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by Samma
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness

Yea that seems to be the sutta with the most depth on the topic. I'm sure you picked is in some way due to the connection to all the flood passages we have looked at: http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/fake-buddha-quote-of-the-day-4/ Buddharakkhita 348: Let go of the past, let go of the future, let go ...
by Samma
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Brian Ruhe and Representation
Replies: 148
Views: 17859

Re: Brian Ruhe and Representation

Viscid right in the video he goes short of saying "Mara made Mahayana". He qualified answer is: "I cant say with certainty ... I don't really know what to believe ... its possible that mara made mahayana" Short take: Guy is refreshing but a bit wacky. IMO we already get enough of this consensus Budd...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

Re: Emptiness

Ok so some version of two truth is in MA, so roughly after abhidhamma but before Mahayana? Or borrowed idea from Mahayana. Dont know timeline, and it may be unclear anyway, or simply fuzzy how ideas first sprung up. Don't really get your point Myotai, or rather not sure if you get his. Abstract word...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?
Replies: 198
Views: 16527

Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

I agree whynotme "It would be better for the uninstructed run-of-the-mill person to hold to the body composed of the four great elements, rather than the mind, as the self. Why is that? Because this body composed of the four great elements is seen standing for a year, two years, three, four, five, t...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 46
Views: 6677

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

Seems like draws are extremely common...
just like tic-tac-toe :jumping:
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A zen teacher talks about breath meditation and the jhanas
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: A zen teacher talks about breath meditation and the jhan

Looks like he came from 'vipassana meditation' otherwise chance of talking about it would be near nil eh: Ryushin Sensei is the abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery. Ryushin Sensei came to the dharma through Vipassana meditation, eventually shifting to Zen practice and taking Daido R...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Emptiness
Replies: 12
Views: 1284

Re: Emptiness

Often abstract and difficult topic, so I'll let some experts speak here. Start with Analayo's encyclopedia entry: http://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/fileadmin/pdf/analayo/Sunnata.pdf For some context of the Tibetan view an article from the Dali lama: http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?opti...
by Samma
Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: SN 1.10: Arañña Sutta — The Wilderness

Reading more of the canon there is more support for this live in the present thing that has turned into a cliche than I first realized. At least 4 places with this theme if I recall. Certainly related to dropping vitaka/viccara. Probably played into the major zen theme of no thinking. Thinking being...
by Samma
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Meaning of sankhara in dependent origination
Replies: 16
Views: 2724

Re: Meaning of sankhara in dependent origination

Hmm...if you look at Analayo article he distinguishes between 3 meanings, while this topic includes "the 5 aggregates of clinging in summary" as a fourth. I'm trying to see where that comes from. "to the extent of them all being sankhata-dhamma" would already fall under the 3rd meaning "as anything ...
by Samma
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 9.41: Tapussa Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 1914

Re: AN 9.41: Tapussa Sutta

Good points Sam Vara 1) how does one understand the reward of renunciation? They simply have to go though it. But their heart does not leap at the prospect of that sheer drop off. So we are left with the difficulty of how to start the process. Not an easy one eh, any ideas? The only point I have is ...
by Samma
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Meaning of sankhara in dependent origination
Replies: 16
Views: 2724

Re: Meaning of sankhara in dependent origination

I don't see how sankhara could be a summary for the five aggregates, simply being one of the five. It is said that there are three kinds of sankhara, bodily, verbal, and mental. I suppose those three factors could be roughly equated to the construction of a being like the five aggregates. Where verb...
by Samma
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 1.3 Upaneyyam Sutta: Doomed
Replies: 4
Views: 1488

Re: SN 1.3 Upaneyyam Sutta: Doomed

These translations are certainly somewhat different. Doomed vs. swept along...a bit different in tone. Also interesting how Walshe talks about fear of death. Reminds me of all the debate in western philosophy...why fear death when its just and ending, what sucks in the pain or unfinished business. S...
by Samma
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 23214

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Not being an offense, I assumed they had them, and it was not a big deal. But sure, in the end I guess the facts are unclear... Any sources? brian ruhe talks about how this was part of what cased the split. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj7aOCB_oaA Others believed they had not eradicated all the d...
by Samma
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Eradicating sex drive
Replies: 98
Views: 23214

Re: Eradicating sex drive

Ah a controversial topic, and interesting one. Biological sex drive eradicated...of course not. Texts clearly say arahants had wet dreams right? But the psychologically stressful side...why not? There was a story with ajahn chah and sumedho maybe? Chah asked when a group of women came if he liked th...
by Samma
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 1684

Re: Schools

I might add that actually Theravada has the advantage of having much of its texts translated into English, while it seems many Mahayana texts have not been translated. Go to suttacentral.net and just start reading, or easier start with an anthology such as Bhikkhu Bodhi's In the Buddhas Words. Also ...