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by darvki
Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514740

Re: the great rebirth debate

Alex123 wrote:...
For some of us, whether we believe in one life or many, whether we are awakened or not, life is more than just unnecessary pain.
by darvki
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514740

Re: the great rebirth debate

Isn't holding all possibilities open as good as forcing yourself to believe in multiple-lives or one-life or heaven? Depends on who you ask. There have been discussions of Right View around rebirth on this thread and others. I'm not trying to address what I believe or what anybody else believes is ...
by darvki
Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514740

Re: the great rebirth debate

Why isn't suicide a shortcut to parinibbana? Why suffer needlessly? I've heard this argument presented a lot, and it's time to be clear on why it has no merit : If one is looking at a one-life-only viewpoint, the multiple-lives-dependent definition of parinibbana is rendered meaningless. Mixing wor...
by darvki
Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How to teach Mindfulness of Death to atheists?
Replies: 18
Views: 2036

Re: How to teach Mindfulness of Death to atheists?

dhammapal wrote:Would it encourage hedonism?
To assume so would give atheists far too little credit, in my opinion.
by darvki
Fri May 18, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Can a layperson actually follow "The Middle Way"?

Sensual desire, which would include lust, is not abandoned until one is a non-returner. One begins to actualize the Middle Way long before that.
by darvki
Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha experience dukkha?
Replies: 211
Views: 11946

Re: Did the Buddha experience dukkha?

If I may, and I apologize if these were not intended to be "open" questions, Sarva: Why does it only ever apply to suffering, please? Well, something like this has been said before in the Vajira Sutta (SN 5.10). Is our existence borne of suffering? Is the feedback loop between the two not a simplifi...
by darvki
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Life Really Suffering?
Replies: 60
Views: 3101

Re: Is Life Really Suffering?

Life is suffering only when the conditions for suffering are present.
by darvki
Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
Replies: 10
Views: 703

Re: "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

Hi Jonny, For some that is a pretty "cheesy" quote, and I admit I didn't think much of it several years ago when I first read it. However, it is now very significant for me. What it points to in particular, to me, is that most of the time we will unconsciously choose stagnation and limitation over p...
by darvki
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhists atheists ?
Replies: 50
Views: 4669

Re: Buddhists atheists ?

daverupa wrote:On that note, I think rebirth is a problematic doctrine only to those Western Theravadins who think of it in Mahayana terms.
This statement piqued my interest.

What is rebirth "in Mahayana terms"?
by darvki
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Concerning Kearney's "Development of Insight"
Replies: 150
Views: 13181

Re: Concerning Kearney's "Development of Insight"

@Sylvester and Geoff, Although some interesting light is being shed, I am left wondering at you two and the way you go at it like a pair of teenagers. Do you guys have a history? It's absolutely uninspiring and ridiculous but thanks for the food for thought all the same. It be really interesting to...
by darvki
Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29667

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

That's absolutely fine if its meaningful for you, Darvki. I was simply expressing one of the reasons why it used to puzzle me -and stating that it has no relevance in the here and now for me .... it wasn't a suggestion for anyone else. Does it help me overcome Dukkha ? No it doesn't. Seeing all bei...
by darvki
Sun Mar 20, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29667

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

In other words its OK for Theravadins to use terms like Buddha Nature as long as they use them in a way that is essentially meaningless. If you want to call poetic devices meaningless, I suppose yes. I personally find such devices to be far from meaningless. Not helpful to whom? Certainly not helpf...
by darvki
Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29667

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

There are two possibilities one is that the term Buddha nature is being used by those gentlemen in a very different way to its use in the Mahayana...and I have sat at the feet of two, sorry three of those gentlemen, I dont believe that they were using the term in a way analogous to the use by the M...
by darvki
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature
Replies: 205
Views: 29667

Re: What is Wrong with Buddha Nature

Well, I certainly hope you are. I would be very confused and dismayed if you actually quit Theravada because of some liberal uses of the term buddha-nature.
by darvki
Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2236
Views: 131109

Re: Nibbana permanent or impermanent?

It isn't any "thing" to be permanent or impermanent so I think the question is invalid.