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by Sam Vara
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Value of interfaith studies
Replies: 34
Views: 978

Re: Value of interfaith studies

Pseudobabble wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:31 pm
DooDoot wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:36 am
Pseudobabble wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:26 am
Assuming you are correct about DO, and other matters.
I personally have no doubts about DO.
Whether you have doubts is a separate matter from whether you are correct or not.
:goodpost: :thumbsup:
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

rightviewftw wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:50 pm
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Interesting stuff, but it does look as if there are possible pitfalls for one who approaches it unwisely. Thanks for the info, rightviewftw.
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

rightviewftw wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:31 pm
I came to buddhism from the nofap/mgtow community
I had to look those up!
i was not that smart but nobody was teaching this either :/
Yes, I get your point. The 5 precepts will be enough to protect you, though. Inside or outside of a relationship.
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

if you put them these students together without imposing rules of conduct on them B will distract A and might even convince A of his wrong view. Ah, rules of conduct. I would have thought that most Buddhists live by some of them, don't they? And I would have thought that if a Buddhist (or anyone, r...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

The non-Buddhist wife is risking health and life and possibly severe kammic consequences to provide worldly pleasures in which the Buddhist husband can, apparently innocently, enjoy. A Buddhist wife wouldn't do that. What exactly are these things that non-Buddhist wives do that are so risky? I'd li...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

rightviewftw wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Well change the addict to a person, change the sober for 8FNP, change the crack to sensuality and the crack-house to Samsara you will see the connection there.
I can't see any connection, I'm afraid. Try it again with a plain account rather than a lurid metaphor and I'll see if I get it then.
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

binocular wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:30 pm
You think it is acceptable that other people shoulder the costs of your pleasures?
Not unless they have incurred that particular debt.

But what's that got to do with marriage to a non-Buddhist?
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

Simile of a crack-addict trying to stay sober whilst living in a crackhouse comes to mind :thinking: Because that is what it is like basically. Binocular suggesting why not take the neighbour along with the drugs to a retreat. Binocular was talking about marriage to a non-Buddhist. You think that's...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

Strange interpretation. It's not about wanting to limit their pleasures. Your original point was: Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who have at least as much dedication to the Dhamma as they do. That way, they wouldn't be getting the best o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 610

Re: Structuring lay life

Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who have at least as much dedication to the Dhamma as they do. That way, they wouldn't be getting the best of both worlds anymore. The best of both worlds? I was talking about male Buddhists who are married...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 25
Views: 323

Re: The Five Khandas

I think the avoidance of "components" and essences answers your point about what he is refuting at the end: it is, I think, the idea of dependent origination being used to depict rebirth over successive lives. I'm not quite sure why you think there is annihilationism involved in his position; could...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: Death contemplation.

According to this monk the general understanding of death contemplation is similar to the points made by Rightview. However, this monk point out that is the wrong death contemplation which leads to the insanity of some meditators. I don't know enough about different contemplations to say whether an...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: Death contemplation.

Sarath, is the point that you (and the Sri Lankan Venerable) is making about the purpose of the death contemplation? i.e. one type of contemplation is about the body after death, in order to bring about greater understanding of the body's natural course and therefore dispassion. The other type is ab...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 25
Views: 323

Re: The Five Khandas

Interesting, and I agree with the idea that the khandas are a model of experience. However I wasn't convinced by the rather weak arguments put forward in this section: “If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?” “No, Lord.” “If the cons...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 25
Views: 323

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: 25
Views: 323

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: 25
Views: 323

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: 22
Views: 319

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: 64
Views: 610

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...