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by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 272

Re: Where is the Buddha?

Yes. not necessarily that thread but other anatta threads that bring it up too. Ironically, the most common insult is that dhammakaya interprets anatta wrong and are thus heretics. Yet this same religious intolerance isn't applied to thanissaro bhikkhu who is supposedly wrong on the EXACT. SAME. CO...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?
Replies: 13
Views: 153

Re: It is better to stick with people who disagree with you?

Off-topic and pointlessly ad hominem posts have been removed.
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1452

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Am I a Skeptical Buddhist? If so why? Who decides who is Skeptical and who is Devout (capitalization of adjectives to conform to OP's style). Is a member who follows all precepts strictly but abuses and curses others on the forum and indulges in sutta throwing at drop of a hat (sutta throwing is th...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay people interaction with monks
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Lay people interaction with monks

It depends on the particular monastery and the occasion, but I don't think it is offensive or disrespectful to omit bowing. Monastics generally appreciate being shown respect, but also understand that Westerners in particular take some time to understand customs from other countries. Bow if you feel...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 138
Views: 1560

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

It does seem to be a categorical expression for all people. I could understand people not agreeing with or believing this. But, when you see someone who is living without stress and describing the way they function, over time you begin to work through all the objections one has to someone saying th...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts
Replies: 138
Views: 1560

Re: Krishnamurty-inspired off-topic posts

U.G. said many times that all it takes is a fraction of a second of the break of this continuity and the whole thing collapses, the end of the dream of existence. However, the caveat he states is that no activity of this world-mind or thought structure can ever bring this about. No amount of energy...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?

Well, there's this: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=32178&p=478916&hilit=bhikkhu+bodhi+guide+anguttara+nikaya#p478916 for the Anguttara Nikaya, and the other complete Nikayas have a list of contents and an index, of course. Could you say how you want to use it? I'm trying to figure out...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

...The Buddha often does this trick of using an established term and then redefining the meaning. I think this is related to the recent humor topic -- speaking to a Brahmin and redefining "Brahmin" in a way that "pokes fun" at their sense of privilege. Yes, Richard Gombrich picks this up all the ti...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

This reminds me of something that is in the suttas: the Buddha's teaching strategy of redefining a Brahmin from a matter of birth to a matter of behavior -- just substituting "human" for "Brahmin." :) Yes, like this example: Whoever does no wrong in body, speech, heart, is restrained in these three...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Buddhas never joke?
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Why do Buddhas never joke?

Humor - a purely situational case, i.e. which strongly depends on the place, time and circumstances. Therefore it is quite possible people laughed over some of Buddha's utterances in the times of the Buddha Shakyamuni. I suspect that written sources with samples of humor (any, not only Buddhist) of...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 428

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

Dinsdale wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:51 pm
SarathW wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:55 pm
Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
I don't see why not, since the 3 marks can be observed in the present moment.
The present moment with a past and future, presumably, in that impermanence can only be known over time...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 428

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

I don't really understand what you are saying. If you don't have knowledge of them being true or a clear understanding of them, why would you accept them or even tinker with them? To me, this is like going to school and learning things like the world is round. The world is round seems to be a fact ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

It turns out that their calmness during their extraction from the cave was due more to medication than meditation. I like to think of this as due to Wisdom factors on the part of those leading the rescue.
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 428

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

I would find it easier to accept that label I don't think it is the right label. Perhaps I would call him/her a socially responsible Nhilist. If a person does not accept Dependent Origination, Noble Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths, s/he is not a Buddhist. Are you a Buddhist? https://dhammawhee...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?
Replies: 43
Views: 428

Re: Can we teach Anicca, Dukkha , Anatta without the teaching of rebirth and Kamma?

to prioritise faith above evidence. evidence comes via faith faith is what progress depends on (see the five faculties) If that's so, then faith is what secular Buddhists lack. People often claim to have faith, though, and we rarely see claims of people having evidence of kamma coming to fruition i...