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by nrose619
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Deities?
Replies: 6
Views: 1613

Deities?

What deities exist in Buddhism? I know Mara is one. Are there any others?
by nrose619
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is the mind permanent?
Replies: 14
Views: 1938

Re: Is the mind permanent?

I thought so! the video just confused me as all because he said the mind is separate from the body but I now realize he was simply explaining the continuation of mind and not that it is permanent.
by nrose619
Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is the mind permanent?
Replies: 14
Views: 1938

Is the mind permanent?

I was watching a video of a monk explaining shutting off the five senses during deep meditation and just experiencing the mind. He said the mind is separate from the body and is something that continues (4:00-5:00 in video). Is the mind permanent? because if it is rebirth would be easier to understa...
by nrose619
Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gravity and Impermanence?
Replies: 24
Views: 3808

Re: Gravity and Impermanence?

That didn't answer my question but perhaps I should have rephrased my statement of impermanence. Also could you explain what my "misunderstanding" is instead of sending me a link to a forum to dig through? Sorry; the link is to this forum, where a very similar question was asked already. Phrasing i...
by nrose619
Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gravity and Impermanence?
Replies: 24
Views: 3808

Re: Gravity and Impermanence?

That didn't answer my question but perhaps I should have rephrased my statement of impermanence. Also could you explain what my "misunderstanding" is instead of sending me a link to a forum to dig through?

thanks,
-Nick
by nrose619
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gravity and Impermanence?
Replies: 24
Views: 3808

Gravity and Impermanence?

I have a philosophy club at my school and in today's meeting I said that almost everything is impermanent. One person disagreed saying that the law of gravity is permanent it was always here and always will be. I said gravity is dependent on mass therefore it is not a permanent self sustaining force...
by nrose619
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Teachers?
Replies: 11
Views: 2760

Teachers?

Did any of you look for a teacher of some sort? and is it required to have a teacher? can I practice without one? because I don't know of any Theravadan teachers around where I live.
by nrose619
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

The word "You" is being used in a purely conventional sense, and not in an ultimate sense. We need to use conventional terms in speech because there are only four things that are part of ultimate reality, and they are: Rupa, Citta, Cetasika, and Nibbana. If we didn't use conventional terms, it woul...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

If the "self" is an illusion what receives the results of kamma? all the best, -Nick Consciousnesses do arise in the context of self (consciousness "I", consciousness "me", consciousness "mine").That isn't an illusion isn't it? So consciousnesses may reap what they have sown :sage: Didn't the Buddh...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

If the "self" is an illusion what receives the results of kamma? all the best, -Nick I think that there is some confusion here about what the teaching of Anatta actually means. A lot of people think it means "I don't exist" but that's not quite right. It means something more along the lines of "My ...
by nrose619
Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

nibbuti wrote:
nrose619 wrote:what is "who" if "self" is an illusion?
The question "what is 'who'" is not valid since no 'somebody' was mentioned before (just a who-statement that the Buddha rejected, providing an alternative).

Please read the link above carefully friend.

:anjali:
Read it wrong. My apologies :anjali:
by nrose619
Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

Looking for a "what" is just the same as if you were to say that a self receives the results. Although you have removed the idea of self, the mind continues to force some concept to be the receiver. Why? Because logic says there is supposed to be an answer to that question. The way I understand it,...
by nrose619
Fri Jan 11, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

Re: What or who receives kamma's results?

"'The one who acts is the one who experiences [the result of the act]
yes, but what is "who" if "self" is an illusion?
by nrose619
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What or who receives kamma's results?
Replies: 18
Views: 1227

What or who receives kamma's results?

If the "self" is an illusion what receives the results of kamma?

all the best,
-Nick
by nrose619
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and apathy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

Buddhism and apathy?

One of my friends studies Buddhism for a world religions class he is taking, and when we were conversing he mentioned Buddhism often pointed to signs of apathy ( lack of feeling or emotion/lack of interest or concern) I said this is not always the case since Buddhism often advocates the virtues of c...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 3174

Re: views without a thinker

I hope my previous post did not come across as criticizing, it was not intended in that way. :anjali: Hi manas, no worries I was just trying to figure out what you meant. Were you expressing that saying there is or is not a self is a limiting factor, instead we should view it as a means of liberati...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 3174

Re: views without a thinker

"The trouble is that how it is presented and defined - even calling it 'the non self doctrine', an expression I've not found in any of the suttas - seems to affect how people grasp it. I can't put any links up with this dratted 'smart phone' but if you look, Thanissaro Bhikkhu has written about this...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 3174

Re: views without a thinker

How we grasp the doctrine relating to the khandas makes all the difference, ime. So many Buddhists seem to get fixated on the idea ' I have no self', but THAT statement is dismissed as wrong view, because (as I understand it) it is still a particular view of self. Well we should try and see what th...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

Well since he is a Christian I assume he believes in one God (monotheism) that has the ability to dictate our lives through the manipulation of a permanent "soul" (that is the basis of Christianity). I do not agree with this since I do not believe there is a soul or unbreakable human essence. The ma...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2045

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

pulga wrote:Just the thought of living forever, even if it doesn't imply death, scares the hell out of me.
That is why the Buddha's wisdom is unlimited :twothumbsup: he showed a way to get off the wheel of coming and going. Nirvana (non-coming non-going) ;)