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by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1043

Re: Theories are useless

:namaste: I think it's all useless. After pages and pages of discussion, after hundreds of articles and books, what's changed? The anxiety, the desire, the pain ... all this continues. Whether you believe in no-self or not-self, dependent origination or emptiness, this or that, it doesn't seem to m...
by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 402

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

The lotus represents the buddha having risen up from the mud (samsara) to the clear water where he bloomed (attained awakening) and the fire represents release from samsara ("nibanna" is the word used when a flame is extinguished). I just made this up. I am probably completely wrong. I have another ...
by chownah
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2034

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Bhikkhus, endowed with five things the bhikkhu becomes distrustful and anxious. Even with good intentions, he becomes an evil bhikkhu. What five? The bhikkhu associates whores, lonely women, fat girls, weaklings or bhikkhunis. Bhikkhus, endowed with these five things the bhikkhu becomes distrustful...
by chownah
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Freedom
Replies: 11
Views: 339

Re: Freedom

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn36/sn36.031.nypo.html SN 36.31 Niramisa Sutta: Unworldly Now, O monks, what is worldly freedom? The freedom connected with the material. What is unworldly freedom? The freedom connected with the immaterial. And what is the still greater unworldly freedo...
by chownah
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta reference
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Sutta reference

robertk wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:21 am
https://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book ... 64606.html


The monks interrupted them, saying: “Exalted Buddha, .............
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From the link it appears that his story is not from a sutta (as per the OP's request).
chownah
by chownah
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey

That's interesting. When I consult the dictionary I see that 'idea' and 'view' can be used as synonyms depending on context. But you seem to try to establish a categorical difference between 'idea' and 'view' which is unfounded in terms of linguistics. INdeed, 'idea' and 'view' can be synonyms in c...
by chownah
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2034

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

Monks are people.....generally they are not arahants.....they have different levels of understandings.....they have different intentions......these differences in understanding and intention result in different behaviors. Lay people have different levels of understandings and different intentions......
by chownah
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 34
Views: 1285

Re: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice

It is not clear to me who all is included in "all these thinkers" b]It must be emphasized that this is not in any way a substitute for the Buddha's Teaching[/b]—all these thinkers are still enmeshed in avijjā. chownah For Nanavira, he would've been referring to Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heid...
by chownah
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 873

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

No_Mind wrote: Can having strong political views co-exist with serious pursuit of Buddhism? Beginners sometimes have strong views (whether they are political or not) and I think that beginners are often serious in their practice......but I think that as one progresses the way one views the world c...
by chownah
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memory and conceit
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Memory and conceit

The self arises because of memory , but I don't understand how abandoning of self have to do with memory ? Maybe dependent origination indicates the cause of the arising of the concept of self.....of course DO does not mention memory or self directly. Some people say that the concept of self arisin...
by chownah
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey

Post #16 Also, could you please explain the difference between "idea" and "view" from your perspective? I'm really hesitent to do that because then you will probably try to "Pin the Tail(View) on the Donkey" again.... ...... ..... chownah One difference between "idea" and "view" is that ideas can b...
by chownah
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1707

Re: Lack of progress

A story related to me long ago: A man heard of a great teacher so he went and asked to be accepted as a student but he was rebuffed.....so he went again later after some time had passed and again he was rebuffed.....so he went again later and the teacher said "OK....come with me to the kitchen"........
by chownah
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 34
Views: 1285

Re: Existentialism and Buddhist Practice

... Ven. Nanavira in a letter to Dr. M. R. de Silva on the advantages and shortcomings of phenomenology and existentialism: I suggested that a more fruitful approach to the Dhamma, at least for one accustomed to Western ideas, might be made by way of the existential or phenomenological philosophers...
by chownah
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey

..... Of course you may try to hide your unwillingness to commit to common conversation rules ..... commit: 2.pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy This is laughable. I don't hide my unwillingness to commit to common conversation rules I openly declare that I am...
by chownah
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey
Replies: 26
Views: 697

Re: Pin the Tail (View) on the Donkey

In looking at the suttas researching "views" I did not find anything which seems to support your statement: if you verbalize something or use written words here then you are expressing a view Do you know of anything in the suttas which supports it? chownah Why should I need the suttas to express my...