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by santa100
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?
Replies: 27
Views: 4024

Re: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?

The Theravada school cannot satisfy 37 principles, since last Arahants (before the 15th century ad) were already Arahants with "bare insight" - Arahants without jhanas. Of the 37 principles, samadhi (jhanas) falls out. Actually, even with the "bare insight", or dry-insight pathway, there's still sa...
by santa100
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do people like Dancing?
Replies: 33
Views: 424

Re: Why do people like Dancing?

Why do people like Dancing instead of meditaion? It's simple math count and a little physics concept called entropy. Low-entropy state is much more rare, more difficult to create and to maintain, while high-entropy ones are a lot more numerous and readily available. See Prof. Brian Cox's excellent ...
by santa100
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

I have this idea what Christian hell looks like, but are there pictures, or descriptions of Buddhist hell, that are reliable, from Buddha, or good sources . . They're both similar in the sense that hell is a concrete realm of existence just like the animal or the human realms. And the Buddha quite ...
by santa100
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Incest.
Replies: 7
Views: 273

Re: Incest.

Is incest between consenting adults breaking any precept? Assuming both are not married or divorced. We shouldn't treat the Precepts as info. database that spoon-feeds us with exhaustive list of infos. Sometimes a little common sense is all that's needed. In this case, incest wasn't even mentioned ...
by santa100
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neutering animals.
Replies: 15
Views: 240

Re: Neutering animals.

My good friend is an animal lover. Is there bad Karma when animal lovers neuter the animals? A few links I'd recommend you check them out before answering the question. Regarding your friend as an animal lover, so s/he'd think, but it might not be the case once you've read this thread . About the p...
by santa100
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dear to your Self
Replies: 31
Views: 301

Re: Dear to your Self

I wonder how others interpret this use of the word “Self” against the standard teachings of “not-self”? A regular worlding's theoretical understanding about the standard teaching of not-self won't make his self-identity disappear. One can't just talk the talk but not walk the walk. This includes th...
by santa100
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 116
Views: 1862

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Are Therevadins the true heretics? First thing first, care to provide the exact sutta quotes and/or backup literatures to the highlighted parts below? From reading about Buddhism it seems like all Buddhism explains that the Buddha taught all is imaginary or mind or consciousness , extremely similar...
by santa100
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Locating Buddhist quotes & passages

#1 Buddha discussing doing things in the right sequence gives an analogy: Without having erected the lower portion or foundation of the house, would it be proper to construct the upper story of the building? The importance of constructing a solid foundation. Just as if someone were to say, 'Without...
by santa100
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is stilling physical processes ?
Replies: 20
Views: 477

Re: What is stilling physical processes ?

What does it mean stilling of physical processes ? Ven. Bodhi's version: Breathing in long, he understands: ‘I breathe in long’; or breathing out long, he understands: ‘I breathe out long.’ Breathing in short, he understands: ‘I breathe in short’; or breathing out short, he understands: ‘I breathe ...
by santa100
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The cause of suffering
Replies: 12
Views: 249

Re: The cause of suffering

Aversion or desire? Or is all aversion grounded on desire? If you think about it, aversion to something is really just another way of saying you're desiring for the opposite of that something. Your aversion to physical pain is really just a manifestation of your desire for non-physical-pain, or its...
by santa100
Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Difference of vinaya and secular law
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Difference of vinaya and secular law

They're similar because by following the Buddhist code, not only one will become a better Buddhist but also a better law abiding citizen, and a more responsible earth citizen. However, there's a subtle difference where there're cases when one broke the law of the land and still able to get away with...
by santa100
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 809

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

Easier said than done. Maybe for Maha Mogallana, Arahant, it was easy. Arahant or not, is irrelevant and completely misses the point. Was his midfulness entirely forgotten? Was he no longer able to know what fire, gold, excrement, and sandalwood are? if no, then a being, arahant or not, is still in...
by santa100
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1330

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Nothing can be observed in real time. We observe everything after the event. For example, you observe anger AFTER it has occurred, which is why there is regret. You observe the thought AFTER it's occurred, which is why there's frustration is not being able to control it. So point is: we never obser...
by santa100
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 809

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

I don't think that is quite true according to the Commentaries. Ok, assume that it's true, notice the full paragraph still places the responsibility squarely on the human, unless s/he completely lost their mind. From this key point, as long as one's still conscious, s/he's still in control, hence, ...
by santa100
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 809

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

Finally, what would be the point of possessing human beings? I understand we have to work out our karma but why would the law of karma allow us as demons to do evil to others? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of working out our karma? There's no defeating the purpose of Kamma because no being, demo...