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by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: monism: oneness

The oneness u mentioned from the sutta is it translated as unity? In the context of sutta, 'oneness/unity' is something distinguished from Emptiness (Sunnata) in MN 121 and from Nibbana in MN 1. The 'oneness' referred to in MN 121 is said to be something 'conditioned/abhisaṅkhato' (rather than 'unc...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: monism: oneness

One of the main difficulties in talking about oneness or monism as a philosophical doctrine is that there are (paradoxically!) lots of different varieties and people can mean different things by the terms. Discussions often go adrift when people start talking at cross-purposes: one person thinks th...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Ireland!
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: Hi from Ireland!

Hi Suaimhneas, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukka arises (Samudaya) and perishes (Nirodha) the same time?
Replies: 53
Views: 1080

Re: Is Dukka arises (Samudaya) and perishes (Nirodha) the same time?

Even tho dukkha constantly ceases it's cessation is not discerned because it is only replaced by new dukkha. Discerning the cessation would require non-dukkha to be directly known instead of "new" arising dukkha. Dukkha arises of and from dukkha thus all is simply dukkha and non-dukkha remain obstr...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 542

Re: monism: oneness

One of the main difficulties in talking about oneness or monism as a philosophical doctrine is that there are (paradoxically!) lots of different varieties and people can mean different things by the terms. Discussions often go adrift when people start talking at cross-purposes: one person thinks tha...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Does a buddhist need to practise khanti ?

It is defined as "patience", acceptance", "forbearance", or even "forgiveness". I think Buddhists should certainly practice it, given the nature of the alternatives! And it is certainly beneficial to cultivate it; I believe the Buddha referred to it as the supreme austerity or purification practice ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 691

Re: Signs of Liberation

Wording matters. Wording is a lot of times a reflection of our thoughts. And thoughts are based on our world views and perception. It is different to say "I have not experienced something like that yet" or "In the texts, the Buddha says that is not possible" than saying "this is impossible" or "tha...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 691

Re: Signs of Liberation

Hi :smile: I don't mean 'enlightenment' in the usual new-age spirituality context. I mean parinirvana, escaping the cycle of births and deaths. Now read on ... Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Fear the man of one book" - What are your thoughts about this phrase?
Replies: 18
Views: 334

Re: "Fear the man of one book" - What are your thoughts about this phrase?

So, the question remains: Should we, as Dhamma practitioners, just follow one source to guide our lives? It depends on how one defines that source. If we define it to mean the principles or predispositions which are inferred from Buddhist doctrine and practice, then it is certainly possible to take...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 442

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

Try selling maranasati, asubha, buddhanusati, silanusati, contemplation of elements etc... Excellent point. Many people turn to meditation because they feel stressed and that something is lacking from their life. But in many cases, I think they would be better off if they gave up lying, drinking, a...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 856

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:10 pm
There is no real Virtue in virtue-signaling.
But there is in focusing on the topic, rather than evincing cultural preferences.

I think we've heard enough nasty talk about political preferences, so any more of it will be removed.

:focus:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)
Replies: 23
Views: 856

Re: Baba Lokenath (indian yogi lived 160 years)

Manopubbangama wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:52 pm
... the continual decline of this once great culture.
I've known Indians be equally complimentary about Western cultures!

There's no end to fault-finding and criticism of other people and places. Better to look for the positives which there are everywhere. And, of course,
:focus:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Paid advertising Buddhism - 8,898,114 YouTube views
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Paid advertising Buddhism - 8,898,114 YouTube views

DooDoot wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:26 pm
What do we think of paid advertising Buddhism?
I liked it a lot. :thumbsup: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma, "rewards", and "punishments".
Replies: 9
Views: 226

Re: Kamma, "rewards", and "punishments".

I thought this might need a thread of its own, at least to avoid derailing the one it split from. It's an interesting topic in the sense that in the West we tend to be quite careful about steering clear of inexact or misleading speech about kamma. Gombrich (in What the Buddha Thought) is a good exam...