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by Dan74
Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How is right understanding achieved?
Replies: 24
Views: 1862

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

is not at all needed to both intellectually understand the Dhamma or for insight grounded in Dhamma practice that anyone here has shown. It may work some as an inspiration and a basis for understanding the teachings, which is good for them, People got sotapannas in Buddha times by listening to disc...
by Dan74
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Welcome back to Paul (retro)
Replies: 62
Views: 10540

Re: Welcome back to Paul (retro)

I do not want to cause problems or an argument, but as a non-moderator (and I think other members feel the same way) who doesn't know what is happening behind the curtains, I have little understanding and a decent amount of confusion regarding the current situation. Out of nowhere, it seems that bo...
by Dan74
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism was misrepresented in this online video series.
Replies: 5
Views: 815

Re: Buddhism was misrepresented in this online video series.

I didnt watch the vid but yeah getting a newbie in SGI to represent Biddhism is a poor choice.

I wouldn't worry about it though.
by Dan74
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: More faulty Buddhist thinking?
Replies: 26
Views: 2299

Re: More faulty Buddhist thinking?

I think the video can be summarised in his own words... "This highlights one of the biggest problems of people everywhere, the problem of speaking unnecessarily about things you know nothing about". Or a little bit of information can be a dangerous thing, as we see played out here from time to time...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Welcome back to Paul (retro)
Replies: 62
Views: 10540

Re: Welcome back to Paul (retro)

Welcome back to Paul (retrofuturist) as Admin for Dhamma Wheel! Paul (retro) has agreed to return as Admin for Dhamma Wheel. Many of you know that he is a co-founder and was quite instrumental, actually the leading figure in the formation of Dhamma Wheel seven and a half years ago. And much, much t...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 210
Views: 14885

Re: Unconditioned

Many teachers have spoken about this confusion regarding no self and rebirth. Rebirth us due to cause and effect, the flow of kamma. It doesn't require a self. But there is also confusion regarding the conventional and the ultimate. Conventionally we speak of self, I, mine, etc, like the Buddha had ...
by Dan74
Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unconditioned
Replies: 210
Views: 14885

Re: Unconditioned

Whichever way you look at it, the Buddha taught to relinquish clinging, and holding to any notion of self, higher, transcendent, pure, etc, isn't that clinging?

Anatta is about letting go of clinging, not a doctrine to hold on to, as far as I can make out.
by Dan74
Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Important! Get the real meaning!
Replies: 91
Views: 9089

Re: Important! Get the real meaning!

in which there are many wise guides out there, if we care to look What is the wisest guide you can direct me towards? I don't have any kind of Sangha here, so I'm taking things in my own hands, can't tell its not worth it, because I'm *forced* to do the investigation myself, and that is very good. ...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Important! Get the real meaning!
Replies: 91
Views: 9089

Re: Important! Get the real meaning!

My experience has been that there are wonderful teachers around who will correct our understanding, if it is off the mark. Practicing solo always carries a lot of extra risk since it is so easy to get lost in the brambles and there may be no one to set us straight. But practicing with a Sangha and w...
by Dan74
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"
Replies: 126
Views: 15449

Re: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"

As for chownah arguing for psychodelics I think a serious mistake has been made. I do not think that I have ever argued for psychodelics. If anyone thinks I have argued for psychodelics I ask them to please show me the post where I did that.....I don't think you will find it....but if there is one ...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"
Replies: 126
Views: 15449

Re: Jack Kornfield "Psychedelics and Spiritual Practice"

Suramerayamajja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness. Isn't this really all there is to it? Whether we are literalists or not, if we're going to call ourselves "Buddhists", shouldn't we at least...
by Dan74
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What, exactly, is "the seen"?
Replies: 216
Views: 13343

Re: What, exactly, is "the seen"?

I would like to add another aspect that might help getting a better grip on the subject. "The seen" for example is not known by the objects that are "derived" from it or "conceived" from it but through the fact that "the seen" arises "in" a particular sense-sphere. That is what makes it possible to...
by Dan74
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What, exactly, is "the seen"?
Replies: 216
Views: 13343

Re: What, exactly, is "the seen"?

What could be done, perhaps, is to expand on practices that lead to this. I read the thread mostly for this purpose - to see what people do and I saw some posts in that direction, but confess that they didn't really make sense to me. I will just persevere. I would say the main practice here is bare...
by Dan74
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What, exactly, is "the seen"?
Replies: 216
Views: 13343

Re: What, exactly, is "the seen"?

I agree Dan. That's very clear. I liked it when I read it, but didn't see any need to add anything... :anjali: Mike Yes, Mike, not much to add, yet we added a great deal it seems. What could be done, perhaps, is to expand on practices that lead to this. I read the thread mostly for this purpose - t...
by Dan74
Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What, exactly, is "the seen"?
Replies: 216
Views: 13343

Re: What, exactly, is "the seen"?

Ajahn Amaro discusses Bahiya Sutta in chaper 2 'The Place of Non Abiding' in his book "Small Boat, Great Mountain" excerpt: “Where” Does Not Apply What does it mean to say, “There is no thing there”? It is talking about the realm of the object; it implies that we recognize that “the seen is merely ...