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by Bundokji
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nature Self Aware?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: Is Nature Self Aware?

Again, what nature? Is it even possible to define "nature" clearly -- without running into arbitrariness? As any other term, the meaning of it would depend on context. More often than not, through our ability to act and change our surroundings, we could imagine how things would behave without our i...
by Bundokji
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without fake self could one survive another day ?
Replies: 47
Views: 597

Re: Without fake self could one survive another day ?

According to buddhism the aim is to eliminate the sense of self or conceit ie the fake self . But in reality is it possible not to defend yourself , your very body as self and its possessions ?! Even if one disagrees with someone or something , that is defending the views which is a personal view ....
by Bundokji
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nature Self Aware?
Replies: 20
Views: 360

Re: Is Nature Self Aware?

One approach to this is to contemplate why such questions have intrigued humans for centuries? Does it truly says something about nature, or about the way we function?
by Bundokji
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Partner smoking, also weed
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Partner smoking, also weed

I second DooDoot's advice of open and honest communication with your husband. Also beware of getting advice from strangers on the internet who don't know much about you and your relationship (including your own shortcomings). You will receive well-intentioned advises, but its you who should know bet...
by Bundokji
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Mainstream or The Outsider?
Replies: 174
Views: 6444

Re: The Mainstream or The Outsider?

The insightful outsider is indeed an image, but as any other image, it has its own utility. The Buddha, as an image, is one who knows the ultimate. In the world, there are dependently originated views, often described as conventions. Habitual thinking, or heedlessness, in our realm of images and con...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to talk to people about buddhism the right way?
Replies: 91
Views: 2595

Re: How to talk to people about buddhism the right way?

If the topic in hand is directly addressing religion, a good entry point would be that most abstract ideas other religions came up with are redundant and in many cases created problems of their own. In general, worldly truths are tools for dominance, this is why it is often said that knowledge is po...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to talk to people about buddhism the right way?
Replies: 91
Views: 2595

Re: How to talk to people about buddhism the right way?

I tend not to bring up Buddhism when I talk to people unless I am particularly close to them, or they ask something specific about it. A lot of people will turn off instantly if you reference religion, and will often respond with aversion. That doesn't mean you can't give Dhamma based advice. Many ...
by Bundokji
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does 'emptiness' negate/void good & evil?
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Does 'emptiness' negate/void good & evil?

chownah wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:16 pm
In complete emptiness things don't arise.....in complete emtiness no thing arises.....in complete emptiness there is no arising.......I guess.....don't know for sure......
Is there a contradiction between defining emptiness and keeping it empty?
by Bundokji
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does 'emptiness' negate/void good & evil?
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Does 'emptiness' negate/void good & evil?

I think emptiness is conducive to develop the right grasp on good and evil. Morality is relevant to beings that experience pleasure and pain (feel). In an empty reality, physical feelings can translate into mental suffering pending an identification with those feelings. Also emptiness implies that t...
by Bundokji
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Elements definition
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: Elements definition

I think any act of deconstruction/reduction is somehow linked to a vantage point. The self can be deconstructed in myriad ways, of which referring to the elements is only one. From my limited understanding, the overall aim of presenting different ways of looking at the self or reality or experience ...
by Bundokji
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 402
Views: 18384

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

As said even though the conventional is deceptive there is 'valid' and 'invalid' in that sphere of deception. This has been called 'relatively deceptive'. So just accepting the conventions of the world without taking them at face value is enough to avoid non-sensical talk. The above seems to be an ...
by Bundokji
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 402
Views: 18384

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

Conventional language can be applied and understood by a non-buddha only in an ignorant way. In such a context it has been said that the conventional is necessarily ignorant. The ignorant will always speculate to understand the reality of what has been said by the Buddha. Therefore to not say "nece...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 402
Views: 18384

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

As said above: To use the language of the ignorant is the only way to convey a message to the ignorant. Buddha's actions are based on his knowledge of reality and his knowledge of the ignorant. Yes, but his use of conventions was not ignorant, hence conventions are not necessarily ignorant. If the ...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 402
Views: 18384

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

Given that the 'knowledge' of your second sentence is knowledge of reality then this implies that conventional language necessarily is based on ignorance because it cannot convey the reality of what is being said. Or that what is being said is a misuse of language. There is no contradiction. The co...
by Bundokji
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the world just a projection of the mind?
Replies: 402
Views: 18384

Re: Is the world just a projection of the mind?

That's tricky because the reality in this context isn't expressible with language. Some might conveive of 'deception' as negation and 'not deception' as affirmation and some may conceive of 'valid' as 'truly correct' and 'invalid' as 'truly false'. But all that does not apply. Convention is based o...