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by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: From Ven. Ayya Suddhama
Replies: 1
Views: 3

Re: From Ven. Ayya Suddhama

Many thanks, Mr. Man - that's an excellent little article.
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Aus
Replies: 7
Views: 76

Re: Hi from Aus

Hi Mr. Koala, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel ! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 736
Views: 48405

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Moderator note: Please could members be mindful of the following bit in the ToS: Personal attacks, including the vilification of individuals based on any attributes - whether related to their personal attributes (e.g. gender, nationality, sexuality, race, age) or their approach to the Dhamma (e.g. t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like / Dislike, Thumbs up / Thumbs down etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 13870

Re: Like/dislike

rightviewftw wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:36 am

i think the existence of the various degrees of knowledge is well established and it would be foolish to argue against it.
Indeed. I haven't seen anyone arguing against it, have you?
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like / Dislike, Thumbs up / Thumbs down etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 13870

Re: Like/dislike

I don't think i have to answer this question and i think you pretty much know the answer. It is also irrelevant because It is not a matter of where one places oneself, it is a matter of where one actually is. A puthujjana might think Ariyans have wrong view and place himself higher than them but as...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Like / Dislike, Thumbs up / Thumbs down etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 13870

Re: Like/dislike

For me it is of little importance but i realize that the bottom tier of the learned contingent can be persuasive and appear impressive to new people whilst being prone to follow ideas which are rejected by the top tier of learned contingent. Like Devadatta was able to impress and persuade the Princ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?
Replies: 20
Views: 317

Re: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?

I think that this is a valid question, but one that is extremely difficult to answer. The answer is dependent upon what one defines as an "interest in Dhamma"; the tools that someone might use in order to investigate it; and whether or not one hears of the conclusions. For example, there has been a ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2019

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

When two sides hold opposite views, both sides cannot be correct at the same time. So if you are not sure about who is correct, it is best that you listen to both sides and investigate. It is best to leave the problem to be tackled by those who can. Exactly. That's why the Waharaka thread does not ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2019

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

When two sides hold opposite views, both sides cannot be correct at the same time. So if you are not sure about who is correct, it is best that you listen to both sides and investigate. It is best to leave the problem to be tackled by those who can. Exactly. That's why the Waharaka thread does not ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 37
Views: 467

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

Sure, but the "how to" seems to require an observer, an awareness that is detached from the various activities and arisings. Also you could extend the OP question to ask "who or what is practising Right Effort, Right Intention, and so on". No, that's a metaphysical position derived from a simple se...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2019

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

By comparing what Lord Buddha had said with what others say. The issue with Waharaka is that people are making different claims about what the Lord Buddha actually said, and what he meant when he said it. Unfortunately, there is no way of checking with the Buddha so as to verify such claims. That s...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 37
Views: 467

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

The short and simple answer is the correct one here: "The monk", or the person who is doing this particular practice at the time. It is, I think, a "how to" instruction in everyday language rather than a metaphysical statement about selfhood or whatever. Sure, but the "how to" seems to require an o...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2019

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

And how do we know who knows what the true Dhamma is? By comparing what Lord Buddha had said with what others say. The issue with Waharaka is that people are making different claims about what the Lord Buddha actually said, and what he meant when he said it. Unfortunately, there is no way of checki...
by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2019

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

Trekmentor wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:51 am
DNS wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:29 pm
If we start censoring what is true Dhamma and what is not, who decides?
Those who know what true Dhamma is.
And how do we know who knows what the true Dhamma is?
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 37
Views: 467

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

This is no different than Advaita Vedanta, which is exactly what Nisargadatta Maharaj teaches in the book "I am that". This is not what the Buddha taught or what the Buddha arises for. This is what the Upanishads teach. Yes, it might well be, depending on our interpretations of both. But I'm not ev...