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by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Would you describe both "continuity of a self" and "continuity of a self ad infinitum" as equally deluded? How do you describe "continuity of a self" and "continuity of a self ad infinitum"?!?! . . I wouldn't want to speak for Bundokji here, but for me the latter would mean an everlasting or eterna...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Bundokji wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:06 am
ToVincent wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:25 am
Continuum (santāno) of self, is what is the illusion.
Would you describe both "continuity of a self" and "continuity of a self ad infinitum" as equally deluded?

If there is no continuum of any sort, then what makes a "self" what it is?
:goodpost: Good question.
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 48
Views: 581

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

I am not trying to put you off. But it appears some eat human placenta! At least this gives us a glimpse of loathsomeness in food. Please delete this post if moderators think this is off-topic or inappropriate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYTeiAIvfrY Yes, it's quite well known - if not widely p...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon!
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon!

Dhamma Chakkapavattana sutta is not the first sermon! Ven Walpola Gotama in the following video in the Sinhalese language said Buddha had given more Dhamma sermons before the Dhamma Chakkapavattana Sutta. (Which many of us think the first sermon) For instance, he mentions about "Loka Olokana" sutta...
by Sam Vara
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

It's interesting that you bring history into it. Historical facts usually have multiple sources of corroborating evidence, otherwise they are not facts, but theories. Prof Gombrich's or other scholars' literary analysis is no proof of authorship by the Sakyan prince Siddhartha. In fact we hardly ha...
by Sam Vara
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 48
Views: 581

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

That's interesting that some people eat placentas. From a vegetarian ethical standpoint that might be considered allowable, as no being was killed and it is something that is normally discarded. I'm vegetarian, but for me personally, I think I'll pass on trying it. :tongue: People who know I'm vega...
by Sam Vara
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

How is it important if it can never be conclusively proven? It becomes simply a matter of faith - C.S. Lewis will believe that the NT faithfully records the words of Jesus and you believe that the Pali Canon does that for the Buddha. This is of course fine, but what is not fine, IMO, is to then bui...
by Sam Vara
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Dan74 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:09 pm

But of course we don't know what the Buddha or Jesus actually said, so C.S. Lewis's logic does not apply.
True enough, in that if we don't trust any of the premises, then inferences based upon them are hardly binding. That's why I think the question of authorship is an important one.
by Sam Vara
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and What it Offers
Replies: 44
Views: 591

Re: Buddhism and What it Offers

Or the second which is there is nothing attained in this life beyond relaxation techniques or intellectual curiosities contemplated by following the teachings of buddhism. People often fail to recognize that this also requires that the Buddha himself was just plain ignorant, or just lying. I don't ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 21
Views: 263

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

One can argue that the rainbow does not exist without you looking at it, attention seem to be necessary for knowing whether things exist or does not exist. Apart from semantics, i was trying to understand the significance of contact, or why the Buddha chose a certain way of deconstructing our exper...
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 21
Views: 263

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

I might be wrong, but I take this formulation to mean that "contact" occurs when three things are present: eye consciousness, the eye, and forms. Whereas the eye and forms can exist independently, eye consciousness is dependent on the other two. The fact of its dependence does not make it the same ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 21
Views: 263

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

The Buddha said: Dependent on the eye & forms there arises eye-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. Why the Buddha did not say: the meeting of the two is contact? What are the two? the eye and forms are the two, which is contact! Eye consciousness is the outcome of the eye and form, ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are feelings & perceptions acts of kamma?
Replies: 11
Views: 225

Re: Are feelings & perceptions acts of kamma?

Per MN 61, can feeling & perception in themselves lead to harming oneself? I wouldn't have thought so. In themselves, they might be unpleasant; but they can only lead to future harm via kamma if they are associated with further manokammaṃ . The Buddha felt unpleasant things (stone sliver; back ache...
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 48
Views: 581

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

sunnat wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:42 pm
How would one know if an egg is not fertilised?
The short answer is that if you keep your laying hens without access to a cockerel, any eggs have not been fertilised.
by Sam Vara
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where do I start?
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Where do I start?

people have told me that you can enjoy life's pleasure (watching tv, playing games, listening to music, browsing the web) No matter how much i try to be mindfully aware of these activities I just can't. It almost feels like they taint one's mind so much mindfulness becomes interrupted a lot. It alm...