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by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 313

Re: monism: oneness

One of the main difficulties in talking about oneness or monism as a philosophical doctrine is that there are (paradoxically!) lots of different varieties and people can mean different things by the terms. Discussions often go adrift when people start talking at cross-purposes: one person thinks tha...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?
Replies: 5
Views: 137

Re: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?

It is defined as "patience", acceptance", "forbearance", or even "forgiveness". I think Buddhists should certainly practice it, given the nature of the alternatives! And it is certainly beneficial to cultivate it; I believe the Buddha referred to it as the supreme austerity or purification practice ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 418

Re: Signs of Liberation

Wording matters. Wording is a lot of times a reflection of our thoughts. And thoughts are based on our world views and perception. It is different to say "I have not experienced something like that yet" or "In the texts, the Buddha says that is not possible" than saying "this is impossible" or "tha...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 418

Re: Signs of Liberation

Hi :smile: I don't mean 'enlightenment' in the usual new-age spirituality context. I mean parinirvana, escaping the cycle of births and deaths. Now read on ... Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Fear the man of one book" - What are your thoughts about this phrase?
Replies: 18
Views: 187

Re: "Fear the man of one book" - What are your thoughts about this phrase?

So, the question remains: Should we, as Dhamma practitioners, just follow one source to guide our lives? It depends on how one defines that source. If we define it to mean the principles or predispositions which are inferred from Buddhist doctrine and practice, then it is certainly possible to take...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 272

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

Try selling maranasati, asubha, buddhanusati, silanusati, contemplation of elements etc... Excellent point. Many people turn to meditation because they feel stressed and that something is lacking from their life. But in many cases, I think they would be better off if they gave up lying, drinking, a...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 633

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:10 pm
There is no real Virtue in virtue-signaling.
But there is in focusing on the topic, rather than evincing cultural preferences.

I think we've heard enough nasty talk about political preferences, so any more of it will be removed.

:focus:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 633

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:52 pm
... the continual decline of this once great culture.
I've known Indians be equally complimentary about Western cultures!

There's no end to fault-finding and criticism of other people and places. Better to look for the positives which there are everywhere. And, of course,
:focus:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Paid advertising Buddhism - 8,898,114 YouTube views
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Paid advertising Buddhism - 8,898,114 YouTube views

DooDoot wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:26 pm
What do we think of paid advertising Buddhism?
I liked it a lot. :thumbsup: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma, "rewards", and "punishments".
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: Kamma, "rewards", and "punishments".

I thought this might need a thread of its own, at least to avoid derailing the one it split from. It's an interesting topic in the sense that in the West we tend to be quite careful about steering clear of inexact or misleading speech about kamma. Gombrich (in What the Buddha Thought) is a good exam...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 817

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

This post was not to debate about the reality or delusions behind the belief in rebirth, but about how people seem so confident about their views. And as Sam Vara pointed out, it is just a matter of belief and assumptions . So I guess that answers my question. I know this has already been said, but...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No notifications for replies to my topics?
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: No notifications for replies to my topics?

Maybe this is just me, but I only get notifications for replies in which i'm quoted, and not replies to topics I start. Doesn't seem to be anything about this in the settings when I click on the notifications link either. That's standard, I think. If you want to keep an eye on threads you started, ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 817

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

More than one here suggested and supported the idea of a "rebirth in this very life", which is the kind of "rebirth" I see in my everyday life. But that's not the kind of rebirth I was talking about. I'm talking about rebirth as understood by, for instance, Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition assumes ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is contemplating AriyaSacca the way to Stream-Entry?
Replies: 57
Views: 1188

Re: Is contemplating AriyaSacca the way to Stream-Entry?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:35 pm
An entire thread absolutely ruined.
If it has not gone the way you wanted, start another thread, specify exactly what you want the answers to be about (and not about), and report any off-topic posts. If I'm around I'll enforce it.