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by practitioner
Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 104865

Re: Free will vs determinism in Buddhism?

Free will is having the ability to choose. Does a gambler have free will? Though he doesn't want to gamble anymore but he cannot stop himself from gambling. Because he doesn't want to stop bad enough. But then when he hits rock bottom and finally wants it bad enough, he stops. That is not true. Man...
by practitioner
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 104865

Re: Free will vs determinism in Buddhism?

Free will is having the ability to choose. Does a gambler have free will? Though he doesn't want to gamble anymore but he cannot stop himself from gambling. Same with alcoholic and drug addicts. When you are subconsciously programmed to automatically react, that is not free will. However, when you c...
by practitioner
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 911
Views: 104865

Re: Free will vs determinism in Buddhism?

Not-self does not deny the existence of a being. A being's 5th aggregate is volition (or mental formation). Volition gives one the ability to make a choice. When wrong view is taken, conditions cause one to think that it is "I" who is feeling this or that. When right view is taken, one sees the cond...
by practitioner
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.
Replies: 91
Views: 7319

Re: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.

Christians cannot defend what I said. It is a fact that Jesus got angry at the temple. Galatians 5 plainly states that burst of anger is worldly ways - a sin. Please defend why Hebrew god was so interested in killing enemies (Plenty of references in Psalms) but suddenly decided to love enemy 500 yea...
by practitioner
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.
Replies: 91
Views: 7319

Re: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.

Either there was a real character that the fictional character Jesus was based on or there isn't any one at all. Either the real character was enlightened or has been mischaracterized in the gospel as a temperamental person. It really doesn't matter because it is in the past now. Real or un-real per...
by practitioner
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.
Replies: 91
Views: 7319

Re: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.

As I have said, "Jesus is a fictional character. The end of the story."
by practitioner
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.
Replies: 91
Views: 7319

Re: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.

Let us not get so spun up over a book of fiction. Here is the story. Even Paul is a fictional character. I think Marcion who travelled a lot wrote it and then used the nane Paul. In the old days, they do that. In the writing, Paul didnt say a word about earthly Jesus. He met Peter so Peter must must...
by practitioner
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.
Replies: 91
Views: 7319

Re: Buddhism and Christianity at abayagiri with God and Citta.

There is archeological evidence that King Asotok send Buddhist monks to the Middle East. Syrians, Egyptians, Jews and etc knew about trickles of Buddha's teaching at least within 300 years before the fabrication of Jesus stories. Naturally, Buddha's teaching and legendary and mythical untrue stories...
by practitioner
Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

Smile. Just keep reading, learning, and practicing. Eventually, you will understand.
by practitioner
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

Craving to get rid of craving? interesting thought!
There is no craving to get rid of craving.

There is insight meditation to observe the emergence of craving and not abiding to the craving.
by practitioner
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

Laws of kamma ties in with rebirth. Think not about "I" agent. Rebirth is consciousness binding with materiality and manifesting that mental energy in the being which does not have to be human. Conventional concept of "I" will only tie you up in a knot. Rebirth is not something you need to believe i...
by practitioner
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

Have Dinosaurs reincarnated? Rebirth is mental flow of consciousness. Consciousness is energy. Rebirth can be energy from another galaxy. Learn about some strange facts about quantum mechanics. An electron from light years away can influence electron right here. Checkout University of Virginia's re...
by practitioner
Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

where does it say that in the Pali Canon? This is what I call creative Buddhism. Any Buddhist book or literature that talks about or mention rebirth will tell you that craving causes rebirth. Why do you think the 4 Noble Truths mention birth as suffering? Because of re-birth, birth is suffering; ot...
by practitioner
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

there is no soul yet somehow there is rebirth. How? A being is a composite of 5 aggregates. 1 of 4 is the body, materiality. 4 of 5 are the mentality. There is rebirth not just in across lifetimes but also within one lifetime. The mental craving, clinging, attachment, then becomes birth. A person b...
by practitioner
Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If there is no self how can we reincarnate
Replies: 71
Views: 11092

Re: If there is no self how can we reincarnate

Both of them imply something being reborn. There is a huge difference between reincarnation and reborn. Reincarnation is a concept that existed long before Buddha was born. Hindu believers believed that there is a soul in every person and that this soul is constantly refining his/her soul to become...