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by Sam Vara
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

Yes, I think I do. It was the "threat" aspect that I was referring to, in that a "threat" would normally be something that endangered that sense of subjective unity. Greed that is heedless of others, as when people just want to enjoy themselves at the expense of others, doesn't seem to fit that qui...
by Sam Vara
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

Yes, that's the kind of mental gymnastics I meant. Accepting the premise that all sexual abuse is about power, and then accepting that abuse occurs because the abuser somehow feels disempowered. Like an old shed held up by poles and planks, with enough extra premises any proposition can be made to ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Apologizing on behalf of others
Replies: 16
Views: 242

Re: Apologizing on behalf of others

An apology is supposed to make things better for the person who was wronged. But an apology made by someone who was not involved in the wrongdoing in the first place does not have that effect. Maybe the intention was just to express sympathy for the fact that you felt bad, which seems to be a posit...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhist Schools
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Buddhist Schools

Here in the U.K. faith schools can be quite a divisive issue. Some agree with them and like them, others do not. Most of the faith schools here are Christian or Islamic, with a few Jewish schools also. There is also one Hindu school and one Buddhist primary school here (ages 5 - 11). I'm interested...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 614
Views: 16006

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Coëmgenu Ivana Trump once claimed that Donald raped her repeatedly while they were together, but she has since been encouraged to walk back those claims, she has, and a confidentiality clause in their divorce ensures she can't speak to anyone about their time married or their divorce. An allegation...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

All volition is annihilating some feeling, but to call it an "external threat" is a bit too baroque for my taste. I called it external in an attempt to link it to consciousness, or this sense of subjective unity. From this vantage point, everything can be seen as external if you understand what i m...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Apologizing on behalf of others
Replies: 16
Views: 242

Re: Apologizing on behalf of others

Professionally, I had to offer apologies to people that the organisation I worked for had wronged. Sure, and you did that in a professional capacity, you were just a spokesperson for the organization. In a religion, this can be different, esp. when there is no agreement as to the actual doctrine, r...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

Evil is often associated with annihilation. Its shadow seems to be purity. Would it be plausible to interpret evil action as an attempt to purify consciousness through annihilating a perception of an external threat? It might be, but it would involve some mental gymnastics in order to explain some ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

It might be, but it would involve some mental gymnastics in order to explain some types of evil. Sexual abuse, for example. There's not much of a threat to the abuser, either perceived or actual. Under the premise that sexual abuse is about power, the threat is in the prospective abuser feeling dis...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Apologizing on behalf of others
Replies: 16
Views: 242

Re: Apologizing on behalf of others

Greetings. It has happened now several times that Buddhists have apologized to me on behalf of other Buddhists, in matters of Dhamma propagation. In most cases, it's clear, that the Buddhist on whose behalf they were apologizing, knows nothing about it or whether there even is any wrongdoing on the...
by Sam Vara
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evil action and consiousness
Replies: 54
Views: 499

Re: Evil action and consiousness

Evil is often associated with annihilation. Its shadow seems to be purity. Would it be plausible to interpret evil action as an attempt to purify consciousness through annihilating a perception of an external threat? It might be, but it would involve some mental gymnastics in order to explain some ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Existence of Nibbana
Replies: 245
Views: 3609

Re: On the Existence of Nibbana

Aloka wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:06 pm
Getting back to basics, this explanation from the Buddha seems uncomplicated and without any need for lengthy commentaries or speculation:
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:goodpost: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: how to do this?
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: how to do this?

If someone needs to donate billions or many millions to buddhism how it is done ?? is someone dont care about tradition but wants to donate to all tradition monks .. is it possible to establish trust which gives money to all monks in world when ever needed so they can use it to build monestry, medi...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: vomiting hot blood
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: vomiting hot blood

I've seen the phrase "vomit hot blood" in a few texts already, for instance https://suttacentral.net/sn4.25/en/bodhi https://suttacentral.net/mil5.3.2/en/tw_rhysdavids I do not understand it however, it certainly seems bad, but is it supposed to be literal? If its literal, is anyone aware of a whic...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: May a bhikkhu wear a wrist-watch?

I think it comes under the heading of wearing jewellery; certainly a Rolex would. That's interesting. Monks use watches at Chithurst, because if working in the forest they need to know what time to return and meet others, etc. But they don't wear them on their wrists, as far as I can remember; they...