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by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Praying for Fred Phelps
Replies: 20
Views: 1733

Re: Praying for Fred Phelps

Yes, an eminently suitable subject for Metta. And the same applies for those who hate him for hating. And also all those who have been harmed by him. Incidentally, Ben, do you post on CIF? Maybe we know one another from there! Hi Sam, I'm not sure what CIF is, to be honest with you. I very occasion...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Praying for Fred Phelps
Replies: 20
Views: 1733

Re: Praying for Fred Phelps

Yes, an eminently suitable subject for Metta. And the same applies for those who hate him for hating. And also all those who have been harmed by him.

Incidentally, Ben, do you post on CIF? Maybe we know one another from there!
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Love and Fear
Replies: 37
Views: 2730

Re: Love and Fear

Greetings, But why are you making that comparison? What do you try to accomplish by making it? Are you just exploring possibilites, or is there more to it? Now that I think about it further, I guess some of the underlying impetus behind this topic is that many Dhamma teachings seem to be about "fig...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 10.30 Kosala 2
Replies: 23
Views: 2538

Re: AN 10.30 Kosala 2

Whatever the intentions of whoever put this sutta together, it reads like a marvellous joke. More precisely, a shaggy dog story.
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The kingdom of the yellow robe (1907)
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Re: The kingdom of the yellow robe (1907)

Ernest Young appears to have been a very interesting character. This is about the book and is from a short modern biographical sketch that I found by Googling him: the book gives a clear impression that Young admired and approved of the relative simplicity of daily life in Siam at that time, the gen...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non sentient beings
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

Re: Non sentient beings

Quoted from the book Buddhism and Ecology edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and Duncan Ryuken Williams "He emphasizes the karmic side of the mutual interdependence of all life-forms, nothing that we need to weigh carefully the consequences of our actions so that we do not willingly increase the sufferin...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a real world out there?...
Replies: 124
Views: 13195

Re: Is there a real world out there?...

I think that we mostly all agree that there is no proof one way or the other about the existence of the real world out there......so we each adopt a view as to which it is or the view that we do not know. For those who adopt the view that it exists I ask in what way is this skillful? For those who ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self, Non-Self and Not Self
Replies: 9
Views: 1398

Re: Self, Non-Self and Not Self

The general understanding in Buddhism is that there is no "Self". Hi jordan, That might be the general understanding nowadays, but the Buddha didn't put it quite that way. In fact the notion "I have no self" is considered as wrong view just as "I have a self" is wrong view. Because both arise from ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Adventures of Fallacy Man
Replies: 7
Views: 692

Re: Adventures of Fallacy Man

Excellent stuff. A good insight into the similarities between a common internet pose and the morality of traditional "superheroes". (i.e. "I'm right, so I'm going to humiliate you."). Should be part of the Terms of Service for most internet forums.



This one excepted, of course.
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: does the "practice" help you in worldly tasks?
Replies: 33
Views: 2264

Re: does the "practice" help you in worldly tasks?

purple planet wrote:when you practice the "path" does one become better at preforming whatever tasks he wants to preform ?
Speaking personally, I have. More importantly, I have become better at choosing the tasks I want to perform.
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Protective Meditations
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: Protective Meditations

Many thanks Dave.
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Protective Meditations
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Protective Meditations

Recently on DW, someone mentioned the Theravadan practice of "Four Protective Meditations" which they do prior to settling down for their main sit. These are, I think, 1) The Buddha 2) Compassion 3) The Repulsiveness of the Body 4) Death. Can any kind person tell me more about these? Are they exclus...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?
Replies: 20
Views: 1087

Re: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?

Maybe this is just a made-up story designed to illustrate the possibilities of extreme renunciation. Well, I am torn as to whether such behavior is indeed a mark of renunciation, or just plain old indifference and callousness. Yes, I take your point. The sutta is of course a human artifact which po...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?
Replies: 20
Views: 1087

Re: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?

binocular wrote:
Sam Vara wrote:Maybe someone was engaging in dramatic hyperbole for educational purposes.

"If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee..."
What's your point?
Maybe this is just a made-up story designed to illustrate the possibilities of extreme renunciation.
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?
Replies: 20
Views: 1087

Re: Ven. Saṅgāmaji abandoning wife and small child?

Maybe someone was engaging in dramatic hyperbole for educational purposes.

"If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee..."