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by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

It also gave me clarity in regards to what kind of people this forum consists of and how i can better adjust my own practice. Dare I ask what those adjustments are? Redoubled vigour to expel the worthless trash types, or a move towards equanimity? As i said i will stop participating under the curre...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

rightviewftw wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:39 am
It also gave me clarity in regards to what kind of people this forum consists of and how i can better adjust my own practice.
Dare I ask what those adjustments are? Redoubled vigour to expel the worthless trash types, or a move towards equanimity?
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

I feel tired but i have also felt annoyed and disappointed with people. I do not necessarily try to reform the people that i am trying to expell, i think they are unreformable, i simply want the sensible people to recognize the danger in keeping them around and leaving those behaviors unchecked. Is...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 93
Views: 681

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

If the Buddha told me the Earth is flat I would believe it. Why would you believe it? This is a genuine question based on a desire to understand your viewpoint. What is it that you know or believe of the Buddha that would make him an incontrovertible authority on any subject? Is it that you know hi...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 93
Views: 681

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:03 pm

The Buddha never said they work when applied to medical treatments.

:strawman: :strawman: :strawman:
Did he say, or even imply, that there could be any verification of them?
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 93
Views: 681

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Do you think modern physiological science is complete & perfected? Do you think it's infallible? I certainly don't & would not be the least bit surprised if discoveries were made in the future that changed the dominant perspective on these processes. I don't think many people would consider modern ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

According to you there is a logical error... a man who presumes intellectual equality among members of this board. We don't have to talk more. Yes, I have a presumption of intellectual equality until such time as I am proven wrong. Isn't that the only polite approach? Whether we talk more is up to ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

It is necessary to point out errors to a certain extent and to that extent it is a condition for maintaining the Dhamma, to that extent it maintains the Dhamma... You may disagree with the extent to which it is necessary to point out errors but there is no logical error. The logical error consists ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How does a perfectly awakened Buddha arise?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: How does a perfectly awakened Buddha arise?

"Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 93
Views: 681

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Of course what's relevant is not the texts but whatever it is the Buddha said in his life, from the moment of his awakening to the moment of his death. Apart from the texts, where can we access whatever it is that the Buddha said in his life? I don't know. I don't think that matters here, as one ca...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 93
Views: 681

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:23 am
Of course what's relevant is not the texts but whatever it is the Buddha said in his life, from the moment of his awakening to the moment of his death.
Apart from the texts, where can we access whatever it is that the Buddha said in his life?
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

Well I don't see a good reason for it. I hardly use this forum anymore because it seems the vast majority of posters blatantly reject the Dhamma to some extent or another. & trying to teach the Dhamma & convince others to have faith in it is something I do with a select few people who are close to ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

yeah, i don't like the ToS Understood. I'm just providing some reasons as to why they are as they are. Well I don't see a good reason for it. I hardly use this forum anymore because it seems the vast majority of posters blatantly reject the Dhamma to some extent or another. & trying to teach the Dh...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:20 am
yeah, i don't like the ToS
Understood. I'm just providing some reasons as to why they are as they are.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1625

Re: Slandering buddha

:goodpost: agreed, & this is why we have the discovering theravāda subforum. I definitely think secularist skeptics should be asked to keep their revisionist views there. it's a matter of efficiency. it is a big burden for those on here who take the buddha's word literally & authoritatively to have...