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by SamKR
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 71
Views: 1286

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: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37180

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: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37180

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...
by SamKR
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 49
Views: 985

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

I had an interesting conversation today with a friend who also knew UG and we talked about this very issue of No Way Out. This was a common theme in UG's chats with friends, 'is there anything to be done?' Both of us felt that no one could come to the end of samsara by any act of their own will or ...
by SamKR
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 53
Views: 1519

Re: Rebirth

If there is a belief in rebirth (or no-rebirth), then unless a direct indubitable experience or knowledge of rebirth (or no-rebirth) arises, it is merely a belief (no matter what a teacher says, or even a Buddha says), and nothing more. This belief is an experience directly and indubitably arising r...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 3065

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

So do you believe in the power of logical inference SamKR ? Cause if you do believe in that power, then your point of "we can know nothing except what we know through direct experience" is wrong, cause you can know things through logical inference. You can know for example that things exist out the...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 3065

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

I would argue that you cannot "experience" unless the experience is preceded by "knowledge" that what you are experiencing is a thing (whether you know what this thing is as a concept/label is a different matter). Who knows, maybe in this very certainty deception lies. I agree with you (when the wo...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 3065

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

The problem is in the meaning and our use of language. In fact, the whole confusion is related to meaning. You cannot know everything at once, but you can know one thing at a time. Imagine you are thinking about ice cream, then what happens to the notion/the meaning of "everything is experience" wh...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 3065

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

But what if there is a physical world and beings can experience it due to consciousness. Maybe form is not there because of consciousness, but through consciousness you can experience form. The point is "you" can never directly experience a "physical world". All that an experience experiences is ex...
by SamKR
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 3065

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

Saying "there is something outside of experience" is very analogous to saying "there is something outside of the physical universe". (Here the word "universe" is used in the sense of "everything" physical.) Can there be certainty about something physical being outside of physical everything ? This q...
by SamKR
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: may we believe that we'll take a lot of lives to get the nibana ?
Replies: 17
Views: 677

Re: may we believe that we'll take a lot of lives to get the nibana ?

Brothers and sisters, may we believe that we'll take a lot of lives to get the nibana ? Is it not very discouraging ? what should be our best aproach or attitude before it ? _/\_ I would suggest not to believe that if it discourages you. That idea (interpreted in the discouraging sense) is one of m...
by SamKR
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view

Rupa as mere body is an unfortunate translation/interpretation. I would say that the whole world, not merely the body, not merely the heart, as "seat of consciousness". (This statement is intended to be interpreted in a specific way.) What would you translate rupa as in this case? Interesting, can ...
by SamKR
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Critique of U Ba Khin/Goenka tradition by Christopher Titmuss
Replies: 6
Views: 889

Re: Critique of U Ba Khin/Goenka tradition by Christopher Titmuss

I only read the excerpt above, and I think most of what Titmuss said is true. I attended four 10-day Goenka retreats, and tried to practice for a few years irregularly. I feel that it did not suit me well and I don't practice exact same thing anymore. However, I still think that Goenka teachings/met...
by SamKR
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view
Replies: 15
Views: 935

Re: The whole body, not the heart, as "seat of consciousness": the Buddha's view

Rupa as mere body is an unfortunate translation/interpretation.

I would say that the whole world, not merely the body, not merely the heart, as "seat of consciousness".
(This statement is intended to be interpreted in a specific way.)
by SamKR
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Is Trump paving the way to large scale global conflicts?
Replies: 42
Views: 1807

Re: Is Trump paving the way to large scale global conflicts?

My answer is clearly no. The lone guy could be an arahant and the five guys mass murderers. What would happened if you chose to kill an arahant? These decisions are not us to make. If you decide to kill someone it's your action. Standing by when you dont know what is the appropriate action to take ...
by SamKR
Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pragmatism Vs. Dogma - Where do you stand?
Replies: 45
Views: 1167

Re: Pragmatism Vs. Dogma - Where do you stand?

I once asked Bhante G whether the dhamma had been improved upon in the last 2,500 years since the Buddha. He replied, quite humorously, "Buddhism is not like your iPhone! There is no Buddha 2.0! What the Buddha said was perfect!" But if so, that would make Buddhism truly unique compared to every ot...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"
Replies: 174
Views: 5092

Re: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"

I have never seen Thanissaro Bhikkhu talking about "half self". How do you make up all these things? :) You talk about right view, but main point of right view is not to fall for some extreme view position like "self exists" and "self does not exist", but to see directly the arising and passing away...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "half selfers"
Replies: 174
Views: 5092

Re: My criticism of Thanissaro and other "true selfers"

Well how about the eternal consciousness idea ? Is consciousness self ? Is consciousness permanent or impermanent ? On what does consciousness depend on ? What is the gratification, the danger and the escape in the case of consciousness ? But how is it related to Thanissaro Bhikkhu and "true selfer...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 16493

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Unfortunately, that is just one meaning out of many. There are many meanings and definitions; for example Upanishads have their own definitions of "Self" which are usually completely different from the above meaning.
by SamKR
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicikicchā and suttas that define it
Replies: 9
Views: 609

Re: vicikicchā and suttas that define it

At MN 16, vicikiccha applies to Buddha, Dhamma (that includes any part of the teaching, the noble truths, the three characteristics etc. and also who speaks the truth or falsehood [SN 43.13 and AN 3.66]), Sangha, the training (sikkha). Can you give me the name of this sutta or perhaps a link if you...