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by SamKR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

In direct actuality there are just appearances which appear and disappear (to no one). For example, the vision/shape/color/touch 'of the laptop' are the direct appearances (where as 'of the laptop' is an idea). (Shapes and color do not exist independent of experiences. Actually, shapes/colors are th...
by SamKR
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

However , your meaning is rupa khandhas are not meant to give an account of matter (four primary elements earth, water, fire and air) as constitutive of external reality . Not about materiality or physicality . Correct, in my understanding, Rupa is not about physicality as understood in modern era....
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2240

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Pesonally I find that most of the words he used refer to the same or similar concepts as in early Hinduism, including Karma, Dharma, Nirvana, Anatma, Anitya, Dukha, Bhava, Avidya, Samskara, Vijnana, Nama, Rupa, Vedana, Trishna, Samsara, Jati, Dhyana, Samadhi, etc. We may be going off-topic a bit, b...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?

Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality? No, not in the sense of modern meaning: physical material or matter, which never appears as form in direct world except as a thought. What is your view on the meaning of rupa khandhas in the five aggregates ? What does it...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2240

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Not participating in discussion about the infallibility of Buddha's teachings but the doctrine of Karma was hardly an unknown concepts in the subcontinent. Buddha was one of many who created a school of thought surrounding it. In the Rig Veda written in approximately 1500 BC the word occurs several...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 2240

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word? No. Believing anything blindly before directly realizing any teachings may not be good. (On the other hand, rejecting any of his teachings blindly is also not helpful. Having at least some faith might be necessary initially to practice the t...
by SamKR
Wed May 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 834

Re: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?

Is Atta-sanna applicable to inanimate objects like chairs, cars etc. ie: Is seen a chair as a chair a Atta-citta & atta-ditthi? Yes, by naming it as an object (chair) and so assuming that it can be pinned down, we already created the self of the chair, which is a type of atta-ditthi. Then by assumi...
by SamKR
Wed May 30, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 2048

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

One way is to do as instructed in Malunkyaputta Sutta (or Bahiya Sutta): "Then, Malunkyaputta, with regard to phenomena to be seen, heard, sensed, or cognized: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sense...
by SamKR
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 174
Views: 4702

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

My understanding is that namarupa literally means name-form. I don't like "named form" because it may (?) imply that there can be not-named forms or forms without names. If there is no such implication then "named form" is fine too. Name simply means label or conceptual designation, and form simply ...
by SamKR
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 192
Views: 6657

Re: "Is there a Self?"

This is how I understand: The statement "There is no self" is a philosophical or conceptual statement detached from alive happening present at this moment here (the seen, heard, sensed, cognized). This is non-mindfulness. But the statement "This is not self" is an understanding directly in relation ...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Fake News Awards
Replies: 14
Views: 604

Re: Fake News Awards

retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:49 am
Because he's great...
Do you really believe this? Or, is it a sarcasm?
(Or, maybe English not being my native language I am missing some nuances of the word "great" here in this context. I thought saying someone is great means he is an excellent person in general.)
by SamKR
Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Feminism for men
Replies: 148
Views: 5664

Re: Feminism for men

I don't understand retro's logic. But I agree with the OP; I have had the same view for a long time as a male that grew up in an underdeveloped South Asian country. There certainly are classes of people who are dominated by people of other classes. For example, females, black people, so called lower...
by SamKR
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 105
Views: 5920

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Kusala wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:32 pm
Two "Rohingya" boys aka Bengali boys ...
These kids are victims. And so are many adults who have nothing to do with violence and extremism but just want to live a decent life peacefully.
by SamKR
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 58041

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

Dependent-arising, as taught by the Buddha, rules out both "free will" & "determinism". Do you mean that choices arise in dependence on conditions? Yes. "Choices" appear to be independent personal choices but in fact they are not. But wait, that does not lead to determinism as is normally understoo...
by SamKR
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 58041

Re: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)

Dependent-arising, as taught by the Buddha, rules out both "free will" & "determinism". Negating "free will" does not mean "determinism" is true, and negating "determinism" does not mean "free will" is true. Both "free will" and "determinism" are views based on avijja . As long as there is the sense...