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by Sam Vara
Wed May 29, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration of the suttas regular concentration
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: concentration of the suttas regular concentration

If someone has good daily-life concentration will he be good at meditation concentration - or are this two different things ? (and mini question do you also have a problem where you dont see topic names at the home page ?) I think there would only be one way to find out whether daily-life concentra...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 27, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Do you watch tv?
Replies: 38
Views: 5866

Re: Do you watch tv?

I gave away my TV about five years ago, and have not regretted it once. Most of my time spent watching TV was utterly wasted. I have the fond idea that a small number of TV programmes are well made and have artistic merit, but when I see TV now (for example on holiday, or on-line to catch something ...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Attention Seeking and Bullying
Replies: 12
Views: 1597

Re: Attention Seeking and Bullying

I was looking at articles on an internet site( bullyonline.org) about attention seeking and bullying in the workplace http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/attent.htm ...and I wondered , do some of us unknowingly (or knowingly) hide behind our avatars and involve ourselves in these behaviours in onl...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 21, 2013 12:17 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Itivuttaka 1.26 Giving
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: Itivuttaka 1.26 Giving

If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds I have always thought this one is as tantalising as it is inspirational. What did he know? What are those results? And perhaps just as importa...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 21, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

Bertrand Russell: "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." Another funny Russell quote, or so says the internet: "Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so." He has got plenty of company on the second of these, e.g. Adlai Stevenson is said to have responded, “...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 21, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 15160

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

Meditation teachers must stop passing out a bunch of size 7 shoes and hoping that they'll fit everyone's foot. That would certainly be a good idea, but if they lack the skill, time or inclination to do that, there is some canonical evidence that the Buddha might have discovered a "one-size-fits-all...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 21, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience
Replies: 146
Views: 15160

Re: The Breath, and Cherry-Picking for Cultural Convenience

The monks at my local monastery who teach meditation do teach meditation on the elements and on the qualities of the Buddha. But speaking for myself, I had to do quite a lot of focusing on the breath before I could make sense of contemplation of the elements. In so far as I have any understanding of...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 20, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

binocular wrote:Samvega all on its own is not useful. There needs to be pasada in order for samvega to be useful. Plenty of people have some measure of samvega; pasada does not appear to be so common.
Indeed, but pasada is less likely to be generated by the experience you describe, so I didn't specify it.
by Sam Vara
Sun May 19, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

binocular wrote: Suppose a person recollects that in their past lives, they have lived a miserable life, often abused, in poverty, plagued by disease.
That may be true, but how is it useful?
Samvega.
by Sam Vara
Sun May 19, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

You said that " perceptions which are useful in the struggle for life are not necessarily true." But I wonder about perceptions that are not useful in the struggle for life, ie, recollection of past lives. Can they be trusted? Well, if they are true, then they are useful. But as to whether any or a...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 19, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

You said that " perceptions which are useful in the struggle for life are not necessarily true." But I wonder about perceptions that are not useful in the struggle for life, ie, recollection of past lives. Can they be trusted? Well, if they are true, then they are useful. But as to whether any or a...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 19, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 112651

Re: celibacy/self pleasure

Aloka wrote:
There's already a long masturbation thread with lots of posts from the male members of the group
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This made me laugh. Thanks Aloka!
by Sam Vara
Sun May 19, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bertrand Russell and rebirth
Replies: 40
Views: 5479

Re: Bertrand Russell and rebirth

Normal perceptions, since they have to be useful in the struggle for life, must have some correspondence with fact; but in abnormal perceptions there is no reason to expect such correspondence, and their testimony, therefore, cannot outweigh that of normal perception. Two points here. Alvin Plantin...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 17, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Seeking Understanding of Chanting
Replies: 3
Views: 1435

Re: Seeking Understanding of Chanting

My experience is that it has whatever significance you want to give it. I don't think the Buddha himself recommended it, but obviously there is a lot of it about in the Theravadan tradition. This means that it might make you a bit self-conscious if you want to avoid chanting where everyone else is d...