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by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Some Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Some Questions

Ok thanks all for the information. I've two more questions I was hoping someone might reply to. 1. Is it best to meditate eyes open or closed? I go with eyes open but was wondering. 2. How would you sum up the reason for why we practice meditation? What are the benefits both naturally (relaxation, ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Historic handshake between Koreas
Replies: 18
Views: 445

Re: Historic handshake between Koreas

... Yes, you may well be right in all you say. But to me, Trump remains an enigma, and the whole "show" seems to be more about the media's unhappiness with reporting realpolitik ; the BBC in particular can't grasp that peace might sometimes require tough action, and unlike other news outlets seems ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lay movements in Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Lay movements in Buddhism

Vipassana is popular to a small extent in India but that popularity is probably not directly related to Buddhism. It is because Hindu versions of meditation are quite impossible to learn since gurus will not teach it unless someone really commits to it fully. Hence vipassana is acting as an aid to ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lay movements in Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Lay movements in Buddhism

It's difficult to make a generalisation, but my limited experience among Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhists in the West is that they range from complete indifference to mild approval. It's worth noting that the Goenka-style Vipassana retreats do well in India and elsewhere in the East; and that Triratana...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Historic handshake between Koreas
Replies: 18
Views: 445

Re: Historic handshake between Koreas

... Yes, you may well be right in all you say. But to me, Trump remains an enigma, and the whole "show" seems to be more about the media's unhappiness with reporting realpolitik ; the BBC in particular can't grasp that peace might sometimes require tough action, and unlike other news outlets seems ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Historic handshake between Koreas
Replies: 18
Views: 445

Re: Historic handshake between Koreas

It seems that the US administration decided to further subdue North Korea through sanctions http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44242558 The letter mentions the release of the hostages to give the impression that the US gained something after all, but North Korea had to give something and ended...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What does "sensual desire" mean in the suttas?
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: What does "sensual desire" mean in the suttas?

Therefore, it seems possible from MN 64 and MN 38 that "sensual desire" is not the inherent primitive instinctual desires for food & physical comfort a little baby has. Instead it could possibly be that "sensual desire" is something experientially conditioned & habituated from experiencing various ...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"
Replies: 20
Views: 119

Re: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

There is this in the Maha-Saccaka Sutta, where the 4th Jhana (at least) is described as being free from defilements: When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, unblemished, rid of defilement , pliant, malleable, steady, & attained to imperturbability https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 24, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8069

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Kim OHara wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 2:45 am
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Yes, I used Freecycle, which is quite well known in the UK and has various branches worldwide. It's depressing, though, to consider this alongside the frenzy of buying brand new shiny stuff which completely dwarfs it. Massive cultural change is needed.
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I don't think many people here object to questioning. They might think that rudeness is inappropriate, or a habitually oppositional stance that remains unassuaged by their answers. Oh, you're getting there. (You could take a short cut and take a page from Samana Johann's book about respect and vene...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Yes, that sounds like vicikiccha to me. The point is to get rid of it, rather than thinking there is an end to it that can be obtained by indulging it on its own terms. In its proper application, the analytical mind exhausts itself. "Exhausts": as in 'comes to its end'. It might do, although that s...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 27
Views: 463

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

I've seen a number of articles about Jordan Peterson in very respectable publications of good reputation such as the New York Times. Reading these articles written by professional journalists ( whose careers depend on their reputations for getting the facts right ) my understanding of Jordan Peters...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide
Replies: 11
Views: 236

Re: Trouble with buddhism view on suicide

Hi I'm looking for some guidance, I have been attending a Buddhism group for a while now and am becoming attracted to it's teachings however I find it's view on suicide very off putting. Unfortunately my father committed suicide a number of years back which I have had major difficulties with. I'm s...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Another form would be an attachment to empty ritualistic questioning Not a month goes by that I don't encounter some potentially massive issue, or a reformulation that seems promising. Yes, that sounds like vicikiccha to me. The point is to get rid of it, rather than thinking there is an end to it ...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8069

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Bundokji wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 8:42 am
I would love to imagine Schopenhauer in heaven, but find it difficult to do so. Hell is his natural abode, i guess :tongue:
Yes, you're right! I'd send him to heaven as a punishment...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Saengnapha wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 8:21 am
It seems quite simple to me.
Simple, but not quite relevant here.
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

You would have to give me an example of this to be sure I can comprehend what you mean. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.134.than.html In any case, the amount of explanation that is needed to understand the suttas is astounding. Many are self-explanatory, and need no further ex...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 177
Views: 8069

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Yes, I absolutely agree. I very naively put what faith I have in education - especially education for women - to help solve the first problem, as education and liberation from agrarian economies does bring down the birth rate voluntarily, without need for draconian top-down solutions. And as for th...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Effort implies wanting to achieve something. This implies desire. Isn't there a sense of attachment in this? [/quote] There might be, but there doesn't have to be. OTOH, attentiveness implies nothing but attending to what is. It is not involved with desire or attachment and is not propelled by effo...
by Sam Vara
Wed May 23, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1024

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Most people that use sound logic would probably tell you that you have no way of knowing what it was like back in the Buddha's time. Most scholar's argue even about the authenticity of many suttas and treatises, not to mention the alterations that take place over thousands of years. Why believe in ...