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by Nicolas
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Goodness
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Goodness

Perhaps he was referring to the law of kamma? Good actions invariably bring good results.
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?
Replies: 19
Views: 240

Re: If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?

"If it's not you that will be reborn, why care about the future?" My understanding: Fully awakened ones don't "care about the future" in the way we would. We are not fully awakened, we are deluded, our "I am" conceit has not been uprooted. As such, "I am" and its consequences remain and so we do car...
by Nicolas
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Why is "physical birth" suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 381

Re: Why is "physical birth" suffering?

I’ve heard that being born can both be painful and deeply traumatic. If being in the womb is pleasant, being compressed down the birth canal, having to breathe, and being thrown into the world can certainly be very stressful in comparison.
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "In this very life"
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: "In this very life"

I don't know if the book says that (upon quick look at an online PDF, it doesn't look like it). I just remembered the term from some suttas and looked up the original Pali in those suttas. I also found this: The Pali word used in MN13 is sandiṭṭhiko , and throughout the suttas, including in MN13, it...
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "In this very life"
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: "In this very life"

Sandiṭṭhika: visible; belonging to, of advantage to, this life, actual. (PTS dictionary)

https://suttacentral.net/search?query=sandiṭṭhika
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The restriction is that it needs effort. Again, I've provided examples (based on mathematics) to show that something that stretches infinitely into the past doesn't have to span all possibilities, there are lawful things (~"deterministic") that only return a certain result after an infinity of diffe...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Theravada against mathematics

"not more", "exceeds", etc. doesn't apply the same way with infinities. You're saying (in the case of countably infinite apples and oranges) "but there is not more fruit than there are apples (since they have same cardinality), therefore all fruit must be apples!". This is not the case! The way that...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Let's suppose there is an infinite Hilbert basket with compartments that can hold a piece of fruit. Each compartment has a fruit name in it, like apple, or orange. I can put all my infinite oranges in the "orange" compartments. (all my past lives are possible lives) I can also put all my oranges in ...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Life is a finite sequence of combinations of a finite set of elements (dhammas).

We get a pair of items. If there are a couple of elements, then life is lived. A pair of items is not the same item. There are two of them. Possible life is like a guest. Past life is like a hotel room. Guest is not a hotel room . But if a room was found for each guest, then all the guests were acc...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Life is a finite sequence of combinations of a finite set of elements (dhammas).

A countable set of all possible lives (and they can be counted in the order of 1,2, 3 to infinity, without missing a single possible option) can never be greater than the set of past lives (which is also a countable set: you can count lives in the past to infinity, 1 , 2, 3 ... without missing a si...
by Nicolas
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 455

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

[Liberation] seems to be the "recourse" of mindfulness in the therapeutic or path sense. It is where mindfulness "goes to", so to speak. :thumbsup: Paṭisaraṇa := refuge in, shelter, help, protection. (PTS) Instead of "having recourse to", how about "settles into"? (in the above sense of "is at home...
by Nicolas
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: mapping

How do you get from this (which I have no issue with): The point is that each element of the set of steps of the algorithm (A) can be associated with an element of the set of moments of the past (B). There is a mapping of the set A into the set B. If you metaphorically present the past as a hotel wi...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: For each step (for each dhammas recombination) there is a moment in the past tense

For each step (for each dhammas recombination) there is a moment in the past tense. It is impossible to say that the set of steps exceeds the set of past moments, because the set of steps is a countable infinite set. It doesn't have to exceed it to be different... Have you looked at my post at all?...
by Nicolas
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: suttas mentioned in tipitaka
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: suttas mentioned in tipitaka

Ven. Sujato & Ven. Brahmali’s The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts has a list, pp. 85-87 of the PDF or pp. 79-81 of the printed document ( 4.3.2 Internal cross-references ). I had created a topic in SuttaCentral asking the same question, where I got the reference I just mentioned. Another po...
by Nicolas
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 673
Views: 9354

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Germann, You seem to be saying that the set of all "possible" lives and the set of all of one's individual past lives being countable implies that they're the same. This is not true. If two sets have the same cardinality, that does not mean the sets are the same. For example, odd numbers and even nu...