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by Sobeh
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution or devolution, or both? (Agganna Sutta)
Replies: 21
Views: 5661

Re: Evolution or devolution, or both? (Agganna Sutta)

My approach is to note that it's an allegory, and not a scientific hypothesis.
by Sobeh
Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Job-related question about responsibilities
Replies: 5
Views: 547

Re: Job-related question about responsibilities

I think the point is that rather than trying to come up with a perfect solution, hold Right Speech mindfully and approach all affected parties in that state.
by Sobeh
Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stealing: Is there a time and a place?
Replies: 12
Views: 1316

Re: Stealing: Is there a time and a place?

I think in many life situations, acting in perfectly wholesome ways is not possible. Stealing is bad kamma, but the cost of not doing so is a dead child, VERY bad vipaka. These are the sorts of problems that make the householder life 'dusty', and the Noble Path harder to traverse. This is also part ...
by Sobeh
Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Age limit for entering monastic life?
Replies: 23
Views: 11578

Re: Age limit for entering monastic life?

There are two reasons I can think why there would be some guardedness around applicant age. The first has to do with a certain reticence to encourage ordination as a retirement program, but given your stability with respect to finances and everything else I don't think this is as likely as the secon...
by Sobeh
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Dhamma and addiction
Replies: 27
Views: 3213

Re: Dhamma and addiction

It is against the precept against the consumption of sloth-inducing substances, as such substances make the Path even more difficult to follow than it is while sober. In this sense the better word is not immoral, but unwholesome. The act is unwholesome because of its effects on your ability to pract...
by Sobeh
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Can anyone be of assistance?
Replies: 21
Views: 6408

Re: Can anyone be of assistance?

This was helpful to me as I hauled myself up from pure ignorance of the script to a basic framework for looking at a line of text and seeing the structure of it. Perhaps the different looks have more to do with the presence of 'punctuation' on the alphasyllabic unit, and not a different unit altoge...
by Sobeh
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 7633

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

thereductor wrote:Do you have a link for the above? I would like to read further, thanks.
It's from Footnote 9 on this page.
by Sobeh
Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 7633

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

Because permanence of any sort isn't a factual reality. The Suttas, time and again, hammer this point home, and consciousness is no exception.
by Sobeh
Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 7633

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

Still no self; in the note you've cited, "consciousness without surface" is considered a synonym of Nibbana... and please note, the entire Sutta here is a debate between a classical Brahmin and the Buddha. Sid is using the terms that Baka the Brahmin is using because Baka has claimed as follows: "Th...
by Sobeh
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this "heart" that is released?
Replies: 27
Views: 3112

Re: What is this "heart" that is released?

Yup, I responded there as well. Still no way to hold one view or another. It is, simply, undeclared. :heart:
by Sobeh
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Confusion about eternally of "soul"
Replies: 64
Views: 7633

Re: Confusion about eternally of "soul"

Ajahn Thanissaro, as far as I understood, argues, that actually there IS a self. Read footnotes 13 and 14 in this sutta (translated from pali by himself): http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.022.than.html#t-9" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Those footnotes describe how the ...
by Sobeh
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this "heart" that is released?
Replies: 27
Views: 3112

Re: What is this "heart" that is released?

I found quite strong arguments for both variants :thinking: Sariputta-Kotthita Sutta ( SN 44.6 ): "Now, friend Kotthita, when asked if the Tathagata exists after death, you say, 'That has not been declared by the Blessed One: "The Tathagata exists after death."' When asked if the Tathagata does not...
by Sobeh
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: National Traditions VS Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2544

Re: National Traditions VS Buddhism

cooran wrote:...occur more frequently in the world
I think this has no evidence.
by Sobeh
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: National Traditions VS Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 2544

Re: National Traditions VS Buddhism

Comments below. Q1: Should we follow our unreasonable traditional practices after becoming a Buddhist? As some customs do make no sense at all in terms of 4 Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Paths or Wisdom normally praised by the Buddha. Of course we shouldn't follow unreasonable practices. The assu...
by Sobeh
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Metaphysics / Abhidhamma VS Life Improvement
Replies: 26
Views: 3544

Re: Metaphysics / Abhidhamma VS Life Improvement

I'd like to make a preliminary notation: the abhidhamma isn't equal to the branch of philosophy called metaphysics; more properly it is a branch of metaphysics called ontology, with epistemology as a core foundation. Overall, however, the Dhamma does not sit inside the various categories of Western ...