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by 5heaps
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 51834

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

no illegal downloading does not. poor people must have access to that material as well. if they do not and are forced to download it illegally, then this is only because government has failed to procure relevant taxes to enable universal access.
by 5heaps
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio
Replies: 14
Views: 2087

Re: Interesting interview with Sam Harris on meditatio

Here's one way of describing the experiment: Pay close enough attention to the nature of your own mind--to the flow of thoughts, moods, sensations, and perceptions in the present--and you can notice that the feeling of being a self, an ego, a thinker of thoughts in the midst of experience, is an il...
by 5heaps
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8598

Re: Problems with no-self

because then you are asserting a person who is independent of its parts. in other words you are asserting a self to persons. Why can't one posit a self ( in a sense of empiric person such as: John or Jack ) that cannot be without its parts, but its parts can change like parts of a river. if the per...
by 5heaps
Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Does exist life after death for Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 2081

Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

'you' are a particular set of mental dispositions and habits in a human mind. just as your name will end, the thing that that name refers to, namely those mental dispositions in your human mind, will also end. however due to causes and conditions the final moment of mind in this lifetime will act as...
by 5heaps
Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8598

Re: Problems with no-self

Why can't we say that Self has the body, feelings, etc which change? Even though these change, it is still the same person. Jack doesn't become John the next moment, Jane the third moment and Andrew the fourth moment. There is continuity of person from cradle to grave even though body and specific ...
by 5heaps
Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: In simple Terms
Replies: 14
Views: 3051

Re: In simple Terms

Hee, hee. Does this make the Theravadins quasi-Madhyamakas? Or worse, might that be why Karunadasa has suggested elsewhere that the Theravadins "flirted" with Idealism? not even slightly. the wrong appearance of 'own-nature' being denied here is something extremely coarse. for example chairs appear...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 27146

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Ah, so you plainly expose your bias. i am suggesting that you should present your position in a graded manner that makes sense and is of use to ppl. . . . another cool part of studying the indian tenet system presented by ppl like Bhavaviveka . . . . Again, you expose you bias annd your willing ign...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 27146

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Obviously "No ultimately existent ontological realities" is an ontological claim which is unnecessary and cannot be established. thats not true even if pretend that 1) we have no ignorance 2) our ignorance does not pertain to objects and other people this is because we are part of the world and so ...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 27146

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

My impression from listening to Ven Nananada's Nibbana Sermons is that, though his angle is certainly conceptual proliferation, being fooled by the movie or the magic show, he seems careful not to fall into nihilism by specifically denying the existence of anything in particular. It seems to me tha...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 27146

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Ah, so you plainly expose your bias. i am suggesting that you should present your position in a graded manner that makes sense and is of use to ppl. the main part of whats great about the indian tenet system is just the fact that it is graded. if you dont present graded material, noone will care ab...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Materialism and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 3811

Re: Materialism and Buddhism

The real problem lies within the views of spiritism contrasted with those of Buddha Dhamma. Buddha asserted persons which function, which collect karma, are born and die, etc. not appearances of persons and appearances of suffering people. likewise, the 4 arya truths are not appearances of truths a...
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Materialism and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 3811

Re: Materialism and Buddhism

To posit something existing that is not a material process, yet interacts with matter, requires the following assumptions to be made: you never actually studied buddhism so its no wonder you dont have a clue what youre talking about. buddhism doesnt assert that we should stick on heads in the sand....
by 5heaps
Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Materialism and Buddhism
Replies: 32
Views: 3811

Re: Materialism and Buddhism

Material things are all we can be certain of existing. To posit the existence of anything else requires assumptions to be made. you should really think about that over and over. its an amazing thing to say. as noam chomsky puts it, "what mind-body problem? we already got rid of the mechanical view ...
by 5heaps
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 27146

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

tiltbillings wrote:
5heaps wrote:they [tenet system] should all be studied.
Not at all. The Theravada is a complete path of practice which does not need the tenet system.
yes, and its essential to the world. hopefully it will survive the next 50 years. ours will, since we go step by step by step [through graded tenets].