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by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 34444

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Some people in the no-self camp think this same way: "If you don't say there is no soul, this means you're saying there is a soul." Well, the targets of this "reasoning" do expose themselves eventually. Ven T's famous not-self strategy is supposed to point the way to the post-mortem consciousness o...
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 34444

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Huh?

Reasoning = argument = premises + conclusion (hopefully coupled with a logical operator for the conclusion to be derived logically from the premises).

Your example comes nowhere near to being an argument.
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 469
Views: 34444

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

Anyone? What is your point? Absence of evidence is evidence of absence? I can't think of the fancy name for this particular fallacy you are applying. The Buddha didn't mention Flying Spaghetti monsters either... :anjali: Mike Hmm, is he saying - "If there is evidence, then the soul exists. Therefor...
by Sylvester
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

It might be useful to analyse the pericope in detail: So cakkhunā rūpaṃ disvā na nimittaggāhī hoti ­nānub­yañ­janag­gāhī. Yat­vādhika­ra­ṇa­menaṃ cakkhundriyaṃ asaṃvutaṃ viharantaṃ abhij­jhā­do­manassā pāpakā akusalā dhammā anvāssaveyyuṃ tassa saṃvarāya paṭipajjati, rakkhati cakkhundriyaṃ, cakkhund...
by Sylvester
Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

I don't think anyone is doubting the importance and relevance of teeth-gnashing, when one is desperate enough to reach for the last resort. I doubt the importance and relevance of teeth-clenching/toungue-pressing it to some extent. Personally, I have never found it to be effective. I find breath-ob...
by Sylvester
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

Could you explain your points pls? I can't follow.
by Sylvester
Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

L.N. wrote:...

Hi L.N.

I don't think anyone is doubting the importance and relevance of teeth-gnashing, when one is desperate enough to reach for the last resort.

But the question remains - is that the establishment of mindfulness?
by Sylvester
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

As far as watching, it is better to watch a good thing, than a bad one.[ The process is the same; but with less dukkha. And you will see them "better" and "truer", (if there are no hindrances,) say the suttas. So maybe for some people, there will be a little (or a lot of) aversion; but that can be ...
by Sylvester
Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

:woohoo: Again that assumption that "I don't uderstand the grammar of the suttas"; Well, my "woohoo" was not an indictment of your grasp of grammar, but of your eel-wriggling. But on the subject of grammar, didn't you yourself concede this - and picking on me, on the fact that I don't understand th...
by Sylvester
Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yoniso Manasikara
Replies: 17
Views: 1334

Re: Yoniso Manasikara

spacenick wrote: ...
:goodpost:
by Sylvester
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

L.N. wrote:Sad to see the discussion going south.
Mea culpa.
by Sylvester
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yoniso Manasikara
Replies: 17
Views: 1334

Re: Yoniso Manasikara

Hello all, What does yoniso manasikara and ayoniso manasikara mean? In Ayoniso manasikara Sutta (SN 9.11), it says: Thoughts of sensuality, thoughts of ill will, thoughts of doing harm http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn09/sn09.011.than.html But I've also read ayoniso manasikara means bel...
by Sylvester
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

You poor thing. If nit-picking on a missed "full" is your strategy to evade a fulsome discussion of your silly confusion of a substantive noun for an adjective, then that speaks volumes of you. :woohoo: The poor thing is not nit-picking. It is just that this "coincidental" ***"missed" "full"***, or...
by Sylvester
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?
Replies: 90
Views: 6965

Re: Mindfulness of defilements - gently accept or vanquish?

You poor thing. If nit-picking on a missed "full" is your strategy to evade a fulsome discussion of your silly confusion of a substantive noun for an adjective, then that speaks volumes of you. :woohoo:
by Sylvester
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: relinking consciousness in pre-English Theravada or non-Western orthodox Abhidhamma
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: relinking consciousness in pre-English Theravada or non-Western orthodox Abhidhamma

Its not 'hidden'. But similarly, its not a 'violation' of orthodox anattā-teachings either, English or Old-World. For some reason plenty of English Buddhist learners acquire a polemical bias against Abhidhammic teachings without even knowing what they are, simply on the basis that they aren't the o...