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by chownah
Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: the great rebirth debate

Do you accept, reject or agnostic regarding Rebirth? Dhamma practice can be beneficially conducted in each of those cases. I fail to see the point of asking. It looks to me that the Buddha would not agree with that, in the case of rejecting. "Because there actually is the next world, the view of on...
by chownah
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Chownah, Please see The Incontrovertible Discourse from the Majjhimanikāya. Bhikkhu Pesala, In this story the "wise man" does not take the view that "another world" exists nor does he take the view that "another world" does not exist. It seems that if the "wise man" has had some experience suggesti...
by chownah
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

It seems that the "wise man" is not indulging in views....is this how you see the "wise man"? The way that I see it is that the wise man knows that he does not know, so he steers a safe and pragmatic course. The Sutta makes it clear what the Buddha's view was: “Since there is another world, one who...
by chownah
Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Please see The Incontrovertible Discourse from the Majjhimanikāya. Bhikkhu Pesala, In this story the "wise man" does not take the view that "another world" exists nor does he take the view that "another world" does not exist. It seems that if the "wise man" has had some experience suggesting that "...
by chownah
Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

Also irrelevant are what people would call "hell" experienced in the human realm, that's just fudging the Buddha's teaching to make it palatable to Western sensibilities, in my opinion... I think you might be misconstruing my post. I'm saying that if the Buddha taught about someting called flobshal...
by chownah
Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6787
Views: 666859

Re: Is hell and hungry ghost realm to be taken literally?

I doubt that there is a definition given by the Buddha for what is the meaning of "literal". "Literal" teachings that are to be taken as saying what they say. Whenever the Buddha used a simile, He has said so, ex: “ I have made up this simile, bhikkhus, in order to convey a meaning... ." as BB tran...
by chownah
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 456620

Re: the great vegetarian debate

In which case does a cow suffer most? 1. Raised in a safe pasture with ample nutritious food and no threat to survival unti after a lingering ilness of perhaps months it dies 2. Raised in a safe pasture with ample nutritious food and no threat to survival unti one day instead of going into the barn...
by chownah
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4885
Views: 456620

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Khitij, In which case does a cow suffer most? 1. Raised in a safe pasture with ample nutritious food and no threat to survival unti after a lingering ilness of perhaps months it dies 2. Raised in a safe pasture with ample nutritious food and no threat to survival unti one day instead of going into t...
by chownah
Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Self Identity Reacting with Fear to Realisation of Not Self'
Replies: 11
Views: 1806

Re: Self Identity Reacting with Fear to Realisation of Not Self'

There's still an individual conventional self I accept that some people have this view but do remember that the Buddha advised having no doctrine of self whatever...I think that this precludes any sort of "individual conventional self".....best to not cultivate that view I guess......still there is...
by chownah
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The History Of Medicine
Replies: 31
Views: 2531

Re: The History Of Medicine

It used to be that "eat sh1t" was an epithet of derision....now it might be good advice from your physician: Fecal Bacteroetherapy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; We have alot of fecal bacteria here in northern Thailand....but I do no...
by chownah
Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Satipatthana Sutta clarification
Replies: 23
Views: 4196

Re: Satipatthana Sutta clarification

To repeat another way....the starting breath mediation is an objectless focusing of the mind which when focused enough is then directed to contemplate mental fabrications. That makes sense, but the four frames are applied both on and off the cushion, so it isn't just about meditation practice. Spin...
by chownah
Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:01 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: At the robotics championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1645

Re: At the robotics championship

Quinn, Thanks for the reply. What language do you program the robots with? I used to do programming in Logo which was used to control the movements of a mechanical turtle and get it to draw things....that was a long time ago. I'm wondering if the same language was used for the robots since it sounds...
by chownah
Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: At the robotics championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1645

Re: At the robotics championship

Quinn,
You say you were part of a team. Did different team members do different things in this project or did everyone do a bit of everything?
chownah
by chownah
Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Thick as two short planks and happy as a clam
Replies: 21
Views: 2387

Re: Thick as two short planks and happy as a clam

I'd like to think that most people are smart enough to at least to know what is good for them, and will be open to new ideas if they are presented in a rational fashion.
I'd like to think this too but I like to think things that are true...therein lies the conflict.
chownah
by chownah
Sun Aug 07, 2011 3:37 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The History Of Medicine
Replies: 31
Views: 2531

Re: The History Of Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1902 was given to Ronald Ross for his work in preventing malaria. The Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1927 was given to Wagner-Jauregg for his work in giving people malaria.....(as a cure for dementia and syphillis). We have malaria here in northern Thailand but it is not v...