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by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 3387

Re: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta

Hi Mike Spk says that the Buddha added this section to show that pleasure and pain do not arise with contact alone as condition, but with other conditions as well. In this case the bodily, verbal, and mental volitions (kāya-, vacī-, manosañcetanā) are the kammically effective volitions that function...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 3387

Re: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta

The Buddha deals in several places with the relationship between the wish for release, and the practice for release. A really nice example is the Nava Sutta with its analogy of the chicks being hatched. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.101.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.hre...
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: patience paramis
Replies: 13
Views: 1217

Re: patience paramis

i dont realy understant the paramis of patience. do we just grit our teeth and bear the suffering? if you do not know, please do not make guesses. I'm not sure whether I know , but can offer this based on my own experience. I used to see patience as putting up with the bad stuff (yes, often with te...
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 3387

Re: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta

Hi Mike, Yes, this and similar views are expressed in several places in the Suttas. I suppose it is something like nihilism, and something like it is still around today. It is perplexing, though, not as a view in itself, but rather because it is taught by those who have a view on kamma. It seems to ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta
Replies: 18
Views: 3387

Re: SN 12.25: Bhumija Sutta

Just a couple of brief points. 1) Of the different types of brahmans and contemplatives, the final group listed are quite intriguing. They are teachers of kamma, who declare that pleasure & pain are neither self-made nor other-made, but arise spontaneously. I wonder what kamma they teach, if they ho...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: As you sow, so you shall reap
Replies: 43
Views: 4896

Re: As you sow, so you shall reap

Hi Ben, Congratulations on what looks and sounds like a fine crop. Here in the UK I am sowing rather than reaping, as spring is getting under way. Broad beans, french beans, onions, garlic, chillies, fennel, and the find of the year: a fantastic heritage strain of beetroot which is golden-yellow all...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 130 Devaduta Sutta: The Deva Messengers
Replies: 17
Views: 2397

Re: MN 130 Devaduta Sutta: The Deva Messengers

daverupa
(SN v. MN?)
I'm hoping SN wins...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Yoniso manasikara: the suttas and the practice
Replies: 26
Views: 8959

Re: Suttas on yoniso manasikara?

Hi Starter, Many thanks for this posting - a short thread with some excellent contributions. Could you please clarify To put a stop to these evils is to perform the ten good practices.' (S42.14, also MN 41, MN136) Is S42.14 the Samyutta Nikaya? I don't have a 42.14 - it stops at 13 although the 10 f...
by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: I'm so depressed
Replies: 27
Views: 5318

Re: I'm so depressed

greggorious, I'm really sorry to read your post, and hear that you are feeling so bad. I am hoping that it will pass quickly. Maybe the doctors and medication and the Dhamma have already helped a bit, but the results are not manifest yet. Keep trying if you can, and remember you are not alone in you...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions
Replies: 19
Views: 27134

Re: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions

Hi Mike, but here we have dukkha as a supporting condition for a sequence that lead to liberation. Now, of course, these are "supporting conditions", not "sufficient conditions", so it is not inevitable that dukkha leads liberation. Indeed; liberation is conceptually dependent (supported by) whateve...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 55510

Re: Free will and the mind

The only way I can think of squaring this particular circle is as follows. Free will is real, both as a condition for my meaningful existence in the world and because intention ( cetana ) is necessary for the existence of kamma . But the freedom is itself a conditioned phenomenon, both as regards it...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jealousy
Replies: 15
Views: 1555

Re: Jealousy

Annicca: is it the same as the jealousy mentioned above? Both have something in common: by comparing what one does not have with what the target we are jealous has. Well, getting rid of desire rids one of both envy and jealousy, along with a lot of other forms of suffering. But the mechanisms of env...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions
Replies: 19
Views: 27134

Re: SN 12.23 Upanisa Sutta: Discourse on Supporting Conditions

I find this one of the most impressive of the suttas on dependent origination. There are a number of intriguing aspects. 1) When we ask what it is that we need to know and see for the destruction of the cankers/effluents, the answer is "Such is material form, such is the arising, such is the passing...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Jealousy
Replies: 15
Views: 1555

Re: Jealousy

There is a difference between envy and jealousy, although the words are sometimes used interchangeably. The Buddha deal with jealousy here: "Suppose that a man is in love with a woman, his mind ensnared with fierce desire, fierce passion. He sees her standing with another man, chatting, joking, & la...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help with English to Pali
Replies: 2
Views: 723

Re: Help with English to Pali

Mike, many thanks for this. Perfect.