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by Dan74
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Getting something out of Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 1953

Re: Getting something out of Buddhism

I think it's important to embrace what is appropriate for our situation. The Buddha also counseled us to throw away the raft, but it would be foolish to do this before we reach the other shore. Some people practice deeply in the here-and-now relinquishing all concepts of 'the other shore', 'somethin...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 34483

Re: On anattā/anātman

I'm a bit lost, binocular. Are you saying that we are conducting this exchange in a way that lacks a good heart connection as Dhamma brothers and sisters? Of course. I also don't think it is about "creating a warmer feeling around the exchange"; it could be more about approaching the exchange in an...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 34483

Re: On anattā/anātman

I'm a bit lost, binocular. Are you saying that we are conducting this exchange in a way that lacks a good heart connection as Dhamma brothers and sisters? To be honest with you, I had thought of not replying several times since I found your tone quite negative and doubted that you were interested in...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Nibbana even exist in modern orthodoxy?
Replies: 156
Views: 8121

Re: Does Nibbana even exist in modern orthodoxy?

At the end of the day, when we practice and look into the matter at some length, we discover that a great deal of what I take to be "me" is actually a changing flow of sensations, emotions - cognitions tied together by a seeming continuity of experience and a narrative. Rather than some kernel or ho...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 34483

Re: On anattā/anātman

Do you take issue with the quote from Prof Lusthaus or what I wrote that Goofaholix had quoted? It helps if you're more specific. You and he appear to be saying different things. He says there is no permanent self, you say it's important to dismantle the false self (and that the Higer Self, if ther...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 34483

Re: On anattā/anātman

Well explained. Really, despite this part -- According to Buddhism, the deepest, most pernicious erroneous view held by sentient beings is the view that a permanent, eternal, immutable, independent self exists. There is no such self, and deep down we know that. http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/arti...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Great anattā/anātman debate
Replies: 588
Views: 34483

Re: On anattā/anātman

This back-and-forth about "there is a higher self"/"there is no self" - what purpose does it serve? It seems to me the Buddhist project is about removing delusion, not about arguing over views. In the recent essay I read, this is how the author treated anatta: According to Buddhism, the deepest, mos...
by Dan74
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?
Replies: 43
Views: 5023

Re: What do the wider Theravadan world think about Goenka?

So, Ven Sir, Thanks for your response. I think it's a great overall question to ask and it's something I will reflect on more, meaning about what impression I want to make, turning people away or towards. I'll admit that I am becoming more and more reluctant to suggest courses although I probably s...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindful Forum Practice
Replies: 28
Views: 2615

Re: Mindful Forum Practice

As I see it, the people who come here are brothers and sisters on a comparable path. If we can't regard our spiritual brothers and sisters with good-will, then what hope do we have? This is interesting. When I first came into contact with actual Buddhists, they mostly had the attitude that people a...
by Dan74
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness: the reality beyond reality
Replies: 99
Views: 9360

Re: Emptiness: the reality beyond reality

Back on p1: Basically, according to Nagarjuna all that we experience/all that we can experience, our world, is empty of any sort of unchanging, self existing thing. And this insight is grounded, according to Nagarjuna, in seeing paṭiccasamuppāda, conditioned co-production/dependent origination. If t...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness: the reality beyond reality
Replies: 99
Views: 9360

Re: Emptiness: the reality beyond reality

Not disagreeing with the Rinpoche here but the title 'Reality beyond reality' is unfortunate, IMO.
by Dan74
Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 3
Replies: 1891
Views: 115418

Re: POTUS 2016, part 3

Yay!

But the bigger issue that the guy basically stands for one thing - self-interest and has no integrity whatsoever, seems to not warrant any comment I guess.
by Dan74
Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Radicalism on buddhist forums
Replies: 65
Views: 5808

Re: Radicalism on buddhist forums

I don't know how you figure that, Will. A lot of people struggle with having a roof over their heads. Is this 'going beyond the basics to what is cool or popular or luxurious'? I think not. A great deal of what attracts many to the Left is precisely concerns like these - ensuring that everyone has t...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19231

Re: Victims of Communism

Dan, The reason it's not fatally flawed is because the implementation of communism requires mass violence and genocide. I've asked many, many times here how to create a communist system without mass violence and genocide and noone was able to give an answer. Because there isn't one. The point is th...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 19231

Re: Victims of Communism

I am a Nazi and a Holocaust denier. I think National Socialism was never implemented the right way, but it's the best system and the only viable one. Even though he made some mistakes he was a great man. Long live the Master Race!! Down with the mongrol races! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!...