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by Alex123
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

What do you see as an alternate rendering here. Sometimes it seems that it could also mean "impulse" toward something. and this is why the path is a work in progress. we continually check our intentions and motivations are sound and skilful. Hindsight maybe 20/20 but unless we can see the future we...
by Alex123
Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Bhante Dhammanando,
Dhammanando wrote: These examples don't contradict ihrjordan's claim. If you think that they do, then you are probably muddling intention and motive.
Thank you very much for bringing attention to intention/motive distinction.

In your understanding, is cetana intention or motive?
by Alex123
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

ihrjordan wrote:You can't intionally break the first five precepts with "good intentions". they are categorically evil
Stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Or to euthanize out of compassion for the suffering. Or the whole abortion debate.

"He who spares the wicked injures the good." - Seneca
by Alex123
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

it is explicitly pointed out that kamma is intention. It depends what word "cetana" precisely means. it is the intention and reactions that influences how we go forward as these are the tools used by the fletcher or waterway maker in the Dhammapada. Considering the much greater influence subconscio...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

If we remember that action can be seen to come in three forms (physical/bodily, but also verbal {which isn't bodily?!} & mental) There is no such thing as purely "mental" action that has no physical cause or result. Even mental action not translated into further verbal or bodily action can alter yo...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Kamma deals only with intention and the consequences of intentional action. It seems that only physical action and its consequence is what truly matters. This conclusion hasn't been well-built; can you expand? Thoughts can be irrelevant if they don't lead to action. Just noise. But what you physica...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Kamma deals only with intention and the consequences of intentional action.
It seems that only physical action and its consequence is what truly matters.
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

The fact that you have to put the word 'good' in scare-quotes demonstrates the problem: you know it's much more complicated than a simple good-bad dichotomy. Right. I just modified my post to make it shorter and more up to a point. On 2nd thought I don't think that my world leader(s) example was go...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 2593

Physical action is more important than Intention

Hello all, I know that in the suttas the Buddha seems to claim that mental intention is more important than physical action. In real life it seems to me that opposite is the case, even if from the pov of Dhamma. Even the 5 precepts are all physical actions. If a person breaks one of 5 precepts but h...
by Alex123
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can anger be prevented from arising?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Can anger be prevented from arising?

I think "commentarial manual" is inaccurate. It's an instruction manual. Apart from some rather dense chapters in the middle, the vast majority is practical instructions. And as you can see from what has been posted, the instructions on the brahmaviharas are very detailed (as are the hints for work...
by Alex123
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can anger be prevented from arising?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Can anger be prevented from arising?

tiltbillings wrote:There is much of value to be found in the Visuddhimagga.
Yes, I do like many parts of Visudhimagga. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Orthodox Theravada as the first commentarial manual to have.
by Alex123
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can anger be prevented from arising?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Can anger be prevented from arising?

Hello Bhante Dhammanando and Perkele, The question that I have is this: Those passages deal with anger toward a person. What about anger/irritation not to people: anger/irritation/dislike toward a difficult situation, problems at work or existence in general? Alex, are you sure such is possible? 10....
by Alex123
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can anger be prevented from arising?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Can anger be prevented from arising?

Dear Bhante Dhammanando, The beautifully-written Āghātapaṭivinaya (“Removal of Resentment”) section of the Visuddhimagga’s chapter on the brahmavihāras (= ch. IX, paragraphs 14-39 in Ñāṇamoli’s translation) contains a rich panoply of methods for the removal of habitual anger towards a particular per...
by Alex123
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Can anger be prevented from arising?
Replies: 25
Views: 1762

Re: Can anger be prevented from arising?

Hello Seeker242, I would say that control is directly proportional to the level of skill one has in directing one's attention appropriately. If you have control over how you direct your attention, then you have control over the arising, growth & increase. I appreciate your reminder. The thing is tha...
by Alex123
Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings
Replies: 62
Views: 6021

Re: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings

Zom wrote:Don't forget about dark matter and dark energy (and that is 95% of the Universe) which cannot be detected by any sensors 8-)
Then neither can we detect it. So it doesn't matter for us, then.



P.S. The same excuse can be used by people of any religion to justify their religious claims...