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by Pondera
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Free choice is expounded upon by the Buddha. He confirms the “doer of the action”. So, sure - if there is no free choice then etc. etc. Why are you here telling us this? Nobody on this forum will contradict what the Buddha says. Everyone here is a believer in the Buddha’s words. A) Mahayana suttas a...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???

The two features of 4th jhana lend them selves to non-percipient experience. Equanimity towards perceptions removes ones ego from perceptions. The tendency to equate Self with perception is lost in equanimity. The feeling of “neither pleasure nor pain” is not merely neutral feeling. It is sublime -...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: Satta asaññino: Why are non-percipient beings related to the 4th jhana ???

The two features of 4th jhana lend them selves to non-percipient experience. Equanimity towards perceptions removes ones ego from perceptions. The tendency to equate Self with perception is lost in equanimity. The feeling of “neither pleasure nor pain” is not merely neutral feeling. It is sublime - ...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Re:

If there is no free choice, then all events are either random or deterministic. If there are random events, the entire Path to Nibbana should be already “printed” for an endless past (the title post). If there are no random events, then all events are totally deterministic. Deterministic algorithm,...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Nibbana, being outside this set of parameters, hasn't happened for all beings. That was my primary argument against Germann's proposition. Basically, my argument was that Nibbana is unconditioned. Being unconditioned, it can never be a member of the infinite set of all casually chained events. Nibb...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

And on and on ... There are an infinite number of paths leading to 31 planes of existence and 1 unconditioned element. And you take the one path leading to the unconditioned element, give it a non-zero probability - then go on to say all beings would have realized this non-zero probability. I don’t ...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

In addition - the 31 planes of existence have the immaterial sphere - the fine material sphere - the sensual sphere - and the sphere of deprivation. Beings wander from sphere to sphere according to their kamma. Even the Buddha admitted that he had travelled to almost all of these spheres. However - ...
by Pondera
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Cyclical existence does not have an infinite past. During expansion, space-time arises. During contraction, space-time ceases. During contraction, “most” beings are born in a certain heaven. Implying that within the scope of an infinite number of beings - the actual mechanism of cyclical existence p...
by Pondera
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

And your view on Nibbāna is fatalistic. You’re a bit like Makkhali Gosala - a contemporary of the Buddha. https://accesstoinsight.org/ati/tipitaka/dn/dn.02.0.than.html Purification through Wandering-on "Another time I approached Makkhali Gosala and, on arrival, exchanged courteous greetings with him...
by Pondera
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 659
Views: 8398

Re: Theravada against mathematics

It seems to me that in order for anything infinite to exist, it must have a point of reference first. Look at the examples. The number line. Pick any point on the number line and you can extend it to infinity by adding any additional number. Space. Take any coordinate you like and, by extension, you...
by Pondera
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

Interesting - thank you. I’m thinking more naughty. Like remote viewing someone in the shower. That kind of perversion, if you catch my drift. Or even “psychic sex”. That’s a thing, isn’t it?
by Pondera
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lifespan of a thought?
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Lifespan of a thought?

Everything is a fabrication. The less real the fabrication is, the shorter it’s duration. Take the theory of evolution for example. It only existed as an idea for the duration of Darwin’s existence. However, he wrote his “Origins of the Species” which transmitted a certain version of his original th...
by Pondera
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

Does the Vinaya Pitaka address any offences related to supernormal powers? Eg. If I were a monk with remote viewing capabilities, I might find my self shifting my consciousness over to tantalizing sense experiences. I don’t think I have to spell it out - but would this be an offence?
by Pondera
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is doing the "attaching"?
Replies: 23
Views: 512

Re: Who is doing the "attaching"?

And in what state does “"the remainderless fading & cessation of the six sense media[2]” come about?
by Pondera
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddhism is not Nihilism?
Replies: 15
Views: 247

Re: Why Buddhism is not Nihilism?

Nihilism is the theory that whether you do good or bad, there is no consequence. One of Buddha’s contemporaries held this view. Ie. giving gifts up and down one side of the Ganges results in no merit. Slaying men, women, and children up and down the other side of the Ganges until there is only one m...