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by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 672
Views: 44780

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

When the European scholars started translating the Tipitaka, they had to come to an agreement on how to write certain words with the English alphabet. They decided to make, for example, “th” sound with just “t” just to keep the length of words shorter. That looks like "fake news" to me. Can you poi...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 30
Views: 380

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

pitakele wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:38 pm
Nwad wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:09 pm
Sottapana can not kill an Arya. Suicide is a murder.
Interesting point in the Vinaya is that murder is pārājika (defeat), whereas suicide is dukkata (offence of wrong doing). Always wondered how a dead person can confess an offence 😊
As soon as possible in the next life :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "I Thatched my house in the Calm"
Replies: 2
Views: 126

"I Thatched my house in the Calm"

This isn't really a connection to another organised religion or doctrine, but I was struck by the Buddhist parallels in this amateur poet's efforts from 1917. I was looking through the old copies of the Parish Magazine issued by my wife's church, and stumbled across it. I think it was only ever publ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati

Very good article. It was exceptionally well written, I liked most of it, but found the idea of "descriptive recollection" confusing: The particular application of sati that characterizes the satipaṭṭhāna is to provide a Dhammic basis for examination of phenomena. [For example] In investigating cra...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati

Bhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore has posted a very fine little essay on Sati (mindfulness), based on its meaning in the EBT. https://bhikkhucintita.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/satiebt.pdf It attempts to rein in some of the conceptual proliferation which has affected this important term. I like this bit, whi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma is anti-capitalist and ecologist ?
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Dhamma is anti-capitalist and ecologist ?

This is a valid and potentially interesting question, but is precisely the type of issue that Dhamma Wheel Engaged was set up to accommodate. https://dharmawheel.org/ Discussing it here would deprive DWE of their life-blood, diminish the discussion by missing out on DWE's experts, and potentially gi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

Because if you "have" it - if it is your soul, rather than another object among objects, like an eternal diamond or an eternal bicycle pump - then you would have some degree of control over it. Not really, since atta/atman refers to "higher self", while the aggregates would be equivalent to the "lo...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

So what is it? If, as you say, it doesn't make any difference as to what conception of self we use, just specify one of them that finds favour with you. Let's take "self" to mean an eternal soul, for example. Why would having a soul mean that one has control over the aggregates? Because if you "hav...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

Similarly, a self is something that has a degree of control. That's another analytic truth, logically true by virtue of the concepts used in the proposition. An analytic truth is by definition something resulting from analysis . Saying that a triangle has three sides is just an observation. No, it'...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

Your thinking that two different examples of analytic truth are not equally analytic is precisely your problem here. If you just bat it away by labelling it as a straw man, then you won't understand the issue. Saying that a triangle has 3 sides is a self-evident truth, an observation. It is nothing...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 1941

Re: What is special about ordination?

...If he doesn't, then he's just simply a lay person wearing monks clothes. No, he's a monk, but he's a Bad monk. I like this simile: “Suppose, mendicants, a donkey followed behind a herd of cattle, thinking: ‘I can moo too! I can moo too!’ But it doesn’t look like a cow, or sound like a cow, or le...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances
Replies: 23
Views: 1507

Re: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances

Yes, very interesting. Thank you. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

I don't really understand specifically what you are saying when you talk about it in terms of theory or doctrine as you seem to be saying that my use of "conceive" is off the mark. No, not at all, I think your interpretation is spot on. What I meant was that the overall discussion in this thread is...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

So the inability of anyone here to answer a straightforward question is my fault? :shrug: :strawman: Not the same thing at all. Here I am equating "soul" to atta and "sense of me" to mana ( the conceit "i am" ). Not that it makes any difference to the question I have been asking. :shrug: With regar...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 3979

Re: Self view and conceit

But why ? What is this the logical basis for this assertion? I still haven't seen a coherent explanation, just the repetition of an unsubstantiated assertion. It might look to you like an unsubstantiated assertion, but it is, as I have said twice before, an analytic point, which you still are unabl...