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by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What is the source of this story?
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: What is the source of this story?

Yes, this tale features in Sinbad: Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor Impelled by restlessness Sinbad takes to the seas again and, as usual, is shipwrecked. The naked savages amongst whom he finds himself feed his companions a herb which robs them of their reason (Burton theorises that this might be...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 848

Re: Sex before marriage

I don't think hedonism can be truthfully and easily dismissed by an unenlightened beings. If sensuality is what i want, then why one partner? my natural tendency is wanting more. Why marriage is better than prostitution for instance? at least, in prostitution, using each other is the obvious (hence...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 848

Re: Sex before marriage

I remember encountering one of your old posts in which you described a teacher in a retreat asking the group how many celibates are there, and some raised their hands, and then he asked to what extent they do it because they cannot get sex. It was something of that line. While what you raised is tr...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 848

Re: Sex before marriage

Is not sex before or after marriage based on lust? can one have sex without lust? what does marriage change? The intensity of the lust! See the "Coolidge Effect" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolidge_effect Most of my married male friends reported increased lust after marriage, not towards their o...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 848

Re: Sex before marriage

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:54 am
Is not sex before or after marriage based on lust? can one have sex without lust? what does marriage change?
The intensity of the lust! See the "Coolidge Effect"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolidge_effect
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex before marriage
Replies: 46
Views: 848

Re: Sex before marriage

Use of anti-depressants is growing very strongly & obviously linked to the so-called "sexual revolution" of the 1960s. That is why it is a precept and, imo, the most important precept for the spiritual life. I wouldn't disagree with your assessment of promiscuity for a moment, but this might need a...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 24
Views: 421

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

binocular wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:00 pm
So this is a Buddhist venue which doesn't have to operate by dhammic principles?
Nothing has to operate by dhammic principles. People can choose to operate by dhammic principles by avoiding defilements of thought and speech, and the ToS and culture of Dhamma Wheel can facilitate that.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 24
Views: 421

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

If someone wants to be hypocritical, or indeed demonstrate any unwholesome qualities, then that's up to them. I'm not here to police morality. I'm here to discuss dhamma. In terms of moderation, I'm here to help ensure that the ToS are adhered to. Then you appear to be the kind of Dhamma practition...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 69
Views: 985

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Hi Sam My concern is to make sure that discussions do not develop into a rambling free-for-all. If people want to explore connections to other paths, they are very welcome to start new threads. But why are you so supportive of such degenerative views which would give Theravada Buddhist a bad name a...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 69
Views: 985

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Thank you to DooDoot for bringing this back to topic. Please could contributors ensure that it stays about Kali Yuga, and doesn't develop into a general discussion about Buddhism and other Indian systems. And keep it civil, eh? Off-topic and ad hominem posts will be removed. if were disagreeing and...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: enlightenment in theravada
Replies: 14
Views: 216

Re: enlightenment in theravada

This realization can be further defined as seeing the cessation of aggregates and knowing the unmade. Knowing the unmade I agree with, but what do you mean by "cessation of the aggregates"? Aren't the aggregates just a model of experience? Wouldn't that just mean the cessation of experience?
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 69
Views: 985

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Thank you to DooDoot for bringing this back to topic. Please could contributors ensure that it stays about Kali Yuga, and doesn't develop into a general discussion about Buddhism and other Indian systems.

And keep it civil, eh?

Off-topic and ad hominem posts will be removed.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective
Replies: 25
Views: 434

Re: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective

i do see a lot of positives Sam, but they dont need to be spoken about as they dont lead to tensions, they naturally work themselves out. I am not totally against pharmaceuticals although I dont take or have never felt the need to take as of yet and have always remained healthy I am just saying whe...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective
Replies: 25
Views: 434

Re: Boys in cave: the meditation perspective

a foreign culture trying to box another culture into its own image and ideas and terminology. Just another example of cultural and spirtual ignorance.... Same thing, same technique that happens all over the ancient world from monotheists, they do it South American Cultures, African cultures, Indian...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 24
Views: 421

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

I don't have an issue with it. Whether or not their views are hypocritical, I can still judge those views as views, rather than expressions of someone's integrity and intellectual coherence. In fact, even if I find their integrity and intellectual coherence to be lacking, I can still tolerate that....