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by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: The Five Khandas

I am finishing it, what do u think? i suspect annihilation view Also i am not sure what he is refuting at the end there but i think if he was attacking my position in this way his statement would not be legitimate, I thought it was an extremely interesting article, and a lot of it seemed to be a ve...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: The Five Khandas

An interesting and original article by Bhikkhu Cintita about the five khanda in Buddhist teaching. https://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/am-i-my-five-kha%E1%B9%85dhas/ I am finishing it, what do u think? i suspect annihilation view I have duties to attend to at the moment, but will get ba...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 12
Views: 173

The Five Khandas

An interesting and original article by Bhikkhu Cintita about the five khanda in Buddhist teaching.

https://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/20 ... B9%85dhas/
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 241

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Redundancy and the social consequences you mention may well occur, but I was thinking more about the changes in our ways of thinking that AI brings. Rather like the development of autonomy, individualism, ethical worth, and responsibility which preceded the Buddha. I don't see how AI would help in ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 35
Views: 374

Re: Structuring lay life

Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? Thoughts? I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock: Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who ha...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 241

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

It's probably too early to say, but I wonder what mental changes are occuring now as a result of AI, and whether they are conducive to the spread of Buddhism, or the reverse? The spread of AI makes many people redundant, leaving them to feel expendable. In an effort to earn a living, they have to r...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 35
Views: 374

Re: Structuring lay life

SDC wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 pm
Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight?

Thoughts?
I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock:
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 392

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

There are 4 major Apatti (offence from breaking Sila) called Parajika (major offences). And 1 of the 4 is Panatipata: taking one's life. The penalty for this Apatti: incompetent of being a monk(cannot become a monk anymore). So, I don't know if this count as forbidding for you or not. That one kind...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 241

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Yes, that sounds entirely plausible. As well as unemployment, there is underemployment; I wonder how many contributors to DW do so between tasks at work? The use of networked IT at work completely changes the relationship between work and non-work. As well as the time and leisure factor, some histor...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 82
Views: 3570

Re: Fake News

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:05 pm
There's nothing shadier than trying to use Buddhism to justify right wing political views IMHO
Are left-wing or centrist views OK, though? Are they equally or less shady? I only ask...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

BV (but also Kant, Schopenhauer etc) instead are arguing that the "self" cannot be an object of experience because it is the subject of experience. In the same way you do not see in the eye in the visual field. Therefore the argument of "unfindability" against this position is incorrect because it ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self-awareness, thinking about self, having thoughts about self, are objects of consciousness. This is a theory of mind or a theory of selfhood (and we get such theories from other people). What one thinks "self-awareness" is is informed by particular theories that one hears or reads about. One's t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Imagine if you were to really dedicate yourself to "living in the present moment", always tuning into your current situation as it is (I'm using "situation" the way Ven. NN does). This means that all your standards would be recalibrated as you go. So, for example, what was "a lot (of effort, time)"...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Of course, and I'm saying that the unity of this "us" is a conditioned construct. Other people assume we are such a unity, and they project this onto us from early on, and we then think of ourselves as such a unity (because of such projection?). Well, it's obviously conditioned by whatever is prese...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

My point is that one's perception of the unity of something, of something being one entity is culturally conditioned, and not a given. The point is not so much about the unity of something which is presented to us, but the unity of the "us" to which those things are presented. It also seems to me t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi aflatun, Yes, I'm wary, but only if the perception and consciousness, etc. are actually the Buddha's khanda s. There may be no reason why sanna, vinnana, etc. should not arise independently, but... I'm not sure what you were getting at here Sam, could you explain? Yes, sorry, it was poorly expres...
by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Stiphan!
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Happy Birthday Stiphan!

Have a great day, Stiphan! :heart:
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I suggest you to watch it !
Replies: 7
Views: 137

Re: I suggest you to watch it !

A good video. That person knows their Dukkha, scores highly on Samudaya, is quite weak on Nirodha, and fails on Magga.
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation

Hi No_Mind One idea would be to make it a "one shot" thread, where each contributor gives their interpretation or answer once, and then has to remain silent. That would focus the mind to frame the best possible answer as one sees it, and would also prevent arguments along the lines of "How can you b...
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2195

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi Sam Vara, The problem of seeing anatta as only a criticism to "a-seity" (the "eternal and indestructible" self) is that Buddha rejected annihilationism which posits that there is a destructible self. Therefore the "unity" cannot be thought as a separate and imperament "thing" in Buddhism. To not...