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by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with tragedy
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Dealing with tragedy

Greetings No_Mind, How is a Buddhist to deal with great trauma/tragedy and huge, unspeakable amount of stress? Is one to retract and become like a rock? :namaste: Practices like the brahma-viharas would help, but it would be most helpful to practice them before these situations arise, so that they a...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 25
Views: 326

Re: Back to self!

Greetings, "By regarding" - you are implying that someone is regarding who is being asked to not regard (the illusory self from dependent arising is being asked not to regard.) But any statement about the illusory self being asked not to regard brings out the illusory self! There is no such implicat...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 25
Views: 326

Re: Back to self!

Greetings,
No_Mind wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:31 am
How does one get past this paradox?
By regarding all dhammas as not-self, and forgetting about this ontological "no self" idea.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can we only play not work?
Replies: 25
Views: 222

Re: Can we only play not work?

Greetings, I have two paid jobs... One job is a Monday to Friday professional job, and as far as a well-paid job to support the family etc. it's ideal - it's Right Livelihood, it's close to home, I get to work with good people, I get one RDO per fortnight, it aligns with my skills and interests etc....
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 25
Views: 326

Re: Back to self!

Greetings,
No_Mind wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:33 pm
...who/what is being asked to understand that the self is an illusion?

...Who is being asked?
Wrong questions.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello, May you all be peaceful...
Replies: 5
Views: 59

Re: Hello, May you all be peaceful...

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 47
Views: 742

Re: How does the self view arises ?

Greetings,
Circle5 wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:14 pm
Seeing things is great. Have you seen the 2 sutta quotes I brought above, explicitly explaining how self view comes to be?
Sure, I didn't realise they required a response...

:shrug:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 47
Views: 742

Re: How does the self view arises ?

Greetings Circle5, To be fair though, anyone who has mentioned paticcasamuppada has noted the role of vedana... There is nothing in Paticca about the mental tendency towards conceit and how the opinion that there is a self arises. According to your take on paticcasamuppada perhaps. Those who don't s...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How Many Must One Cut?
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: How Many Must One Cut?

Greetings,
Srilankaputra wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:06 am
Thanks retro. Is there some place to refer all the lists of the Buddha ?...
Funnily enough, yes.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How Many Must One Cut?
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: How Many Must One Cut?

Greetings, Any ideas what the Blessed one is referring to in this sutta ? Can we guess? :D Context would suggest to me that it's possibly... Cut five (lower) fetters, abandon five cords of sense pleasure Develop five faculties/powers ... but there's so many lists in the suttas, it could well be some...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 47
Views: 742

Re: How does the self view arises ?

Greetings, I am surprised we are at page 3 and nobody pointed this out already. To be fair though, anyone who has mentioned paticcasamuppada has noted the role of vedana... From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 478

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Greetings, Hey, guys. Do you think I should start by studying The Eightfold Path or Mindfulness (Anapanasati)? They're not separate things... Samma Sati (right mindfulness) and Samma Samadhi (right concentration) are the 7th and 8th elements of the Noble Eightfold Path, respectively. Metta, Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Meditation Log Extension
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: Meditation Log Extension

Greetings,

It's a kind offer, but speaking personally, I would not have any need for such a feature, nor would I feel any inclination to track and share such information.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 17
Views: 365

Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Greetings,

Sam Vara has decided to step down from the moderator role today, after having served the Dhamma Wheel community well in this role over the past 12 months.

I would like to publicly thank him for that contribution.

:anjali:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Discord within the Sangha

Greetings Agarika, Did the monk disrobing (or alternatively changing monasteries) share the opinion that the Vinaya was adhered to and if yes, why did he still disapprove? Was there maybe additional personal animosity, so true adherence to rules was not the actual issue? Well, as I said from the out...