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by kannada
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

The problem comes from conflating the categories. In the conventional sense there are dharmas, in the ultimate sense there aren't. The language of prajnaparamita (insight into emptiness) is a tool for dislodging the notion of existing dharmas. Dharmas (things) are useful designations, in that sense...
by kannada
Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

Hi Ciarán, Thanks for your comment, Anatta is not a logical premise, as it voids the first law of logic, that of identity or A = A. Anatta is alogical, that is it stands outside (or beyond) the laws of logic. This isn't the Buddha's teaching of anatta as it's preserved in the Pali suttas. No, it is ...
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

Thank you Ben,

Your kindness is admirable...

Best wishes

k
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

The relevance is surely that this being a Theravada Forum it is not unreasonable to ask that views expressed should be demonstrably in line with the teachings of the Buddha, and that the definitive way to demonstrate that that are in line with the Buddha's teaching is to point to the canonical refe...
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

Can you give a canonical reference to support your view of Anatta or Shunyata, specifically their not being subjecct to logic, I dont mean a restatement of your view or a definition of the words, i know their meaning. I don't see the relevance of the question, neither have I read all of the Therava...
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

For what? Anatta or Shunyatta.

The view af anatta is based on the laws of logic.

The translation of Shunyata is based on Sanskrit translation. Shunya = 'zero' atta = 'self'

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by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness
Replies: 20
Views: 3494

Re: Logical Thought and Anatta/Voidness

In relation to my on going debate again, how does logical thought get explained in Buddhism in relation to Anatta/Voidness... My view at the moment is that since its anicca its still dukkha and anatta but how does it get explained without appeal to a self in Buddhism? (since logical thought natural...
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Do animals meditate?
Replies: 24
Views: 5516

Re: Do animals meditate?

Hi Retro, Thanks for the photo. If Penny were living among her own kind, in her own natural environment, and raised by her own species, she would have developed keen intelligence. The problem arises when one species attempts to raise another, the obvious shortcomings occur. In her own enviornment Pe...
by kannada
Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:00 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Do animals meditate?
Replies: 24
Views: 5516

Re: Do animals meditate?

Animals don't need to meditate - We do...
by kannada
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Parinibbana, and doubts.
Replies: 10
Views: 1637

Re: Parinibbana, and doubts.

Hello All, I've been struggling with some recurring thoughts around the concept of Parinibbana. I thought I had a basic understanding of what it is, and I never thought I would fall into the trap of thinking of it as nihilism or non-existence. But recently some of my previous doubts have resurfaced...
by kannada
Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bored with meditation - solution or acceptance?
Replies: 33
Views: 5530

Re: Bored with meditation - solution or acceptance?

Practicing (or torturing yourself)... Just for the sake of conversation...it sounds more like the latter to me...my experience, and what I've read, is that the concentrating, or focusing, on the breath is merely a centering point to calm, or slow down, the mind until such time until one moves on......
by kannada
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Bored with meditation - solution or acceptance?
Replies: 33
Views: 5530

Re: Bored with meditation - solution or acceptance?

I can relate to that. I think boredom arises as a consequence of craving for entertainment, intellectualising, or occupying the mind in any other way, especially as a result of the idea that "there are better things to do" than meditation. It may be worthwhile to set time apart for meditation, perh...
by kannada
Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:34 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Reality in Theravāda Buddhism
Replies: 12
Views: 2637

Re: Reality in Theravāda Buddhism

Hi Smokey,
smokey wrote:Is reality in Theravāda Buddhism considered to be real or unreal?
Could you please define 'real'?

Regards

k
by kannada
Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - what exactly was the Buddha referring to?
Replies: 28
Views: 4389

Re: Nāmarūpa - what exactly was the Buddha referring to?

Nama(h)/Rupa

Superimposition of Name on Form

Ironically 'rupa' is also nama(h)

k
by kannada
Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.
Replies: 304
Views: 26901

Re: The universe is without a refuge, without a Supreme God.

Heya Christopher::: Good to read ya! Did you feel the earthquake? Just use the legal argument re 'God': "The onus of proof is on the asserter, not the denier" Matters of faith are often impossible to prove, in a legal way... But we mortals sure do love to believe ... I used the 'legal system' analog...