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by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

There is a big difference in being outnumbered and outgunned. Indeed. The former is merely quantitative, and the latter qualitative. You would need arguments better than those advanced by other people, including J S Mill. are you refering to some particular position of mine where i am in opposition...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

"slander" verb make false and damaging statements about (someone). synonyms: defame (someone's character), blacken someone's name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint _______________________...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

There is a big difference in being outnumbered and outgunned. Indeed. The former is merely quantitative, and the latter qualitative. You would need arguments better than those advanced by other people, including J S Mill. Can you give some examples apart from claiming Buddhahood? Anything that viol...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

"Monks, these two slander the Tathagata. Which two? He who explains what was not said or spoken by the Tathagata as said or spoken by the Tathagata. And he who explains what was said or spoken by the Tathagata as not said or spoken by the Tathagata. These are two who slander the Tathagata." https:/...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

What i said about the strategy of non-involvement was in regards to non-involvement in matters of Slander of the Tathagata and Heresy, not in regards to moderation in general. I think it was wrong to say that there is a strategy on non-involvement, the correct statement would be that there is no st...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

"slander" verb make false and damaging statements about (someone). synonyms: defame (someone's character), blacken someone's name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint _______________________...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

It might be helpful to have a pinned post edited by a group (moderators/admins/top-contributors?) which would describe the orthodox Theravada view regarding a bunch of points: kamma, rebirth, vegetarianism, etc. An FAQ of sorts. Just to clarify what the orthodox view is, so personal opinions can cl...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

Justsit wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:01 pm
AFAIK, there is no requirement to actually be a "Buddhist" in order to post on any of the DW sites. Is it reasonable to expect orthodoxy from non-Buddhists, or even non-Theravadan Buddhists, on a public forum dedicated to discussion?
:goodpost: :thumbsup:
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 11
Views: 95

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world out there that is real". You may be right, and science is just one of those myths. But the point is that different myths are incompatible in terms of what they say is existent. The Bu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

As I said earlier, it's ironic that you should display your own failures of reasoning in presenting your case. can you point it out? Just keep saying there is a failure of reasoning but it does not make it true and i would appreciate if you actually point it out. Sure. I said that a policy which pr...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 11
Views: 95

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Are you saying you don't believe the Buddha spoke of this in a literal sense? Why would he teach a myth? Why would he not teach a myth? Did he say that he would only stick to science? Pretty much our entire experience is a myth....the myth of the self....the myth of others....the myth of the "world...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 11
Views: 95

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

salayatananirodha wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:18 am
Are you saying you don't believe the Buddha spoke of this in a literal sense? Why would he teach a myth?
Why would he not teach a myth? Did he say that he would only stick to science?
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 11
Views: 95

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

I'm curious how modern science compares to the suttas. Take a look at DN 27:... Is scientific theory supported or rejected by this sutta? Personally, I don't think there is much comparison at all, and the reason for this is that the sutta and modern scientific theories were created for different pu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whole of the holy life
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Whole of the holy life

salayatananirodha wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:15 am
Is a warm-hearted friend not a kalyana mitta? I haven't looked at the pāli.
The term in DN 31 is mitto suhado, both terms of which mean "friend", so the meaning seems to be something like good or worthy friend.

Good find!
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 53
Views: 505

Re: Slandering buddha

the issue here is what is or is not Buddha Vacana, and what is or isn't what the Buddha himself taught. This is what I say we should be clear and a lot more stringent about primarily because people look to this board for what is actually practice and doctrine. In addition to what Mike said, I would...