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by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself

What is the orthodox position, the suttas' position or your position about the knowledge of reality itself, beyond any intervention of subjective factors? It seems to be the case that the Buddha as depicted in the suttas did not take any position on a "reality" which was outside of human subjectivi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro
Replies: 42
Views: 322

Re: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro

But most feelings are outside of our control, and just arise according to their own nature. We don't intend them. Can you make (!), for example, a little hatred and a lot of hatred? I don't think hatred would normally count as a feeling in this context, but I think the hatred one experiences could ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 84

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

is simply 'watching wherever the mind goes, simply remaining aware and alert' a valid meditation practice? I thought we are supposed to focus on the breath as exclusively as possible. Have a look at this. I find it really useful whenever meditation goes awry. If I go back to that first meditation c...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro
Replies: 42
Views: 322

Re: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro

considering another angle: we do try to manage our vedana — selecting objects for “contact” with “vedanic” intent. And then we relate to that vedana with intent — hence perhaps intent as an element of vedana (or vedanic process). Seems like I often intend to feel refreshed from that cool water. And...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?
Replies: 5
Views: 84

Re: Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact on samadhi practice?

I'm finding my mind is even more unruly than usual. Can 'difficult external circumstances' impact this much, on our meditation practice? It's frustrating. I would have though that, my increased conviction in the Dhamma, would grant some level of 'immunity' from difficult external situations, but th...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

I've had a look at Shankaracharya's entry in Wikipedia, and it's not much help in answering the question. If he did "defeat" Buddhism, i.e., his teaching was instrumental in people giving up whatever version of the Dhamma was being practiced at the time and turning towards practice based upon his ve...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 822

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It's also following the implications of every other knowledge-claim one might make. What standards of proof do you normally require in life? That's not the issue. If, by definition, one cannot be unequivocally sure of the Dhamma until stream entry, then it is so. I'm not going to argue with definit...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 822

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It's also following the implications of every other knowledge-claim one might make. What standards of proof do you normally require in life? That's not the issue. If, by definition, one cannot be unequivocally sure of the Dhamma until stream entry, then it is so. I'm not going to argue with definit...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

No, I'm not sure that I agree. "Thing" here does not denote an object, but is merely a general term to be used as a placeholder. Can you name an object that is not a thing? If not, we are back to square one: what is the use of naming Atman as a self when they say it is formless/unknowable? I think ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

He also taught that all things (presumably both conditioned and unconditioned) were anatta , which means that even non-objects are not self, which is distinctly disadvantageous if you think you are one and would like to remain one. "Unconditioned" and "thing" seem to be mutually exclusive. If you a...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 21
Views: 1962

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

Congratulations and thanks, David.

And well done SarathW! Keep going!
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Though if not self means not personal, then that probably applies to Atman too. Atman isnt really a "soul", it's more like a reflection of Brahman, which is said to be the underling reality. I'm not suggesting that Atman is the same as Nibbana, just that both can be viewed as non personal, not "me"...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 47
Views: 822

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Are you asking how someone knows they have access to the Dhamma? Yes. Prior to stream-entry, one doesn't know whether something one has access to is the Dhamma or not. All pre-stream-entry proofs are ambiguous, equivocal. They could be proofs of Dhamma, or not. -- That's just following the implicat...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

The unknowability of Atman as an object of knowledge is "useful" in that it enables one to make the claim that it is indeed self, and that the Buddhist anatta doctrine (and Dukkha and anicca ) applies only to objects of knowledge. I still fail to see how the idea of Atman adds anything useful. The ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 42
Views: 419

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Well, something defeated Buddhism in India. If it was merely thousands of monks being slaughtered and monasteries burned by people wishing to extirpate it, then that's regrettable but only of historical interest. If, however, it was defeated by Shankaracharya's logic, then I guess we ought to know ...