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by Bundokji
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism for the rich and intellectual?
Replies: 48
Views: 1570

Re: Is Buddhism for the rich and intellectual?

If you have a good life and well provided for you could spend your time on contemplation. You could have a cup of hot coffee in front of your fire place and a good book on Abhidhamma or Psychology of Buddhism. Many working people don't really have such luxury by the time they finished their job the...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha mentioned about equality?
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Did Buddha mentioned about equality?

The lord Buddha was not a social reformer, hence i doubt you will find the idea of equality taught in a similar fashion to its modern use. One of the benefits of following the Buddha's teachings is that the individual is not reduced to a mere member of the group which is the mindset behind most soci...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can stream of consciousness naturally come to an end?
Replies: 128
Views: 2218

Re: Can stream of consciousness naturally come to an end?

SarathW wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:45 am
Can stream of consciousness naturally come to an end?
It can, based on a certain view of what constitutes stream of consciousness, which is what society describes as "natural death".
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sex is always unwholesome
Replies: 73
Views: 2239

Re: Sex is always unwholesome

To say that sex is always unwholesome would be based on a view of morality having an objective/independent existence that is inseparable from the fabric of the universe. Based on such a view of morality, certain actions can be always wholesome or unwholesome. Other discussants made meaningful distin...
by Bundokji
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Providing comfort to a grieving non-Buddhist
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Providing comfort to a grieving non-Buddhist

Many good advises. :heart: Its good to provide comfort and consolation whenever we can, but even this is better done with moderation. Allowing sorrow to express itself is not necessarily a bad thing. Reminding oneself that even this will pass would allow grief to take its natural course until its ti...
by Bundokji
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: jarāmaranam
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: jarāmaranam

Hume's argument was not quite that the state after death is akin to the state before birth. Writing on the notion of the immortality of the soul, he adopts the Lockean position that the continuation of the soul is no guarantee of the continuation of the person or of consciousness; just as the conti...
by Bundokji
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: jarāmaranam
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: jarāmaranam

Thanks for sharing :anjali: In some cases, philosophy helped. Here, David Hume comes to mind, who made an argument before his death on how death is akin to the state before being born. If the thought of pre-birth does not scare us, then why should the thought of death do. According to reported accou...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

I don't say there’s an intrinsic virtue in losing debates, only that if, as you said, there is no virtue in not winning debates, then all virtue is in winning them. This applies at either the level of a particular debate, a group of them, or all of them. Obversion preserves the truth value of the o...
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

Keeping in mind that we are all free to think what we like for whatever reason we wish, let’s look at the implications of this line of thinking, taking your compound statement one claim at a time. First part (“There are no virtues in not winning debates”) The obverse of the universal negative is th...
by Bundokji
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

I'm not sure of the overall point you are making here, but I agree with the final sentence. The Buddha and his followers are rarely presented as picking fights with other sects; normally these set-piece battles are initiated by others, and this is certainly the case in AN 10.93. It looks as if the ...
by Bundokji
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

How would a thought that does not take the self as its object affect the way it communicates its ideas? The wise is necessarily intelligent, but the intelligent is not necessarily wise. There are no virtues in not winning debates, and the elders utilized that. What i like about the Buddha's teaching...
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to forgive when the other person continues to harm?
Replies: 20
Views: 519

Re: How to forgive when the other person continues to harm?

When you say "forgiveness" are you talking about the mental attitude of not harbouring resentment towards those who've wronged you? Or do you mean it in the more transactional sense of formally granting a pardon to such people? I sense that most posters are assuming the former meaning to be the int...
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

Those who believe "things can be justified through means of argument" may be called 'essentialists'. I don't see the relationship between essentialism and that things can be justified through means of arguments. But that doesn't matter since it seems that most Thervadins are essentialists. Evidence?
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

Of course since he taught right view, right resolve, right speech ... That is why even though everything can be said about anything those who follow the Buddha's teaching won't say everything. So, would you say that those who know that things can be justified through means of argument and yet say w...
by Bundokji
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?
Replies: 100
Views: 1814

Re: Has the Buddha ever been challenged through the three marks of existance?

Am I agreeing or disagreeing with anybody? Essentialists might claim this or that but their claims are just instances of 'everything can be said about anything'. Or consider the Buddha's teachings. In some it causes resonance but others don't care and still others approach it with thirst for discur...