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by lostitude
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2954

Re: Idealism

You assert matter without evidence for its existence. You admit that all you can know is mental in nature yet then leap to the claim that some substance exists outside of these phenomena. That's not true. As I said before, the very fact that there is unfallible consistency in the world we experienc...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2954

Re: Idealism

:alien: Those laws of physics, how do you come to know them? My argument is that of empiricism. All I can know are mental phenomena. Your logic is mistaken. Yes I come to know the laws of physics through observation. That does in no way mean that matter is a mental phenomenon. Only that my observati...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN22.89 Can you attain Nibbana while you teaching Dlhamma to someone else?
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: SN22.89 Can you attain Nibbana while you teaching Dlhamma to someone else?

It is often said that the best way to assimilate something and check that you really got it, is to try and teach it to someone else.
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2954

Re: Idealism

Enjoy If the beach was only a perception, I would not require the special buoyancy & effects of water for my aqua physical therapy. Plus I would not need to wear a wetsuit for the cold. :thinking: When you experience water what do you experience outside of coldness (or hotness), wetness etc? Nothin...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: giving alms to monk and the poor
Replies: 17
Views: 487

Re: giving alms to monk and the poor

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:34 pm
lostitude wrote: With respect, this sounds a lot like magical thinking.

It really is something in Buddhism that's giving me trouble.
this sounds a lot like atheism
Being anticlerical has nothing to do with being atheist or not.
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2954

Re: Idealism

Even with Nama-Rupa we can only experience the 4 great elements as perception. Absolutely nothing in space can be perceived from Earth without instruments, yet that doesn't stop astronomers and physicists from being materialist and most of them see no reason for doubting that what they observe is m...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: giving alms to monk and the poor
Replies: 17
Views: 487

Re: giving alms to monk and the poor

Yes, giving to the poor is less merit than giving to monks and nuns. What will the poor do with the money? Buy some food, pay the rent, just the basics. It's good, but just basic living. What will the monks do with the gifts? Work towards enlightenment, spread the teachings. Very very good! Meaning...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: The suffering of others

Thank you sunnat and Dinsdale.
What still seems strange to me is the idea of realizing that people around you suffer, and somehow being ok with that. If you wish they didn't suffer then it means you don't like it, i.e. you have aversion to it. Otherwise you wouldn't care. No?
by lostitude
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: The suffering of others

From my experience its important, though difficult, to be open to the suffering of others, to accept it and understand it. It's a cliche, but a problem shared is a problem halved, and to some extent that also applies to suffering. Its not nessarily trying to DO anything, more just being with the ot...
by lostitude
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: The suffering of others

Thank you everyone for your answers, but that's not really what I was asking (if I understood your answers correctly). If I got it right, you address the cases where you would like to help a loved one and they reject your help. That's not what I had in mind. I wasn't even talking about trying to hel...
by lostitude
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: The suffering of others

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Contemplation on Anicca, Dukkha, and Anatta.
Perhaps contemplation on Dhamma.
And, more specifically, if you could elaborate? I really don't see how and what exactly to contemplate in that case.
by lostitude
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: The suffering of others

Thank you Sarath. I'm in no way denying that we all suffer. All I'm saying is that buddhism offers many ways to navigate your own suffering and make it very much bearable. But you can only do so with your own suffering. Whatever meditation/relaxation/stress-reduction technique you use on yourself wi...
by lostitude
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The suffering of others
Replies: 28
Views: 753

The suffering of others

Hello, I think I'm slowly getting the hang of the useful tricks to mitigate one's own suffering, using the different sorts of ideas aiming at undermining the sense of self and thus diminishing the perceived severity of whatever is hapening to me. But how do you deal with your mother's suffering? you...
by lostitude
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?
Replies: 45
Views: 1517

Re: Understanding the truth of the dhamma? or convincing oneself of it?

Thank you binocular, actually that was exactly the question I wanted to get to, but I felt a bit shy to phrase this too bluntly, so I'm glad that Auto did it for me :) In other words, I think it's because some Buddhists don't give people time and space to figure things out for themselves, to see how...