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by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Kathavatthu
Replies: 16
Views: 5467

Re: Kathavatthu

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by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 716
Views: 47075

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Sam Vara said: “That looks like "fake news" to me. Can you point us to some document or scholarly article where this agreement is reached? And can you explain why they haven't realised their mistake and haven't subsequently rectified it?” You don’t need “scholarly articles” to know how words sound ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if?
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: What if?

Interesting answers thanks I think it depends on what you mean by "get away with it". I did not mean it as him having malicious intent but rather as others being unable to see any flaw in his teachings and the teachings gaining popularity. Sure. If the first condition is met (i.e. that there is suc...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if?
Replies: 12
Views: 191

Re: What if?

What if someone was more or less learned in the doctrine and meditated so that he; 1. Attained the Dimension of Infinite Consciousness 2. Took it to be Nibbana 3. Taught others that it is Nibbana and taught them how to attain it How likely do you think that he would get away with it nowadays? I thi...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 716
Views: 47075

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

If the "san" concept is a lie, then thinking otherwise leads to akusala. If it is actually a lie, showing that it is a lie leads to kusala. So those who can actually show that it is a lie earn kusala by commenting. If the " san " concept is not true, you only earn a kusala by commenting, but if the...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 716
Views: 47075

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

When the European scholars started translating the Tipitaka, they had to come to an agreement on how to write certain words with the English alphabet. They decided to make, for example, “th” sound with just “t” just to keep the length of words shorter. That looks like "fake news" to me. Can you poi...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 81
Views: 1058

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

pitakele wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:38 pm
Nwad wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:09 pm
Sottapana can not kill an Arya. Suicide is a murder.
Interesting point in the Vinaya is that murder is pārājika (defeat), whereas suicide is dukkata (offence of wrong doing). Always wondered how a dead person can confess an offence 😊
As soon as possible in the next life :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "I Thatched my house in the Calm"
Replies: 2
Views: 153

"I Thatched my house in the Calm"

This isn't really a connection to another organised religion or doctrine, but I was struck by the Buddhist parallels in this amateur poet's efforts from 1917. I was looking through the old copies of the Parish Magazine issued by my wife's church, and stumbled across it. I think it was only ever publ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati

Very good article. It was exceptionally well written, I liked most of it, but found the idea of "descriptive recollection" confusing: The particular application of sati that characterizes the satipaṭṭhāna is to provide a Dhammic basis for examination of phenomena. [For example] In investigating cra...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Bhikkhu Cintita on Sati

Bhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore has posted a very fine little essay on Sati (mindfulness), based on its meaning in the EBT. https://bhikkhucintita.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/satiebt.pdf It attempts to rein in some of the conceptual proliferation which has affected this important term. I like this bit, whi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma is anti-capitalist and ecologist ?
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Dhamma is anti-capitalist and ecologist ?

This is a valid and potentially interesting question, but is precisely the type of issue that Dhamma Wheel Engaged was set up to accommodate. https://dharmawheel.org/ Discussing it here would deprive DWE of their life-blood, diminish the discussion by missing out on DWE's experts, and potentially gi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4599

Re: Self view and conceit

Because if you "have" it - if it is your soul, rather than another object among objects, like an eternal diamond or an eternal bicycle pump - then you would have some degree of control over it. Not really, since atta/atman refers to "higher self", while the aggregates would be equivalent to the "lo...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4599

Re: Self view and conceit

So what is it? If, as you say, it doesn't make any difference as to what conception of self we use, just specify one of them that finds favour with you. Let's take "self" to mean an eternal soul, for example. Why would having a soul mean that one has control over the aggregates? Because if you "hav...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4599

Re: Self view and conceit

Similarly, a self is something that has a degree of control. That's another analytic truth, logically true by virtue of the concepts used in the proposition. An analytic truth is by definition something resulting from analysis . Saying that a triangle has three sides is just an observation. No, it'...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4599

Re: Self view and conceit

Your thinking that two different examples of analytic truth are not equally analytic is precisely your problem here. If you just bat it away by labelling it as a straw man, then you won't understand the issue. Saying that a triangle has 3 sides is a self-evident truth, an observation. It is nothing...