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by Gaoxing
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I feel so alone and have no courage to face life
Replies: 24
Views: 3946

Re: I feel so alone and have no courage to face life

It's just felt that being in that dark pit of depression is an opportunity few people actually get. Wow! Good luck! :toast: Yeah, like smallpox or bubonic plague. Major depression is not something one would wish on anyone, least of all - oneself. Well if you hadn't tried to put words in my mouth yo...
by Gaoxing
Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I feel so alone and have no courage to face life
Replies: 24
Views: 3946

Re: I feel so alone and have no courage to face life

Wow! A well balanced answer by Buddhasoap. It's just felt that being in that dark pit of depression is an opportunity few people actually get. Wow! Good luck! :toast:
by Gaoxing
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautama?
Replies: 81
Views: 5582

Re: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautam

Greetings, How much faith did the Buddha have in the Suttas? He had enough faith in the Dhamma to give the teachings that formed the basis of the suttas. In fact, even once he was the Buddha he still paid homage to the Dhamma, because it is good to venerate. As far as I'm concerned, that answers yo...
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautama?
Replies: 81
Views: 5582

Re: Why do Buddhists always revert back to siddhartha gautam

How much faith did the Buddha have in the Suttas?
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Spiny Norman wrote:
Gaoxing wrote:What philosophy is found in Buddhist practice?
Assumptions about the 3 characteristics seem quite philosophical.
Sure but do you think the Buddha taught assumptions?
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

With philosophy is meant the love(passion) of wisdom as fixed concepts(dogma) in boxes especially western academic materials. This seems like a pretty limited perspective with regard to all that has gone on in the name of philosophy in the Western tradition. Ancient philosophy was often considered ...
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)
Replies: 5
Views: 1263

Re: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)

This is my first post so hello everyone! I have been quite annoyed about people's prejudices against other religions, which oh so often leads to suffering :( Therefore, I decided to do something about it and try and write a book, briefly educating children and adults about the major religions, and ...
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

With philosophy is meant what the Buddha never did. Hi Gaoxing, Never ever ? It depends, among mant other things, on whether or not your understanding of the Buddha's teachings is accurate, and--again--on what you mean by "philosophy." Kindly, dL Correct but this does not depend on you or me. Right...
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

danielion wrote:No. It is merely a statement of the aggregates as not-self.
Correct and that's why there can be no-self. :rofl:
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

danielion wrote:That's different from your original statement and it also depends on what you mean by "philosophy.
Every statement is different. Change is inevitable. With philosophy is meant what the Buddha never did.
by Gaoxing
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

binocular wrote:
chownah wrote:But of course another person's privacy is part of my experience as well as another person's kamma....
Then tell me:
What is my favorite color?
What is it like to be me?
It's a delusion full of suffering.
by Gaoxing
Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

danieLion wrote:
Gaoxing wrote:The Buddha never spoke in terms of philosophical issues....
Never?
Yes. Buddhism is not a philosophy.
by Gaoxing
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

I'm not familiar with solipsism, but I said "it's what you have to work with" as a practical advise, not a philosophical point of view. Solipsism (Listeni/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning "alone", and ipse, meaning "self") is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. ...
by Gaoxing
Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

and conversely can you think of any part (or the entirety) of the whole Universe which is not part of your experience? Another person's privacy - another person's kamma, for example. This can't be kamma. There is nothing independently arising anywhere. There is no privacy of action. This idea of 'a...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Context is very important. 1. “Natthi attakāro, natthi parakāro.” Some people might have expected the Buddha to have approved highly of this naïve negative doctrine. The fact that he very succinctly and effectively refutes it is extremely instructive and of great significance for gaining a better un...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 35
Views: 4163

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

Having read the Suttas the Buddha does not say No-self is suffering. The Buddha said self is suffering and this self and any idea of self or independent entities are only a construct of the Skandha. There can neither be self in any of the aggregates. What makes the self appear is clinging to it and ...
by Gaoxing
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Equating impermanence with suffering and no-self is for kindergarten classes where the illusion of a self, which does exist and is not denied by the Buddha, is very prominent. The Buddha does not deny the existence of illusions, he does not deny Zeus, the tooth fairy nor Father Christmas. Impermanen...
by Gaoxing
Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings
Replies: 356
Views: 31108

Re: On Thanissaro Bhikkhu's anatta teachings

Atta = soul = self Anatta= not-self = no-self It takes a self to declare there's no self. The Buddha used his self to declare the things that are not self. He knew taht declaring there is no self would be absurd. Where is this self 'you' talk about? What does it consist of? Where did the Buddha say...
by Gaoxing
Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Anatta takes out metta
Replies: 49
Views: 3219

Re: Anatta takes out metta

Sunnata is Anatta is Metta. Wrong metta? Wrong Anatta? A cup of coffee can also make you feel good but coffee is off track.
by Gaoxing
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality
Replies: 35
Views: 4163

Re: Advaitin vs. Buddhist takes on awareness/reality

In practice there is no Buddha-nature to be found, neither a self (atman). Superman is a story. :oops: