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by Macavity
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99533

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

What is the nature of a hindrance? In the case of sensual desire, the first hindrance, its characteristic is to grasp an object belonging to the sensual sphere, its function is to adhere to that object like meat to a hot pan, its manifestation is not relinquishing its object, its proximate cause is...
by Macavity
Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:20 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99533

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

- Sensual desire is a hinderance to practise. It may be a hindrance, but that does not mean it has to hinder anything. That doesn't sound right to me. If it's a hindrance then surely by definition it must hinder something. In the Nivaranasutta, SN. v. 97, the Buddha says of the five hindrances that...
by Macavity
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand
Replies: 81
Views: 7749

Re: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand

I'm not entirely sure what a 'worldling' might be, Hi Genkaku, A worldling (puthujjana) is an ordinary, completely unawakened person; some one who has not yet arrived at stream-entry. but being 'like' a madman strikes me as unduly serene or Jesuitically sophomoric ... reminds me of the old phrase, ...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand
Replies: 81
Views: 7749

Re: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand

No disrespect intended, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, do we need someone else to tell us it is a duck? Hi Genkaku, I don't understand you. To which post is this a reply? Didn't the Buddha say that a sentient being is basically insane? I'm afraid I still don't understand. What ...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99533

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

I would expect it to strengthen some of them, but not all. No doubt the latent tendency to lust (rāgānusaya) and the latent tendency to ignorance (avijjānusaya) would be stengthened by masturbation, but I doubt the other five anusayas would be much affected. On second thoughts, given that people of...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand
Replies: 81
Views: 7749

Re: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand

(Could you quote the page, please?) He [the worldling] perceives [earth] as a living being or as belonging to a living being. Why he does so should not be asked, for the worlding is like a madman. He seizes upon anything he can in whatever way he can. Or else the reason is that he has no regard for...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand
Replies: 81
Views: 7749

Re: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand

genkaku wrote:No disrespect intended, but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, do we need someone else to tell us it is a duck?
Hi Genkaku,

I don't understand you. To which post is this a reply?
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand
Replies: 81
Views: 7749

Re: Tolerance versus hiding your head in the sand

Didn't the Buddha say that a sentient being is basically insane? You can quote the text? "A worldling is truly like a madman (ummattako viya hi puthujjano)." It's a saying of the commentators, not the Buddha. You will find it in Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the Mulapariyaya Sutta and its commenta...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99533

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

Perhaps. But don't you think frequent or habitual masturbation (akusala sankharas) simply strengthens unwholesome latent tendencies? Hi Chris, I would expect it to strengthen some of them, but not all. No doubt the latent tendency to lust (rāgānusaya) and the latent tendency to ignorance (avijjānus...
by Macavity
Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:14 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99533

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

Hello all, What do you think? Buddhist Sexual Ethics by Winston Higgins http://www.buddhanet.net/winton_s.htm - with a Rejoinder by Ajahn Brahmavamso and Ajahn Nanadhammo http://www.buddhanet.net/rejoiner.htm I think that the two monks are unfair to Winston. With their line of thinking, if it were ...
by Macavity
Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

11. here is the case where a monk shows extra respect for the elder monks with seniority, who have been ordained long, who are leaders of the Community. True and spurious 'elders' — dve therā "Brahman, the Blessed One — the one who knows, the one who sees, worthy & rightly self-awakened — has decla...
by Macavity
Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

Who is Dhammavara and where is this work, the Dhammavali? A google search resulted in zero results. Hi David, The Dhammāvalī ("Row of Dhammas") can be ordered here: http://www.mahamakuta.inet.co.th/T-BOOK/P-314.html though I should have stated that it's only in Pali and Thai, not English. Chao Khun...
by Macavity
Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

9. Anuloma ñāṇa — knowledge in conformity with the four noble truths. Ten perceptions — dasa saññāyo 1. aniccasaññā — perception of impermanence. 2. anattasaññā — perception of not-self. 3. asubhasaññā — perception of foulness. 4. ādīnavasaññā — perception of danger. 5. pahānasaññā — perception of ...
by Macavity
Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

This may spoil your fun here :tongue: but I have perhaps the largest compilation of Buddha's lists at my websites: http://www.thedhamma.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; In the pdf book, download for free, chapter 20: Over 600 lists 600 isn't so many really. It would be slightly l...
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

:focus: Tilt's eighth item: "[They say:] 'He remains focused on arising & passing away with regard to the five aggregates: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance. Such is feeling... Such is perception... Such are fabrications... Such is consciousness, such its origination, such ...
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

I know: Let's put the answers in the form of limericks. Who wants to go first? No, limericks are out. The Buddha said his teachings would disappear through people's addiction to good poetry. So how much more so when people get addicted to bad poetry. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn20/...
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Great Anguttara Game
Replies: 22
Views: 2581

Re: The Great Anguttara Game

This is no fun. Fun?!? But it was never meant to be fun. It was meant to be a source of unworldly bliss (nirāmisa sukha) for Buddhists who prefer their Buddhism in a numerically ordered form. You have to put some work into this. Okay then, a new rule: the list of items in each new post must be clea...
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: ET Buddhas
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: ET Buddhas

The brahma realms are non-physical realms. Now if the universe collapses and the brahma realms are destroyed then this means that the whole physical universe collapses as well. I think this is wrong on all counts. Firstly, the Brahma realms are not non-physical, but are composed of matter that is n...
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Evolution and Intelligent Design/Creationism
Replies: 152
Views: 8496

Re: Evolution and Intelligent Design/Creationism

clw_uk wrote:Denying Evolution is delusional
It certainly is. I find it astonishing that anyone could reject something so well-established.

The Short Proof of Evolution:
http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/essays/courtenay1.htm
by Macavity
Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: sutta reference
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: sutta reference

The similes were taught in the Lekha Sutta (AN. i. 283-4) and the Abhidhamma's Puggalapaññatti.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html