered? It's not like one is said to be better off if one doesn't bothe...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 821

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

Hell or the animal womb. No exceptions. If so, it might be better never to hear about Buddhism in the first place. Risking hell seems a high price to pay for honest but misguided endeavour. This is not necessarily about the next life, since the one who has not freed himself from samsara has countle...