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by dhammacoustic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness gets matured ?
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Consciousness gets matured ?

the sutta is pretty self-explanatory i think : if you’re involved, you’re not free. If you’re not involved, you’re free.
sentinel wrote:What is the meaning here that consciousness get matured ?

(...)
it grows, becomes more and more conscious of phenomena, causes more attachment.
by dhammacoustic
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 44
Views: 545

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

of course you can.

live ethically, establish a firm faith , and keep training your mind. that's all you need.
by dhammacoustic
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 571

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

(...) To sum up, it the purpose of a Buddhist to remove all types of desire, or just some of them? If you only need to remove some of them, why is this not specified? (instead of just saying: “desire is the root of all suffering”) the purpose is to learn to disidentify with mental phenomena. desire...
by dhammacoustic
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2413

Re: Idealism

(...) All I can say is that there is no empirical evidence for matter and to claim that the world really exists, that it is independent and is as it is is antithetical to the dhamma and to reason. and you are saying this while your feet are on the ground and your hands are typing on a keyboard so t...
by dhammacoustic
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the references to Brahma
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Why the references to Brahma

i don't think brahma = the buddha either. https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/uposatha (...) He is thus called a disciple of the noble ones undertaking the Brahma-Uposatha . He lives with Brahma. It is owing to Brahma that his mind is calmed, that joy arises, and that whatever defilements there are...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1336

Re: The Dhamma and Science

@clw_uk , the video below might be of interest to you:)

by dhammacoustic
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space
Replies: 57
Views: 1256

Re: Paṭiccasamuppāda and Space

there is no space without extension and vice versa , A cannot exist without B..
by dhammacoustic
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience
Replies: 24
Views: 1171

Re: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience

(...) I struggle with the concept of the Buddha being “omniscient, but not omnipotent.” The later half certainly makes sense, but the first is more puzzling. why? omniscience is synonymous with omnipotence. if one is omniscient, one is naturally omnipotent. I don’t believe these words are synonymou...
by dhammacoustic
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience
Replies: 24
Views: 1171

Re: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience

tpburnham wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:16 am
(...) I struggle with the concept of the Buddha being “omniscient, but not omnipotent.” The later half certainly makes sense, but the first is more puzzling.
why? omniscience is synonymous with omnipotence. if one is omniscient, one is naturally omnipotent.
by dhammacoustic
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 15
Views: 522

Re: Who follows the noble path?

(...) Which means even the desire to practice the noble path is temporary. In a certain mental state, we follow the noble path. But that mental state will cease, as will our motivation to follow the path. And so on and so forth. :anjali: yes, it would seem so, in theory, ie when we are trapped insi...
by dhammacoustic
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 15
Views: 522

Re: Who follows the noble path?

:namaste: There is no self, only a mechanical karmic process that is mistaken for the self or "I". Isn't this realization enough? If one says no, this isn't enough and that one has to follow the noble path. Again, who is going to follow it? Which self? Which "I"? :anjali: i guess we're lost in sema...
by dhammacoustic
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism idealistic?
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Is Buddhism idealistic?

i wouldn't say "unrealistically" but considering that the buddhist ethics (namely the noble eightfold path) form a teleological structure for the individual, yes... nonetheless , buddhism is not "idealism" in the platonic sense; (...) when this exists, that exists, when this arises, that arises, whe...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 34
Views: 2160

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Listening to music generates demerit (bad deeds, bad kamma)? Listening to music breaks the precepts of virtue? Who listens to music becomes a bad person? Does listening to music generate demerit as much as killing and stealing? i always listen to instrumental music while reading the suttas, helps m...
by dhammacoustic
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Possible for a psychic medium to channel the Buddha?
Replies: 4
Views: 200

Re: Possible for a psychic medium to channel the Buddha?

not possible.
(...) but on the dissolution of the body, beyond the end of his life, neither gods nor men shall see him.
by dhammacoustic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: human population , Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: human population , Sutta

Sutta says in the old days world was crowded as hell. Villages, towns and capital cities were chicken flight apart. (...) i guess we could also say that the sutta is trying to communicate an idea ; greed leads to famine, people killing each other, etc. so it's a criticism of greed , and lust... nee...