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by rolling_boulder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 2009

Re: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

sentinel wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:13 pm
Speaking of arahant , any living arahant known you might want to share ?
They say that ajahn liem is. Who knows, though.
by rolling_boulder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 1647

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

Citta, perhaps,

Or, intention....

Hard to say really...
by rolling_boulder
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: May 1: Free online retreat with Ajahns Sona and Sudanto
Replies: 1
Views: 135

May 1: Free online retreat with Ajahns Sona and Sudanto

It's come to my attentiom that this free livestreamed meditation retreat will be starting tomorrow! It would be cool to see some of you participating! Here is the site with info. https://birken.ca/online-mindfulness-retreat-from-birken/ They ask you to sign up, probably to send you more info, but yo...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Apr 11, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do we know that Buddha attained Nibbana?
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: How do we know that Buddha attained Nibbana?

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:43 am
beanyan wrote:no man cometh to Nibbana but by me!
once Microsoft sells Windows, no one reinvents Windows


they simply buy Windows via Microsoft
Only becsuse Microsoft killed FOSS software!
by rolling_boulder
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 2009

Re: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

Anyone that can resolve these tangles for me, gets my respect My advice is that do not try to be an Arahant. The word Arahant should be broken into manageable pieces we can relate to. For me, what I wont to be is just be happy. Then investigate your level of happiness against the teaching on a regu...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand
Replies: 58
Views: 2009

Buddhist Paradoxes I Still don't understand

Buddhism sometimes feels a little silly to me because of the following contradictions. 1. There is no separate self; everything is interconnected and interdependently arisen, we are completely and entirely social beings, we only exist with reference to our environment, our sphere of action is limite...
by rolling_boulder
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invitation to a Virtual Retreat (May 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Invitation to a Virtual Retreat (May 1)

Ajahn Sona's hosting a virtual pandemic meditation retreat, if you want to participate, starting may 1!

by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A little Inspiration for renunciation
Replies: 0
Views: 211

A little Inspiration for renunciation

From the Buddhacarita by Asvaghosa (the Bodhisattvas' servant is trying to convince him to seduce a woman) 85. ‘I do not despise worldly objects, I know that all mankind are bound up therein; but remembering that the world is transitory, my mind cannot find pleasure in them. 86. ‘Old age, disease, a...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 2269

Re: Is Buddhism a death cult?

So something in my world that holds out an offer of a reality free from these things is going to grab my attention. It makes me want to explore, to take advice on what this might be and how it might be obtained. To use similes from the suttas, it's a bit like being swept away or threatened by water...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 2269

Re: Is Buddhism a death cult?

In the suttas, though, there is repeated emphasis upon "the deathless", amata , as the goal of the practice. Forgive me that I like to poke and question. What's the deathless? Of course it's the age old question. But why are we so sure that we want it? So many Buddhists say we practice for the sake...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 2269

Is Buddhism a death cult?

:thinking: "Dismiss this life, worship death. " -Death Grips "The noblest of people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure, and death, esteeming above them poverty, hardship, ignorance, and death." -Diogenes, quoted by Stobaeus Hi, talking to some traditional Buddhists I hear them referring ...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science
Replies: 172
Views: 8784

Re: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science

What stream-enterers have to lose (let alone Arhants) to violate the Vinaya? They would still achieve Nibbana no matter what. Sotapannas don't neccesarily recall their past lives, and if Theravada orthodoxy holds, monastic arahants would never breach the Vinaya out of respect for the Dhamma. Lay ar...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science
Replies: 172
Views: 8784

Re: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science

But not even this was even tried. Arhants or monks at the highest levels of realization should have at least tried to verify their own claims by providing evidence to the general public but, as far as I know, no one even really seriously tried. Which is a puzzle, if I may say. They aren't allowed t...
by rolling_boulder
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?
Replies: 24
Views: 2009

Re: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?

binocular wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:40 pm
(I heard from some Hindus that fleas, mosquitos, worms, etc. don't go anywhere near spiritually advanced people. This might be a general Asian/dharmic theme.)
Well then given how much mosquitoes seem to love me, I have a long way to go...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 4095

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

This could be your 1000th lifetime where you encountered the Dhamma, and 1000 times before it you could've settled for, "It's not such a big deal." How do you know either way? You don't. So what's your best bet? Yeah you're right, I should have phrased it differently. But it is something hard to ph...