Search found 3310 matches

by SDC
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 811

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma. According to Theravada, the good Dhamma lasted only five hundred years. According to the Commentaries, since extra rules were added for bhikkhunis the Dhamma Dispensation would last much longer, at least 5,000 years. So there's still another 2400 to 2500 year...
by SDC
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reconciling Suttas on Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 481

Re: Reconciling Suttas on Debate

The Buddha being capable of debating in a way that is categorized as "crushing" shouldn't give anyone grounds for desiring to emulate such behavior. Only being on par with that level of knowledge would the tact even be sufficiently available and the most pertinent information be delivered so capably...
by SDC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1348

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Yes, your position is very clear, but you're trying to discount the significance of not having those intentions of "longevity". Holding that view is support for the notion that your entire existence is free of consequence. The fact that you actively nurture its representation as annihilation is the...
by SDC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 767

Re: Equanimity

Vitakkasatana Sutta. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.020.than.html Yes, thank you; this is the main sutta footnoted by Bhikkhu Bodhi in the above quote on the second aspect of Right Effort (so it's not only Bhikkhu Bodhi talking). :anjali: Exactly. MN 20 puts it into context. It is m...
by SDC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1325

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

parietina wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:34 am
I heard someone on the radio say 'Mindfulness' is the latest capitalistic trend.
Facts, but this topic is more specific, so if you would like to explore this please start a new topic or search out an existing one.
by SDC
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1348

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Well it won't be me experiencing it according to the Buddhist conception of an afterlife. I would just go a step further and say there will be no experience at all. And surely that is for the best. I know the Buddha considered annihilation 'wrong view' but anything else rests upon our intentions ha...
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1348

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Epicureanism taught me not to fear death as it is the final extinction of both sensible and intelligible perception. That death is juxtaposed to any and all notions of the present experience, i.e. it is the present when you consider its implications. It gives meaning to the present. In the same way...
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1348

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

'I was not, I was, I am not, I do not care.' If you truly didn't care, you'd have no preferences. At least none with any significance. This is an epicurean quote engraved on the tombs of many epicurean followers during Greco-Roman times. 'Death is nothing to us'. Wanting those words to endure for o...
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1348

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

parietina wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:33 pm
'I was not, I was, I am not, I do not care.'
If you truly didn't care, you'd have no preferences. At least none with any significance.
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1702

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

thepea wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:35 pm
This is not suitable environment to teach and guide in the dhamma. This is simply discussion.
I couldn't agree more.
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1702

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

thepea wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:29 pm
SDC wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:28 pm
thepea wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:17 pm
I don’t see how what I’ve said implies this?
The fact that you are saying anything at all. You make it sound as if you need to be authorized to be posting about it.
I’m not following you.
Well let's try it this way then: do you consider posting on this forum to be a form of teaching?
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1702

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

thepea wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:17 pm
I don’t see how what I’ve said implies this?
The fact that you are saying anything at all. You make it sound as if you need to be authorized to be posting about it.
by SDC
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?
Replies: 39
Views: 1702

Re: S.N. Goenka says: only use one kind of meditation...why?

Maybe one of his reason is that with the popularity of his method, it is being incorporated into other techniques and thus instead of being a path to liberation it become a supplementary tool. This is why as a student of this tradition you are not to teach unless authorized. Does this mean you have...
by SDC
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What happends if i drink alcohol?
Replies: 20
Views: 641

Re: What happends if i drink alcohol?

Oxford dictionary: showing a reckless lack of care or attention
by SDC
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What happends if i drink alcohol?
Replies: 20
Views: 641

Re: What happends if i drink alcohol?

You get drunk and it leads to being heedless.