Brain vs mind?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths - what can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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Re: Brain vs mind?

Post by chownah » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:16 am

Ajahn Maha Boowa wrote: The brain, for instance, is a lump of matter.
The heart for instance is a lump of matter.
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Re: Brain vs mind?

Post by Saengnapha » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:10 am

chownah wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:16 am
Ajahn Maha Boowa wrote: The brain, for instance, is a lump of matter.
The heart for instance is a lump of matter.
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Re: Brain vs mind?

Post by chownah » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:29 am

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Re: Brain vs mind?

Post by Upeksha » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:55 am

How coherent is Buddha-dharma if there is only one aggregate: form?

And no immaterial jhanas?

And no karma?

And how could one possibly define nibbana in materialist terms? The cessation of brain activity = nibbana?? That is a dire proposition.

So it's a pretty easy answer: it's not coherent at all.

There were materialists in the Buddha's time too - the Carvakas - and they were understood (by the Buddhists) to be about as heretical as one can get to Buddha-dharma.

In today's age, I would agree that there are some nuanced and sophisticated and well founded versions of materialism......but all of them are contrary to the buddha-dharma: the very logic of buddha-dharma is 'a mind that extracts itself from entanglements with form.'

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