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by chownah
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Self defence

To exand on what sam vara said, the best self defence technique is developing the sense of when it is time to leave.
chownah
by chownah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 459

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

I think the Buddhist teachings (from the suttas) are too effective for a person to be able to read them and still stay in society and go on with life as usual. I think this is another example of you taking your own very narrow view of things and projecting it onto buddhists because reading the sutt...
by chownah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 20
Views: 258

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

You may be surprised to hear that there are really alot of buddhists who don't consider rebirth to be an issue at all in any way.....they never really even think about it. For those people your consternation is a non-starter. Maybe people would be closer to the end of suffering if they cared less ab...
by chownah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 459

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

What I wanted to know is whether you think it impossible. In the sense that, Buddhism is wrong. I think it is possible not to grasp. I just don't think it is possible to live (ie. work for a living, having some kind of social life) in modern secular society while not grasping. I also don't think it...
by chownah
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?
Replies: 8
Views: 249

Re: Which text says Buddha had to eat horse wheat ?

Just so people know, barley is and was commonly eaten by humans....it is a perfectly nutritious grain and it sustains and has sustained millions upon millions of people. Eating barley is a mark of a certain degree of poverty....it is not as palatable as rice (for instance) and so in most cultures pe...
by chownah
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 459

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Is cessation of suffering (while still alive and fully functioning) a realistic goal? This is a question which every individual must evaluate from their own perspective and for their own considerations.....it is not any kind of expression of "theravada buddhism" or any other group one might want to...
by chownah
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 459

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Theravada buddhism doesn't do the wanting......it is people who (out of ignorance) not only want too much but want the wrong things...... You know what I mean. The aim of Theravada/Early Buddhism is nibbana, the complete cessation of suffering, true peace, true happiness. I don't know any other rel...
by chownah
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9372

Re: Theravada against mathematics

How do I practice for the ending of suffering when 1. danger is imminent and a matter of life and death, and 2. I suspect my method is ineffective, and that it can't work, not even theoretically ? If I found myself in that situation I would find another practice.....the buddha however would probabl...
by chownah
Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 38
Views: 459

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

:goodpost:
Theravada buddhism doesn't do the wanting......it is people who (out of ignorance) not only want too much but want the wrong things......
chownah
by chownah
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9372

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

Don't you know? It is not a matter of what he is going to do.....he is doing it right now....this thread is what he is doing.....you are what he is doing..... Everyone has to work out their salvation by themselves. "Thus an instructed disciple of the noble ones reflects in this way: 'I am now being...
by chownah
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

The Buddha meditates for compassion to the world, he has said this time and time again. I am not taking issue with this statement but I have not seen a sutta quote which exactly says this. Some of the sutta quotes presented in this thread come close to implying it but none of them that I have seen ...
by chownah
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9372

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

So what are you going to do with this insight of yours? Don't you know? It is not a matter of what he is going to do.....he is doing it right now....this thread is what he is doing.....you are what he is doing.....he has accomplished alot and frankly what he has accomplished does not shine a very p...
by chownah
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

"Why did the Buddha emerge from meditation?" Why not go a bit farther and ask "Did the buddha emerge from meditation?". It seems that people here are resistent to the idea that the buddha's mind did not give rise to anything with which the buddha identified (self) with the resultant attachments and...
by chownah
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

I think it is quite likely that the entire of the buddha's existence was meditation.....nothing but meditation.....naturally when in the rains retreat when sitting idle most of time the most near at hand thing for meditation is the breath....so......breath meditation it was.....pretty simple really....
by chownah
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9372

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Germann wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:22 am
The realization of Nibbana is the passage of a known series of dhammas combinations.
....and yet another hugely important and unsupported assumption!!!!!!
chownah