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by Circle5
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6227
Views: 613127

Re: the great rebirth debate

In order to know what happens with consciousness after death, one first needs to know through what mechanism consciousness originated. If one does not know that mechanism, then he can never know if it will originate again through the same mechanism (the he does not know) or not. And today in 2017, t...
by Circle5
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit
Replies: 15
Views: 2305

Re: The 5 Remedies For Hindrances: Where does it fit

There is also this sutta about the nutriments and the antidotes to the 5 hindrances

https://suttacentral.net/en/sn46.51
by Circle5
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

So do you believe in the power of logical inference SamKR ? Cause if you do believe in that power, then your point of "we can know nothing except what we know through direct experience" is wrong, cause you can know things through logical inference. You can know for example that things exist out ther...
by Circle5
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

The point is "you" can never directly experience a "physical world". All that an experience experiences is experience only. This is very simple to verify here and now directly. Nothing new under the sun. I don't even need to die. Right now, at this moment, all "I am" non-conceptually sure of is thi...
by Circle5
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

BasementBuddhist wrote:The idea of a debate on the ultimate nature of reality among Buddhists makes me smile. :clap:
It is rather a debate between the solipsist world view and the 5 aggregates buddhist model.
by Circle5
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

Saying "there is something outside of experience" is very analogous to saying "there is something outside of the physical universe". (Here the word "universe" is used in the sense of "everything" physical.) Can there be certainty about something physical being outside of physical everything ? This ...
by Circle5
Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Long life spans
Replies: 58
Views: 3899

Re: Long life spans

There exist things that are "biologically immortal": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_immortality In the vastness of the universe, there can be such a lifeform as a deva or human that is biologically designed in a way to be immortal and live in such conditions that it is impossible to die by...
by Circle5
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

Buddha path is called "the middle way" because it refuses all extremes. But what does an extreme mean ? For example those that study sociology are overwhealmingly postmodernist. They start from the truth that society does have an influence on culture. A child raised in Saudi Arabia will be different...
by Circle5
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally
Replies: 103
Views: 9584

Re: The aggregates "exist" only conventionally

A very common mistake about a self not existing is understanding that the 5 aggregates that make up a being don't exist either. Let's take for example a tree or a computer. They don't have a self, yet the wood, the metal, the plastic, etc. do exist. Not having a self does not imply non-existence of...
by Circle5
Wed May 31, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd
Replies: 80
Views: 8051

Re: Selfhood in religions and the best religion -- for davidbrainerd

A very common mistake about a self not existing is understanding that the 5 aggregates that make up a being don't exist either. Let's take for example a tree or a computer. They don't have a self, yet the wood, the metal, the plastic, etc. do exist. Not having a self does not imply non-existence of ...