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by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?

If there is no soul, then why not follow a simple ethical system that doesn't talk about any afterlife, like Stoicism or Confucianism? Some people like vanilla ice cream, some like chocolate ice cream, some like strawberry ice cream ... My point is that people don't really choose their religion/spi...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the fear reduce everyday?
Replies: 13
Views: 303

Re: Does the fear reduce everyday?

user99 wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:48 pm
Does the fear reduce every day?
I've found it has become less frequent, and more manageable.
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?
Replies: 37
Views: 930

Re: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?

It sounds like the result of guarding the senses, not getting drawn in, not attaching. Which is exactly the contrary of what it is supposed to be. In fact, it is because one does not guard the senses, that there is a "satta's namarupa" (namely contact, appropriated feeling, perception, manasikāra a...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

I think it's worth observing that here we're discussing models of consciousness and experience, and how well they correspond to actual experience. I also want to observe that models inevitably involve assumptions, and that they are often designed with a specific purpose in mind. From dicussion here,...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

The idea that there is one kind of consciousness seems to me to tend to the idea that consciousness is a continuum...some people view it that way but others view it from the momentariness perspective which is the idea that consciousness is arising and fading away constantly and each arising of cons...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?

Perhaps because at its core, Buddhism is not a philosophy but a system of practice, a yoga . All Buddhist teaching, IMO, have only one aim - to enable and facilitate the correct practice that experientially leads to awakening from ignorance and liberation from afflictions. So for instance the teach...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

... there are many different ways of categorising things, and many different models of experience. The question here is not why the suttas contain models, but specifically why consciousness is split into six discreet aspects, rather than being considered as a single function which takes different o...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?
Replies: 37
Views: 930

Re: What it means by "consciousness turn back"?

It sounds like the result of guarding the senses, not getting drawn in, not attaching.
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Satva
Replies: 29
Views: 678

Re: Satva

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by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?
Replies: 63
Views: 996

Re: Namarupa as name & form or mentality & materiality ?

sounds, odors, flavors, sense contacts , these cannot be translated as form . In the suttas rupa (form) is usually defined as the four great elements, which are earth, water, wind and fire. It's an ancient classification of the "physical" world, and not exclusive to Buddhism. The closest modern equ...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

Greetings Chownah, He seems to use different phrasing... here's a translation that speaks of " discriminative consciousness ". The reason I bring it up is because MN43 refers to... And what does it discriminate? It discriminates pleasure and it discriminates pain and it discriminates neither pain n...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

I'm not trying to make a distinction between awareness and consciousness. Being aware of something is the same as being conscious of something. I do agree that where we place attention is an important consideration in understanding consciousness. If we're not paying attention to something, then eit...
by Dinsdale
Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?
Replies: 40
Views: 802

Re: Why is consciousness 6-fold in the suttas?

I don't agree that they're different types of cognition. IMO it's the same function of awareness cognising different objects. If i am not mistaken, and i don't want to put words in your mouth, but i sense that interpreting awareness as the necessary condition in all sense object is driven by the id...