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by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I suggest you to watch it !
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: I suggest you to watch it !

A good video. That person knows their Dukkha, scores highly on Samudaya, is quite weak on Nirodha, and fails on Magga.
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Subsection for sutta and concept explanation

Hi No_Mind One idea would be to make it a "one shot" thread, where each contributor gives their interpretation or answer once, and then has to remain silent. That would focus the mind to frame the best possible answer as one sees it, and would also prevent arguments along the lines of "How can you b...
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 105
Views: 1399

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi Sam Vara, The problem of seeing anatta as only a criticism to "a-seity" (the "eternal and indestructible" self) is that Buddha rejected annihilationism which posits that there is a destructible self. Therefore the "unity" cannot be thought as a separate and imperament "thing" in Buddhism. To not...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 205

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

Thank you for the link. Since I live far up North in the arctic, going to classes is a bit tricky for me. That online class might be a good option for me. From Oct 9 to june! wow, that's quite a long class. Did anybody tried this online class and could give some feedback? Thanks! There is a monk ca...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 200

Re: why the reluctance??!

Go forth, o bhikkhus, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, for the good, for the happiness of gods and men. Let not two go by one way. Preach the doctrine that is beautiful in its beginning, beautiful in its middle, and beautiful...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: why the reluctance??!
Replies: 27
Views: 200

Re: why the reluctance??!

ghatikara literally dragged the bodhisatta by his hair to see kassapa buddha. who could say they have this much compassion. Very few of us. Those of us still with hatred should be worried that if we acted in ways that people find offensive and pushy, then we might be acting from that hatred rather ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 465
Views: 15637

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

If a person feels threatened and unsafe for, say, being called a fag, or even called by a pronoun that isn’t preferred, then that person is rather dysfunctional (as is a religious person who feels threatened and unsafe by hearing evolution taught in a school or seeing two gay men kissing), and shou...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 105
Views: 1399

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Hi again aflatun. Apologies for the long delay. The Bradley stuff remains beyond my ken for the moment (I think one actually needs to read it, or at least be more familiar with Nanavira...) But my thoughts on the Vallicella-related topic are, for the moment, thus: I actually think that I'm OK with s...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: giving alms to monk that has committed pārājika
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: giving alms to monk that has committed pārājika

My understanding is that as soon as a monk commits one of the 4 parajika offences, then he automatically ceases at that point to become a monk. Giving alms to such a person might be wholesome, but if the above is correct, then it is not wholesome in the same way that giving alms to a monk is wholeso...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 17
Views: 185

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Ive been reminded by a few Mahayana layfolk to treat the dhamma with respect and as such only leave Buddhist text in clean places. I don't leave Buddhist texts in the bathroom, but have been know to take them there. ;) Surely you are not, erm, disposing of them there, Dinsdale? Please tell us you a...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 205

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

https://www.samatha.org/ I have a couple of friends who are involved in Samatha Trust, good people. I didn't get on with their breath mediation technique though, it involves a deliberate manipulation of breath length. Yes, different people like different things, and the manipulation of breath lengt...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How to protect a country without building up a military?
Replies: 17
Views: 165

Re: How to protect a country without building up a military?

There are many forms of protection, and not just against external military aggression. One important way to protect a country is to ensure that its young people grow up strong, honest, and brave, and compassionate. This is a big problem with some Western countries at the moment, and without it, the ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 17
Views: 185

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

Friends of mine said that Tibetan Buddhists they once practiced with (at Bodh Gaya) were meticulous about not putting the sheet of paper with the text for chanting on the floor, and were mildly shocked when our friends did it. Our local monastery doesn't worry about treating texts etc. with particul...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks ever eat what they want?
Replies: 18
Views: 180

Re: Can monks ever eat what they want?

Goofaholix wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:45 am
Monks can only eat what they want if what they want is offered.
I'm reminded of the Lewis Carroll quote from Alice in Wonderland:
“You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like’!”
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Some Discourses Translated by Bhikkhu Pesala

Many thanks, Bhante. Much appreciated. (The "Great Vegetarian Debate" should now be able to sit up in bed and take a little beef broth... )
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha Meditation instructions
Replies: 20
Views: 205

Re: Samatha Meditation instructions

It is and it isnt, it also has Kaya-Sati (Mindfulness of the Body, Postures&Activities), Vedana-Sati (Mindfulness of Physical and Mental Sensations), Citta-Sati (Mindfulness of Mind and Emotional States) it also has one focus on Dhamma-Sati (Mindfulness of Teachings and reflection). Yes, you are pe...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

I am not going to confuse Five Niyamas of Buddhism with Five Niyamas of Hinduism because I am reading (on a forum or blog) and not discussing verbally .. but a verbal discussion about Five Niyamas could confuse one who knows both. So could samadhi . Dhyana/Jhana has different pronunciation so I gue...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why Do Buddhism Sections in Libraries / Bookstores Omit the Suttas?
Replies: 7
Views: 137

Re: Why Do Buddhism Sections in Libraries / Bookstores Omit the Suttas?

Good question. First of all, though, I'm surprised that in your local library there were 15 shelves of books on Buddhism; you're fortunate to live in a literate country where such things are considered worth putting in a library. My guess as to why there are relatively few actual suttas in libraries...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

I think the main difference in Buddhism is that it is the only religion teach not self-nature of existence. I think that's certainly how the Buddha himself saw it when talking to his contemporaries: Though certain recluses and brahmans claim to propound the full understanding of all kinds of clingi...
by Sam Vara
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides
Replies: 19
Views: 175

Re: Convincing my family to stop selling insecticides, pesticides

force isn't really always bad. but i don't agree that you are presented with that dilemma. repeating something over and over is more than the sum of its parts. merit making isn't futile i'm curious what references to the texts might support the arguments being made If you try using force to resolve...