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by Bundokji
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 28
Views: 291

Re: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment

I used to think of awakening as some kind of constant state of feeling blissed out. Nothing hurts, and everything just feels great. Like you're on a drug or something. As I've matured, I now see that an awakened being might experience having a bad back for example, just that their response to feeli...
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 24
Views: 1281

Re: Guilt and Shame

Hello, I agree, if guilt and shame prevent harm then that is better than not feeling them and continuing to do harm. I think there are areas in practise where loving-kindess is better than shame and guilt. Eating too much cake for instance, assuming there isn't an underlying health condition such a...
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 35
Views: 550

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

The work of Noam Chomsky might be relevant to the topic in hand

by Bundokji
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 24
Views: 1281

Re: Guilt and Shame

I don't think Buddhism encourages or discourages guilt or shame. As I understand it Buddhism teaches awareness if you feel guilt or shame don't shut it out or say "ah this is good I need to feel this more" just watch how it comes and goes, as with all feelings and thoughts they come and go. Watchin...
by Bundokji
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whole of the holy life
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Whole of the holy life

I have the following two comments: 1- The term "the whole of the holy life" is an exaggeration to emphasize the importance and the benefits of admirable friendship. It is a style of communication using metaphoric/poetic language and i would not interpret it literally. 2- Admirable friendship does no...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 35
Views: 550

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

I think I see where we are diverging. There is physical pain and psychological suffering. The baby is an organism ruled by physical urges and evolution. Everything is physical to the developing child until the psychological is developed later on. I don't see that there is any self or self view invo...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 35
Views: 550

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Worldly knowledge is necessary for self view. You are not born with self view. You develop it through the contact of the senses with things. You then synthesize a concrete experiencer out of this knowledge of things. But there is never really a self in spite of what we think and feel. There are onl...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 35
Views: 550

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Self view is a necessary condition for the arising of worldly knowledge, not the opposite. Worldly knowledge is necessary for self view. You are not born with self view. You develop it through the contact of the senses with things. You then synthesize a concrete experiencer out of this knowledge of...
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 35
Views: 550

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

That's why I said that the knowledge give rise to self (view) . Now , it is clear that the self is the product of the knowledge . It is clear that the self is a "mirage" is an illusion arising caused by knowledge atmospheric conditions . Self view is a necessary condition for the arising of worldly...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dealing with break ups
Replies: 16
Views: 1552

Re: Dealing with break ups

I think Buddhism can be quite useful for lay people to develop mundane wisdom and being more peaceful than the average human being. This also should have a positive effect on our relationships. Aiming at the supramundane is quite a different story and the level of seriousness needed (as i imagine it...
by Bundokji
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 555

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL

I think this is common to all religions, not only Buddhism. All sects that emerge later in time will have to refer to the original teachings in a way or another to justify the newer teachings, the opposite is not true.

We can sympathize with that without agreeing with it.
by Bundokji
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1339

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

The explanation is twofold: 1. The logic is that ALL phenomena are ultimately empty. This includes kamma. Kamma, as phenomena, have no essential properties. If I asked you to identify the good and bad, in good and bad kamma, would you be able to find and show them to me? 2. In the Mahayana (common ...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhist temple in Israel!!
Replies: 13
Views: 233

Re: Buddhist temple in Israel!!

I have heard of vipassana retreats in Israel, a colleague of mine attended one. I know that there are vipassana retreats in Lebanon too. More people are becoming interested in Eastern religions in the Middle East, but they remain a minority focusing more on Yoga and meditation, and Buddhism has no o...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1339

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

The way you introduced the lack of essential nature makes your statement (a phenomena) lacking essential nature hence we are back to square one: There are good Kamma and bad Kamma. According to the path of renunciation. But you asked me to define the tantric path. My statement referred to simple lo...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1339

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Why would you seek sensuality? It is everywhere! :smile: Basically, as far as I understand it (and my understanding is weak): All phenomena have the same nature (or more to the point: all phenomena lack an essential nature). So ESSENTIALLY there is no difference between: desire/compassion hatred/lo...