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by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Dhammanando, What is your guess as to how long it will be before english catches up with sinhala , thai, and ookameung? If you mean "catch up" in the sense of publishing English translations of those Pali texts that have up to now only been translated into Asian languages, then going by present tre...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1081

Re: Arupa is mind only being

It seems that you are talking about non-human beings like devas etc......things that exist on some of the 31 planes of existence.....but.....it seems that mostly people here are discussing relative to regular old human beings (like you and me) when in some sort of meditative space.....I think that ...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Dhammanando,
What is your guess as to how long it will be before english catches up with sinhala , thai, and ookameung?
chownah
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Not really. Thanks to the internet that the Buddhas' teaching is available in multiple languages. In Sri Lanka, you can access the whole Tipitaka in the Sinhalese language. You said not really but it seems to me that having the whole tipitaka and commentaries available in sinhalese is a lot better....
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1081

Re: Arupa is mind only being

Sentinal, It is not clear to me what you mean by "arupa being". Are you talking about devas?....or about humans who are in some meditative state?....both?....or something else? chownah My question is very clear I don't know why you can't understand . Isn't human beings and devas inhabiting in the k...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1081

Re: Arupa is mind only being

The term "mind" has no meaning without some sort of sensory experience. Therefore, i think arupa means that experience is primarily mental, or not localized/bound by a particular organ/body. In contrast, rupa means that experience is primarily physical, so even if the mind/mental activity has the a...
by chownah
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body or Mind? Or both?
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Body or Mind? Or both?

Maybe this sutta quote blurs the line between body and mind somewhat: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.09.0.than.html And what is the mind-made acquisition of a self? Possessed of form, mind-made, complete in all its parts, not inferior in its faculties: this is the mind-made acquisiti...
by chownah
Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1351

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Simply Buddhism isn't appealing . Not true. It's a fascinating spiritual science and the most trenchant appraisal of the human condition. I'm a very weak and pathetic person wracked by social anxiety, lacking the inner resources to dedicate myself to meditation. If your response is heartfelt then I...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1351

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

I think that instead of building the Epicurean Society through philosophical and political means what we must do is to fund and support scientific exploration of the pleasure centers of the brain and perhaps in the rest of the body if they exist outside the brain and how to use them effectively. If...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 771

Re: Equanimity

Also....since it is thanissaro's writing which prompted this consternation I took a look at Wings to Awakening Part III where I found: The word "equanimity" is used in the Canon in two basic senses: 1) a neutral feeling in the absence of pleasure and pain, and 2) an attitude of even-mindedness in th...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1351

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

Great! So.....what's your plan?....how will we start the construction of the Epicurean Society? chownah Well I outlined a few ideas in an earlier post. One thing that would be crucial to maintaining an Epicurean society would be planning the population so eventually it would fall below replacement ...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 35
Views: 771

Re: Equanimity

This comment really surprises me; Once you've clearly seen that a particular quality like aversion or lust is harmful for the mind, you can't stay patient or equanimous about it. You have to make whatever effort is needed to get rid of it and to nourish skillful qualities thanissaro bhikkhu Isn't r...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1336

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Also, is mindfulness best considered as the PROCESS by which the mind is kept on the mental task or is mindfulness best considered as the CONDITION of the mind when it is being held on task? A metaphor: a boat is on course when it is going the right way so "on course" is the condition of the boat w...
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1351

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

In the Epicurean Society that we must consruct will we have medical scientists perfect the techniques to directly stimulate the pleasure center (or centers if there are more than one) of the brain in a way which will maximize the pleasure we derive without any bad effects?
chownah
by chownah
Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1336

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Can mindfulness be considered to be "staying on task".....that is to say that mindfulness is when there is a mental task that one wants to stay focused on and so we if we are mindful then we are not distracted?....and....does this concept apply to all mental tasks no matter how mundane? Also, is min...