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by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insight as seeing
Replies: 11
Views: 226

Re: Insight as seeing

Interesting question, Bundokji. There is also the usual pairing of the eye with forms in terms of the sense bases, as in It's in dependence on a pair that consciousness comes into play. And how does consciousness come into play in dependence on a pair? In dependence on the eye & forms there arises e...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: How to apply colours to the text ?
Replies: 9
Views: 325

Re: How to apply colours to the text ?

Greetings , Anyone can help to show adding colour to the writing and enlarge it in the post ? Thanks . Like this, do you mean? If so, then above the text box are a series of little boxes. The one third from the right saying "normal" is the font size (the drop-down gives you other sizes) and the lit...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The third Noble Truth is
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: The third Noble Truth is

The third Noble Truth is, in essence, a possibility/an existence of possibility of cessation or the very cessation itself? I'm not sure what you mean here. The Buddha's claim in uttering the Third Noble Truth seems to be that he knew the cessation itself as a reality: ‘This noble truth of the cessa...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Re: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?

I'll believe anything that isn't Richard Löwenherz squaring up to Ben Hur...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 3431

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

Looking at the Sivaka Sutta I would say the Buddha would back him up... “Master Gotama, there are some ascetics and brahmins who hold such a doctrine and view as this: ‘Whatever a person experiences, whether it be pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant, all that is caused by what was d...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?

Or the illusion of control. You turned left into the Starbucks, because it was determined that you would do that based on your life events up to that point, your genetics, your kamma; etc, no one in real control. But you believe that you made that decision, that you had the control, hence, the illu...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Not self - Ven. Yuttadhammo got it wrong too?

Or the illusion of control. You turned left into the Starbucks, because it was determined that you would do that based on your life events up to that point, your genetics, your kamma; etc, no one in real control. But you believe that you made that decision, that you had the control, hence, the illu...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Sārambha (Rivalry)
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: Sārambha (Rivalry)

The concise P.E.D. gives impetuosity; anger; involving danger to living beings. In this sutta (AN 4.193) it is the word which Sujato translates as "aggression". Does hate … or delusion … or aggression come up in a person for their welfare or harm?” “Harm, sir.” “An aggressive individual kills living...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 72 vs MN 120: na upapajjati ??
Replies: 15
Views: 327

Re: MN 72 vs MN 120: na upapajjati ??

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:56 am
Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:44 am
But MN 72 is about Vacchagotta struggling...
Well, in MN 72, the Buddha does not remain silent, like in SN 44.10.
True. Maybe he had different approaches at different times. Vacchagotta's ontological conceptualising seems to have been a recurrent problem.
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 72 vs MN 120: na upapajjati ??
Replies: 15
Views: 327

Re: MN 72 vs MN 120: na upapajjati ??

Well spotted! It might just be a difference relating to the context for each sutta. MN 120 talks about rebirth in specific settings, and the Buddha is concerned to say that the arahant does not take rebirth in any of those ; the difference being indicated by katthaci (anywhere/somewhere). But MN 72 ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are you always getting ready for ?
Replies: 17
Views: 341

Re: What are you always getting ready for ?

Many thanks for the verse - it's a very beautiful sentiment well expressed.

As for how the fifteenth century compares to now, I'm not so sure. We both have access to that verse, but they also had smallpox.
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?
Replies: 26
Views: 1838

Re: Why don't people remember their past lives according to the suttas?

Ven. Ñāṇavimala, an accomplished practitioner, related these recollections of past lives One day Bhante said that in the past, not only did he perform wholesome activities, but unwholesome ones as well. He was having migraine headaches even after becoming a monk, and wanted to know the cause. He to...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition
Replies: 20
Views: 391

Re: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition

I suppose the OP was somewhat tongue-in-cheek or sarcastic, but how could a teacher now or in the future make an argument that Dukkha is a later addition? It is the First Noble Truth. Indeed. But it would be difficult to make out that any aspect of the Buddha's teaching was a later addition if in f...
by Sam Vara
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination
Replies: 61
Views: 1055

Re: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination

They may well be wrong, of course. The law of unintended consequences might intervene and reveal them to be ignorant blunderers. But, according to their own worldview, their intentions are good. "according to their own worldview" is the key here I think. In reality, which is almost never black and ...