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by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 266

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

Dan74-MkII wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:01 am
I think the jellyfish weren't really the Buddha's target audience.
:rofl: :clap:
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 200
Views: 12245

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

They weren't, but the theology has moved on quite a bit since then. I know large numbers of Christians, and would struggle to name any who think in that way - even those who are opposed to gay marriage and actively gay priests. Thanks. However, the above appears to be identifying Christianity with ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 200
Views: 12245

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Paul (Saul) and his mates were never deemed by the Apostles of Jesus to be heretics. They weren't, but the theology has moved on quite a bit since then. I know large numbers of Christians, and would struggle to name any who think in that way - even those who are opposed to gay marriage and actively...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 200
Views: 12245

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

clw_uk wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:49 pm
Jesus was ok. The only bit I don’t like was his endorsement of the OT and so, by extension, the anti-gay stance.
It's worth remembering that although some Christians emphasise that bit, many of them claim that his message of universal love and forgiveness supersedes all that nonsense.
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suffering is vital condition for faith
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: Suffering is vital condition for faith

P Chaudhuri wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:13 pm
In Upanisa Sutta ( SN 12.23 , Vital conditions ) the Buddha says that "...suffering is a vital condition for faith..". Does this faith refers to faith in dhamma ?
I think it does, but don't forget faith in the Buddha and the Sangha as well.
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachers Fee
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Teachers Fee

How can we differentiate a fee from the gift? Generally, the fee is agreed before completing the transaction. In Sri Lanka, certain Ayurvedic doctors and some teachers do not charge a fee for their service but they accept voluntary gifts. Good question! A fee is normally a specified amount, and the...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teachers Fee
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Teachers Fee

It reads to me as if the Buddha helps the brahmin by restoring him to his rightful position. The brahmin explains that in his tradition, such good deeds are paid for by offering the benefactor a gift or fee. He has been given a pair of robes, and offers one to the Blessed One. The Buddha accepts the...
by Sam Vara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Why recourse in this context cannot mean "caused by"? Here i am differentiating between what Unnabha had in mind when he asked the question, and what the lord Buddha answered. Indeed, the blessed one would have answered that the mind is caused by the senses had it been caused by the senses. However...
by Sam Vara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

I can't see the significance of differentiating "recourse" from "caused". The significance is that whereas infinite regression can validly apply to causality, "recourse" cannot in this context mean "caused by". Therefore infinite regression cannot apply to Unnabha's sequence by virtue of it being a...
by Sam Vara
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Again, that's fairly obvious, but what do you make of this step where Uṇṇābha asks what mind has recourse to? I think it has to do with the problem of endless regress rooted in causality. The regress argument (also known as the diallelus[1] (Latin) or diallelon, from Greek di allelon "through or by...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Hi Sam, How would you interpret the simile at the end of the sutta. “Suppose there was a bungalow or a hall with a peaked roof, with windows on the eastern side. When the sun rises and a ray of light enters through a window, where would it land?” “On the western wall, sir.” “In the same way, the br...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Greetings, Found it! And furthermore, just as whatever great rivers there are — such as the Ganges, the Yamunā, the Aciravatī, the Sarabhū, the Mahī — on reaching the ocean, give up their former names and are classed simply as 'ocean'; in the same way, when members of the four castes — noble warrio...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Greetings, Yes, Walshe thinks that Unnabha's line of questioning was not geared towards the uncovering of a self, or entrapping the Buddha into admitting there was such a thing, precisely because he was a non-returner. This would imply that the Blessed One's declaration of Unnabha's status referred...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A wonderful teaching
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: A wonderful teaching

For every New day you can never again experience equally difficult suffering again. With other words for every New day it becomes easier. We may not experience exactly the same suffering again, but things can get worse than they are now. I've still got the rest of old age, sickness, death, separati...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uṇṇābha the brahmin
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Uṇṇābha the brahmin

Greetings, My take is simply that because Uṇṇābha was a brahmin, he was probably expecting that the answers to his line of questioning would ultimately trace back to atman or perhaps Brahma . However, Uṇṇābha the brahmin was wise and did not reject the Buddha's answer, and instead saw the wisdom in...