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by chownah
Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Danger of Rebirth
Replies: 588
Views: 46433

Re: The Danger of Rebirth

3. If you claim that :quote: laity is too silly to grasp the Dhamma, then you would also be too :quote: silly, since you're laity, or not? I think that many members of the laity today are much more sophisticated in regards to world view than were the run of the mill laity in the Buddha's time.....t...
by chownah
Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

MayaRefugee, It looks like you are slipping out of Theravaville and into Mahayanaland.......sutra, dharma, nirvana....these are the Mahayana near equivalents of the Theravada terms sutta, dhamma, and nibhanna. This is a Theravada forum....if you are wanting a wider search for Buddhist ideas concerni...
by chownah
Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anatomy book or decay
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: Anatomy book or decay

Just Google "decaying bodies".....do th is the regular way and also do it as an image search....
chownah
by chownah
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Is "Kindred Sayings, III, 151" a commentary?....or what is its standing in the heirarchy of Theravadin texts?
chownah
by chownah
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Danger of Rebirth
Replies: 588
Views: 46433

Re: The Danger of Rebirth

3. If you claim that :quote: laity is too silly to grasp the Dhamma, then you would also be too :quote: silly, since you're laity, or not? I think that many members of the laity today are much more sophisticated in regards to world view than were the run of the mill laity in the Buddha's time.....t...
by chownah
Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

....it is the mental processes which label an ordinary object as a "work of art" which should be examined carefully if one really wants to develop some insight in this matter... Which is inherent in what we're trying to do. Peace. Mayarefugee, Perhaps you are correct in saying this. My intent in th...
by chownah
Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

So the question becomes how is experiencing a work of art (and this I hope is directly related to the thread topic) different from experiencing an ordinary object? I think the answer to this one is easy....there is no difference.....a work of art is just an ordinary object.....it is the mental proc...
by chownah
Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

I would like to ask the original poster if the term "The Artistic Process" means 1. that it is a process for creating art....or 2. it is a process that is itself "artistic". For example, "a difficult process" means it is a process that is difficult itself but does not mean that it is a process to ma...
by chownah
Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: illusion
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: illusion

People say that the world exists...my arm exists...that ball exists....but really all you really know is based on the five senses and whatever the mind can make of it. Example: the sun is going down it will be dark soon....but the sun isn't really going down and it will only be dark where you are an...
by chownah
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samaññaphala Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Samaññaphala Sutta

Perhaps the fruit of the contemplative's life is not about being served but is rather about being freed from the bonds of servitude?
chownah
by chownah
Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Since this is a "free for all" let me poke a bit and see if I can find a button somewhere...... Art is fun and stimulates the emotions but really folks get over it....it is just a point of view glorifying the insightful blah blah blah of the self. Don't get me wrong...I like art and feel that I can...
by chownah
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

MayaRefuge, "Proper utilization of the artistic process.".....What the heck does that mean?....I mean can you please explain what this is? Keats had his views on things....the Greeks did a lot of art depicting the human body....maybe it would be good to go find how the Buddha viewed the human body.....
by chownah
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doubting Enlightenment
Replies: 30
Views: 4258

Re: Doubting Enlightenment

I don't doubt enlightenment nor do I believe in it......there is no way to know for sure.....to me it doesn't matter if it exists or not or if it happens or not or whatever.....the path can be followed without the enticement of enlightenment being dangled at the end.
chownah
by chownah
Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process
Replies: 150
Views: 15907

Re: The Buddha, Imagination and The Artistic Process

Since this is a "free for all" let me poke a bit and see if I can find a button somewhere...... Art is fun and stimulates the emotions but really folks get over it....it is just a point of view glorifying the insightful blah blah blah of the self. Don't get me wrong...I like art and feel that I can ...
by chownah
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Validity of Non-Theravada Ordinations Lineages redux
Replies: 21
Views: 2979

Re: The Validity of Non-Theravada Ordinations Lineages redux

Mostly my post was intended to focus on the concept of "valid". It seems to me that when this term is used it often will elicit a response based on some unmentioned judgemental system unique to the the person responding....and often the judgemental system used by the one responding is not even know...