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by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1797

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

It seems to me that all Theravada/Early Buddhism wants is the end of ignorance. Sometimes sold as unbinding or the end of suffering/dukkha.

When looked at more closely, it seems to me to be much more about losing than gaining. Losing delusion.
by Dan74-MkII
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)
Replies: 15
Views: 1040

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)

Thanks for the interesting video and connection... It's not surprising that SV should have the opportunity to discuss with the real SB. The Western Buddhist community is not actually very large. In fact, SB has taught on at least one retreat here. The timing made it impossible for me to attend, but...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Yes, you win.

Now can we all go?
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)
Replies: 15
Views: 1040

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)

To me two main points stick out from this talk: 1. Batchelor at the very start says that the Dhamma is 'an appropriate statement'. Another term for this is 'skillful means'. And throughout the Pali Canon, throughout the accounts of the Zen teachers, we see the Buddha and the Zen masters giving diffe...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

You did not indicate what the error was. [scratches head..] You maintain (now) that either Nibbana would have been attained in the past or it is impossible, correct? I said that there is a third option. Not attained in the infinite past, but attained in the future. And gave an example. It is exclud...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

The objection is reduced to the statement that a deterministic event can not occur in an infinite number of tests. This is possible only if in this infinite set of tests there is no combination of causes and conditions that precedes such a deterministic event А . But this combination - like any tes...
by Dan74-MkII
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: The final combination of dhammas before the manifestation of Nibbana is an impossible event

The objection is reduced to the statement that a deterministic event can not occur in an infinite number of tests. This is possible only if in this infinite set of tests there is no combination of causes and conditions that precedes such a deterministic event А . But this combination - like any tes...
by Dan74-MkII
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Are we talking about any algorithm or are we talking about dhammas that describe a state of a human being, governed by the law of kamma? Whose idea of kamma? Theravada, Mahayana, Hindu, ... they all have doctrines of karma/kamma, but they're not all the same. Why, how pick one over another? Obvious...
by Dan74-MkII
Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Are we talking about any algorithm or are we talking about dhammas that describe a state of a human being, governed by the law of kamma? Obviously kamma introduces restrictions. And obviously in yours and mine cases, as well as in just about everyone else's this restriction has meant that nibbana ha...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I don't think this kind of contemplations are anything more than an amusing pastime. The OP unfortunately has a knack for making assertions with no actual understanding to back them up. His original thesis has been repeatedly disproved, but like a bot he keeps repeating the same thing instead of en...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Agreed. I think this could be massive. Perhaps the biggest ever. Arrrgh. :toilet: Seriously. This goes back to whether there is any point in practicing or not; and whether practicing is just something to pass the time with, while the result is not in one's hands in the first place. I don't think th...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 23966

Re: For proper samadhi, you need the right views.

For proper samadhi, you need the right views. The views contradicting mathematics are not suitable as a basis for meditative practice. Buddha never said, Be concerned about math If you choose between the two traditions that tells us about the Buddha, it is rational to choose the one whose Buddha do...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: The Dhamma and Science

I am exceedingly thankful for the science and the related personnel. Me too. I have utmost respect for scientists. It can't be a small amount dedication and effort that is required to become an expert in any field. :goodpost: Luckily the Dhamma and science do not contradict each other in any signif...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: The Dhamma and Science

How do we approach Suttas which go against current scientific knowledge? For example, modern science tells us that a Big Crunch and a cyclic universe is impossible due to the increasing rate of expansion of the universe. The only two options are the Big Rip or the Big Freeze. This contradicts the s...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: The Dhamma and Science

How do we approach Suttas which go against current scientific knowledge? For example, modern science tells us that a Big Crunch and a cyclic universe is impossible due to the increasing rate of expansion of the universe. The only two options are the Big Rip or the Big Freeze. This contradicts the s...