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by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 17
Views: 222

Re: The Five Khandas

I think the avoidance of "components" and essences answers your point about what he is refuting at the end: it is, I think, the idea of dependent origination being used to depict rebirth over successive lives. I'm not quite sure why you think there is annihilationism involved in his position; could...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 6
Views: 33

Re: Death contemplation.

According to this monk the general understanding of death contemplation is similar to the points made by Rightview. However, this monk point out that is the wrong death contemplation which leads to the insanity of some meditators. I don't know enough about different contemplations to say whether an...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Death contemplation.
Replies: 6
Views: 33

Re: Death contemplation.

Sarath, is the point that you (and the Sri Lankan Venerable) is making about the purpose of the death contemplation? i.e. one type of contemplation is about the body after death, in order to bring about greater understanding of the body's natural course and therefore dispassion. The other type is ab...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 17
Views: 222

Re: The Five Khandas

Interesting, and I agree with the idea that the khandas are a model of experience. However I wasn't convinced by the rather weak arguments put forward in this section: “If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?” “No, Lord.” “If the cons...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 17
Views: 222

Re: The Five Khandas

I am finishing it, what do u think? i suspect annihilation view Also i am not sure what he is refuting at the end there but i think if he was attacking my position in this way his statement would not be legitimate, I thought it was an extremely interesting article, and a lot of it seemed to be a ve...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 17
Views: 222

Re: The Five Khandas

An interesting and original article by Bhikkhu Cintita about the five khanda in Buddhist teaching. https://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/am-i-my-five-kha%E1%B9%85dhas/ I am finishing it, what do u think? i suspect annihilation view I have duties to attend to at the moment, but will get ba...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Five Khandas
Replies: 17
Views: 222

The Five Khandas

An interesting and original article by Bhikkhu Cintita about the five khanda in Buddhist teaching.

https://bhikkhucintita.wordpress.com/20 ... B9%85dhas/
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 265

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Redundancy and the social consequences you mention may well occur, but I was thinking more about the changes in our ways of thinking that AI brings. Rather like the development of autonomy, individualism, ethical worth, and responsibility which preceded the Buddha. I don't see how AI would help in ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 36
Views: 392

Re: Structuring lay life

Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight? Thoughts? I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock: Male Buddhists should put their wedding ring where their mouth is and marry female Buddhists who ha...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 265

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

It's probably too early to say, but I wonder what mental changes are occuring now as a result of AI, and whether they are conducive to the spread of Buddhism, or the reverse? The spread of AI makes many people redundant, leaving them to feel expendable. In an effort to earn a living, they have to r...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 36
Views: 392

Re: Structuring lay life

SDC wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 pm
Do we short ourselves an opportunity to discover Dhamma if we settle for the five precepts instead of eight?

Thoughts?
I'd be permanently shorting myself of Mrs. Vara if I went for the eight. :shock:
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is vipassana and anapanasati?
Replies: 39
Views: 395

Re: What is vipassana and anapanasati?

There are 4 major Apatti (offence from breaking Sila) called Parajika (major offences). And 1 of the 4 is Panatipata: taking one's life. The penalty for this Apatti: incompetent of being a monk(cannot become a monk anymore). So, I don't know if this count as forbidding for you or not. That one kind...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:
Replies: 19
Views: 265

Re: Artificial intelligence produces social conditions benefiting Buddhism:

Yes, that sounds entirely plausible. As well as unemployment, there is underemployment; I wonder how many contributors to DW do so between tasks at work? The use of networked IT at work completely changes the relationship between work and non-work. As well as the time and leisure factor, some histor...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 82
Views: 3574

Re: Fake News

lyndon taylor wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:05 pm
There's nothing shadier than trying to use Buddhism to justify right wing political views IMHO
Are left-wing or centrist views OK, though? Are they equally or less shady? I only ask...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

BV (but also Kant, Schopenhauer etc) instead are arguing that the "self" cannot be an object of experience because it is the subject of experience. In the same way you do not see in the eye in the visual field. Therefore the argument of "unfindability" against this position is incorrect because it ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Self-awareness, thinking about self, having thoughts about self, are objects of consciousness. This is a theory of mind or a theory of selfhood (and we get such theories from other people). What one thinks "self-awareness" is is informed by particular theories that one hears or reads about. One's t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Imagine if you were to really dedicate yourself to "living in the present moment", always tuning into your current situation as it is (I'm using "situation" the way Ven. NN does). This means that all your standards would be recalibrated as you go. So, for example, what was "a lot (of effort, time)"...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Of course, and I'm saying that the unity of this "us" is a conditioned construct. Other people assume we are such a unity, and they project this onto us from early on, and we then think of ourselves as such a unity (because of such projection?). Well, it's obviously conditioned by whatever is prese...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

My point is that one's perception of the unity of something, of something being one entity is culturally conditioned, and not a given. The point is not so much about the unity of something which is presented to us, but the unity of the "us" to which those things are presented. It also seems to me t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 140
Views: 2210

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi aflatun, Yes, I'm wary, but only if the perception and consciousness, etc. are actually the Buddha's khanda s. There may be no reason why sanna, vinnana, etc. should not arise independently, but... I'm not sure what you were getting at here Sam, could you explain? Yes, sorry, it was poorly expres...