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by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya
Replies: 32
Views: 1020

Re: Ajāta, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya

What do you mean by: "tendency to advert to the Sanskrit, even when presented with the Buddha's actual words in Pali." I mean that in response to another question about the Buddha's lifespan you started to talk about his "following/believing in the Vedic creed"; and in an earlier thread you asked f...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya
Replies: 32
Views: 1020

Re: Ajāta, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya

What's the problem? No problem - just drawing attention to your tendency to advert to the Sanskrit even when presented with the Buddha's actual words in Pali. You don't actually seem to do anything with the root; it's not discussed here. What do you mean by: "tendency to advert to the Sanskrit, eve...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya
Replies: 32
Views: 1020

Re: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya

ToVincent wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:28 am

What's the problem?
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No problem - just drawing attention to your tendency to advert to the Sanskrit even when presented with the Buddha's actual words in Pali. You don't actually seem to do anything with the root; it's not discussed here.
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purpose of life is to be happy.
Replies: 68
Views: 903

Re: Purpose of life is to be happy.

... So by this line of reasoning it may be known how Unbinding is pleasant." https://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an09/an09.034.than.html Notice "by this line of reasoning it may be known" which means that Unbinding is neither pleasant nor unpleasant if this line of reasoning isn't applied. Is l...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya
Replies: 32
Views: 1020

Re: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya

Let's start with this extract: Ajo ? In Pali, that means "billy goat". No butts, now! Well, call it ajāta if you'd prefer. Ajo is the Sanskrit equivalent, (as in RV. 1.67.5, or RV. 8.41.10). But the Sanskrit also uses ajāta, (as in RV. 5.15.2). A "he-goat" is aja in Sanskrit - and ajā a "she-goat"....
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya
Replies: 32
Views: 1020

Re: Ajo, Amatta, Nibbāna & Vaya

Let's start with this extract: “There is an unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned,” - (atthi, bhikkhave, ajātaṃ abhūtaṃ akataṃ asaṅkhataṃ) - If, monks there were not that unborn, unbecome, unmade, unconditioned, you could not know an escape here from the born, become, made, and conditioned. But b...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Sharing the dhamma
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Sharing the dhamma

I like to reflect on the famous non-quote of St. Francis, and give it a Buddhist slant: "Teach the Dhamma at all times, and if necessary, use words".
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)
Replies: 72
Views: 1077

Re: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)

2507-MATT-PORTAL-WEB-P1.jpeg :jumping: Excellent! I overheard two sales staff in my local shop yesterday talking about their duties when masks became compulsory (today, in the UK). Their boss had apparently told them that there was likely to be very little trouble from the bareface mask-refusers, b...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does Buddhism overcome the problem of moral relativism?
Replies: 57
Views: 1451

Re: How does Buddhism overcome the problem of moral relativism?

Sorry, binocular, this seems to be a mixture of poorly-expressed philosophy or views about Buddhism, and your own difficulties. I'm prepared to re-state my position regarding the first issue of objective morality within Buddhism, but past experience tells me that addressing the latter is unlikely t...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)
Replies: 72
Views: 1077

Re: equanimity for non-mask wearers

Yes, I certainly agree with the first quoted paragraph. Wearing a mask is easy and I will be doing so. With regard to the equanimity, I tend to differ on the second bit. I guess I should strive for equanimity towards dangerous drivers (they're just heedless; their boss has given them a tight schedu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: AN 8.1 metta sutta, "or" vs. "nor", is this a mistake from B. Bodhi and B. Sujato English translation?
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: AN 8.1 metta sutta, "or" vs. "nor", is this a mistake from B. Bodhi and B. Sujato English translation?

Yes, the pali in the verse does not contain 'va' (or). What if it did? Do they have rules to distinguish between 'or' and 'nor' while working with negations like 'ma', 'a' negating prefix, etc.? I don't know - you would need someone far more advanced in Pali to explain that one. I believe Ven. Dham...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)
Replies: 72
Views: 1077

Re: equanimity for non-mask wearers

my main reason for drawing a parallel is that I don't see how requiring someone to wear a mask, wear a seatbelt, drive at less than the speed limit, etc, (or not go naked for that matter) is some sort of heinous violation of rights. They are all in the category of minor inconvenience. As for equani...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Interest and usury
Replies: 14
Views: 262

Re: Interest and usury

Many thanks to Ceisiwr, Santa100 and Doodoot for the responses. There doesn't seem to be a definitive sutta, but all these are useful and thought-provoking.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Interest and usury
Replies: 14
Views: 262

Interest and usury

I've just seen this in a Catholic publication: These days, we think of usury as charging an astronomical interest rate on a loan, but for most of the last 2,000 years, usury referred to any interest charged on a loan—that is, usury was more or less identified with charging interest on a money loan. ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns
Replies: 84
Views: 1492

Re: LGBT+ Monks and Nuns

In recent times I've noticed certain monks and nuns who self identify as being gay or non-binary, so much so they declare that they are a "out and proud" gay monk or trans person. I've not seen this. Where did you see it Ceisiwr? Is it just one or two or are there many who do this? Only a few I’ve ...