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by Bundokji
Fri May 17, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do I get more merits if I give more?
Replies: 12
Views: 300

Re: Do I get more merits if I give more?

I think it is not the quantity of what is been given, but how attached are you to it. If you give a lot of something that has little value to you, then this is not generosity, and vice versa.
by Bundokji
Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 2069

Re: Secular Buddhism

:popcorn:
by Bundokji
Tue May 14, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 2069

Re: Secular Buddhism

Maybe this topic can be approached differently through contemplating the role of "belief" in Buddhism. How should one relate to teachings likened by the teacher himself as a raft to be discarded after crossing over? On the one hand, it affirms the importance of belief as necessary for crossing over,...
by Bundokji
Fri May 10, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we born with a defective mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 259

Re: Are we born with a defective mind?

I think the human mind is not defective, but reflective (i.e has the ability to produce images of itself). This very ability can be a cause of continuous misery or salvation.
by Bundokji
Fri May 10, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 450

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

The answer lies within, not without. "Is it possible, lord, by traveling, to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where one does not take birth, age, die, pass away or reappear?" "I tell you, friend, that it is not possible by traveling to know or see or reach a far end of the cosmos where ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 10, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 450

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

Buddha did not say things are not exist. He asked whether it is appropriate to say things not exist when you see the birth. Buddha did not say things are exist. He asked whether it is appropriate to say things exist when there is death. Hence he taught Dependent Origination. So, there are contexts ...
by Bundokji
Fri May 10, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 450

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

alfa wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 2:17 am
There is no existence or non-existence. There is only dependent arising.
What have you achieved by stating the above? What is the difference?
by Bundokji
Tue May 07, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Harmfulness as part of the practice
Replies: 5
Views: 127

Re: Harmfulness as part of the practice

Would linking it to how certainty arise in the conditioned world help? In the conditioned world, certainty can arise when: 1- The conditions necessary for a certain phenomena are identified 2- The conditions that prevents the arising of certain phenomena are identified In the realm of possibilities ...
by Bundokji
Wed May 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

Your claim: because this “the self” is not real there will always be hatred, greed and delusion. But then the remedy (if any) is to make “the self” real, which is a contradiction. Thus no ending. I said the self is not real to begin with , which is the main suppressant. The act of suppression can t...
by Bundokji
Wed May 01, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 691

Re: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll

The most difficult, in my mind, is the very tendency to form habits (the law or the process of creation). Would it be meaningful to call the basic need for food (if done in moderation) addiction? If this is the case, why would it not be accurate to call the process of natural selection (if one accep...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

Your claim: because this “the self” is not real there will always be hatred, greed and delusion. But then the remedy (if any) is to make “the self” real, which is a contradiction. Thus no ending. I said the self is not real to begin with , which is the main suppressant. The act of suppression can t...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

Taking up this example, you then said that the (presence of shadow as a possibility) makes the image a shadow in disguise. For me the image is the image and the shadow the shadow. And where the image is, then there not the shadow and v.v. Your line of reasoning appears to be based on the view that ...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

The presence of ‘heedlessness as a possibility’ means it is in that regard absent (not uprooted). Absent then means heedful, since they are antonyms. Because heedfulness too is present as possibility we would then, with that same logic, get: ‘the presence of heedfulness as a possibility makes heedl...
by Bundokji
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

You wrote: ... the possibility of being heedless is a main driver of being heedful. To which I replied that this (heedless being a main driver for heedful) is not the case. That heedless leads to more heedless. That one needs the Dhamma (which I referred to with "requires that understanding ") in o...
by Bundokji
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heedlessness as a part of the practice
Replies: 67
Views: 697

Re: Heedlessness as a part of the practice

Heedless, normal mind-set so to speak, doesn’t need to reach a limit: If we have enough of distraction with seeing (different) things, we can simply resort to hearing, tasting, etc. There is always an area unsatisfied driving only to more engaging. Not that heedfulness is then non-existent; it is n...