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by whynotme
Tue May 17, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Incorrect things in Nikaya?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Incorrect things in Nikaya?

As many knew, nikaya is not original but is collected in a span of time, so there may be fault or inaccurate things in them. Some details are illogical, and are evidently added wrongly. If you can spot any, share it here: One of the detail is that before death, the Buddha ate poisoned food and was s...
by whynotme
Tue May 17, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness and Impermanence
Replies: 13
Views: 1331

Re: Consciousness and Impermanence

How many thoughts can you be conscious of at the same time? How is it that you cannot be conscious of 2 thoughts at the same time? Does that mean that each thought that you are conscious of is a different conscious moment? Why do you get your attention on the matter? What is your skill level? If yo...
by whynotme
Tue May 17, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness and Impermanence
Replies: 13
Views: 1331

Re: Consciousness and Impermanence

How many thoughts can you be conscious of at the same time? How is it that you cannot be conscious of 2 thoughts at the same time? Does that mean that each thought that you are conscious of is a different conscious moment? Why do you get your attention on the matter? What is your skill level? If yo...
by whynotme
Sun May 15, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness and Impermanence
Replies: 13
Views: 1331

Re: Consciousness and Impermanence

Say I turn my head from looking at a blue wall and look at a white ceiling. Is this an example of consciousness being impermanent since the experience of seeing blue ceased? It is hard to say so, especially to ordinary people, because consciousness presents in both cases. The most clearly evidence ...
by whynotme
Sun May 15, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 197
Views: 14100

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

This great Earth, Ānanda, stands in the water, the water stands in the atmosphere, the atmosphere stands in space. There comes a time, Ānanda, when great winds blow, with the great winds blowing, the waters move, the waters having moved, the Earth moves. This is the first reason, the first cause fo...
by whynotme
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

tiltbillings wrote:
whynotme wrote:
I think if the Buddha want to discredit the self concept, he can say, not those ascetics and brahmins, but anyone or everyone who regards self... but he never did that.
Huh?
What is your point?

Did you meant the buddha said everyone who regards self?
by whynotme
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

That statement says very clear, it does not say everyone who talks about self, but those ascetics and Brahmins who regard anything as self. I.e. it only talks about those specific ascetics and Brahmins, not an arahant who can perceive self. I think it's actually your assumption that is wrong. You a...
by whynotme
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

I think it's actually your assumption that is wrong. You assume that the sutta permits a distinction to be made between (1) regarding something as self and (2) being able to perceive self, with the Buddha disapproving only of the former. However, in assuming this you've simply been misled by a less...
by whynotme
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

If there were no self, there would be no difference between an arahant and a normal person, as after death, everyone can be anyone. There is no continuity, there is no point in achieving nibbana
by whynotme
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

Bhikkhus, those ascetics and brahmins who regard anything as self in various ways all regard as self the five aggregates subject to clinging, or a certain one among them. Whoever perceives a self perceives it in the aggregates, i.e. no one perceives a self outside of the aggregates. This is a categ...
by whynotme
Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 7550

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Moral (sila) is the key. Moral value leads to meditation, meditation leads to wisdom. Meditation without moral value is wrong meditation. And moral value of Buddhism is acceptable by human, especially humanism. So we can get rid of the label Buddhism, just saying about moral value of human. Unlike r...
by whynotme
Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?
Replies: 225
Views: 13268

Re: Did Buddha categorically denied the existence of an eternal self or a separate self?

While there is an 'eternal self', it can not be called an eternal self, that why there is no eternal self. Why can someone see the 'eternal self'? Because known properties of the world (of six senses) can not explain a key property behind consciousness. You can see this for yourself immediately, it ...
by whynotme
Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings
Replies: 62
Views: 6414

Re: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings

Buddhism has six realms: human, animal, deva, asura, hungry ghost and hell It seems two worlds are material, those are human and animal worlds, four other worlds are the world of perception, similar to dreams. But the state in the dreams is real, e.g. suffering in dream is real, fear in dream is rea...
by whynotme
Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do we have an astral body?
Replies: 12
Views: 994

Re: Do we have an astral body?

As for astral travel, I’m not sure what people mean by it, but perhaps it corresponds to those Sutta passages that describe how a certain person disappears from Jeta’s Grove and then instantaneously reappears somewhere else. It seems to me what new age people call "astral travel" perfectly explains...
by whynotme
Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 37
Views: 2680

Re: What is wisdom?

Wisdom is the ability to view things as they really are. It is not knowledge. Since the world comes from six senses, wisdom is the ability to view the subjective world. For example, if you see a red color, and a blue color, your will know that red color is different to blue color, because you know t...