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by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: What to concentrate on between breaths?
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: What to concentrate on between breaths?

Hello and welcome! :anjali: I think the answer depends on exactly where you focus the mind when watching the breaths. If watching one tiny spot such as at the nostrils, it's fairly easy to keep the attention there while waiting for the next breath. If watching the flow of the breath down into the bo...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Atman of other religions in the Pali suttas
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: The Atman of other religions in the Pali suttas

Dear DW forum I cannot recall any suttas where Brahmans or those of other sects/religions debate or discuss with the Buddha and insist there is a immutable universal Self or Atman. Could we kindly list any relevant suttas? Thank you :thanks: Thanks for this interesting post, which raises lots of po...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

I'm not talking about the etymological meaning, but about what the term means for practical intents and purposes. That is what it means for practical intents and purposes. I often wonder what type of oddball Buddhists you have been mixing with in order to gain such idiosyncratic ideas. I sucked and...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 773

Re: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism

These middle aged women chant "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" at top of their voice and believe in manifestation. Nothing like the monks. I detest public display of foolish behavior. Someone I knew in the 1980s worked with a woman who was a member of Nichiren Shoshu, and told a great story about her. They wo...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

Ehipassiko I see no reason to think that this means what Westerners with a secular background usually take it to mean. I am inclined to think that the Ehipassiko means something like 'Do it yourself' -- in the way that one "does it oneself" when one cleans one's sock drawer or cooks one's lunch, bu...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

"Go with that" = "embark". I don't see what the problem is. If you want to learn the piano, then notes and staves and rhythm are part of that "modus operandi". You have to stay with that if you want your piano-playing to progress. If you realise that music is not for you, nobody is forcing adults t...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism
Replies: 39
Views: 773

Re: Mumbo Jumbo Buddhism

1. Pondering the practice of others may cause unwholesome doubt as to one's own practice: Maybe theirs is better? Maybe I should try their practice because there is no progress with my practice? ... and the like This is interesting. I was raised to think that comparing oneself to others and keeping...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Planes of humans and animals
Replies: 31
Views: 543

Re: Planes of humans and animals

My objection was merely putting humans at the top of a natural hierarchy. Thankfully Buddhism is nowhere near as offensive as Christianity is, by giving humans a special place in 'creation'. The canon does say that humans are particularly fortuitously placed, and Theravada seems quite keen on hiera...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

If these "parasocial" relationships exist at all, it is because people have sufficient interest and confidence to embark on them. It's not clear whether they specifically "embark" on such relationships; they seem to be part of the religious/spiritual modus operandi, so one just has to go with that ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

Ehipassiko Which requires that one already has sufficient faith and insight to begin with (has sufficiently little dust in their eyes). Or else, is able to take enough for granted to start. But it's hard to take things for granted in the context of merely parasocial and parasocial-like interactios ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma
Replies: 41
Views: 667

Re: Parasocial interactions/relationships and the Dhamma

binocular wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:22 pm
What arguments can you provide that this type of relationship is beneficial in terms of the Dhamma?

Thank you.
Ehipassiko
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 384

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma. I found the above topic is discussed in the following website. I like to know whether this in line with Theravada teaching or whether this is in another branch of Buddism. In your opinion what is not in line with Buddha's teaching or Tipitaka? Can we call Buddha'...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?
Replies: 16
Views: 221

Re: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?

What would the "body" here referring to ? How does one develop the Physical endurance ? By taking up bodybuilding an develop muscle hypertrophy...just kidding. It's about the Dhammic stamina/endurance to withstand all sorts of sensual pleasure's assault on the body. Ven. Bodhi's note from "Numerica...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?
Replies: 16
Views: 221

Re: bhāvitakāyo as developing physical endurance ?

An alternative reading might be that the kāya part means a body or group of different types of development. The person in question is developed in virtue ( bhāvitasīlo ), developed in mind ( bhāvitacitto ) and developed in discernment ( bhāvitapañño ), which together constitute a group or mass of de...