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by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 1041

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

I think the jellyfish weren't really the Buddha's target audience.
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Your Way Home - A Road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 346
Views: 35400

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

Hi Peter I only read some of what you've written, so my apologies if I am off the mark. You seem to be proposing that awakening can be made a purely rational exercise. But we are so much more than the rational faculty and ignorance and delusion permeate our entire being. Traditional methods, as you ...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Long enough for realisation of any life, but depending on the kamma, only certain lives may be realised. Once again you do not phrase your point in the concrete terms of the grid example. This would make it clear that depending on the kammic rules governing a move from a state to a state, nibanna ma...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Life is a finite sequence of combinations of a finite set of elements (dhammas).

I am not sure why you talk about "all possible lives". We have a finite number of sentient beings. They have their unique pasts. Think of the grid example, can you phrase your question in its terms, so that it is more concrete and understandable? If you do not deny the limit on longevity for the go...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

I am not sure why you talk about "all possible lives". We have a finite number of sentient beings. They have their unique pasts. Think of the grid example, can you phrase your question in its terms, so that it is more concrete and understandable?
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

You spoke of events, not the unbounded combination of events. The former, which I took to mean a moment's configuration, make a finite set. Yes, events keep happening, just as they are. In my example, the kamma rule does indeed make Nibbana unattainable. But a different rule may make it attainable, ...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Firstly, if there are finitely many dhammas with finitely many levels, then you cannot have infinitely many events or dhamma combinations. So there goes your very first statement.

Secondly, which events occur depends on the kamma.

Please think and respond to my example.
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

Even better - imagine the following: 1. In a particularly simple world, every that there is, is described by one's position on a 3-dimensional grid. So this moment Mr X is described as (29764, -64529, 308524893). This describes all the dhammas that make up Mr X right now. In the next moment, Mr X mo...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: The infinite set of all steps of of algorithm still not contain one of the steps of this algorithm???

One of the steps of the deterministic algorithm may be missing in an infinite set of its steps? For this, the cardinality of the infinite set of all steps of the deterministic algorithm must be greater than the cardinality of the countable set. But it is a countable set. Why should it trace out any...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

It is absurd to believe that a deterministic algorithm (if there are no random events, a deterministic algorithm is obtained) in an infinite number of steps will not give a deterministic step - the final sequence of dhammas leading to the manifestation of Nibbana. This is not a proof. Why should it...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

It is absurd to believe that a deterministic algorithm (if there are no random events, a deterministic algorithm is obtained) in an infinite number of steps will not give a deterministic step - the final sequence of dhammas leading to the manifestation of Nibbana. This is not a proof. Why should it...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Are all forms of Dukkha related to a sense of self?

A few days ago I started reading books about Paticcasamuppada because I realized how little and shallow was my understanding on this capital matter. Despite getting the gist of it, I still have problems understanding the exact details. For instance, I understand that dukkha arises from the 3 kinds ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Action
Replies: 27
Views: 1357

Re: Arahant and Action

Srilankaputra wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:37 pm
I think all actions of an Arahant comes from a fundamental place of wisdom and compassion.
:goodpost:
by Dan74-MkII
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re:

That doesn’t follow. No, it doesn't. Nor does the maths, incidentally. Explain how the deterministic recombination algorithm of a finite number of elements in an infinite number of steps does not give a combination of elements that is possible (the probability of which is not equal to zero). Absurd...
by Dan74-MkII
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 38032

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The Pali Abhidhamma is precisely how the Sutta were interpreted in Theravada school before they became acquainted with the Tibetan and Far Eastern Mahayana. The Pali Abhidhamma is exactly that which was mastered in bhavana. If the Pali Abhidhamma is wrong, then the whole school is wrong, and its me...