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by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 67
Views: 975

Re: Back to self!

...How does one get past this paradox?... :namaste: FWIW, Thanissaro Bhikkhu acknowledges a paradox. The word is in the title of one of his books, The Paradox of Becoming . I have not yet gotten beyond the first chapter, so can't offer much, but here is a little from the Preface [ italics added]: T...
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with tragedy
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Dealing with tragedy

How is a Buddhist to deal with great trauma/tragedy and huge, unspeakable amount of stress?

Is one to retract and become like a rock?

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 17
Views: 450

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Thanks Sam for your patience and kindness. But please remain as an active member.

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 67
Views: 975

Re: Back to self!

This vision just arises to nobody - no person is needed for the vision to be; in fact person was never needed even when there was illusion of a person. Things happen, but they just happen, they happen to no one. Illusion of personal self happens, but it happens to no one! During my absence from the...
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 67
Views: 975

Re: Back to self!

Greetings, How does one get past this paradox? By regarding all dhammas as not-self, and forgetting about this ontological "no self" idea. Metta, Paul. :) Which is part of the paradox. "By regarding" - you are implying that someone is regarding who is being asked to not regard (the illusory self fr...
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 67
Views: 975

Re: Back to self!

Something or someone is being asked to understand. Who is being asked? Indeed. The presence of the demand to understand implies the existence of an individual being asked, this is why it is dependently arising. Imagine if the demand to understand was not there, would the question "who is being aske...
by No_Mind
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 67
Views: 975

Back to self!

According to Buddhism - my illusory notion of self is being asked to understand that the self is an illusion.

If I have no self, then who/what is being asked to understand that the self is an illusion?

Something or someone is being asked to understand. Who is being asked?

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Interesting video I found a whileback
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Interesting video I found a whileback

Was the better one this one?



:namaste:
by No_Mind
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 684

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

So much anger .. all about a naked sadhu who lived in a cave for most of his life (and then in a bamboo hut) ..

I wonder if this is what the Buddha taught? I don't think so.

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 684

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Baba Lokenath is considered a saint in parts of south Bengal (especially where I live.) It is entirely possible he was a pacceka buddha of some sort. He spent very long time in Himalayas and could have been well versed in Mahayana. In that case he would be an arahant. Your political ideas....no com...
by No_Mind
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 684

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Baba Lokenath is considered a saint in parts of south Bengal (especially where I live.) Without entering into a protracted "us vs them" conversation - It is entirely possible he was a pacceka buddha of some sort. He spent very long time in Himalayas and could have been well versed in Mahayana. In th...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 873

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

The scientific evidence does seem to imply, that thoughts do indeed originate in that mildly electrified, watery mush called our brains, and are not independent of it. I'm also wondering if there is anywhere in the Pali Canon where the Buddha specifically states that free will / agency actually exi...
by No_Mind
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 72
Views: 3110

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Since much of Hinduism barring the Upanishads/Vedantas, Brahma Sutras, Bhagvad Gita and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is made up of stories and mythology, it makes little sense to argue about Hindu concept of time. The Puranas are stories and everyone made a little bit up. Their main purpose was to bring...
by No_Mind
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 72
Views: 3110

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Since much of Hinduism barring the Vedantas, Brahma Sutras and Gita is made up of stories and mythology, it makes little sense to argue about them. They are stories and everyone made a little bit up. Their main purpose was to bring the concept of Nirguna Brahman to masses as Krishna and Shiva and Sh...
by No_Mind
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 5644

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I feel like Skeptical Buddhists and Devout Buddhists are being disrespectful of each other in many of the various discussions. Can you define Skeptical Buddhist? I am a Buddhist who believes in soul (which perishes upon Nibbana but survives from birth to birth .. I had proposed this in a thread and...