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by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

I'm wondering if, rather than writing off sensual happiness as irredeemably impermanent and stressful and focusing only on the breath, could it be worked with through human effort toward skillful thoughts, words and actions that shape a better and better sensual reality until ultimately there is no...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1441

Re: Mind lives on after death?

How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the impersonal citta? Where is it? Or, by "pointing", do you mean "referring", as in "How can it be self if one can refer to it?" 3) If so, is a self something that one cannot refer to? A...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 156
Views: 1763

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Yes, I agree. For practical purposes, though, I tend to see them as interchangeable and potentially as applying to all links. "Eliminate X if you can, because it is either currently supporting Y, or a Y will be along in a moment...". Idappaccayata seems to be a poetic summary of the fact that if so...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1441

Re: Mind lives on after death?

The impersonal citta is not part of the 5 aggregates which are to be regarded as not self and thus gain freedom. Does that mean that it is OK to regard the impersonal citta as self? How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the i...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 765

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

No, I mean that it would be possible for a being that did not conceive of itself (an animal, for example) to be reborn. I don't know whether animals conceive of themselves, so the point is moot. (Although my intuition is to think that they do conceive of themselves.) My point is that animals might ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 104

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

Greetings , As it seems , brahma vihara practice is not directly associated with Buddha's dependent origination teaching or the core teaching. But , why it's important to practise it ? Does the practice of it brings one closer to liberation ? :namaste: It may not be explicitly linked with dependent...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 156
Views: 1763

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

I suggested ignorance and suffering as an example of the first mode, ie while ignorance is present, then suffering is present. I suggested feeling and craving as an example of the second mode, ie when feeling arises, then craving arises. Though craving and clinging might be an example of the first ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 156
Views: 1763

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

The principle is simply one thing being dependent upon another. The principle is described as operating in two different modes, one contemporaneous, the other sequential. Simply put, while and when. While there are no clouds, you can see the sun in the sky ( 1st mode ). When clouds arise, you can't...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 156
Views: 1763

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

the simultaneity of it is in the actual text, i don't know how it could be more clear "when this is, this is" "when this isn't, this isn't" this does not become false or invalid in the 2nd & 4th lines, it is the same principle applied to arising/ceasing, coming/going, as opposed to existence/nonexi...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1441

Re: Mind lives on after death?

pegembara wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
The impersonal citta is not part of the 5 aggregates which are to be regarded as not self and thus gain freedom.
Does that mean that it is OK to regard the impersonal citta as self?
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

It's possible, of course, but there are many accounts in the suttas of parents loving their children and grieving deeply over their loss. One can grieve the loss of one's child for a number of reasons. "Parental love" seems to be a concept that has culturally specific meanings. Possibly, but giving...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 765

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

I'm not sure what you mean here; whether the "conceiving" here is by the being that is subject to rebirth; or by us, as onlookers and speculators who conceive what a being must have in order for it to be reborn. The three possibilities you give seem to refer to the former. But if so, there is no re...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

But you do raise an interesting point as to why duties to one's parents are more important or more often cited. My guess is that it reflects cultural differences, and the need to reinforce ties to clan and family; whereas love for one's children might have been taken for granted as natural or inevi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

Hello all, In Buddhist teaching, it's said that if children do unwholesome deeds to their parents, the children are sowing great bad kamma. Children are encouraged not to do unwholesome deeds to their parents. What if the parents who do the unwholesome deeds to their children, will they reap bad ka...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1441

Re: Mind lives on after death?

aflatun wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:14 am
What naughty language the Mahanama Sutta uses!
:goodpost:

I don't know which is the more interesting: that sutta, or the lack of comment it provoked!
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: LovingKindness toward a benefactor
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: LovingKindness toward a benefactor

Thanks so much for the feedback! Seeing that there is a difference between compassion (karuna) and loving-kindness (metta) has cleared a lot up for me. 😀 You might be interested in the following accounts of the "Four Sublime States". The first is rather old-fashioned but has sutta references and so...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy birthday SDC!
Replies: 11
Views: 118

Re: Happy birthday SDC!

Happy birthday! May this day bring you happiness, peace and good fortune. :toast:
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 363

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

DNS wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:58 pm
Ernest Hemmingway and Robin Williams both had fame, riches, wealth, oceanfront homes, forest homes and both committed suicide around age 61.
I'm hanging on until my next birthday to get out of the danger zone... :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 156
Views: 1763

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

binocular wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:12 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:12 pm
Gombrich makes the interesting observation (I'm not sure if it's true) that DO is unique in that there is an account of the Buddha saying that it is deep and extremely hard to understand.
The Buddha says such things about the Dhamma in general, for example:...
Thank you.
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres
Replies: 5
Views: 160

What is the eye? - Essay on sense-spheres

Bhikkhu Cintita has written a very interesting essay on the eye and on sense-spheres in general: https://bhikkhucintita.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/sixspheres.pdf It makes good sense out of potentially puzzling passages in the suttas, and offers some excellent advice on how to work with these ideas ...