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by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dream World v Real World!
Replies: 60
Views: 6252

Re: Dream World v Real World!

When there is this then that will arise. :sage: Just to add to this and something that I have only just read that Ajahn Sumedho wrote and is very profound and that is that the above should read: "When there is this, then this will arise." (rather than this and that) This difference is subtle but si...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pharmacological Aids to Enlightenment
Replies: 72
Views: 8221

Re: Pharmacological Aids to Enlightenment

Just a quick thought on this one, prompted by m0rl0ck's points. Consider all the uncertainty that we see on these pages and elsewhere about the nature of jhana, concentration, mindfulness, clear comprehension, Samatha, and so on. As soon as anyone says they have attained one of these states, there a...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sutta's on metta Meditation?
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: Sutta's on metta Meditation?

Hi, You could try this one: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.021x.than.html which has the standard but beautiful formulation: In any event, you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain sympathetic to that person's welfare, with...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let your religion . . . .
Replies: 13
Views: 2800

Re: Let your religion . . . .

If I say that, from inside, it makes much more sense to talk about belief as a characteristic set of feelings, or even as a habit, you will conclude that I am trying to wriggle out, or just possibly that I am not even interested in whether the crap I talk is true. I do, as a matter of fact, think t...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 46.3 Virtue
Replies: 10
Views: 2503

Re: SN 46.3 Virtue

We have here a Dhamata formulation: qualities arise naturally, in accordance with the dhamma, once other qualities are in existence. Throughout the canon, this is applied to other groups of qualities, not just the factors of enlightenment. As in the Cetana Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipita...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

I think that if we explaint to them what is realy means 'kamma' they will understand and agree that is somethink that is the law of nature I think that this is wildly optimistic. I would like to see a definition of Kamma that scientists would agree could be incorporated into a research proposal. In...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

Alex123 Kamma is what we believe in. You can't take it into a lab and measure it. Beyond events that occur we can't see kamma or its results. We just see physical, biological, chemical, social, psychological processes. There is no way we can be truly certain that misfortune that happened today was ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

I think that if we explaint to them what is realy means 'kamma' they will understand and agree that is somethink that is the law of nature I think that this is wildly optimistic. I would like to see a definition of Kamma that scientists would agree could be incorporated into a research proposal. In...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

With reference to Kamma and its function as intention, this fits easily with a present experience interpretation of DO. No conflict with science there. Indeed, but with reference to "Here, student, some woman or man is one who harms beings with his hands or with clods or with sticks or with knives....
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

Alex123 Kamma is what we believe in. You can't take it into a lab and measure it. Beyond events that occur we can't see kamma or its results. We just see physical, biological, chemical, social, psychological processes. There is no way we can be truly certain that misfortune that happened today was r...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

Perharps they dont understant kamma law, but kamma law is their job. That is called ignorance. Possibly so. But the fact that it is ignorance seems to support my initial suggestion that kamma is a "problematically religious" component which eludes the modern scientific worldview. The "immanent fram...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

To Sam Vara: It's true that tey dont understand that all fenomena,internal and external, all dhamma, is energy, and so is leaded by the same law that all other energy. And it's a shame that peopels dont have the open mind Scientists do understand that all phenomena are energy; but the problem posed...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

We might go on for a long time in this way; but nevermind this dichotomy of science vs. religion. Where is there an aspect of the Dhamma which requires explanations which are contradicted by a scientific explanation? Are there any at all? What about Kamma ? Kammic mouvement is the inertia of energy...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

daverupa wrote:We might go on for a long time in this way; but nevermind this dichotomy of science vs. religion. Where is there an aspect of the Dhamma which requires explanations which are contradicted by a scientific explanation? Are there any at all?
What about Kamma?
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern
Replies: 55
Views: 5072

Re: What's at stake as the Dharma goes modern

zavk, The article is deep and subtle. I am a bit hampered by not having read Taylor's work, but thinking that I know something of it through seeing its influence in lots of articles and discussions, and seeing some of the ideas prefigured in earlier writings. (The ideas are redolent of Barfield's Sa...