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by ground
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 6940

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

Since there is no "I", is it right to tell people that Dhamma can be practiced with the lesser aim of a more fortunate rebirth? Isn't that misleading since the "I" that will be reborn will be a totally different "I" only related to the previous "I" through the Aggregates? If in the context of such ...
by ground
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 6940

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

So, out of compassion for the next "I", we try to accumulate good kamma in this present "I"? No, ouf of compassion for the potentially 5 succeeding aggregates, self-perceiving themselves as "I" and "mine" surrounded by equally ignorant self-perceiving phenomena, no kamma should be accumulated at al...
by ground
Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"
Replies: 47
Views: 6940

Re: Why care about kamma & rebirth if there is no "I"

martian wrote: If this is the case, then is there any need to be concerned about kamma beyond the present life and furthermore, rebirth? Hoping for some clarity.
What cares and hopes? :sage:
by ground
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

Is Dhamma really an idea? Is decaying & rotting impermanence [of the vile body] an idea? ... Is ultimate reality an idea? If not, how can Samyaksambuddha be an idea when Samyaksambuddha is the same as Dhamma? Is anatta an idea? Is Jesus loves me an idea? Which of these are ideas ( papanca ) & which...
by ground
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?
Replies: 19
Views: 3355

Re: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?

I seem to sense an emphasis on the negative in alot of buddhism. Just watch the voidness and passing away of this sense and the voidness and passing away of the sense of "buddhism". Then, can you see that actually there is nothing? If not then it is due to the immediate arising (again) of something...
by ground
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

Maybe you are trying to introduce another spring? If so go ahead. Human creativity must not be blocked. :sage: Mentality, what did Jesus teach (practically) different from Samyaksambuddha? See from my perspective "Jesus" and "Samyaksambuddha" are ideas, i.e. products of human creativity in the firs...
by ground
Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

Maybe you are trying to introduce another spring? If so go ahead. Human creativity must not be blocked. :sage:
by ground
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

"the same subterrestrial water reservoir" stands for the source of human creativity in the context of humans dealing with their dilemma Does the literature about Jesus include a search for enlightenment to solve suffering? Or did Father God send his Only Begotten Son into the world, already complet...
by ground
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

When there are two springs conveying water that originates from the same subterrestrial water reservoir it may not be appropriate to say that one spring "borrows" from the other spring. In Wikipedia, is the idea of one Samyaksambuddha different from the idea of two springs? What of the Christian id...
by ground
Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8789

Re: Problems with no-self

But that is not the point here in this context. Having not experienced dependent origination of what is called "self" you still may think about or discuss about "self" endlessly. But all you are thinking and discussing about are just abstractions of wavering thoughts. That is why it has been said t...
by ground
Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8789

Re: Problems with no-self

Direct experience or not, if you postulate "sweet" you should know what you are talking about. " sweet" has been applied to illustrate was has been said in the context of "self" and "no-self". But it is not about ideas but experiences . If you postulate self you should know what it is you are talki...
by ground
Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8789

Re: Problems with no-self

If you postulate "sweet" you should know what you are talking about. You should know your experience and how can you know by means of arguments instead of observation? To call something "sweet" is something I've learned; it's not my direct experience. The direct experience of tasting sugar has no v...
by ground
Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?
Replies: 93
Views: 11060

Re: Did Christianity "borrow" from Buddhism?

When there are two springs conveying water that originates from the same subterrestrial water reservoir it may not be appropriate to say that one spring "borrows" from the other spring. :sage:
by ground
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Problems with no-self
Replies: 90
Views: 8789

Re: Problems with no-self

But it is not about ideas but experiences. If you postulate self you should know what it is you are talking about. If you postulate no-self you should know what you are talking about. You should know your experience and how can you know by means of arguments instead of observation? How can one obse...
by ground
Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:58 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Feeling out of touch with people
Replies: 13
Views: 682

Re: Feeling out of touch with people

Feelings of loneliness and/or alienation are conditioned too. Work on the conditions. Metta and/or compassion practice may be appropriate :sage: