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by SamKR
Wed May 30, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 600

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: 1546

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: 4062

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: 5972

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: 499

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: 4940

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: 5237

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: 53133

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: 53133

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: 75
Views: 3023

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: 2817

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: 5735

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: 5735

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: 5735

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: 5735

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...