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by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 68
Views: 1491

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

This section is about "Family Life and Relationships". Discussions do take place within family life and within other relationships, but the purpose of this section is not to air grievances or settle scores relating to discussions here on Dhamma Wheel. Please could contributors ensure that they bear ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Paradox of absence of imperative mood.

It seems that Buddha intentionally avoids the imperative mood ( second person ). That is, the narrative has not incentive character (take certain steps), but a descriptive one (in fact, here is a description of the phenomenological landscape of the yogic experience that is being discovered at the p...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is "fear and blame in the other world" (paralokavajjabhaya)?
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: What is "fear and blame in the other world" (paralokavajjabhaya)?

santa100 wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:51 am
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Agreed. I always thought it was a reference to the virtue involved in acknowledging the post-mortem results of one's actions.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Beer emoji
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: Beer emoji

This issue has been raised before. The emoji pre-dates me, but I guess it was just offered as a symbol for "mutual celebration" or something like that. Of course, one can think of it as non-alcoholic beer or a soft drink!
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 69
Views: 1893

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I think it'd be reasonable if the OP of a thread simply signify which perspective he wants. Like, if i ask a question about literal devas, id rather not have someone preach to me about how devas were really some intricate metaphor for real people who live good lives like celebrities and socialites,...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion

Also another verse for not participating with unhinged people around; Don't sacrifice your own welfare for that of another, no matter how great. Realizing your own true welfare, be intent on just that. What i deduct from these quotes is that i should not participate on this forum as it is now becau...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion

Stuff like this? When i say commonly accepted i mean accepted by smart people in general. I realize that some people do not accept much of the IQ theory. It appears to depend on how you define "smart people". If you have to be "smart" to accept this, then we have a tautology. Otherwise, few people ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion

You appear to have missed the general principal outlined in the article. Which is that those Leader-Follower, Leader-Advisor dynamics form and work best within a certain range of deviation. I can't find any of that in there at all. The only mention of deviation relates to the SD or dispersion of ch...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion

What is the exact basis for rejecting this? Looks like solid research to me. Where is the research? The article you link to is about people with an IQ of >140 not thriving in elite professions. Such people would be, apparently, about 0.25% of those who regularly post here. Your account seems to be ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: Make structural changes to promote competence and productive discussion

Now It is commonly accepted that; From a theoretical standpoint, democratic meritocracies should evolve five IQ defined 'castes', The Leaders, The Advisors, The Followers, The Clueless and The Excluded. These castes are natural in that they are the result of how people of different intellectual abi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Nirodha?
Replies: 80
Views: 1615

Re: What is Nirodha?

Please could I remind members that posts should be either neutral or civil in tone? Posts containing ad hominem abuse will be removed, and so will posts that simply reproduce gobbets of suttas without any explanation as to why they are relevant to the thread. This might be a challenge for those affe...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?
Replies: 18
Views: 411

Re: Why Buddha can't tell "yes I will"?

seeker242 wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:42 am
“Why can’t he” doesn’t make any sense because there is nothing to indicate that he can’t.
I think, making due allowances for non-native English speakers and how people have chosen to answer the question, we might also read it as "Why doesn't he".
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1094

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

On a related matter, I think many monks on alms round in the west will receive fruits like whole apples and oranges. How do they deal with this, in view of the Vinaya injunction against consuming live fruits with seeds? Are monks allowed to peel or cut these fruits up themselves? This thread https:...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When was Gotama a sotapanna?
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: When was Gotama a sotapanna?

In terms of "milestones" or significant points in his progress towards liberation, AN 3.39 seems quite significant. As a layperson living a protected and luxurious life, the Buddha-to-be reflects on the realities of ageing, sickness, and death, and thereby comes to renounce the vanity of youth, heal...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uncertainty, kamma and Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Uncertainty, kamma and Buddhism

Greetings Sam Vara and all, Thanks for your prompt reply. But do you think "wholesome deeds will produce happiness" is too general or generalization, if you will. We expect ourselves to have freedom from particular fear by doing that? I don't think that reflecting on this particular generalisation ...