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by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 784
Views: 55927

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Thanks for this, Lal. I appreciate that there are other Suttas where the Buddha deals with post-mortem suffering due to unwanted rebirth. But you have not convinced me that this is the suffering which the Buddha is primarily concerned with. He might have been, but the references are insufficient to...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Listening to music generates demerit (bad deeds, bad kamma)? I don't think so, no. It might according to some Buddhists be a waste of time, or lead to a heightened reliance on sense-perceptions, but it is not proscribed for lay people. Listening to music breaks the precepts of virtue? Lay followers...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 784
Views: 55927

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Thanks for this, Lal. I appreciate that there are other Suttas where the Buddha deals with post-mortem suffering due to unwanted rebirth. But you have not convinced me that this is the suffering which the Buddha is primarily concerned with. He might have been, but the references are insufficient to ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 784
Views: 55927

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Furthermore, suffering in the rebirth process (where one gets births that one does not like) is the main type of suffering that the Buddha emphasized. Is it? There are several suttas where the Buddha seems to emphasise the suffering experienced in this lifetime. For example, in the Maha-Dukkhakkhan...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Demanifestation and Unincarnation
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: Demanifestation and Unincarnation

Hi curlyfries, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello: You might get an answer to this question here on Dhamma Wheel, but this site is mainly about Theravadan theory and practice. For Tibetan paths, you might be better off asking this at Dharma Wheel, our sister site: https://dharmawheel.net/ :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 784
Views: 55927

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I made an account for this express purpose. In the hopes that it may perhaps serve as another form of evidence that one may look to. I can only speak for myself, but, Lal's work at puredhamma has above and beyond done way more for my understanding of the whole of Buddhism than many other resources ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 620

Re: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

Thanks, Sam Why bodily Sankahra limited to breath only what about other bodily Sankhara. There are wholesome and unwholesome bodily Sankara. For instance killing, stealing, sexual misconduct are unwholesome bodily Sankhara. :thinking: I think it's just a matter of context. Bhikkhu Bodhi is here tal...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question 4 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta
Replies: 37
Views: 620

Re: Question 1 re- MN118 Anapanasati Sutta

"In-&-out breaths are bodily fabrications. Directed thought & evaluation are verbal fabrications. Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications." "But why are in-&-out breaths bodily fabrications? Why are directed thought & evaluation verbal fabrications? Why are perceptions & feelings mental fabr...
by Sam Vara
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 42
Views: 859

Re: lice

I find it unlikely that they will create a colony on your head that will last your whole life & even if they did, how bad can it really be? Yeah, and that double-handed saw thing: it's unlikely to last more than a few minutes, and how bad can it actually be ? (I'll be checking on your Right Speech ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Unrequited love
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Unrequited love

Qualifies as metta? More like contemplation of dukkha - this longing I feel is it a wholesome thing to dwell on? But I feel as long as I am not permanently fixated on this “wish” it is kind of a starting point for metta. Thoughts? By "unrequited love", people usually mean some kind of romantic or s...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 42
Views: 859

Re: lice

it's not the answer to the question itself i'm concerned with. i know exactly what i'd do. I'm having trouble following the point of this thread. What exactly are you concerned with? What sort of answer do you want? well it should be clear that not only this is against the 1st precept but that brea...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 42
Views: 859

Re: lice

A question like this I think is unnecessary. If your motivation is compassionate, you'll figure it out. it's not the answer to the question itself i'm concerned with. i know exactly what i'd do. I'm having trouble following the point of this thread. What exactly are you concerned with? What sort of...
by Sam Vara
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

Well, the Suttas say " Sabbe dhamma anatta ", which is taken to mean that all things are devoid of self; and the contrast with all sankhara , or compounded phenomena, is often taken to mean that the "all things" include the unconditioned, or nibbana . Thank you. Which sutta is this quote from exact...
by Sam Vara
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

Well, the Suttas say

"Sabbe dhamma anatta", which is taken to mean that all things are devoid of self; and the contrast with all sankhara, or compounded phenomena, is often taken to mean that the "all things" include the unconditioned, or nibbana.
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lice
Replies: 42
Views: 859

Re: lice

Phwoar, I hope nobody is accusing me recommending killing. I follow the 5 precepts. If you read what I say then you will see that I’ve said not to use conditioner as this would harm them, so it would hardly be likely I’d then recommend killing them. I read that they stay still in water, the article...