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by 5heaps
Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What did the Buddha have to say about God?
Replies: 34
Views: 2698

Re: What did the Buddha have to say about God?

So what did the Buddha have to say about God? Buddha taught momentariness. this means no functioning object can endure for a second moment of its own accord. furthermore the first moment arises due causes and conditions. therefore there is no such thing as an unchanging (ie. enduring), selfsupporti...
by 5heaps
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 523090

Re: the great rebirth debate

So what happens to all of "my" intentional actions that have not yet yielded their results when "I" die? you dont carry around billions of intentional actions. what you carry around are potentialities/tendencies which will arise as action in the future under the right circumstances. these latencies...
by 5heaps
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: sensing and cognizing
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: sensing and cognizing

does the conceptualizing arise *of necessity*? I don't actually see why that should be the case. its not unchanging its a conditioned object. it arose out of similar activities (coarse activities) in the past. according to all the yogis, if you spend time cultivating subtle mental activity the effe...
by 5heaps
Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Is there a reason why you keep try to push this thread way off topic? i am merely responding to the things you 2 are saying, and talking about what you are talking. i havent said anything that others have not said. Ontology. Really. Did the Buddha talk about an ontology of being? its pretty amazing...
by 5heaps
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can samadhi make you stupid?
Replies: 16
Views: 2279

Re: Can samadhi make you stupid?

because it feels like a form of mental dullness. thats exactly what it is. when it occurs, get out of it and return to the object. its important not to dwell with it, but to return back to cultivating concentration using your meditation object. dwelling with it will make you duller and forgetful. b...
by 5heaps
Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

I've already addressed the inappropriateness of applying realist ontology to the Buddha's dhamma a number of times on this thread and elsewhere. There is no need whatsoever to impute substantial existence onto phenomena as they are experienced. It's a complete sidetrack; an infatuation with views. ...
by 5heaps
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do Buddhists believe sex is a negative thing or unskillful?
Replies: 54
Views: 4110

Re: Do Buddhists believe sex is a negative thing or unskillful?

So how exactly does that address the subject of the thread? relative to buddhists who understand the desire realm to be suffering, sex is bad as all ordinary objects in the desire realm are bad. relative to buddhists who understand all 3 realms (samsara) to be suffering, sex is bad as all objects i...
by 5heaps
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Who teaches this? nana quoted sutta before, posted below. "something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval" Samadhi Sutta (AN 4.41): "And what is the development of concentration that, when developed & pursued, leads to mindfulness & alertness? There is the case where feelings are known...
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

Sobeh wrote:It's rather brilliant philosophy, and no more complex or obscure than, say, Kant or Hegel.
aside from this interval thing, do you really think it is correct to say that just because a thing is momentary that it no longer makes any sense to say it is an "it"? that it loses all identity?
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

if a thing were not momentary I have no idea of what you are talking about. do you not accept dependent arising? do you not accept characteristic natures? do you not accept that they perform functions? if you do, you have to accept that they exist in some substantial manner. if you dont accept that...
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

if a thing were not momentary I have no idea of what you are talking about. do you not accept dependent arising? do you not accept characteristic natures? do you not accept that they perform functions? if you do, you have to accept that they exist in some substantial manner. if you dont accept that...
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do Buddhists believe sex is a negative thing or unskillful?
Replies: 54
Views: 4110

Re: Do Buddhists believe sex is a negative thing or unskillful?

Do Buddhists believe sex is a negative thing or unskillful? according to the documented levels of mental activity, the desire realm is by definition broken and only functions to perpetuate results of similar type (unless we work hard). features of the desire realm include: impossibility of achievin...
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval
Replies: 399
Views: 30072

Re: something endures unchanged for at least a certain interval

I have yet to see anyone here tell us what the " something [/i]" is and what exactly it means that it is " unchanged " for an " interval ," what ever that might mean in this context. So far, and this is so in what follows, we get a lot of bouncing around of these words and some rather ill defined i...
by 5heaps
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mental fabrications
Replies: 3
Views: 1933

Re: Mental fabrications

"feelings" are the raw experience of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. theyre not the actual emotions. emotions are other "mental fabrications" (sankhara), just as raw feeling is one type of sankhara. memory, concepts, abstractions (ie. conventions such as social conventions, habits, personalities [...
by 5heaps
Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Need some advice ...
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Need some advice ...

i would spend time before sleep building a meaningful appearance of lovingkindness, compassion, and lucidity in general (in any way possible ie. recalling movies, books, excellent people, etc). the stronger the appearance the more the mind carries it over sleep :smile: additionally i would help peop...