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by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 1799

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

"Yes I have free will, I have no choice but to have it" - Christopher Hitchens At the end of the day this topic is a waste of time because you can better your life based on your decisions regardless of the mechanism behind it being random (free will) or legacy (determinism) This is why the Buddha s...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 24
Views: 1374

Re: Nāgārjuna

I wish more Theravadins would study Nagarjuna. The emptiness teaching not reifying consciousness or promoting nihilism, and study Greg Goode's books on emptiness along with Rob Burbea's Seeing That Frees have given me a lot of insight into dependent origination; a teaching which, while undoubtedly t...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath
Replies: 16
Views: 3073

Re: Jordan Peterson - Developing Your Inner Psychopath

Meggo wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:52 am
This is pretty much BS. Not only because JP is a narcissist himself, but also because Psychopathy is so deeply ingrained that it would be very hard to develop it from scratch.
What evidence do you have to support this idea that Peterson is a narcissist? I'm all ears.
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samatha as a toy vipassana
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Samatha as a toy vipassana

Samatha is a toy vipassana. As children, playing with dolls take them for real ones, so we in samatha practice take a part of reality (the object of concentration) for pukka reality. The same applies to playing cubs of animals. Playing samatha, we develop useful skills (flexibility and obedience of...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1809

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

Thanks for that quick answer! This seems like a circular reasoning: rebirth is real because Buddha said so; and the Buddha said so because it is real. All of my points come from my previous experiences and my close relationship with western philosophy. So there's the reason why my argument don't ma...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?
Replies: 40
Views: 1369

Re: How Do I Choose The ONE path When I Get So Much From Many Paths ?

but according to him we now live in a time of synthesis where the east and the west are combining - the heart and the mind are coming together. This makes a lot of sense to me. From what I'm learning the teachings of the Buddha is the path of the mind (or no mind) and it is the teaching of investig...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1809

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

1) I would not like to not harm others, specially the ones who care about me. I would agree that this is a fantastic reason not to commit suicide, let alone do anything that might hurt others. The general message of ahimsa is relevant here, and certainly suicide is not skillful in a Buddhist sense....
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 1530
Views: 178917

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Keeping this going for the new year! We're faced with a choice. If we're sincere about wanting to end suffering and to give the Buddha's teachings a fair test, then — instead of assuming that he was a prisoner of his own time and place, unable to question his cultural assumptions — we have to examin...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?
Replies: 46
Views: 1363

Re: Do all Mahasi critics really suffer A Fall?

You said I have posted more against the Mahasi method than anyone else yet so far on this thread. Therefore, what i wrote should be self-evident. Time to go. those who have zero interest in a Burmese local guru should not really be obliged to do the work of reading. I prefer my understanding of Dha...
by Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 1809

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

I disagree with the notion that you need to believe in rebirth to reap benefits from the path. My quality of life is much higher just from living in a quiet area and living a simple life, money is not wasted on useless things either, and meditation on its own reaps many benefits. I don't think anyb...
by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About Consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: About Consciousness

Hi Benjamin, The exclamation mark was intended to show that the statement was ironic (always risky on a forum). No, the goal is not to become unconscious. Consciousness (vinnana) is always cognitive. It is a mode of knowing. There is more than one kind. Many of them should be eliminated. Regards, V...
by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About Consciousness
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: About Consciousness

Hi vesak2014, If consciousness is awareness then the goal is to become unconscious! Regards, Vincent. Sorry for the confusion, but are you saying that a) consciousness is not awareness, or b) that the goal is to become unconscious? Either way, I'd love to hear an explanation regarding your view.
by Benjamin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Buddha.
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: Karma and Buddha.

The exact same talk can be heard in much better quality here:

http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/16/

Scroll down and listen to the talk titled "War on Karma".

Cheers,

Ben
by Benjamin
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Concentration is the heart of the path
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Concentration is the heart of the path

Hey everyone, I was listening to this talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu today and wondered if anyone had the sutta reference for this bit: "And as he (the Buddha) later said, all the other factors of the path are handmaidens or requisites of concentration , in other words they help concentration along. So ...
by Benjamin
Mon May 19, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dropping non-duality
Replies: 55
Views: 4002

Re: Dropping non-duality

So he teaches in a "reverse order": realize you're "already enlightened", so relax; your identity is beyond limited dualistic concepts, not bound by ideas of self and other, etc., then cultivate and deepen this initial insight into maturity through being relaxed, open, present and aware. But you kn...