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by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What does "sensual desire" mean in the suttas?
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: What does "sensual desire" mean in the suttas?

Therefore, it seems possible from MN 64 and MN 38 that "sensual desire" is not the inherent primitive instinctual desires for food & physical comfort a little baby has. Instead it could possibly be that "sensual desire" is something experientially conditioned & habituated from experiencing various ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"
Replies: 20
Views: 102

Re: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

There is this in the Maha-Saccaka Sutta, where the 4th Jhana (at least) is described as being free from defilements: When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of defilement , pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8036

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Kim OHara wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 2:45 am
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Yes, I used Freecycle, which is quite well known in the UK and has various branches worldwide. It's depressing, though, to consider this alongside the frenzy of buying brand new shiny stuff which completely dwarfs it. Massive cultural change is needed.
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I don't think many people here object to questioning. They might think that rudeness is inappropriate, or a habitually oppositional stance that remains unassuaged by their answers. Oh, you're getting there. (You could take a short cut and take a page from Samana Johann's book about respect and vene...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Yes, that sounds like vicikiccha to me. The point is to get rid of it, rather than thinking there is an end to it that can be obtained by indulging it on its own terms. In its proper application, the analytical mind exhausts itself. "Exhausts": as in 'comes to its end'. It might do, although that s...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 27
Views: 442

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

I've seen a number of articles about Jordan Peterson in very respectable publications of good reputation such as the New York Times. Reading these articles written by professional journalists ( whose careers depend on their reputations for getting the facts right ) my understanding of Jordan Peters...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide

Hi I'm looking for some guidance, I have been attending a Buddhism group for a while now and am becoming attracted to it's teachings however I find it's view on suicide very off putting. Unfortunately my father committed suicide a number of years back which I have had major difficulties with. I'm s...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Another form would be an attachment to empty ritualistic questioning Not a month goes by that I don't encounter some potentially massive issue, or a reformulation that seems promising. Yes, that sounds like vicikiccha to me. The point is to get rid of it, rather than thinking there is an end to it ...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8036

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Bundokji wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 8:42 am
I would love to imagine Schopenhauer in heaven, but find it difficult to do so. Hell is his natural abode, i guess :tongue:
Yes, you're right! I'd send him to heaven as a punishment...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Saengnapha wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 8:21 am
It seems quite simple to me.
Simple, but not quite relevant here.
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

You would have to give me an example of this to be sure I can comprehend what you mean. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.134.than.html In any case, the amount of explanation that is needed to understand the suttas is astounding. Many are self-explanatory, and need no further ex...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8036

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Yes, I absolutely agree. I very naively put what faith I have in education - especially education for women - to help solve the first problem, as education and liberation from agrarian economies does bring down the birth rate voluntarily, without need for draconian top-down solutions. And as for th...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Effort implies wanting to achieve something. This implies desire. Isn't there a sense of attachment in this? [/quote] There might be, but there doesn't have to be. OTOH, attentiveness implies nothing but attending to what is. It is not involved with desire or attachment and is not propelled by effo...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Most people that use sound logic would probably tell you that you have no way of knowing what it was like back in the Buddha's time. Most scholar's argue even about the authenticity of many suttas and treatises, not to mention the alterations that take place over thousands of years. Why believe in ...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8036

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

You're right, of course, but it's an issue which very quickly leads to a problem no-one wants to tackle, i.e., population growth. The two big engines driving us to global environmental collapse are population growth and consumerism. Tackling the first takes us into eugenics and one-chid policies, a...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 38
Views: 309

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

So if I shoot someone in a video game (someone with an user_id) .. I have broken the first precept? Note - I am not asking about effect of video games on youth and their tendency towards violence .. just a simple Yes/No ..is shooting someone dead while playing Call of Duty breaking the first precep...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Similar can happen in religion. People "go with the program", never questioning the fundamental assumptions about what they do. And when dealing with people who have also "gone with the program" but who do have fundamental questions, they are surprised and disappointed as to how this can happen. I ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Musings on Race (Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?)
Replies: 38
Views: 309

Re: Any other Black people on Dhammawheel?

The difference being, in the "real world" there are repercussions for one's behavior that accrue to oneself. In the virtual world, a poster can spew vitriol with impunity and get away with it. IMO this allows people - those who are passive-aggressive in particular - to indulge their negative emotio...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 994

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Sorry, excepting the personal anecdote, I consider the whole of your post to be factually inaccurate and muddled. If you could relate to it, we wouldn't be having this conversation; and we wouldn't be having it either if I would be more like most others. Good luck to you too. I have related to it. ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 22, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 27
Views: 442

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

In addition: 5. The speaker often speaks of a " transcendent god" however, apart from some lip-service (e.g. Matthew 5:45 ), the god generally has remained a " tribal god ". A real transcendent god is described as follows: Listen esp. from 4.18 onward. Petersen says, "The proposition that underlies...