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by zerotime
Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1331

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Firstly I find the notion of any sort of afterlife distasteful. Annihilation is preferable to a series of mental events. Annihilation is a fair reward after the struggle for existence in this life and the thought of final extinction is very comforting. there are many examples of kamma. None of anni...
by zerotime
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

There is absolutely nothing hard to understand in that. In other words, making the khandhas and ayatanani "ours", is adopting the late Vedic and Upanishadic creed (and later on, the Hinduistic/Brahmanic creed) of an atta (personal pronoun) as self; finally unifying with the Self, when moksa is atta...
by zerotime
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

maybe the problem could be summarized in the arising of individuation . I wonder if a closer meaning could be "without individuation" or "without individuality" Arising of individuation is a fact of the perceived reality, although in Dhamma it should be surpassed, realized, understood or any other l...
by zerotime
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1717

Re: Lack of progress

At the time of the Buddha people were generally illiterate and there were no suttas to read anyway. Someone might be lucky to hear the words of the Buddha once a year when he was passing by. Likely, whoever, did not have an eidetic memory. So in order for there to be so many so quickly who progress...
by zerotime
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1603

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

There is nothing wrong with this from a Mahayana view and it's surely a wonderful and helpful teaching. However it utterly invalidates the suttas and the entire Theravada tradition. Nagarjuna does not invalidate nothing at all. Nagarjuna only stressed dialectics for the intellect, trying to drive t...
by zerotime
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 35
Views: 1295

Re: Sex only for procreation

Ceisiwr wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:53 am
What I find interesting is that being born gay isn’t necessarily bad kamma.
yes, kamma is good or bad depending of dukkha.
by zerotime
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1603

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

I don't see how this solves it. If no single thing exists independently, there cannot be many depending on each other as without one there cannot be many. So nothing exists. It's nonsense, I don't agree with it but no one seems to be able to explain why it's wrong. Of course it's a wrong view and e...
by zerotime
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 39
Views: 3288

Re: A reason for lying

edit: they were not 500 arhants but new ordained monks. Inside Cullavagga.

(mistakes, lack of attention: another involved thing in the problem of lying)
by zerotime
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Preserving the teachings of Bhikkhu Samahita
Replies: 4
Views: 1575

Re: Preserving the teachings of Bhikkhu Samahita

there is some free software to download youtube videos in a easy way: https://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm https://www.freemake.com/downloads/ About the website, it is preserved inside archive.org as other people wrote. The last snapsshot is 4-october https://web.archi...
by zerotime
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 39
Views: 3288

Re: A reason for lying

I'm curious as to a situation in which you think lying is unavoidable. I don't try to do some defence of lying but just to describe the real situation in the lay life and the related kamma. One should avoid lying until he can, although in the lay life one should know this is impossible in absolute ...
by zerotime
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?
Replies: 7
Views: 1223

Re: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?

...there are certain kinds of people who might possibly be considered non-binary... the problem is the difficulty for an easy acceptance of that dialectics like "non-binary", "intersex" etc... like expressions of empiric facts of Reality. I mean as a solid fact and independent from the noise of the...
by zerotime
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 39
Views: 3288

Re: A reason for lying

even if somebody believes there is absolutely no reason for lying, when we live in society we will lie soon or later. Lying is like killing: this is unavoidable for lay people in some degree. The lying is avoidable for monks. While killing is unavoidable for both lay and monks. Monks can try to live...
by zerotime
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Time
Replies: 15
Views: 488

Re: Time

Here's one thing that was said (Itivuttaka 63; the footnote is from Thanissaro Bhikkhu): these verses are very deep and translations in Internet are poor to get the sense in most cases including those western languages appearing inside SuttaCentral. The best translation I have found is here, inside...
by zerotime
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: Alarm Bells Sounded Over Child Abuse at Thailand’s Buddhist Temples

these things have always existed. Although in modern times it can become more visible. And also it becomes more massive because there is a cultural device promoting that in open and subtle ways, to model the human beings from their childhood. Both things, visibility and culture promotion, are joined...
by zerotime
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Working in a supermarket... wrong livelihood
Replies: 16
Views: 1758

Re: Working in a supermarket... wrong livelihood

It is not wrong-livelihood to work in a supermarket, or even to serve wine in a restaurant, unless one earns a commission for selling more. See the Vaṇijjā Suttaṃ on wrong-livelihood for Buddhists. There is a previous topic that discusses this at some length. Check your intention. One can break pre...