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by detrop
Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The possibility of Jhana and enlightenment
Replies: 21
Views: 2989

Re: The possibility of Jhana and enlightenment

I've heard a few people make claims that enlightenment is no longer possible in this day and age, and just today I read in another discussion here someone claiming that the higher Jhanas (above the first) were no longer available either. Hello, I think people who hold such views actually make the D...
by detrop
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Albert Einstein say this?
Replies: 23
Views: 26645

Re: Did Albert Einstein say this?

I found the follwing statement in the net and it seems that statement from Albert Einstein. “ A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delu...
by detrop
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Schizophrenia and ordination
Replies: 7
Views: 2061

Re: Schizophrenia and ordination

Dear All, My name is Jorge, and I'm 27. I'm thinking to becoming a buddhist monk after paying my student loan. I've schizophrenia which is well controled by proper medical treatment. Do you think that I can become a monk someday? Sorry for my poor english. With metta, Jorge. Dear Jorge, I think sch...
by detrop
Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Sources of true knowledge
Replies: 12
Views: 1454

Re: Sources of true knowledge

But how do we directly see past or future dhammas as being anicca, dukkha, anatta, etc? Just because we have perceived presently arisen dhamma to have quality "X" a 100 times in a row, it doesn't mean that 1001st instance will also be "X". I think it was Ven. Bodhesako who used the example of a cir...
by detrop
Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: khandhas and such
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: khandhas and such

Regarding the above statement, maybe consider this: the writing you see right now, and the keyboard your fingertips type on and touch, appear to be 'out there' - and, yes, I do admit that they most likely are 'in reality' - but, according to neuroscience, the entire experience - the script you are ...
by detrop
Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: cultivating wisdom?
Replies: 38
Views: 4083

Re: cultivating wisdom?

wisdom: um... what? i've read plenty of suttas and modern teachers teachings on how to develop this, there is a ton of variation and i'm kind of confused. getting wisdom is not like abstaining from alcohol, non violence, watching the breath or trying to enter jhana, which are all things you can sim...
by detrop
Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the nature of Beauty
Replies: 26
Views: 3798

Re: On the nature of Beauty

So, if beauty resides in the object, detop, how do we properly distinguish beauty? Is beauty available to anyone but arahats? Is beauty inherent in all things? I think we need a "sense of beauty" (related to our eye, ear etc.), but this sense doesn't create beauty, it just discovers it (and it migh...
by detrop
Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What continues from one life to another?
Replies: 28
Views: 6168

Re: What continues from one life to another?

To me, terms like "stream of consciousness" ... "storage of impressions" ... "stream of kamma" ... "dying and being born every single moment" raise much more questions than they possibly answer. Their accessibility in real life is not better than that of the good old permanent Self - both can be ass...
by detrop
Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On the nature of Beauty
Replies: 26
Views: 3798

Re: On the nature of Beauty

But recently reading text from Ven Pategama Gnanarama, I was surprised by his assertion that beauty, in Buddhist thought, is objective and resides in or with the object. Hello, I think that this Venerable is right. Where else should beauty reside if not "in" or "with" the object? I think the proble...