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by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 27
Views: 199

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: 27
Views: 199

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: 27
Views: 199

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: 27
Views: 199

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: 27
Views: 199

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: 27
Views: 199

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: 188

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: 1453

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: 165
Views: 1939

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: 1453

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: 766

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: 109

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: 165
Views: 1939

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: 165
Views: 1939

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: 165
Views: 1939

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...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1453

Re: Mind lives on after death?

pegembara wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:31 am
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?
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

It's possible, of course, but there are many accounts in the suttas of parents loving their children and grieving deeply over their loss. One can grieve the loss of one's child for a number of reasons. "Parental love" seems to be a concept that has culturally specific meanings. Possibly, but giving...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 766

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

I'm not sure what you mean here; whether the "conceiving" here is by the being that is subject to rebirth; or by us, as onlookers and speculators who conceive what a being must have in order for it to be reborn. The three possibilities you give seem to refer to the former. But if so, there is no re...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

But you do raise an interesting point as to why duties to one's parents are more important or more often cited. My guess is that it reflects cultural differences, and the need to reinforce ties to clan and family; whereas love for one's children might have been taken for granted as natural or inevi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 147

Re: Children and parents

Hello all, In Buddhist teaching, it's said that if children do unwholesome deeds to their parents, the children are sowing great bad kamma. Children are encouraged not to do unwholesome deeds to their parents. What if the parents who do the unwholesome deeds to their children, will they reap bad ka...