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by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 7
Views: 66

Re: Religion quiz

That's not a proper religion quiz - there's no questions about George Soros, the alt-right, and censoring people. :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lead us not into temptation -- not anymore?
Replies: 12
Views: 102

Re: Lead us not into temptation -- not anymore?

The Anglican Ellicott's 1897 commentary might be useful here: (13) Lead us not into temptation.—The Greek word includes the two thoughts which are represented in English by “trials,” i.e., sufferings which test or try, and “temptations,” allurements on the side of pleasure which tend to lead us into...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 41
Views: 370

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

My friend U.G. spoke about what happened to him in extensive interviews and video recordings. There came a moment when he saw clearly how he was fooling himself. The deception, he called it. His whole existence as U.G. disappeared. It was something unexpected and completely not what he had thought ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello there
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: Hello there

Greetings, catsquotl, and welcome to DW! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: General question about confession of wrong doing.
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: General question about confession of wrong doing.

Yes and no. No in the sense that the Vinaya requirement for bhikkhus to regularly and methodically confess to each other any breaches in their training rules has no equivalent for householders. But yes in the sense that there is a narrative found several times in the suttas in which certain househo...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 188

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

It is, insofar as there is no notion of "true nature" in Theravada the way there is in some Mahayana teachings. There is AN 1.49-52 , and this luminosity gets interpreted in different ways. Yes, I was talking more about the issue of ignorance, rather than its absence. It seems to play a similar rol...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 188

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

Sure, but the Path is said to be a gradual one, and that mundane right view comes first. Yes, there is also the point that the path might not appear all that appealing to one gripped by addiction. There are some problems that we need to sort out first. My teacher says that we need to alleviate some...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: General question about confession of wrong doing.
Replies: 4
Views: 67

General question about confession of wrong doing.

Elsewhere in this section, someone has posted a confession of wrong doing. I'm impressed, but didn't want to hijack his/her thread with my daft questions, so I thought I'd start another one. Did the Buddha advise lay people to make such confessions? Of course, it is a requirement for monks, and I kn...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 188

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

In Buddhism, they sometimes say that one actually has to have two parallel determinations: 1. eliminate the bad and 2. develop the good; and that doing just one or the other doesn't help. Ah, yes, I agree. I think popular psychology teaches that -- that in order to get well and do well in life, all...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 32
Views: 559

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

I think that what is far more important is having a sense of the importance of discussing a (Dhammic) topic. Because with that sense of the importance of discussing a (Dhammic) topic, everything else is settled as well. In the end, it doesn't matter how lovingly kind or friendly or respecting of ot...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits
Replies: 22
Views: 188

Re: A thought on advice about quitting addictions and bad habits

Greetings. There's a lot of threads about addiction, and people are usually advised to quit, cold turkey, go to rehab etc. And accused of making excuses if they don't do so. But I think what this kind of advice, albeit well-meaning, is missing is that in order to be able to give up an addiction (or...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi i am Eric
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: hi i am Eric

Hi Eric :hello:
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: A Two State Solution for Europe?
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: A Two State Solution for Europe?

Spiny Norman wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:14 am
I looked at the thread title and thought it was about BREXIT. :toilet:
Me too! The UK being one state, and the United States of Europe being the other!

As for an Islamic state within the UK's borders, no, it's nice to be asked, but the answer is no.
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 378
Views: 11399

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

“You fight them by writing letters and making phone calls so you don’t have to fight them with fists. You fight them with fists so you don’t have to fight them with knives. You fight them with knives so you don’t have to fight them with guns. You fight them with guns so you don’t have to fight them...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel

Welcome back! :smile:
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 41
Views: 370

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

I think you are correct; but maybe I'm not quite ready for it. I'm gravitating to Retro's suggestion regarding the Sabbasava sutta... in my defense, I actually do have a weak stomach at times, no kidding. Once, the combined smells of drunken folks' alcoholic breath, the sweat from their pores, vomi...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DeepMind AI
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: DeepMind AI

I'd be interested to see if this program could be used for linguistics. Ie. teach it the rules of grammar and give it a dictionary - then let it converse with itself for a few days! The results might well be incomprehensible. As Wittgenstein said, "If a lion could speak, we should not be able to un...
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What everyone participating in forums should understand
Replies: 32
Views: 559

Re: What everyone participating in forums should understand

JohnK wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:36 am

Yeah, being wrong and harmonious is the tough one. ;)
:rofl: Here in the UK we're used to seeing it, John: we had Tony Blair as Prime Minister.
by Sam Vara
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 41
Views: 370

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Is the Buddha suggesting another way here? That is, I could actually stay right where I am , and simply not grasp at the disagreeable aspect of the odour, just know it as it is: 'foul odour', and thus not suffer mentally over it? But, how is this done, with something as foul as body odour? let's be...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pleiades, Elves & BuddhaDharma
Replies: 17
Views: 234

Re: Pleiades, Elves & BuddhaDharma

dharmacorps wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:00 pm
How do you choose where you have been?
I think Ren's meaning is that in his prior abode, one of his skills was knowing how to choose subsequent rebirths. That's not quite as impressive, but still quite a claim.