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by whynotme
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self-view and Anatta - Interpretation
Replies: 81
Views: 6268

Re: Self-view and Anatta - Interpretation

Going through the Pali-Canon , I get the feeling that the Buddha is not denying an Atta but is merely saying that what a puthujjana considers as a Self is not the actual Self. (pañc'upādānakkhandhā or one of them he considers as a Self which is wrong. But nowhere is the Buddha denying a Self but is...
by whynotme
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Extreme Skepticism. Help!
Replies: 27
Views: 1363

Re: Extreme Skepticism. Help!

Hello all, From time to time I have my periods where I get extremely skeptical. What is the truth? Can we ever know it? Maybe the world is an illusion created by God, evil scientist(s), Satan, random quantum flux, something else? Maybe the world with 12 billion history appeared 5 minutes (more or l...
by whynotme
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

The traditional Western approach is mind - body relationship. IMO, that approach is totally wrong, or will not lead to anywhere. The right approach should be mind - body - ego relationship, because without ego, those two are meaningless. To track ego, we should know or at least define what is ego? ...
by whynotme
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

Mind you, there is no sutta mentions there is no self, the view there is no self, is mostly later view. I believe I can show you how and why there is no self is wrong, but since I still don't know much rather than that, it creates many questions that can not be solved. Monks, whatever contemplative...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

The traditional Western approach is mind - body relationship. IMO, that approach is totally wrong, or will not lead to anywhere. The right approach should be mind - body - ego relationship, because without ego, those two are meaningless. To track ego, we should know or at least define what is ego? U...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

There is a difference between the view "I have no self" and "There is no self". Technically, yes, in practice, not so much Word by word, of course 'I have no self' is self contradicted, because I and self are used to point to the same object, and the latter negatives the first. It is similar to say...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

"As he attends inappropriately in this way, one of six kinds of view arises in him: The view I have a self arises in him as true & established, or the view I have no self ... or the view It is precisely by means of self that I perceive self... or the view It is precisely by means of self that I perc...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

tiltbillings wrote:
whynotme wrote: The 'no-self' doctrine is the doctrine state that: there is no self, and the Buddha did not teach that 'there is no self' doctrine. There is no self is considered false view.
So, what did the Buddha teach?
The Buddha did not teach: there is no self
by whynotme
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?
Replies: 58
Views: 4075

Re: Why scholars talk about the state of Parinibbana?

The Buddha did not teach the 'no-self' doctrine to outsiders, and in the case of bhikkhus he may have taught it only to those considered to be ready for it. The 'no-self' doctrine appears to have been taught to outsiders who were ready for it. One example of this is Ud 1.10: Bāhiya Sutta . Then a d...
by whynotme
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let pet to kill?
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Re: Let pet to kill?

I came a cross a passage recently in a Book called "The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah - Vol. 1 Daily Life Practice" To summarize the background, Ajahn Chah gave a Dhammatalk and was talking about morality when he said this: "A cat catches mice, but we don't say it is doing evil, because it has ...
by whynotme
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do persons for instance Christians merit fortunate rebirth
Replies: 16
Views: 1015

Re: Do persons for instance Christians merit fortunate rebir

martinfrank wrote:Do we know whether some Christian / Muslim / Taoist / Shinto mystics became Pacceka Buddhas?
At least at this point we know no Pacceka Buddha. Can Pacceka Buddha exist while the teaching of the Sammasam Buddha still exists?
by whynotme
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Issue with other schools of Buddhism
Replies: 122
Views: 7620

Re: Issue with other schools of Buddhism

I hate to say it, but I'm not comfortable with other schools of Buddhism. I feel like people should study the Pali Canon and what the Buddha taught and leave it at that. All these other schools that came later, to me, seem to be muddying the water. The Buddha laid it all out there. There was no nee...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Let pet to kill?
Replies: 7
Views: 590

Let pet to kill?

Some animals are hunter in born and so, hunts when hungry. Do you let them kill, especially when providing them food is hard?

What should be done?
by whynotme
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism Not For Everyone?
Replies: 20
Views: 1470

Re: Is Buddhism Not For Everyone?

I have noted a touch of vehemence in some who appear to be very orthodox in their views. One member warned me that I will be reborn in hell if I do not immediately give up my position of agnostic theist (I have no belief in Creator God but that is not enough it seems), one told me few days back tha...
by whynotme
Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Dhamma
Replies: 149
Views: 8845

Re: Challenging the Dhamma

And actually, there is thing continuous, (this topic is quite contradicted between different Buddhist schools) but as you said, if a thing is continuous, we can not see it. Since we can not see it (see means in every measurable way), should we call that continuous thing a thing? Or since we can not...