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by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How are Subha and Asubha defined in the suttas?
Replies: 5
Views: 48

Re: How are Subha and Asubha defined in the suttas?

Good question. I've not seen them defined, but only exemplified; as in perceiving the ugly and repellent nature of the body. My guess would be that the asubha tends to be inter-subjective (very few people are not repelled by rotting bodies, for example) but that any lack of an objective referent doe...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On Verification
Replies: 83
Views: 1577

Re: On Verification

In religion/spirituality, there tend to be teachings saying how ordinary people are deluded and are prone to moral weakness. Given such teachings, how would one even go about the process of verification in religion/spirituality, when, already at the onset, one is effectively disqualified? The tinie...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

Even Arahants need to use conventions to communicate: :goodpost: :anjali: What does that quote imply? ("Even Arahants need to use conventions to communicate") For me, the implication is that it makes perfect sense to ask the question "Who is doing the attaching", and a meaningful answer can be give...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

bodom wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:49 pm
Even Arahants need to use conventions to communicate:
:goodpost: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Usefulness of Meditation
Replies: 14
Views: 141

Re: Usefulness of Meditation

Unless you gain insights or learn something from your meditation, then the usefulness of meditation is limited. MN 24 and other suttas suggest that the usefulness of meditation is always limited, in that meditation is not the entire Noble Eight-Fold Path. But we should not, I think, underestimate t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 20
Views: 234

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

There's a problem with your question, You are assuming that there is a self doing the attaching. If one listens to Buddhist talks and reads Buddhist texts, one can come across sentences that contain the formulation "we are attached to" or "you are attached to" (just google them for some examples). ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 31
Views: 524

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Zom wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:22 pm
And yes, there is one sutta where Sariputta says that he can't even see swamp spirit, not to talk about some higher unseen beings.
Yes, this is Ud. 4.4. I'm not sure if he is being modestly gracious to Moggallana, though.
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Precepts
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: The Five Precepts

They are obviously very different in terms of content and style, and Western Buddhists in particular are often keen to put as much distance between themselves and Judeo-Christianity as possible. But there is a similarity in terms of function, in that both the decalogue and the precepts are simple me...
by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism idealistic?
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: Is Buddhism idealistic?

No, but individual Buddhists might be. I would say it's the opposite. Buddhism's history and today's modern Buddhism/pragmatic Buddhism, etc.. is filled with people trying to lower the bar to their level rather raise themselves to the bar. Trying to take shortcuts, and inventing new Buddhisms. Sure...
by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism idealistic?
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: Is Buddhism idealistic?

No, but individual Buddhists might be.
by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 14
Views: 217

Re: Who follows the noble path?

:namaste: There is no self, only a mechanical karmic process that is mistaken for the self or "I". Isn't this realization enough? It is if it also means the permanent cessation of suffering. If the realisation - such as it is - is accompanied by continuing defilements and clinging, then there is ev...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 627

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Sustaining what kind of practice though? It wouldn't be a Buddhist practice if it is not grounded in Right View. Maybe for virtue and concentration, sure. But that wouldn't lead to wisdom of the Buddhist variety. Sure, Right View is important. But not knowing too much about the different versions o...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 627

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Whether or not the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu is irrelevant, it doesn't provide any useful information. It doesn't mean very much to me, I'll admit, but for those who are culturally or temperamentally predisposed to have an interest in Vishnu or avatars it might be helpful in sustaining practice.
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 29
Views: 1162

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Volo wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:15 am
SarathW wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:38 am
However, there are some Buddhist songs
:thinking: For example...
Goenkaji wrote quite a lot. They are played on his Vipassana retreats, and you can find them by Googling them.
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: space, uncompounded?

According to the Theravada, what is space conditioned by? What are the conditioning factors?