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by chownah
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 27
Views: 186

Re: Anger

Did the buddha ever mention anger as being useful on the path? Seem to me like always said to get rid of it. Is the opposite of anger good will (metta)? Should we forgoe metta and instead cultivate anger in some situations?
chownah
by chownah
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

I am naturally inclined towards a strong love of food and sensual pleasures. I grew up in an Epicurean household, with an emphasis on fine dining, sampling the foodstuffs of the world, fine wines, and decadent desserts. I know my mind's tendency towards this issue,.... ..... .... It is good that yo...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 420

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness mediation is not a philosophical principle....it is not a principle of any kind that I know of. It is a techniques which has been found beneficial by a broad sampling of humans across many cultures and in many settings. Similarly, the things kim ohara mentions are not philosophical prin...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: There is nothing to do

I think it goes more like: We are all constantly bathed in desire and intention. Effort directs our paths forward so if our effort is right effort then we will move forward and away from desire and intention.....if our effort is wrong effort then we will continue with desire and intention unabated. ...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 420

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

That's being unfair, I think. To be fair, we should also ignore all those who weren't helped by Jungian analysis, primal scream therapy, Christian Science, reiki, laying on of hands, etc, etc. Why unfair? Some moral philosophers propose that if a principle is such that only some people can act on i...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 27
Views: 186

Re: Anger

Anger is a common emotion and people often feel that they need to express their anger. Does anger serve any purpose? I like that you have differentiated between the emotion and the expression. Anger(an emotion) is the fruition of past kamma (intention). Expressions of anger(an action) is kamma (int...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 123

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

The suttas say 'speech' ceases in the 1st jhana therefore it seems the type of thinking (vaci sankhara) that creates speech also ceases in the 1st jhana: For one who has attained the first jhana, speech has ceased. https://suttacentral.net/en/sn36.11 Does 'vaci sankhara' mean actual external, lip f...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visit to Bangkok
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Visit to Bangkok

Ruud, In getting around bangkok I recommend using the water taxis whenever possible. They run on the Chao Phraya river and on some of the canals. They are cheap and often/usually faster than travel on the streets.....also fun. Most of them run fairly frequently so the wait time is not too long. You ...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neurological vs Psychological
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Neurological vs Psychological

The OP didn't ask about the Suttas, he asked about science. You presented this as an arguement to show that buddhism has more relevance than anything scientists have to say: all you need to do is ask a neuroscientist "what is consciousness" and "where" it is, in order to realize that the Buddha's t...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 165

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

I think that it is clear that if we blindly just use ordinary powers for personal/material gain that the results often detrimental......seems like with using supernormal powers the results would often be superdetrimental.......I guess.....don't know for sure.....
chownah
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?
Replies: 52
Views: 547

Re: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?

Assuming that they are good standards, hiri and ottappa are the two mental factors that ensure that you do live up to them. Good according to whose idea of goodness? Bhagavaṃ mūlakā no dhammā, Bhagavaṃ nettikā, Bhagavaṃ paṭisaraṇā. “Our teachings are rooted in the Blessed One, guided by the Blessed...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?
Replies: 52
Views: 547

Re: AN 10.76: What do shame, remorse, and negligence refer to?

Dhammanando, I really can not relate to most of what is said in the illustrations of the terms in the Atthasālinī. Just for example the four kinds of hiri (consideration of birth, of age, of heroism, of wide experience.).....I have felt shame but I really don't think that it ever arose because of th...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in a restaurant part 2
Replies: 58
Views: 529

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

Do you think that this bit of oddity is central to the idea that l.n. is trying to get across? I don't think it's an oddity and I think it's important, because I think that whether one will feel remorse or not depends on why one did the offensive act to begin with. If someone does something "for no...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in a restaurant part 2
Replies: 58
Views: 529

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

Do you think that this bit of oddity is central to the idea that l.n. is trying to get across? I don't think it's an oddity and I think it's important, because I think that whether one will feel remorse or not depends on why one did the offensive act to begin with. If someone does something "for no...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in a restaurant part 2
Replies: 58
Views: 529

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

A further example: Jack takes Jill's candy away for no reason. For no reason?? How can that be? Post as ye will. I'm just trying to show why you get to the "sigh". It matters not to me if you ask questions without any nuance and no detail, no other explanation or outlook. The result will just often...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Replies: 87
Views: 1814

Re: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Perhaps you would be relieved of your sighing if you had presented more than just "How can there be "innocent victims" when there is kamma??".....you presented it without any nuance and no detail, no other explanation or outlook.....the result was inciteful or should I say "in*sigh*tful. I asked a ...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 32
Views: 420

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

binocular wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:29 pm
chownah wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:36 am
With respect to mindfulness meditation, some people might think that the original is still the greatest....but many different variations seem to be effective for various people for various purposes.
Your point being?
There is no point.
chownah
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
Replies: 87
Views: 1814

Re: The 'silent crisis' of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

*sigh* These discussions tend to be rather predictable. In these discussions, people, including many of those who nominally believe in rebirth or reincarnation, often defend those they perceive as victims, and automatically consider them innocent, allowing for no nuance and no detail, no other expl...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neurological vs Psychological
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Neurological vs Psychological

As Zom said, all you need to do is ask a neuroscientist "what is consciousness" and "where" it is, Yeah, but you can go looking in the pali canon for the answer to those questions and not do any better. For those who will take exception to what I said, please bring some good clear answers to those ...
by chownah
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in a restaurant part 2
Replies: 58
Views: 529

Re: Eating in a restaurant part 2

A further example: Jack takes Jill's candy away for no reason. For no reason?? How can that be? It is a bit odd to say that it was for no reason....especially since later he implies that jack thinks he was involved in some stealing. Do you think he stole the candy while they were ascending or when ...