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by Guy
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 40
Views: 4308

Re: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?

Hi TMingyur, I didn't want to get into a technical debate...I probably shouldn't have started one. You win. All that I should have said originally was: Just because the simile uses physically detectable parts (i.e. the various components of a chariot) doesn't necessarily mean that it was referring t...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why not ordain?
Replies: 130
Views: 18727

Re: Why not ordain?

Hi Ben, Unless we are Enlightened, this is a matter of faith. Not quite (from my pov). There is one's own experience. Having experienced the benefits of practice, even at the mundane level, one is filled with gratitude and devotion to the Buddha. Devotion is the first of the panca bala and balances ...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to become more alert of the thoughts' arising?
Replies: 35
Views: 3701

Re: How to become more alert of the thoughts' arising?

Ben wrote:Talking from experience, there is nothing quite like a residential retreat to give a depth of meditative experience as well as a supervised learning environment.
Amen.
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How to become more alert of the thoughts' arising?
Replies: 35
Views: 3701

Re: How to become more alert of the thoughts' arising?

I've struggled with noticing thoughts arise for a while, but I've been reading the Ayya Khema book "Visible Here & Now", and in it she mentions what I believe are called (if I remember correctly) the four right efforts. These are: 1. Not allowing an unwholesome thought to arise 2. Replacing an aris...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:58 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why not ordain?
Replies: 130
Views: 18727

Re: Why not ordain?

I am fully willing to lend belief that he authored the four noble truths and was worthy of such titles. It does not warrant his worship. Such mandate is unnecessary. I suppose it depends on how important we believe the Four Noble Truths are. Do we consider the knowledge of the Four Noble Truths equ...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why not ordain?
Replies: 130
Views: 18727

Re: Why not ordain?

While Buddhist teachings are remarkably accurate, and the Theravadin Sangha is probably the best developed monastic community there is, the requirement to treat The Buddha with reverence is unsubstantiated. I would have thought that in order to follow the teachings of the Buddha would in a certain ...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why not ordain?
Replies: 130
Views: 18727

Re: Why not ordain?

Viscid wrote:Can't ordain because that would require me to make believe that the Buddha was the grandest guy ever.
Correct me if i am wrong, but it sounds like you are ridiculing those who ordain out of faith in the triple gem.
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 40
Views: 4308

Re: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?

Hi TMingyur, I think that human beings are more than the sum of their parts. The chariot is a simile . Actually since it implies physically detectable parts it can only be applied to the body. I disagree. The similes which are used to describe the mind (by which I mean the four aggregates other than...
by Guy
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 40
Views: 4308

Re: Is the Chariot No-self Simile in the Pali Canon?

Hi Dhammapal, I think that human beings are more than the sum of their parts. For the sake of clarity, can we assume that by "parts" we are all talking about the five aggregates here? In that case I think it is up to you, for the sake of the discussion, to specify what exactly it is that you think m...
by Guy
Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Law against Vitiating in Public!!
Replies: 29
Views: 3906

Re: Law against Vitiating in Public!!

I think that if you are in an elevator where you know you only have to hold it for a few seconds, then it is the right thing to hold it. But if you are on a bus or a train and the journey is going to be 20 or 30 minutes, then let her rip I say.
by Guy
Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "You cannot be moral without being religious"
Replies: 83
Views: 8815

Re: "You cannot be moral without being religious"

You wanted a Venn Diagram, this is the best I could come up with:
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by Guy
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: End suffering by disjoining mind & sense ojects at sensedoor
Replies: 21
Views: 1700

Re: End suffering by disjoining the mind and sense ojects?

Does the method lead to a greater sense of peace, contentment and happiness or does it lead to an increase in the defilements? That's probably the best indicator that you have for whether or not a particular method is working or not.
by Guy
Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)
Replies: 33
Views: 4329

Re: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)

It is just fostering "I" and "mine" based on the body. Who would want to spend precious time for what is deteriorating inevitably? Kind regards While what you say is technically true, it is still smart, in my opinion, to look after this bag of flesh and bones while we (I am, I can't speak for anyon...
by Guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)
Replies: 33
Views: 4329

Re: Beating yourself up for strength (iron body)

morgan wrote:In your own opinion? what is the most deadliest weapon so far?
From a Buddhist perspective the answer would be "delusion".
by Guy
Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is samsara getting better?
Replies: 40
Views: 3563

Re: Is samsara getting better?

Regarding the question "Is Samsara getting better", I would say that we can only answer that from our own perspective. If we make bad kamma then we are watering the weeds of Samsara. If we make good kamma then we are watering the flowers of Samsara. Perhaps the best strategy is to try to get off the...