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by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you train for Sila?
Replies: 14
Views: 191

Re: How do you train for Sila?

Actually the precepts are quite easy to keep (for most serious Buddhists). That does not mean one has sila It may not mean one has perfected sila, but it is a training for it. The skill that is needed to easily keep the precepts is the same skill that can be applied to things beyond them. Good poin...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Thanks for the reply. I don't agree with Gombrich here (I have never read him). I don't think even associating intention with Karma is a completely a new thing, though the Buddha may have used it in more precise or specific sense. But I don't see any compelling reason to believe the Buddha used wor...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Pesonally I find that most of the words he used refer to the same or similar concepts as in early Hinduism, including Karma, Dharma, Nirvana, Anatma, Anitya, Dukha, Bhava, Avidya, Samskara, Vijnana, Nama, Rupa, Vedana, Trishna, Samsara, Jati, Dhyana, Samadhi, etc. We may be going off-topic a bit, b...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Not participating in discussion about the infallibility of Buddha's teachings but the doctrine of Karma was hardly an unknown concept in the subcontinent. Buddha was one of many who created a school of thought surrounding it. In the Rig Veda written in approximately 1500 BC the word occurs several ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

dylanj wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:02 am
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Dylan, many thanks for a very comprehensive answer. Appreciated. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

What else but precisely inductive reasoning? When you inspect the Dhamma and test it for yourself and verify x, y, z, and so on, you might think "Well, if Lord Buddha is correct about these, can it be he is also correct about a, b, c, d, e and f?" The cries of blind faith in this thread are a red h...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Is it that you know him to be right on some things, and you extrapolate that rightness to all things? Yes, but not just "right", perfectly & profoundly correct about the ultimate truth, in a way that cannot be explained aside from him being fully awakened. & I know him to be virtuous, perfected in ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health issues?
Replies: 17
Views: 255

Re: Cautious about practicing consistent vipassana with mental health?

I think maybe I should take it easy a while and focus on sila, metta bhavana, trying to get more stable and healthy in more mundane ways, eg hobbies (in this case for me, computer programming is the field I'm majoring in at college), work, trying to be kind and helpful to people in different ways, ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1711

Re: Slandering buddha

It also gave me clarity in regards to what kind of people this forum consists of and how i can better adjust my own practice. Dare I ask what those adjustments are? Redoubled vigour to expel the worthless trash types, or a move towards equanimity? As i said i will stop participating under the curre...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1711

Re: Slandering buddha

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:39 am
It also gave me clarity in regards to what kind of people this forum consists of and how i can better adjust my own practice.
Dare I ask what those adjustments are? Redoubled vigour to expel the worthless trash types, or a move towards equanimity?
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1711

Re: Slandering buddha

I feel tired but i have also felt annoyed and disappointed with people. I do not necessarily try to reform the people that i am trying to expell, i think they are unreformable, i simply want the sensible people to recognize the danger in keeping them around and leaving those behaviors unchecked. Is...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

If the Buddha told me the Earth is flat I would believe it. Why would you believe it? This is a genuine question based on a desire to understand your viewpoint. What is it that you know or believe of the Buddha that would make him an incontrovertible authority on any subject? Is it that you know hi...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:03 pm

The Buddha never said they work when applied to medical treatments.

:strawman: :strawman: :strawman:
Did he say, or even imply, that there could be any verification of them?
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 113
Views: 1075

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Do you think modern physiological science is complete & perfected? Do you think it's infallible? I certainly don't & would not be the least bit surprised if discoveries were made in the future that changed the dominant perspective on these processes. I don't think many people would consider modern ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1711

Re: Slandering buddha

According to you there is a logical error... a man who presumes intellectual equality among members of this board. We don't have to talk more. Yes, I have a presumption of intellectual equality until such time as I am proven wrong. Isn't that the only polite approach? Whether we talk more is up to ...