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by daverupa
Fri May 13, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 197
Views: 9475

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

Without the atmosphere, the water would turn to ice. Space is really cold... ...but on the side facing the sun, water would evaporate due to a lack of convection. :stirthepot: Why oh why did the Buddha not teach us about physics and astronomy? Alack! I am ruined, what was once set upright is overtu...
by daverupa
Fri May 13, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: a preliminary timeline
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

a preliminary timeline

Some quick thoughts on a timeline that would describe some important developments, and otherwise set up a framework for understanding the shapes of Early Buddhism. I'll edit this for accuracy & detail, over time. --- ca. 455-400 BCE Buddha's teaching career relic veneration at cetiyas preliminary in...
by daverupa
Fri May 13, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: material and immaterial jhanas in vipassana meditation compare to samatha and scheme
Replies: 11
Views: 967

Re: material and immaterial jhanas in vipassana meditation compare to samatha and scheme

It seems to me that samatha is a method of jhana in a basic way. Vipassana is the Buddhist approach to such samatha, yoking it to the Path. Other teachings about jhana do other things, heading in other directions.
by daverupa
Fri May 13, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 4062

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

“Bhikkhus, of the speculative views held by outsiders, this is the foremost, namely: ‘I might not be and it might not be mine; I shall not be, and it will not be mine.’ And what, bhikkhus, is right view that is affected by the taints, partaking of merit, ripening in the acquisitions? ‘There is what...
by daverupa
Thu May 12, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1259
Views: 93779

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Mkoll wrote:Actually, it's kinda frightening.
What's frightening to me is that - while having children and driving cars and eating unnecessary food - people continue to argue about these facts while engaging in anemic measures of improvement, if any at all.

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by daverupa
Thu May 12, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 403
Views: 20737

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

...The present reality of anything before me -- be it a cow or something as complex and as general as the "world" -- rests on the a posteriori , but its depth and complexity lies in the a priori . There is no such thing as a purely synthetic a posteriori judgment , the a priori is implicated in any...
by daverupa
Wed May 11, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 2530

Re: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?

Hi Dave, I'm having difficulty understanding this. Par for the course, when I write. Let's see here. Can you clarify which are the second group of four? Here is the first group; these things lead to stream-entry: Association with people of integrity Listening to the true Dhamma Appropriate attentio...
by daverupa
Wed May 11, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?
Replies: 22
Views: 2530

Re: Stream Entry as a "lightning flash" experience?

mikenz66 wrote:I think he is referring to the four thing in the previous sutta, but it is not completely clear to me:
There are 8 factors. Four of them are the ones that lead to stream-entry; the other four are factors of a stream-entrant.

So, one set of four leads to the other set of four.
by daverupa
Wed May 04, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 4062

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

Obviously I'm unable to communicate well & unable to think clearly. f*** it.
by daverupa
Wed May 04, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4450

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

... There's tabacco in your Wikipedia graph, right next to amphetamines. And, tobacco isn't against the precept. Notice that "heedlessness" isn't on that graph anywhere. The point is that the term psychoactive - which you've been focused on - is too broad. A bit of beer doesn't cause heedlessness, ...
by daverupa
Wed May 04, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4450

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

:alien: Well, sorry to bother y'all. Saying someone is on a crusade, presenting irrational and absurd information and then responding with a cartoon emoticon is so very good argumentation. If you are going to direct near-offensive comments at someone and then leave, why post at all for maybe no oth...
by daverupa
Tue May 03, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4450

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

:alien:

Well, sorry to bother y'all.
by daverupa
Tue May 03, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4450

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

...in a way, you could say that large doses of caffeine would have very similar effects as low doses of methamphetamine, or other drugs in the same category. This is absurd. Coffee has an effect, but so does sugar. You haven't demonstrated that it leads to heedlessness in the way that alcohol consu...
by daverupa
Tue May 03, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Precepts for Personal Practice
Replies: 29
Views: 1819

Re: Precepts for Personal Practice

It looks like various expansions on the 8 precepts alongside some pro-social specifics & other bhavana tidbits. But why set out a list of specifics, except to provide examples? Why not establish mindfulness & clear comprehension as general orientations, and practice creative application of Sila from...
by daverupa
Mon May 02, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 403
Views: 20737

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

Are we talking about contact or feeling? It doesn't matter, since the arahant experiences both as a set of aggregates which are not clung to. When there is experience for the arahat, those things that used to be self are still there and what used to be contact is there as well, but it no longer bet...
by daverupa
Mon May 02, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 403
Views: 20737

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

I'm trying to figure out what this timelessness claim is meant to support. It's got to be something important to warrant this ongoing defense, but I can't see what the point is.
by daverupa
Mon May 02, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 403
Views: 20737

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

So, if an arahant experiences contacts, sometimes pleasant & sometimes painful & sometimes neutral, how can we say that "the paticcasamuppada" for an arahant is timeless?

Because, sometimes there is one sort of feeling, sometimes another sort of feeling. Sometimes - not timeless at all.
by daverupa
Mon May 02, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda
Replies: 403
Views: 20737

Re: Timeless model of Paṭiccasamuppāda

Just wondering about something I would not consider any aspect of an arahant's experience to be contact because, when I also read He understands thus: ‘Birth is destroyed, the holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more coming to any state of being.’ “If he feels a ...
by daverupa
Mon May 02, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 4062

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

vinasp wrote: Perhaps I don't really understand what your question is.
Annihilationism in the Suttas. Find citations & contexts. Or not. Thank you.
by daverupa
Sun May 01, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?
Replies: 65
Views: 4062

Re: Where are the post-annihilationist monastics?

I think that Wanderers decide to join the Sangha because they are impressed by the Buddha or his Disciples, and by the quality of the teachings. Sure, any aspect of the Triple Gem will attract them if they are attracted to Buddhism... There is no 'conversion' in the sense that they have to change t...