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by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?
Replies: 16
Views: 201

Re: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?

chownah wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:47 pm
If you remember the melody of a song there seems to be no ear or sound....so what are you remembering?.....
You are remembering the melody of a song. Memory does not require there to be the original sense-organ (i.e. the ear) or the sound. It's a different sense-base.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uncertainty, kamma and Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Uncertainty, kamma and Buddhism

Hi guys, It's said that we can't even know the result of our wholesome deeds, the result of kamma is one of the imponderable. It's possible in future life we suffer from particular unfavorable condition, for example, suffer from certain illness, rebirth in the womb of evil parent, etc. We diligentl...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Letting go

Hello all, I'm not sure if this is considered Vipassana, Samatha, loving kindness or something else. The short question is, how do we practice letting go in the meditation? Letting go of, greed, hate, fear, etc. Thanks all. Here's one method. When you notice greed, or hate, or fear, etc. in your mi...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member (From Ireland)
Replies: 16
Views: 97

Re: New Member (From Ireland)

Thanks. If anyone can point me in the direction of an online sangha I'd be grateful (or have I already found one here?). It depends on what you mean by a sangha. Here on DW there are lots of people who practice regularly, and some extremely wise and good people. There are a small number of monastic...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member (From Ireland)
Replies: 16
Views: 97

Re: New Member (From Ireland)

Hello, and a warm welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?
Replies: 16
Views: 201

Re: There is no sound without ear nor ear without sound?

Dependent on ear & sounds, ear-consciousness arises. The meeting of the three is contact. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.018.than.html Unfortunately, I can't understand the video, but I would have thought that the formulation above means that there can indeed be sound without an ear...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Language patterns of puthujjana
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Language patterns of puthujjana

In everyday life the patterns of speech of the puthujjana reveal their allegiance to the cycles of samsara. Do they? The informal term “kids” for example links children with young goats, which is its secondary meaning. No, that's its etymology, which is something else altogether. The term might com...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What is the source of this story?
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: What is the source of this story?

Yes, this tale features in Sinbad: Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor Impelled by restlessness Sinbad takes to the seas again and, as usual, is shipwrecked. The naked savages amongst whom he finds himself feed his companions a herb which robs them of their reason (Burton theorises that this might be...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 910

Re: Sex before marriage

I don't think hedonism can be truthfully and easily dismissed by an unenlightened beings. If sensuality is what i want, then why one partner? my natural tendency is wanting more. Why marriage is better than prostitution for instance? at least, in prostitution, using each other is the obvious (hence...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 910

Re: Sex before marriage

I remember encountering one of your old posts in which you described a teacher in a retreat asking the group how many celibates are there, and some raised their hands, and then he asked to what extent they do it because they cannot get sex. It was something of that line. While what you raised is tr...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 910

Re: Sex before marriage

Is not sex before or after marriage based on lust? can one have sex without lust? what does marriage change? The intensity of the lust! See the "Coolidge Effect" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolidge_effect Most of my married male friends reported increased lust after marriage, not towards their o...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 910

Re: Sex before marriage

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:54 am
Is not sex before or after marriage based on lust? can one have sex without lust? what does marriage change?
The intensity of the lust! See the "Coolidge Effect"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolidge_effect
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 910

Re: Sex before marriage

Use of anti-depressants is growing very strongly & obviously linked to the so-called "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. That is why it is a precept and, imo, the most important precept for the spiritual life. I wouldn't disagree with your assessment of promiscuity for a moment, but this might need a...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 29
Views: 539

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

binocular wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:00 pm
So this is a Buddhist venue which doesn't have to operate by dhammic principles?
Nothing has to operate by dhammic principles. People can choose to operate by dhammic principles by avoiding defilements of thought and speech, and the ToS and culture of Dhamma Wheel can facilitate that.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 29
Views: 539

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

If someone wants to be hypocritical, or indeed demonstrate any unwholesome qualities, then that's up to them. I'm not here to police morality. I'm here to discuss dhamma. In terms of moderation, I'm here to help ensure that the ToS are adhered to. Then you appear to be the kind of Dhamma practition...