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by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"
Replies: 18
Views: 369

Re: The original meaning of "viññāṇa"

Dinsdale wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:16 am
Am I right in thinking that the "vi" of "vinnana" means "two", and denotes a duality?
Here's an earlier thread which goes into that:

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by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is meant by the term "human control"?
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: What is meant by the term "human control"?

Seems straightforward to me. Dantikā, having seen an elephant well trained by a mahout, reflects that she should be able to do likewise with her mind. Is this saying every person can control an elephant or control the mind? I would have thought neither. It doesn't seem to be framed as a universal o...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 19
Views: 185

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

OK, from childhood we started to accumulate knowledge , from our parents and others . What if we let the child eat and sleep without any contact of outside world including their parents ?! First , there is Knowledge , such as calling our parents "pa" , "ma" which is taught by them. Later , graduall...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 19
Views: 185

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

My initial problem here is that the terms "knowledge" and "self" are both subject to multiple interpretations. Would a child raised surrounded by animals (i.e. untended by humans) not have knowledge? It would presumably know "This animal is like this"..."That animal does that"...etc., even if it can...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 15
Views: 355

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

Ajahn Chah on the differences between Asians and Westerners: Q: Are minds of Asians and Westerners different? Answer: Basically there is no difference. Outer customs and language may appear different, but the human mind has natural characteristics which are the same for all people. Greed and hatred ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: theravada

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:52 am
i had a vajrayana friend explain it to me and he said it was having sex with someone but acting like they are a deity
Are you sure you are talking about Tantra? My wife tells me this is how I should view our marriage... :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: theravada
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: theravada

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies? I've never seen it as anything other than the above sub-heading. I would have thought that if the link with Theravada isn't immediately apparent, it would clarify matters if the OP...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 286

Re: Musings about Tantra.

And, as we see above, it is associated with sex and desire... I have NEVER seen a Buddhist Tantra teacher advertise and talk about sexual and desire based practices. Never. Consider the fact that my teacher is a lay practitioner in a lay lineage and he never talks about sexual practices. Last year ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra.
Replies: 28
Views: 286

Re: Musings about Tantra.

I was wondering about this thread and others like it here at DW and the question arose in my mind: Why do some people here consider Buddhist Tantra a threat to their tradition and practice? What is it about Buddhist Tantra that scares them so much? My guess is that it is due to multiple factors. At...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3001

Re: Gradual practice

But one can also hear it from lay meditators with 30 or 40 years experience, and Ajahns who have been in robes for 50+ years. Actually this is forbidden for monks to say about such things, so I doubt you could hear that. From lay buddhists with such practice experience I have not heard such a thing...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3001

Re: Gradual practice

The same broad reading, though, gives rise to support for a meditative practice. Many learned Ajahns and translators are in favour of meditation and retreats for lay supporters. I don't really think they are in favour because they found that in the texts. Rather, all this "meditation hype" has a be...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 326

Re: What is merit?

Thank you. But I dont understand why teachers speak of merit as a thing, an object that exists in its own right independent of the person acquiring it. For example, dedicating merit to a deceased loved one like you might loan someone your car, as if it were an object. It can be addressed as an obje...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 326

Re: What is merit?

Merit is a translation of the Pali word 'puñña'. Here is Ajahn Sucitto reflecting on the concept. The term 'puñña' (related to 'boon' and 'bounty' in English) is a key reference in Buddhist Asia. It means 'goodness', but is often translated as 'merit' to capture some of the nuances of the term. Beca...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3001

Re: Gradual practice

Then they read and study bad - because texts are clear on many "disputable" matters. One just need to look in. All those people have looked in, and there is no end to the disputes. And one might say that the same applies to those who get nowhere with meditation: they meditate badly. Yes, this is wh...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3001

Re: Gradual practice

You may be right, but only if you had set out to reach those jhanas and nothing else. But that practice is meant to get jhanas. Meditation is only for that, according to texts. Nowadays, of course, meditation became a panacea - but in good old times it was not. It was a special method to get partic...