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Beginners questions

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Beginners questions

Postby Livindesert » Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:09 pm

O.k. some quick beginners questions. Why is rebirth not eternalism? I mean even without a soul if something can either be reborn or just continues on with no self without being annihilated then is'int that eternalism by default? :shrug:

If life is suffering then why raise a family?

If there is no self then why worry about karma?


thanks : )

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Re: Beginners questions

Postby Individual » Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:46 pm

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Beginners questions

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Beginners questions

Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:19 pm

Apologies if that wasnt your intention :namaste:
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Whilst you apology is unnecessary, thank you. :namaste:

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Re: Beginners questions

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:56 am

who says you cant have a family and practice the dhamma?
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Beginners questions

Postby clw_uk » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:10 pm

you dont have to leave your family, no one is telling you to do that :smile:

You only become a monk and renounce family life if you really feel that it will be a benefit to your practice to become enlightened. There are many householders in the pali canon that achieve a great deal, from stream-winner up to to non-returner. Some even became arahants without ever becoming a monk (although as far as i have read this seems to be when they were on their death bed)
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Re: Beginners questions

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:49 am

Greetings Livindesert,

See this thread for examples...

Suttas for the Householder
viewtopic.php?f=14&t=259

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