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by Bundokji
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 20
Views: 199

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: 20
Views: 199

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: 20
Views: 199

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: 20
Views: 199

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: 1474

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: 508

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: 79
Views: 1107

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: 218

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: 79
Views: 1107

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: 79
Views: 1107

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...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1107

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

Yes, I believe so, if it is in line with the teachings of the Three Marks of existence (or the Four Dharma Seals) then I believe it is Dharma and as such the teaching of a Buddha (Buddhism) So, if a thought of sensuality arises in the mind, one observes it as anicca dukkha anatta, is this how Tantr...
by Bundokji
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1107

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

The Pali tradition of practice has certain keynotes, I would surmise (under correction of course) that one of them is avoiding the use or indulgence in, of personal desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds. Tantra does use desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds, that is why it is consider a dangerous p...
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

Umm.... you mean literally the heart? As far as I know, not since Aristotle. Maybe watch this: The first time i came accross this notion was by Ramana Maharshi when he said that the source of thought is the heart. I also once heard Ajahn Chah describing meditation as "training of the heart" not "tr...
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?
Replies: 32
Views: 513

Re: Can everyone share their views on dependent origination ?

I think any interpretation would necessitate a starting point, but when we say: dependent origination, it is a construct in which each part depends on the other.
by Bundokji
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 519

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

Anyone came across the idea that thoughts are generated by the heart?