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by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 29
Views: 397

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: 23

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: 8
Views: 140

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: 19
Views: 253

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: 12
Views: 109

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: 159
Views: 2331

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: 29
Views: 397

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: 112

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: 128

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...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?
Replies: 60
Views: 9498

Re: is the 5th precept seen as "optional" by some?

I recently heard at a dhamma talk, where Thanissaro Bhikkhu gave advice to someone who was looking for a way to explain to people their refusal to drink. He suggested to say, "my doctor told me not to drink". This is not a lie-- the Buddha is referred to as the great physician diagnosing and treati...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 15
Views: 130

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

The bottom line for any evaluation as to whether something is dhamma or not is based on lessening of defilements and progress on the path. Ajahn Geoff teaches very in depth courses on this very subject--about identifying true dhamma based on the suttas, not his pontifications. Yes, that's the theor...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 15
Views: 130

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

I am assuming here that the "eight attainments" in this context refers to the standard jhanas, rupa - and arupa . As I was reading it, I was assuming 2 x 4 (where 2 = path and fruition, and 4 = stream entry, etc.). But this assumption was not based on any research into the particulars of the discus...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 15
Views: 130

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

I thought that there were alternative lists of "things worthy of respect and deference", but haven't got very far with it on Sutta Central. It seems that the essential difference here is that one form is "lack of mutual respect and deference", and the other is "lack of reverence and deference toward...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 128

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

Gombrich is my favourite writer on this issue. He talks in terms of processes, and says that a lot of our (modern, Western) confusion over what the Buddha taught stems from the fact that he had no word which exactly corresponds to our word "process", and was therefore inclined or compelled to descr...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 128

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). This...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.
Replies: 15
Views: 130

Re: SN 16.13 Saddhamma­patirūpaka Sutta. The Counterfeit of the True Dhamma.

mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:08 am

Doesn't the current sutta include samadhi?
Yes, sorry, that's what I meant. The current sutta in question includes samadhi, whereas the other lists of things worthy of respect do not. I'm wondering why that is.
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 29
Views: 397

Re: Trump - One Year

.... :rofl: That's excellent! That is funny.......but......does it give a fair depiction of how the media has handled the question of trumps sanity?......or does it unfairly depict the media and add fuel to trumps ploy to trust no one but him? I haven't seen any media news on trumps sanity which so...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 434
Views: 13842

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Julian Assange says Google and Facebook have become an 'existential threat to humanity' The chief of the whistleblowing platform, who describes himself as a "geopolitical analyst" on his Twitter profile, believes the tech giants have evolved into powerful "digital superstates". "While th...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 29
Views: 397

Re: Trump - One Year

robertk wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:48 pm
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:rofl: That's excellent!