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by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 132
Views: 3849

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Meanwhile, every newspaper publisher in Europe, the US and Australia has been struggling financially since a lot of news and most advertising went online - since around ten years ago at least. That has led Murdoch to repeatedly slash editorial (aka reporting) staff and fill up the empty space betwe...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 132
Views: 3849

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/au is the best of the "newspapers" IMO. the Guardian is a leftist British newspaper, not an Auss one? It has, I believe, Australian and US versions as well as UK. Its marketing strategy is segmentation, targetting countries where there are sizeable left-libe...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Autistic Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: The Autistic Buddha

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:29 am
why were you hoping for a claim the buddha owed his enlightenment to autism
I wasn't really hoping for it - it's just that it would have made for a more sensational and controversial thread!
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Autistic Buddha
Replies: 4
Views: 94

The Autistic Buddha

Here is an interview with the author of a book called "The Autistic Buddha". I hadn't heard of it before. http://quillette.com/2018/01/22/autistic-buddha-interview/ It's basically an autobiographical account of a young man with Autism coming to terms with his condition, and, although not as interest...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

There are 2 problems with the postmodern pro-guru argument: 1) The authenticity of EBTs is not contested by any scholars working in the area, be them buddhist or secular. There are a countless scientific methods that we can use to know things about the authenticity of the ETB. Evidence for it is so...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

dylanj wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:52 pm

:goodpost: I was going to link this in response too
Had you seen my response to Circle5 in time, you could have saved yourself the bother.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

With respect, there is no such thing as "individual interpretation", or "individual understanding". Unless you have a time-travel machine and perfect conversational Pali, you are standing on the shoulders of giants. Why is there no chance for a sutta to be "wrong" in the sense of not accurately ref...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

To those who think we cannot rely on individual interpretation: If we cannot trust our understanding of the suttas, the actual word of the Buddha himself, how can we trust our understanding of a teacher explaining from those suttas, let alone the teacher themself? This seems to be a self-defeating ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

To those who think we cannot rely on individual interpretation: If we cannot trust our understanding of the suttas, the actual word of the Buddha himself, how can we trust our understanding of a teacher explaining from those suttas, let alone the teacher themself? This seems to be a self-defeating ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Trump - One Year

A strongly partisan but well-argued account of Trump's achievements: http://www.libertylawsite.org/liberty-forum/trump-the-great-de-mythologizer/ Some interesting points there. I find the final (as of now) comment telling (poster is a "traditional" Republican): "January 22, 2018 at 12:42 pm Sadly s...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

I suggest to those that thing the Buddha was a terrible teacher to at least give him a chance. You might find out he was an excelent teacher, explaining things much better than your current favorite bhikkhu. In my opinion, he is unsurpassed in explaining things, he is so clear that even a bronze ag...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Trump - One Year

A strongly partisan but well-argued account of Trump's achievements:

http://www.libertylawsite.org/liberty-f ... hologizer/
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Intro to Meditation Class
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Re: Intro to Meditation Class

At the meditation centre I practice at, the general format for the weekly "Introduction to Meditation" session is 20min of sitting meditation followed by 10min of walking meditation, followed by 20min of sitting meditation. We then do so some chanting and dhamma discussion. At least one of the olde...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Combatting Guruism
Replies: 60
Views: 595

Re: Combatting Guruism

scriptural study should be the starting point, & the exegesis of teachers, whether through a personal relationship or their writings, should come only when one can see the regularity of the Dhamma & the flawless conformity of a teacher to it; & even then, only for the purpose of 'connecting the dot...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 24
Views: 339

Re: Why are you in this forum?

The results so far are very close to the result of SC. I surprised why so few want to attain Nibbana. https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/why-are-you-in-this-forum/7957 To be fair, the results don't say that people don't want to attain nibbana. They say that there are more compelling reasons for b...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Question about dependent origination
Replies: 16
Views: 170

Re: Question about dependent origination

I have an intellectual grasp of dependent origination. Currently I am reading Under the Bodhi Tree by Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, which is wonderful and delves into many of the facets of dependent origination. My question however, is more philosophical. If everything arises from causes - everything i...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 165
Views: 2510

Re: Diversity among mods

Maybe debate is praised and practised during times when there is a lot of uncertainty, and then declines when the truth (or the perceived truth) is accepted by a majority of the population. It seems to me that it's the other way around: In times of certainty, people can afford to indulge in luxurie...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Trump - One Year

I agree that this image was not meant to give a fair depiction. I think it was meant to bolster the idea that the media can not be trusted and additionally I think it was meant to convince people that to think that trump's sanity should be considered is a crazy thing that crazy people do. OK. I thi...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Sleep regulation
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Sleep regulation

Cold shower, anyone? Get up! Sit up! What's your need for sleep? And what sleep is there for the afflicted, pierced by the arrow, oppressed? Get up! Sit up! Train firmly for the sake of peace, Don't let the king of death, — seeing you heedless — deceive you, bring you under his sway. https://www.acc...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 130

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

Fry raises an interesting and somewhat topical idea, but fails to see the contradiction in what he has said. He is not a "thing" (as instantiated by the things which are actors or writers) but goes on to say that he is a person (which is every bit as much of a thing as an actor or a writer is). Thi...