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by santa100
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Just by living a normal life, one develops the sense of 'me'. But you have to have knowledge, which is the result of experience, in order to develop this sense of 'me' and articulate it. I don't understand the difficulty of explaining this. I'm certainly not the one who made it difficult or complic...
by santa100
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

The short answer is yes. It is impossible for anyone to do anything without knowledge. It is how we learn to function in the world and with others. You simply refer to your bodily actions as mine, not his or hers. This doesn't imply that there is an actual entity inside of the body. It is just how ...
by santa100
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Do you think the animals has any notion of self according to Buddha's teaching ? Another redundant question. With all of your recently added criteria about "self" that makes it obviously impossible for even that kid in your scenario, why bother asking about animals? By the way, my questions did not...
by santa100
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

I would say the kid without worldly education without a single word of knowledge , only able to survive instinctively like animal in the jungle . He would not have a sense of self in accordance with Buddha's teaching . Where the Buddha taught the self view means to take the five aggregates as somet...
by santa100
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

What do you mean the kid have sense of self ? If you elaborate clearly maybe I can answer . I meant exactly what I asked you: Does that kid in your scenario need any knowledge/education for him to do things that benefit himself? Does he need any knowledge/training to have a sense of "I", "mine", an...
by santa100
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

James Tan wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:35 am
You must be mistaken the feeling or sense of being alive to be the sense of having permanent self which is self view and self identity .
I asked you a very simple question and you're still unable to give a simple answer.
by santa100
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Self identity is the perception or recognition of one's characteristics as a particular individual, and sameness of a thing with itself. The sense of being alive (existence) is different from the sense of a permanent self ! The permanent being or permanent self which is self view is something occur...
by santa100
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 17
Views: 277

Re: Shambhala international

He was an "interesting character" all right.
by santa100
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

I think you are equating physical processes with a sense of self. Self identity is psychological. That is where suffering resides. No dhammas have a sense of self. A sense of self is an assumption not an ultimate reality. You equate rebirth with a self that dies and takes rebirth. This is not Buddh...
by santa100
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 33
Views: 420

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Say for example , if a child living in the surrounding of animals , would s/he has a sense of self ? A sense of self is not something that simply pops up out of accumulated training and knowledge. It's always been there. The fact that a being still get reborn again as a child is the obvious proof t...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 515

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Again: the Buddha's omniscience (or not) is not my point, the point is that the Buddha is allotted God-like attributes in the Pali Canon too and thus the claim... Do people even read previous posts before engaging in discussion? :shrug: And again, it is to address the exact question in the OP that ...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 515

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Excuse me if I am wrong, but isn't omniscience a God-like attribute? And yet the Theravada acknowledges the omniscience of the historical Buddha, right? You're only half wrong, because the Buddha of the Pali Canon defined pretty explicitly the exact scope and boundary of His omniscience in MN 71 . ...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 515

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

To be fair to Mahayana, it's important to keep in mind that they use a different model/schema to the Buddhahood concept. There's the Tri-Kaya model in which there're 3 different "manifestations" of Buddha: the historical Gautama Buddha, who shared all the common attributes just like in Theravada, an...
by santa100
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 339

Re: What is merit?

Refer to the links for definitions of merit, kamma, and their relationship
by santa100
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 520

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching you can't have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL.

Per DN 16's Four Great References , before one starts investigating the validity of some claim, it's important to "neither approve nor dismiss that mendicant’s statement. Instead, you should carefully memorize those words and phrases ". The OP did not pass this pre-requisite for at the 19:45th minut...