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by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma is an amoral teaching?
Replies: 64
Views: 6586

Re: Kamma is an amoral teaching?

Yes, so the deontologists say. But are they right to say so? Herr Kant, for example, tells me that I ought not to tell lies. When I ask him why he tells me that “ich soll niemals anders verfahren, als so, daß ich auch wollen könne, meine Maxime solle ein allgemeines Gesetz werden.” That is, “I ough...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Kamma is an amoral teaching?
Replies: 64
Views: 6586

Re: Kamma is an amoral teaching?

the person who agrees to do what he is told he should do is acting prudentially rather than morally. Is there any ethical system where this is not so? Any system that cannot in the final analysis be boiled down to a description of desired and undesired consequences? Yes, deontological ethics, such ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dental meditation (buhaha!)
Replies: 13
Views: 1941

Re: Dental meditation (buhaha!)

I normally fill my mind with thoughts of gratitude.

Towards Alfred Einhorn, the German chemist who invented novocain.
by Sam Vara
Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Resolve in your practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Resolve in your practice?

Six hours a day! Good grief, I struggle to fit in an hour of a morning and I thought I was doing well.... :thumbsup: In my opinion, an hour of meditation every morning means you are doing well! My advice is to remember that practice away from the cushion is also extremely important. I feel better w...
by Sam Vara
Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pressure around the eyes and forehead when meditating
Replies: 24
Views: 6341

Re: Pressure around the eyes and forehead when meditating

I have experienced something similar. Does your meditation technique involve focusing on one small spot, such as the touch of the breath at the nose? You might be keeping the focus too "tight" and tensing up in order to experience this more clearly. This sort of thing often happens when we try to co...
by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Desire (Chando) Vs Craving (Tanha)
Replies: 9
Views: 1121

Re: Desire (Chando) Vs Craving (Tanha)

Hello Sam Vara, Lets say an image of naked woman appeared in my mind and a thought " I'd like to do her " appeared. Lets say it stopped there. Is that taṇhā yet? Well, I've just run "I'd like to do her" through Access to Insight 's search engine, but the Blessed One seems not to have a recorded opi...
by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Desire (Chando) Vs Craving (Tanha)
Replies: 9
Views: 1121

Re: Desire (Chando) Vs Craving (Tanha)

Hello Bakmoon, But where is the dividing line between greed and desire (as chando)? If I am hungry and intend to go and eat, is that taṇhā or chando? My suggestion would be firstly, to ask oneself why the exact dividing line is important. It might be that we can come up with a list of modern mental...
by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: God is female
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: God is female

From the article: The 71-year-old cleric Father John Micheal O’neal claims he went to heaven and met God, which he describes as a warm and comforting motherly figure. What if he bumped into the Virgin Mary first, and mistook her for God? A bit like achieving some new jhanic state and thinking it is ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Caring for the Aged
Replies: 2
Views: 1218

Re: Caring for the Aged

This is a related story that didn't make me smile... http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/17/assisted-dying-dutch-doctors-patient-law-netherlands the study found that 18% of the Dutch doctors would consider helping someone to die without them having any physical affliction if they were “tired...
by Sam Vara
Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thai Ajahns
Replies: 10
Views: 1531

Re: Thai Ajahns

BlueLotus wrote:Now that Ajahn Chah is dead, has this great lineage of Western monks also died?
No, evolved.
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 2901

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

Mkoll, Good post. I think the thing to do is to see in what sense the suttas use the term for livelihood if there is any evidence to indicate which way they are meaning. chownah The phrase samajivita is used to refer to maintaining ones livelihood rightly, or "in tune". It appears to have the wider...
by Sam Vara
Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 2901

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

Sam Vara, I am not sure that you have interpreted daverupa's post in the way he intended. Can you just make a clear statement answering this question: "Are you saying that someone who has alot of money and just buys their life requisits has spending money as their livelihood?.....in other words, sp...
by Sam Vara
Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 2901

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

I don't know what "that" refers to when you say "I think that counts as a livelihood". Many rich and retired people do not have to do anything to get enough money to obtain requisites for living. If someone is in this situation do they have a livelihood and if so what is it? Maybe I am asking for a...
by Sam Vara
Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Action and Right Livelihood
Replies: 29
Views: 2901

Re: Right Action and Right Livelihood

Does a person who lives on money and does not rely on work for obtaining the requisites have a livelihood? chownah I think that counts as a livelihood. Technically, we can't "live on money"; we have to invest it, or ask for it, and spend it. And then we have to make choices about what we do with th...