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by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The body
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: The body

I think it is a poetic way of saying that the world is our experience.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Mr Man wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:29 pm
Hi rolling_boulder
Sounds like the teaching of Ajahn Chah or one of his disciples.
Yes, it's Ajahn Viradhammo, I believe.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 248

Re: Religion quiz

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:57 pm
1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
MRDA again, Bhante?
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 13
Views: 191

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Mr Man wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 pm
Hi Sam

There is this thread - Kindnesss thread

viewtopic.php?t=25723
Ah, thanks! I didn't know about this thread as it appears to have been initiated when I was having a break from DW.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2nd precept and milk and eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 62

Re: 2nd precept and milk and eggs

To compare taking eggs and milk from animals with extracting metals, minerals, oil, rock, ... or whatever other dead materials from the landscape seems like quite a stretch to me. Animals are living beings, who certainly have a sense of ownership at least about some things. To say, "It is no 'takin...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 14
Views: 178

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

These teachings seem to share a common characteristic: "acceptance of the way things are" as the primary element of Buddhist meditation. I'm sure there are far better examples, but here is a quote from a certain senior Thai forest monk: ...this mind doesn't give us a chance to allow an experience t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 13
Views: 191

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

1) I will post something on a non-political, non-meta-discursive topic, every day. I will do my best to make that post interesting and useful. 2) If I can't see a thread that I can contribute to as per (1) above, I will try to start a new one. 3) If I can't do that, I will link to a "good news" stor...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2nd precept and milk and eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 62

Re: 2nd precept and milk and eggs

Is milking a cow and drinking its milk considered taking what is not given? Also what about taking eggs from a chicken? I don't think so. In this context, what can't be given, can't be taken. I had always considered "taking what is not given" to refer to the issue of theft and property rights. Pres...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 45
Views: 447

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Saengnapha wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:35 am

Yes. I have also posted a separate thread on U.G. here.
Many thanks, Saengnapha. I'll enjoy reading those posts later today.
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 248

Re: Religion quiz

That's not a proper religion quiz - there's no questions about George Soros, the alt-right, and censoring people. :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lead us not into temptation -- not anymore?
Replies: 12
Views: 121

Re: Lead us not into temptation -- not anymore?

The Anglican Ellicott's 1897 commentary might be useful here: (13) Lead us not into temptation.—The Greek word includes the two thoughts which are represented in English by “trials,” i.e., sufferings which test or try, and “temptations,” allurements on the side of pleasure which tend to lead us into...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 45
Views: 447

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

My friend U.G. spoke about what happened to him in extensive interviews and video recordings. There came a moment when he saw clearly how he was fooling himself. The deception, he called it. His whole existence as U.G. disappeared. It was something unexpected and completely not what he had thought ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello there
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: Hello there

Greetings, catsquotl, and welcome to DW! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: General question about confession of wrong doing.
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: General question about confession of wrong doing.

Yes and no. No in the sense that the Vinaya requirement for bhikkhus to regularly and methodically confess to each other any breaches in their training rules has no equivalent for householders. But yes in the sense that there is a narrative found several times in the suttas in which certain househo...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 209

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

It is, insofar as there is no notion of "true nature" in Theravada the way there is in some Mahayana teachings. There is AN 1.49-52 , and this luminosity gets interpreted in different ways. Yes, I was talking more about the issue of ignorance, rather than its absence. It seems to play a similar rol...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 209

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

Sure, but the Path is said to be a gradual one, and that mundane right view comes first. Yes, there is also the point that the path might not appear all that appealing to one gripped by addiction. There are some problems that we need to sort out first. My teacher says that we need to alleviate some...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: General question about confession of wrong doing.
Replies: 4
Views: 74

General question about confession of wrong doing.

Elsewhere in this section, someone has posted a confession of wrong doing. I'm impressed, but didn't want to hijack his/her thread with my daft questions, so I thought I'd start another one. Did the Buddha advise lay people to make such confessions? Of course, it is a requirement for monks, and I kn...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 209

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

In Buddhism, they sometimes say that one actually has to have two parallel determinations: 1. eliminate the bad and 2. develop the good; and that doing just one or the other doesn't help. Ah, yes, I agree. I think popular psychology teaches that -- that in order to get well and do well in life, all...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 39
Views: 666

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

I think that what is far more important is having a sense of the importance of discussing a (Dhammic) topic. Because with that sense of the importance of discussing a (Dhammic) topic, everything else is settled as well. In the end, it doesn't matter how lovingly kind or friendly or respecting of ot...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 209

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

Greetings. There's a lot of threads about addiction, and people are usually advised to quit, cold turkey, go to rehab etc. And accused of making excuses if they don't do so. But I think what this kind of advice, albeit well-meaning, is missing is that in order to be able to give up an addiction (or...