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by polarbear101
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 20
Views: 304

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Internal/external refers to the commonsense distinctions between self/other, internal environment/external environment, organism/ecosystem, one's own body-mind and anything outside of that. The elements are the things that when aggravated externally lead to earthquakes, floods, fires, and tornadoes....
by polarbear101
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1723
Views: 146422

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Nikhil Banerjee is a sitar god!

by polarbear101
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 279

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

As for strong health, this is essential for development of the jhānas, but not for insight development. What is the explanation for that, particularly in relation to the development of jhānas? Also, what text(s) is that notion found in? I would imagine the reasoning would be along the lines of bodi...
by polarbear101
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 279

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

A healthy body is certainly useful: "These are the five factors for exertion. Which five? "There is the case where a monk has conviction, is convinced of the Tathagata's Awakening: 'Indeed, the Blessed One is pure & rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with ...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 12
Views: 268

Re: Orthorexia

Orthorexia nervosa seems to be a logical consequence of trying to find satisfactory reasons for eating solely within the worldly, secular domain of reasons for eating and living. Maybe she just read an article that we're frugivores: http://www.raw-food-health.net/Frugivores.html Here's a good post ...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 176

Re: A fingersnap of metta

I believe you are thinking of the sutta below. There, it's a whiff of metta (goodwill), the fingersnap is for impermanence: "If one were to develop even just one whiff of a heart of good will, that would be more fruitful than... if one with a confident mind were to undertake the training rules... "I...
by polarbear101
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 2192

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Greetings Spiny, Contact occurs when there is the volitional bifurcation of experience into "subject" and "object", and the "subject" becomes conscious of the "object". So, with that, two things, which are only regarded as distinct and separate due to ignorance, are said to come in contact with one...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 494

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

The points you raised about Kamma and Ahimsa is quite interesting. Maybe it shows that the Buddha's rejection of both Eternalism and Nihilism is not purely related to the moral consequences of those views. You can hold morally right view and still believe in eternalism and nihilism and vice versa. ...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 494

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

Basically only if you hold to the buddhist version of strong objectivism can you be said to have right view, i.e. those who follow the five precepts, are generous, respectful to their parents etc. will be fine, those who do not heap up future suffering now, in the next life, or in some life after th...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 494

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

This makes me wonder, why teaching nihilistic views ensures rebirth in hell but not eternalism? did not the Buddha reject both views? Eternalist views allow for moral objectivism in the strongest sense. Whereas annihilationist views either lead one to reject moral objectivism or to proffer a weaker...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 494

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

This makes me wonder, why teaching nihilistic views ensures rebirth in hell but not eternalism? did not the Buddha reject both views? Eternalist views allow for moral objectivism in the strongest sense. Whereas annihilationist views either lead one to reject moral objectivism or to proffer a weaker...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar
Replies: 33
Views: 1266

Re: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar

has a sutta that talks about the importance of practice, because wars and crises can happen and we may not have another moment of peace to practice. I just do not remember what sutta is. :anjali: I think it is this one on future dangers: “Furthermore, the monk reminds himself of this: At present pe...
by polarbear101
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Of course, if you get selected for questioning or whatever then you'll probably want to find some way to honestly suggest to them that you are not a good candidate for the task. Just say "I'm a Mainstream Buddhist and I believe taking a position on anything is a sin, so the jury will totally be hun...
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor

binocular wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:48 am
aflatun wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:19 pm
I don't think this has anything to do with the rules of society, it has to do with a conflict between the rules of penis, vagina and cortical signaling
Rules of penis, vagina and cortical signaling written by whom?
Basic evolutionary drives/craving
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Just go. You'll likely sit around for a few hours, buy a mediocre sandwich, and then go home after sitting around for a couple more hours. It's not that bad. Of course, if you get selected for questioning or whatever then you'll probably want to find some way to honestly suggest to them that you are...
by polarbear101
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mayahana and Mainstream Indian Buddhist Accounts of Each Other
Replies: 66
Views: 1028

Re: Where are the enlightened westerners?

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by polarbear101
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?
Replies: 17
Views: 310

Re: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?

The term moksha means "release, emancipation, liberation", and so I guess the Pali term that comes closest would be vimutti . The difficulty with all three terms is that they are said to be ineffable and the language describing them tends to be apophatic or figurative, so there is little that we ca...
by polarbear101
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?
Replies: 17
Views: 310

Re: Is Nibbana a type of Moksha, or something different?

Vimokkha is the pali equivalent of the sanskrit term (vi)moksha: Vimokkha Vimokkha (& Vimokha) [fr. vi+muc, cp. mokkha1] deliverance, release, emancipation, dissociation from the things of the world, Arahantship D ii.70, 111); iii.34, 35, 230, 288; M i.196 (samaya˚ & asamaya˚); S i.159 (cetaso v.); ...
by polarbear101
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited
Replies: 84
Views: 1706

Re: Mindfulness as non-judgmental awareness revisited

Skip ahead to about the 1:00 mark; all y'all don't understand what's meant by "nonjudgmental". Not-judging the judging is judging since it is judging an experience as ' non-judgmental ', which is a judgment. https://i2.wp.com/i180.photobucket.com/albums/x247/soundandfuryandpeace/turtles-1-1-1.jpg
by polarbear101
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reducing neuroticism
Replies: 29
Views: 530

Re: Reducing neuroticism

I'm not convinced that "YOLO is a death sentence for all but those with 'lust for life' " is true. But even it is, almost all organisms, including almost all human organisms, neurotic or otherwise, have lust or craving or desire for life. Hence, the advice is generally applicable even for the neuro...