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by Sobeh
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

Well, try this site to get a nice summary position. In the end, however, you simply don't seem able to sustain the difference between hagiography and history; "the whole life story of Jesus is plagiarized from sun god worship" is referring to hagiography, not the historical person. Keep these straig...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

We definitely have different understandings of what constitutes "robust documentation." The three sources we both have discussed concerning Jesus are the only three I know to exist. To those three, add Suetonius and Pliny the Younger. This is, of course, alongside the gospels and epistles and apocr...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Elements
Replies: 31
Views: 2900

Re: Elements

Individual wrote:I've heard this before, but experience is based on knowledge.
This is incorrect. All human knowledge is based on the six sense bases. In other words, knowledge is based on experiencing. You've put the cart before the horse.
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Science - Earthquake, Meru, Big Fish
Replies: 25
Views: 2524

Re: Science - Earthquake, Meru, Big Fish

rahula80 wrote:I believed I had done it for earthquake and big fist
Some sort of Buddhist martial art in there someplace? :smile:
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 17
Views: 1438

Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

You are laboring under an illusion of perspicacity when in fact your diatribe is one among many, spanning decades. There have been statements about how this or that societal structure destroys human this-or-that since human pre-history, and they all perpetrate (unconsciously or conscously) the same ...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Elements
Replies: 31
Views: 2900

Re: Elements

The mistake is trying to get the dhatus to explain ontological reality; they don't. They simply explain the experiential reality humans share whereby all experiences of the external sense bases can be classed as one or another of the dhatus: earth, water, fire, air. It's similar to the five aggregat...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

The three sources of historical documentation of Christ are exactly what I was referring to when I said the few sources of his existence are known to be unreliable. I'm no historian so I can't back that up... Well, asking for a link supporting such a claim deviates us from Buddhism a bit too much, ...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How is it that you are allowed to pass on good karma?
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: How is it that you are allowed to pass on good karma?

I think that text is the Petavatthu, from the Khuddaka Nikaya.
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: sharing in the form of dhamma
Replies: 7
Views: 754

Re: sharing in the form of dhamma

Those are both driven by a sense of what it is to be an ethical principle, a sense which differs from that described by moral particularism, which thereby offers a third leg to the earlier dichotomy, disrupting it. In short: From here : "The particularist believes, like the generalist, that the perf...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:39 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: sharing in the form of dhamma
Replies: 7
Views: 754

Re: sharing in the form of dhamma

The Kant-Bentham ethical spectrum strikes me as a false dichotomy, but the article was nevertheless interesting on account of my never having read Plato.
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

I'm am not versed on what constitutes "solid proof" or "historical proof With history there is sometimes an intersection of primary source documents when they describe the same thing from different perspectives. When this happens we have a strong reason for accepting what is written about, not with...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

Define 'actual evidence' as you understand it in this context, please, otherwise we'll be sure to misunderstand one another.
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: ŋ vs. ṃ
Replies: 14
Views: 1794

Re: ŋ vs. ṃ

Your evil plot to make me memorize technical linguistic terms is not going to work...
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Proof of the Buddha's Existence
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Proof of the Buddha's Existence

That so many people decided his life and words were important enough to base a lifestyle on is a relatively strong statement supporting the historicity of the Buddha.
by Sobeh
Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas
Replies: 242
Views: 50120

Re: Jhāna According to the Pāḷi Nikāyas

Neither has anyone else here as far as I can see. Dmytro, for example, specifically referenced the Vimuttimagga in what he said. It seems to me that you are raising a non-issue. Well, I hear and read anapanasati being described in various places by various people with reference to the jhanas being ...