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by polarbear101
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Near death experience of a 12 year old girl.
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Near death experience of a 12 year girl.

Tell your niece she writes well, it was a pleasure to read. I'm glad she's okay, thanks for posting.

:anjali:
by polarbear101
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Ven. Katukurunde Ñāṇananda Maha Thera 1940-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 236

Re: Ven. Katukurunde Ñāṇananda Maha Thera 1940-2018

"This is peaceful, this is excellent, namely the stilling of all preparations,
the relinquishment of all assets, the destruction of craving,
detachment, cessation, extinction"

:candle: :candle: :candle:
by polarbear101
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

One whose passion, aversion, & ignorance are washed away, has crossed over this ocean with its sharks, demons, dangerous waves, so hard to cross. Free from acquisitions — bonds surmounted, death abandoned — he has abandoned stress with no further becoming. Having gone to the goal he is undefined,[2...
by polarbear101
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?
Replies: 16
Views: 237

Re: Sensual desires and ill will are uprooted by equanimity of fourth jhana?

Jhana works as a form of pleasure substitution that allows one to get over the comparatively coarse pleasures of the senses, but insight is required too. The insight can occur without jhanic concentration though: "Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it actually is with right...
by polarbear101
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 50
Views: 723

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

Yes, I have compassion for him. I hope he comes to deeply regret his actions and turns to virtue and peace. I do not know what exactly is meant by forgiveness, but I will say that if he is truly remorseful for his actions such that he would never do such a thing again, then I pardon him, for the def...
by polarbear101
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

“Is there a method of exposition, bhikkhus, by means of which a bhikkhu—apart from faith, apart from personal preference, apart from oral tradition, apart from reasoned reflection, apart from acceptance of a view after pondering it — can declare final knowledge thus: ‘Destroyed is birth, the holy l...
by polarbear101
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 162

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

You may also want to look into what might be called neo-classicism in philosophy. Check out the book Philosophy as a way of Life: Spiritual Exercises from Socrates to Foucalt by Pierre Hadot. A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine is a great neo-stoic overview of how to understand and practic...
by polarbear101
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 162

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

I associate Sartre with Camus and the existentialists rather than the phenomenologists, but read a fair bit of all of them many years ago. Well yes, Sartre is associated both with existentialism and phenomenology, but more famously existentialism. I studied his work Being and Nothingness at univers...
by polarbear101
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

“Bhikkhus, I will teach you the taintless and the path leading to the taintless. Listen to that…. “Bhikkhus, I will teach you the truth and the path leading to the truth…. I will teach you the far shore … the subtle … the very difficult to see … the unaging … … the stable … the undisintegrating … t...
by polarbear101
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: People with a background in western philosophy
Replies: 11
Views: 162

Re: People with a background in western philosophy

I have a BA in philosophy, so I'm a certified dilettante. While I don't think philosophy is necessary for studying the Buddha's teachings, I think it has certainly enriched my own studies, but generally in a very broad sense, such that the enrichment comes from studying philosophy as a whole and the...
by polarbear101
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 92
Views: 1210

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

Yamas and the 5 precepts: I. Yamas (Universal Morality) 1. Ahimsa – Compassion for all living things The word ahimsa literally mean not to injure or show cruelty to any creature or any person in any way whatsoever. Ahimsa is, however, more than just lack of violence as adapted in yoga. It means kind...
by polarbear101
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

"And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of stress: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving... "Vision arose, insight arose, discernment arose, knowledge arose, illumination arose within me with regard to things nev...
by polarbear101
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice
Replies: 92
Views: 1210

Re: Hindu Practice Vs Buddhist Practice

I think there are obviously a lot of similar practices and I think a serious practicing buddhist could even use yoga, patanjali, and other non-buddhist shramanic practices and texts as a supplementary resource in cultivating sila, samadhi, and overcoming desire for sensory experiences/the material w...
by polarbear101
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

“Happy indeed are the arahants! No craving can be found in them. Cut off is the conceit ‘I am,’ Burst asunder is delusion’s net. They have reached the unstirred state, Limpid are their minds; They are unsullied in the world— The holy ones, without taints. “Having fully understood the five aggregate...
by polarbear101
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

Everywhere the sage independent holds nothing dear or undear. In him lamentation & selfishness, like water on a white lotus, do not adhere. As a water bead on a lotus leaf, as water on a red lily, does not adhere, so the sage does not adhere to the seen, the heard, or the sensed; for, cleansed, he ...
by polarbear101
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do the things i do in this life affect my family in my past lives?
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Do the things i do in this life affect my family in my past lives?

I think your parents in this life only get the merit of giving to an arahant if they give to you after you've become an arahant. According to my understanding (which could be mistaken) of the suttas on kamma, I don't think there are any retroactive kammic updates possible. You can sort of lessen or ...
by polarbear101
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

1086. “The dispelling of desire and lust, Hemaka, for things here seen, heard, sensed, and cognized— for whatever has a pleasing nature— is the state of nibbāna, the imperishable. (3) 1087. “Having understood this, those mindful ones are quenched in this very life. And always peaceful, they have cr...
by polarbear101
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 172
Views: 2156

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

"It is, bhikkhus, only to trifling and insignificant matters, to the minor details of mere moral virtue, that a worldling would refer when speaking in praise of the Tathāgata.... "There are, bhikkhus, other dhammas, deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, peaceful and sublime, beyond the s...
by polarbear101
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

1092. “For those standing in the midst of the stream,” (said the Venerable Kappa), “when a perilous flood has arisen, for those oppressed by old age and death, declare an island, dear sir. Explain to me the island so this might occur no more.” (1) [212] 1093. “For those standing in the midst of the...
by polarbear101
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 156
Views: 2576

Re: "Is there a Self?"

Yes, I agree completely with the fact that there is no operator shift fallacy here. There remains, of course, the second of Vallicella's arguments, which is that something which we can call a self is necessary for the various types of unity of our experience. This is not an assumption, but rather a...