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What is fundamental?

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firststeps
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What is fundamental?

Postby firststeps » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:51 am

Scientific materialism (physicalism) says that everything is fundamentally physical, and that all our sensing, perceiving, remembering, fantasising, all the activity of that which we call the mind, is really the activity of the physical brain.

Some Hindu and Greek idealist systems turn the physicalist view on its head and instead say that consciousness is the ground of all being.

Some faiths like Christianity and my former religion, Islam, say that we are immaterial souls dwelling within physical bodies, so reality is both physical and non-physical (aka dualism). Some sub-groups within these religions may be better termed pluralist. Some Sufis believe the non-physical elements have their own types - the heart (qalb), the spirit (ruh), the soul (nafs), the secret (sirr), the hidden (khafi), the most hidden (akhfa).

What does Theravada Buddhism say is fundamental?

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Re: What is fundamental?

Postby Chi » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:43 am

Friend,

I would google or search on this forum:
"Four Noble Truths"
"Three Characteristics"

Be Happy.
Do Good, Avoid Evil, Purify the Mind.

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Re: What is fundamental?

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Re: What is fundamental?

Postby waterchan » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:12 pm

quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur
(Anything in Latin sounds profound.)

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Re: What is fundamental?

Postby kirk5a » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:18 pm

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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