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by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

I think the issue is more complex than it seems at first sight. AN 7.32 Hirima Sutta: A Sense of Shame Agreed, but this in one aspect of the complexity which Reynolds seems to be aware of. The "shame" referred to in the sutta quoted is hiri , which he discusses in the article and differentiates fro...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

I think the translation is not accurate. The last line should be not "But cannot wash the woeful script away", but rather "But I do not wash the woeful script away." Although he cries and laments "reading" his life "with disgust", still he choses to keep "woeful lines", which have been "written". M...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

My impression is that he has some muddled thinking around this particular episode, but that he wishes to distinguish between a resolve to refrain from committing certain acts again, and falling into regret (i.e. wishing that they hadn't happened in the first place). Personally, I sensed he was gett...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

A striking example can be found in the comments to my notorious post “ Let This Be a Lesson ” on the old blog. Even though I had freely acknowledged that I had learned my lesson and had no intention of repeating the experiment (which involved breaking a few relatively very serious rules... But I di...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

Whatever the Dukkha has arisen (Samudaya) in the past now has ceased (Nirodha). We have to make sure no more Dukkha arise right now. Agreed. What I find interesting about this point is expressed like this by Reynolds: One might argue that remorse and “repentance” may have the positive effect of dis...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 151

I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

Bhikkhu Pannobhasa (David Reynolds) normally focuses on political and historical topics these days, but here he makes some very good points about regret: One principle of Buddhist philosophy that I have really taken to heart in life is that regret, or remorse, or feelings of shame and guilt over dee...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 961
Views: 62696

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Sam Vara wrote: My advice for members wishing to post on this issue of breath meditation is to completely ignore this. I think it would be better to provide evidence rather than making statements. I'm not "making statements"; I'm offering advice. But that advice is clearly based on evidence, which ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)
Replies: 25
Views: 462

Re: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)

I can understand keeping restraint is an ascetic practice but I just don't see why wandering around is 'ascetic'? Surely, even wandering around could be done within the bounds of percepts, but still it could be an unwholesome act i.e a form of distraction, a restless mind, not wanting to be with ot...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 961
Views: 62696

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

"assa/passa" or "assāsa/passāsa" in Buddha Dhamma does not mean "breathing in/breathing out", just as viññāna does not mean just consciousness. So, please do not waste time quoting from "scholarly articles" on Ānapāna, unless you can first address the issue of viññāna. As the two terms are complete...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Contextual use of "samudaya" in the Pali suttas???
Replies: 7
Views: 183

Re: Contextual use of "samudaya" in the Pali suttas???

To provide some background here, I begin with reference to the word "uppajjati", which is found in "neutral" contexts where suffering has not arisen. For example: Mind consciousness arises dependent on the mind and thoughts. The meeting of the three is contact. Contact is a condition for what is fe...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduce Ivy
Replies: 9
Views: 164

Re: Introduce Ivy

Greetings, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?
Replies: 19
Views: 384

Re: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?

Thanks for correcting me, Sam, as I had no idea that was true. My only understanding of the time was through pop culture references such as the cliche that the British navy was all "rum, sodomy and the whip" and that the mathemetician who helped in WWII was chemically castrated for "buggery." I thi...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?
Replies: 19
Views: 384

Re: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?

There is no monastery, as far as I know, which is entirely dedicated to propagating his ideas. Monasteries are places for renunciants to train in Dhamma-Vinaya, and don't really work that way. I have known several monastics who were interested in Nanavira's ideas, though. The best place for learnin...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?
Replies: 19
Views: 384

Re: Are there any Nanoviraist monasteries?

There is no monastery, as far as I know, which is entirely dedicated to propagating his ideas. Monasteries are places for renunciants to train in Dhamma-Vinaya, and don't really work that way. I have known several monastics who were interested in Nanavira's ideas, though. The best place for learning...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 961
Views: 62696

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

People posting here are asked to refrain from personal and insulting comments. Disagreements are fine, but several ad hominem phrases and posts have already been removed. Please keep discussion within the bounds of the ToS, and avoid meta-discussion, or the thread will be locked.