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by SamKR
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 59
Views: 699

Re: Back to self!

But then we come back to a Zen koan - If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I find this koan to be somewhat misleading although it is trying to convey some important message. It presumes several things including a person who is not present ('no one is ar...
by SamKR
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 59
Views: 699

Re: Back to self!

Greetings, How does one get past this paradox? By regarding all dhammas as not-self, and forgetting about this ontological "no self" idea. Metta, Paul. :) Which is part of the paradox. "By regarding" - you are implying that someone is regarding who is being asked to not regard (the illusory self fr...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 529

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

I am not sure if believing in the metaphysical aspects of Buddhism is essential to the practice. I am not saying that disbelieving is necessarily the answer but "suspending judgement" can be good enough. I think it is. I think believing in actual rebirth is essential to Right View. I think believin...
by SamKR
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 496

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

But what of Theravada Buddhism and what of the Buddha's teachings themselves? Is our religion guilty of the same hectoring and proselytization, or did the Buddha successfully tread a "middle way" between offering what he considered valuable, and forcing it upon others against their will? I look for...
by SamKR
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is timeless model of the dependent origination of conditioned phenomena?
Replies: 32
Views: 435

Re: What is timeless model of the dependent origination of conditioned phenomena?

pegembara wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:44 am
Time is a mental construct.
In other words, time is sankhara. So, DO does not necessarily happen in time (past, present, future) or is not bound by time, but time arises as a part of DO. So, DO is timeless.
by SamKR
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2241
Views: 141547

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

Just wanted to post my understanding (which is subject to change :smile:): Nibbana is the annihilation (cessation) of whatever originated. With the cessation of whatever originated, there's clarity of only 'what never originated'. So, nibbana is not the annihilation of 'what never originated'. Origi...
by SamKR
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are all subject to suffering (Dukkha) except Arahants?
Replies: 8
Views: 74

Re: Are all subject to suffering (Dukkha) except Arahants?

SarathW wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:10 am
Are all subject to suffering (Dukkha) except Arahants?
Yes. In my understanding, Arahants don't suffer but everyone else is subject to suffering.
by SamKR
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 458

Re: Signs of Liberation

Hi :smile: I don't mean 'enlightenment' in the usual new-age spirituality context. I mean parinirvana, escaping the cycle of births and deaths. Now read on ... Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, ...
by SamKR
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?
Replies: 14
Views: 265

Re: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?

Is Dependent Origination deterministic? Where do you find the free will in Dependent Origination? This question is a result of the following discussion. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=33291 "Free Will" implies a "free will-er", an agent. There is no free will in dependent origination,...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 671

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Either way, I don't think there is such a thing as "Hinduism." Its an umbrella term for the protean Brahman view of animal sacrifice, combined with some South Indian Dravidian paganism that includes human sacrifice and cow worship. There is basically a different "Hinduism" per each Hindu village. I...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 18
Views: 679

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

Correct, in my understanding, Rupa is not about physicality as understood in modern era. Sure. This is your understanding, as was posted twice. But how is your understanding related to Buddhism? I think it is related. rupa is the appearance itself or form or shape. So when people have major surgery...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: At what point the causal link can be broken?
Replies: 43
Views: 566

Re: At what point the causal link can be broken?

For final liberation from chain of rebirth: at upadana --> bhava. No upadana, no bhava.

Which will happen only if there is no tanha, which is possible only when there is no avijja. So, the answer is avijja.
by SamKR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 296

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

Selling the dhamma is getting crazy... ... What do you think? Is selling guided meditations ethical? Is it even Buddha-dhamma, or is it just meditation. Some of their employees are ex-bhikkhus. I always disliked the idea of selling dhamma (for profit or not). It is undoubtedly not good but it may n...
by SamKR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the rupa khandhas in the five aggregates is referring to as materiality ?
Replies: 18
Views: 679

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

(Shapes and color do not exist independent of experiences. Actually, shapes/colors are the experiences.) I think you could say that shape, colour and movement are the "raw data" of the visual field, and that these are derived from visible form. There is then the process of recognition ( sanna ). Th...
by SamKR
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stop thinking as extinction (nibana) ? Shortcut meditation?
Replies: 16
Views: 1493

Re: Stop thinking as extinction (nibana) ? Shortcut meditation?

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:40 pm
dylanj wrote:When consciousness is unestablished
And so consciousness remains
No. I think that this is a wrong conclusion based on half a sentence of the translated sutta which itself could possibly be an inaccurate translation.