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by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 36
Views: 2777

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Padipa wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:36 pm
Intoxicants are not allowed--period: hard to believe this can be debated.
It's actually intoxicants which lead to carelessness. Nicotine is a stimulant, rather similar to coffee. Is coffee not allowed?
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada
Replies: 43
Views: 2219

Re: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada

I would disagree with you , if sankhara is action of body speech and mind , when ignorance ceases , action of them also ceases . Which of course do not seem so. Though that is what the DO sutta seems to describe, ie one nidana ceasing in dependence upon the previous one. PS. Sankhara ie Action of b...
by Dinsdale
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I give up
Replies: 42
Views: 1056

Re: I give up

befriend wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:53 pm
Time to be a normal person.
I'd love to be one of those! :tongue:
by Dinsdale
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

1. the simile of the chariot and 2. personal experience of having an experience which I interpret as being without self....... #1. I don't find the chariot simile very illuminating, I think because I have a background in Systems thinking. This says that you can look at anything as a system, and the...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

1. the simile of the chariot and 2. personal experience of having an experience which I interpret as being without self....... #1. I don't find the chariot simile very illuminating, I think because I have a background in Systems thinking. This says that you can look at anything as a system, and the...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

Because if you "have" it - if it is your soul, rather than another object among objects, like an eternal diamond or an eternal bicycle pump - then you would have some degree of control over it. Not really, since atta/atman refers to "higher self", while the aggregates would be equivalent to the "lo...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

Sam Vara wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:47 am
So what is it? If, as you say, it doesn't make any difference as to what conception of self we use, just specify one of them that finds favour with you.
Let's take "self" to mean an eternal soul, for example. Why would having a soul mean that one has control over the aggregates?
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada
Replies: 43
Views: 2219

Re: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada

I noticed this discussion over on Sutta Central, suggesting "choices" as a translation for the sankhara nidana:

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ex ... s/10944/20
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

I accept what you say and have no desire to contradict you....but I am confused. I said I have a sense of control (of this hand), then you say "same for me", which I take to mean you have the same sense of control of "your hand", but then (this is the confusing part) you say you have a sense of NOT...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out
Replies: 121
Views: 4492

Re: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out

Udāna 8:1 states that in the dimension of nibbāna, To me passage like this are ambiguous and difficult to interpret, and I would be dubious about anyone who claims to know what they mean. What they suggest to me are a deeper level of reality or experience, something which is then continuously prese...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out
Replies: 121
Views: 4492

Re: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out

Udāna 8:1 states that in the dimension of nibbāna, “there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind; neither dimension of the infinitude of space, nor dimension of the infinitude of consciousness, nor dimension of nothingness, nor dimension of neither perception nor non-perception.” To me pas...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

I have a sense of "I control this hand....I think "type this or that" and it does it.....it is mine.....it is not yours....you can not make it type this or that.....you have your hand which you can control to type this or that." OK, same for me. But what about being in control? I have a sense of me...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

Similarly, a self is something that has a degree of control. That's another analytic truth, logically true by virtue of the concepts used in the proposition. An analytic truth is by definition something resulting from analysis . Saying that a triangle has three sides is just an observation. Saying ...
by Dinsdale
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out
Replies: 121
Views: 4492

Re: Did Buddha Permanently Dwell in Nibbana or was In-and-Out

DNS wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:31 pm
According to Classical Theravada, nibbana is not a place, nor a state of mind.
So what is Nibbana according to classical Theravada? I've heard it described as "a sphere that one touches".
by Dinsdale
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self view and conceit
Replies: 86
Views: 4845

Re: Self view and conceit

I have a sense of "I control this hand....I think "type this or that" and it does it.....it is mine.....it is not yours....you can not make it type this or that.....you have your hand which you can control to type this or that." OK, same for me. But what about being in control? I have a sense of me...