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by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The benefits of silence
Replies: 34
Views: 1110

Re: The benefits of silence

Indeed, but there is always an element of intention in every act of paying attention; given that you are looking at experience, why have you chosen to look at particular bits of the world rather than other bits? Why, for example, did you choose Dhamma Wheel rather than another part of the internet,...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The benefits of silence
Replies: 34
Views: 1110

Re: The benefits of silence

What are you looking for? You could say that I am looking at experience, not looking for something. If I am looking for something, it can only be an idea and not immediately present. Indeed, but there is always an element of intention in every act of paying attention; given that you are looking at ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?
Replies: 24
Views: 192

Re: What experiences happiness in Nibbana?

Even when i heard people explain the jhanic bliss realms of the brahmas or the "true self" versions of nibbana to some kids, most of them were like wow, that sounds boring. id rather just go to Paranimmita-vasavatti over and over. I know that sounds funny, but im serious. This actually happened. ev...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: new member
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: new member

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel, balan919! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 300

Re: Where is the Buddha?

Yes. not necessarily that thread but other anatta threads that bring it up too. Ironically, the most common insult is that dhammakaya interprets anatta wrong and are thus heretics. Yet this same religious intolerance isn't applied to thanissaro bhikkhu who is supposedly wrong on the EXACT. SAME. CO...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
Replies: 13
Views: 153

Re: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?

Off-topic and pointlessly ad hominem posts have been removed.
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1488

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Am I a Skeptical Buddhist? If so why? Who decides who is Skeptical and who is Devout (capitalization of adjectives to conform to OP's style). Is a member who follows all precepts strictly but abuses and curses others on the forum and indulges in sutta throwing at drop of a hat (sutta throwing is th...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay people interaction with monks
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Lay people interaction with monks

It depends on the particular monastery and the occasion, but I don't think it is offensive or disrespectful to omit bowing. Monastics generally appreciate being shown respect, but also understand that Westerners in particular take some time to understand customs from other countries. Bow if you feel...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 138
Views: 1575

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

It does seem to be a categorical expression for all people. I could understand people not agreeing with or believing this. But, when you see someone who is living without stress and describing the way they function, over time you begin to work through all the objections one has to someone saying th...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 138
Views: 1575

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

U.G. said many times that all it takes is a fraction of a second of the break of this continuity and the whole thing collapses, the end of the dream of existence. However, the caveat he states is that no activity of this world-mind or thought structure can ever bring this about. No amount of energy...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 10
Views: 215

Re: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?

Well, there's this: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=32178&p=478916&hilit=bhikkhu+bodhi+guide+anguttara+nikaya#p478916 for the Anguttara Nikaya, and the other complete Nikayas have a list of contents and an index, of course. Could you say how you want to use it? I'm trying to figure out...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

...The Buddha often does this trick of using an established term and then redefining the meaning. I think this is related to the recent humor topic -- speaking to a Brahmin and redefining "Brahmin" in a way that "pokes fun" at their sense of privilege. Yes, Richard Gombrich picks this up all the ti...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

This reminds me of something that is in the suttas: the Buddha's teaching strategy of redefining a Brahmin from a matter of birth to a matter of behavior -- just substituting "human" for "Brahmin." :) Yes, like this example: Whoever does no wrong in body, speech, heart, is restrained in these three...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Buddhas never joke?
Replies: 13
Views: 363

Re: Why do Buddhas never joke?

Humor - a purely situational case, i.e. which strongly depends on the place, time and circumstances. Therefore it is quite possible people laughed over some of Buddha's utterances in the times of the Buddha Shakyamuni. I suspect that written sources with samples of humor (any, not only Buddhist) of...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 429

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

Dinsdale wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:51 pm
SarathW wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:55 pm
Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
I don't see why not, since the 3 marks can be observed in the present moment.
The present moment with a past and future, presumably, in that impermanence can only be known over time...