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by santa100
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: materialism
Replies: 14
Views: 419

Re: materialism

i can hook you up with piya tan and if you follow him on facebook you see the same things like he is saying that mara doesn't manifest physically Not sure I see any issue based on the quotes you provided: Piya used words like: "Mara is often a name for a psychological state", or "In this form, Mara...
by santa100
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?
Replies: 17
Views: 384

Re: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?

Then I further search for his talk and bump into a sex scandal about hima. Now I do not how to take it. This is the guy you mentioned? Man, talking about unmatched job security. While sleazy movie directors, actors, and politicians are being fired after getting caught, a "spiritual teacher" can car...
by santa100
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: The Sun and other Cosmic Bodies in Buddhist Cosmology

Probably not cuz the sun and other physical stars' life span are quite short on a cosmic time scale (it'll die out in a few billion years), while the life span of a single heavenly being's already typically a few aeons (AN 4.123). So odds are that the devas, hell realms are in some parallel universe...
by santa100
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say that we have innate basic gooddness?
Replies: 18
Views: 245

Re: Did Buddha say that we have innate basic gooddness?

According to the following video it appears that we have innate basic goodness? Sure, nothing wrong with that... just like it's equally valid to say we also have innate basic evil. So next time a Mahayanist mentions Buddha-nature to you, don't argue cuz that's legit., just simply remind him that th...
by santa100
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the cause of the impermanence?
Replies: 22
Views: 260

Re: What is the cause of the impermanence?

What is the cause of the impermanence? Let's assume var. X is the cause of impermanence. Then the next obvious question would be what is the cause of var. X? Well, say it X-1. Then the next obvious question would be the cause of X-1? X-2, X-3,... You get the idea, sort of like one can't pin down th...
by santa100
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.
Replies: 18
Views: 403

Re: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.

It's important to keep in mind that "yes" and "no" are not the sufficient answers that cover all bases to the truth. And we don't need to talk about the higher truth just yet, they show their limitation even in mundane disciplines. For example, in geometry, how would one answer the question whether ...
by santa100
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 8 Sallekha Sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: MN 8 Sallekha Sutta

According to this Sutta, the main purpose of Jhana is for the pleasant abiding here and now. There're various purposes for the Jhanas, and pleasant abiding is only one among them (ie: attaining supernormal powers, rebirth in higher realms, developing insight toward total liberation, etc.). Ven Bodh...
by santa100
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Alone not lonely
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Alone not lonely

How does one become a good hermit? I live alone and am having a hard time with it. What practices are good for this? Any recommendations or tips? Here's the interesting thing, right now as we speak, there's at least one other person (and quite possibly a lot more) who are having a hard time living ...
by santa100
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Searching for a sutta
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: Searching for a sutta

At the end of the sutta, the Buddha mentioned that even if contemplating solely the body, the lay follower can attain nibbana. In AN Book of the Ones, there's the entire KayagataSati Vagga with lots of suttas about minfulness of the body and its many benefits ( suttas 1.575 thru 1.615 ). There's al...
by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

Hold on, so you're saying that DO is strictly and exclusively a kind of momentary thing, like all 12 links happen in 1 single life-time? No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that I haven't seen evidence in the suttas that the Buddha was talking about a cyclical process. My point is not about ...
by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

I can see bhava as being cyclical, but not DO as a whole. Please explain why you don't see DO as being cyclical? I don't wish to speak for Spiny, of course, but I have seen different delineations or presentations of DO (i.e. as opposed to seeing DO as an object of direct personal perception). Some ...
by santa100
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: Ignorance or craving as the cause of suffering?

2. Avijja/ignorance and its twelve links of DO should be seen as cyclical instead of a linear start-to-end fashion. That's why you see many graphical demonstration of DO in the form of a spinning wheel with 12 spokes. I can see bhava as being cyclical, but not DO as a whole. Please explain why you ...
by santa100
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1825
Views: 155128

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by santa100
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?
Replies: 18
Views: 603

Re: Does Śrāvakayāna / Sutta Pitaka also teach that Saṃsāra is a delusion, or is this teaching only in Mahāyāna?

While I generally seem to agree more with Śrāvakayāna and the Sutta Pitaka, in this matter I agree with Mahāyāna: its explanation is more profound and creates a more consistent view overall. It's like Mahāyāna follows the chain of thought initiated by Śrāvakayāna to its ultimate conclusion, while Ś...
by santa100
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Could someone explain what is "Contact at the intellect"

Ven. Bodhi's version is a bit easier to understand: Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what, bhikkhus, is the all that is burning? The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, and whatever feeling arises with eye-contact as condition—whether pleasant or pai...
by santa100
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.
Replies: 11
Views: 515

Re: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.

Hi all, I have a few questions. 1. What is immoral then? Is it just violate of the Patimokkha/or the 5 Precepts or include the whole bunch of sila restraint of senses, reflect on food, medicine, etc,... ? 2. I understand envy is bad. But why miserly? Surely a person/monk who live a minimalist life ...
by santa100
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Regarding paying off ALL of ones debts first.
Replies: 26
Views: 1221

Re: Regarding paying off ALL of ones debts first.

i suppose it wouldn't matter at all if you ordained in a southeast asian country and all your creditors were in usa. for me, i just have student loans, credit cards and maybe hospital bills. but that does total to roughly 20,000 dollars and i don't see myself paying that off soon. it impresses me, ...
by santa100
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is it about Hollywood?
Replies: 40
Views: 1404

Re: What is it about Hollywood?

Why is Hollywood such a cesspool of sexual abuse, drug abuse, paedophilia, misogyny, sanctimonious virtue signalling, fraud, crime, hypocrisy, cultural Marxism, cover-ups, pervertion, hedonism and other forms of moral and spiritual degeneracy? Whilst I'm happy to hear "conventional" explanations ab...
by santa100
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: SN 16.10 Bhikkhunūupassaya Sutta. The Bhikkhunīs’ Quarters.

It's all relative. "Foolish" for women is not a bad attribute compared to "Evil" for men. Women'd have a long long long way to catch up to men when it comes to this department. Men are the outright undisputed world champions there. Gengis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. they're all me...