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by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: respecting sangha

The concept of authority (i.e. the legitimate or socially-approved use of power) might also be useful here. "Does the Sangha, or do monks in particular, have the right to control or alter our behaviour, at least more than other people do?" The German sociologist Max Weber came up with a typology whi...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:

Many thanks, Paul. I think that's very fine and clear writing from Bhikkhu Bodhi.
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Buddhism in the West: How to lose friends and alienate people Become that nice enough weirdo that people at first believe to be a harmless, naive moron. Utter a few Pali words, don't swat mosquitoes, don't gossip, and if the cashier makes a mistake and gives you back too much change, return it: and...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

Agreed. But the things you mention happen owing to various laws of this world - gravity, atrophy, etc. Rebirth, otoh, is not limited to these laws or rules, so I am wondering if a simple desire not to come back would suffice. Good point. But the Buddha said that a particular type of rebirth is not ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Me and you came from different background. I live in a Muslim country, and this kind of behavior is not understood except among Sufists. Indeed. It's all relative, isn't it? Buddhism can look distinctly odd and counter-cultural in countries where people don't know about it. But so can any religion....
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Buddhism's focus on suffering makes it attractive to troubled people. While you can argue that all humanity is troubled, but to various degrees. Buddhism also challenges the common sense perspective of the world causing problems in the process in terms of relationship between the individual and soc...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Would it be possible to have a 10 pages dhamma lessons for beginner starting from introductory of 3 Gems, Refuge and 37 factors etc etc to Liberation ?! A simplified concise map. Sure, there are several on the market already, and on-line. And lots of organisations run introductory courses with hand...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

To live the teaching is most difficult and challenges always stop one from following the path . Agreed, but it is still the most important factor, I think. If we can't live the teaching then we look like hypocrites and nobody will be interested; and if it is impossible to live it, then there is no ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:01 pm
individuals around who can interpret the dhamma in line with modern needs and sensibilities, without losing the essence of the teaching.
How about this?
Yes, that guy is certainly Ajahn material. :smile:
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 490

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Yes, I think dhamma marketing or propagation is very important and helps with one's own practice. Sites like this are an important resource, and there are some extremely talented individuals around who can interpret the dhamma in line with modern needs and sensibilities, without losing the essence o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 204

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

I'm wondering if, rather than writing off sensual happiness as irredeemably impermanent and stressful and focusing only on the breath, could it be worked with through human effort toward skillful thoughts, words and actions that shape a better and better sensual reality until ultimately there is no...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1483

Re: Mind lives on after death?

How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the impersonal citta? Where is it? Or, by "pointing", do you mean "referring", as in "How can it be self if one can refer to it?" 3) If so, is a self something that one cannot refer to? A...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 216
Views: 2786

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Yes, I agree. For practical purposes, though, I tend to see them as interchangeable and potentially as applying to all links. "Eliminate X if you can, because it is either currently supporting Y, or a Y will be along in a moment...". Idappaccayata seems to be a poetic summary of the fact that if so...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1483

Re: Mind lives on after death?

The impersonal citta is not part of the 5 aggregates which are to be regarded as not self and thus gain freedom. Does that mean that it is OK to regard the impersonal citta as self? How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the i...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 778

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

No, I mean that it would be possible for a being that did not conceive of itself (an animal, for example) to be reborn. I don't know whether animals conceive of themselves, so the point is moot. (Although my intuition is to think that they do conceive of themselves.) My point is that animals might ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 124

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

Greetings , As it seems , brahma vihara practice is not directly associated with Buddha's dependent origination teaching or the core teaching. But , why it's important to practise it ? Does the practice of it brings one closer to liberation ? :namaste: It may not be explicitly linked with dependent...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 216
Views: 2786

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

I suggested ignorance and suffering as an example of the first mode, ie while ignorance is present, then suffering is present. I suggested feeling and craving as an example of the second mode, ie when feeling arises, then craving arises. Though craving and clinging might be an example of the first ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 216
Views: 2786

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

The principle is simply one thing being dependent upon another. The principle is described as operating in two different modes, one contemporaneous, the other sequential. Simply put, while and when. While there are no clouds, you can see the sun in the sky ( 1st mode ). When clouds arise, you can't...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 216
Views: 2786

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

the simultaneity of it is in the actual text, i don't know how it could be more clear "when this is, this is" "when this isn't, this isn't" this does not become false or invalid in the 2nd & 4th lines, it is the same principle applied to arising/ceasing, coming/going, as opposed to existence/nonexi...