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by Rui Sousa
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Was the Buddha right in his analysis of the Atman?
Replies: 17
Views: 2168

Re: Was the Buddha right in his analysis of the Atman?

Hi everyone, I thought of making my own thread but since this one is already here I won't bother. I too have trouble understanding anatta. Not so much the doctrine itself, which seems to be essential in Buddhism as it explains perfectly the reasons why craving exists in a theoretical sense. But why...
by Rui Sousa
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 18185

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Hi Rui Soisa, I see the brain as the rupa that supports the sixth sense, in the same way the ear, with all its mechanics, supports earing. In Vibhanga 253 there's indeed a mention of rupa that supports the sixth sense and the mind: http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=12799" onclick="win...
by Rui Sousa
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 18185

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I put this here for others to explain further, as my knowledge of pali is very limited, but I note that there is nothing in the definitions to suggest that consciousness is a product of the brain's activity, but only terms which validate the translation of 'supported here and bound up here'. Consci...
by Rui Sousa
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 18185

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

...correct me if I am wrong, but the body does have a form of electrical current also, a being is not just matter. Hi Cittasanto, "Glia do not communicate with electrical impulses [they do it with calcium ions] ( The Other Brain , p. 52)." Kind regards, Daniel danieLion, I believe Cittasanto was me...
by Rui Sousa
Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 18185

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I have not watched the video, but read through the thread. As a former skeptical atheist, saddha was a difficult concept for me to understand. At first it disgusted me to think that in Buddhism I would find the same attitudes that made me feel so far away from other religions, I thought I could just...
by Rui Sousa
Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Gardening/Landscaping Thread
Replies: 8
Views: 1013

Re: The Gardening/Landscaping Thread

I have a garden with grass, some trees and lots of flowers. I also have a small area where I grow vegetables, cucumbers and letuces at the moment. Tomorow I will clear my carway from weeds, I don't use herbicides because of my dogs and my son. My son had a serious allergic reaction the last time I u...
by Rui Sousa
Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Vegetable gardening and the 1st precept
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Vegetable gardening and the 1st precept

Vegetable gardening and strictly following the first precept (to not kill) seems to me to be a theoretic undertaking and has little bearing on following the first precept while maintaining one's life. Is there anyone out there who strictly follows the first precept in vegetable gardening and who pr...
by Rui Sousa
Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Vegetable gardening and the 1st precept
Replies: 24
Views: 5317

Re: Vegetable gardening and the 1st precept

Ive been giving vegetable gardening a serious crack this year and have realize just how difficult pest control is while adhering to the first precept. Large pests like slugs, snails and worms can easily be picked off but microscopic bugs & eggs that can easily decimate an entire garden seems to be ...
by Rui Sousa
Thu May 24, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: The Great Jhana Debate
Replies: 486
Views: 125284

Re: The Great Jhana Debate

Greetings to all, I have some questions I am hoping you might be able to help with. I was reading about the Arupa Jhanas in a book by Dean Hayson and then I did a search on Jhana and found Dhamma Wheel. I have read through all 17 pages here (no small feat :0) incase you had already discussed these ...
by Rui Sousa
Sun May 13, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the precepts
Replies: 15
Views: 2113

Re: Breaking the precepts

However, lying is something that I have unfortunately made a habit of and I find it hard to stop myself sometimes. Should I wait until I am able to maintain the purity of the precepts before taking them formally, or not? If I break a precept what is the correct procedure, if any, for continuing to ...
by Rui Sousa
Sun May 13, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?
Replies: 23
Views: 1714

Re: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?

I agree that many experiences can be explained by samadhi. While listening to mystical experiences by theists I can recognize the description of the Jhanas, but the mental factors that define the jhanas are interpreted in the reference framework of the theistic religion: it is the presence of God. W...
by Rui Sousa
Sun May 13, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Her True Eternal Love
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Her True Eternal Love

Lovely story. :anjali:
by Rui Sousa
Sun May 13, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is consciousness programmable?
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Is consciousness programmable?

Interesting question. I have been writing software for nearly 20 years, it is my conviction that software can simulate consciousness, but it would not be consciousness. There a limit to this, this programmed consciousness would always be a representation of what the software developer understood con...
by Rui Sousa
Sat May 12, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Breaking the precepts
Replies: 15
Views: 2113

Re: Breaking the precepts

Hi, I think I covered the fourth precept enough However, the fifth precept... try going out and not drinking! at worst you break the precept, at best you see what a tit you are when drunk! I don't socialise anymore simply because I was a big drinker, more so than my friends, and I don't want to be ...
by Rui Sousa
Fri May 11, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Questions Regarding Samma Samadhi
Replies: 29
Views: 6897

Re: Questions Regarding Samma Samadhi

Among the different parts of the eight-fold path the one with which I am most confused is samma samadhi. So I have the following questions: * What is Samma Samadhi actually (in simple words)? * What does it include besides concentration and tranquility? * Samadhi is often translated as concentratio...