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by sphairos
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 1193

Re: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism

I specifically said "Conceptual proliferation therefore refers to the sense of self, and the various views we spin based on that concept (such as Eternalism vs Annihilationism)." Also please edit your post. No need to quote everything I said. It makes for bad reading. it doesn't refer. You can chan...
by sphairos
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 1193

Re: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism

No, papañca is always defined as taṇhā , māna , diṭṭhi . Not only the idea/sense/feeling of self. I specifically said "Conceptual proliferation therefore refers to the sense of self, and the various views we spin based on that concept (such as Eternalism vs Annihilationism)." Also please edit your ...
by sphairos
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 1193

Re: Classical Theravada, the Realist Buddhism

I don't know the Pali, but Google says to slough off is to get rid of as useless or unwanted. e.g finally sloughed off the depression that had been weighing him down for months, or as a snake sloughs off its old skin. That would make your reading difficult, since we aren't to cast off nibbāna. The ...
by sphairos
Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going raftless
Replies: 37
Views: 672

Re: Going raftless

Mr. Seek wrote Snp 5.6: "When all phenomena are done away with, all means of speaking are done away with as well." You either get it or you don't. It's kind of subtle. According to the sutta "all means of speaking are done away with" We are trying to find words for which there are no words. :goodpo...
by sphairos
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the ordering of anicca, dukkha, anatta wrong?
Replies: 27
Views: 412

Re: Is the ordering of anicca, dukkha, anatta wrong?

the Vedic Ātman (Cosmic Self) was nitya, eternal, constant. That's why, likely, in the Buddha's list anitya comes first.
by sphairos
Fri Jul 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: This forum should be merged with Dharmawheel, or at least have the main page description changed
Replies: 22
Views: 965

Re: This forum should be merged with Dharmawheel, or at least have the main page description changed

As has been clearly demonstrated, there is nothing specific about the term "Theravada" that is relevant to the unordained, In no way it was demonstrated. You simply ignored my comment, as is habitual to you. Theravāda is as oral, as it is scriptural. Oral instruction of a forest Theravāda monk in M...
by sphairos
Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why did kings, warriors, merchants, etc. become Buddhists?
Replies: 26
Views: 534

Re: Why did kings, warriors, merchants, etc. become Buddhists?

I have very little time as usual, but in two words: charisma and prestige. German sociologist and historian Max Weber introduced these categories into the analysis of social development, and they are very useful in the present context as well.
by sphairos
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 14155

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

When the Buddha taught about dhammas in the suttas it means something along the lines of “true idea”. I believe Ven. Sujato even stated that they mean teachings which correspond to how things are. The Abhidhamma merely takes this on. That's not quite true, dhamma means generally "a thing", and is a...
by sphairos
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why give up sensual pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 2385

Re: Why give up sensual pleasures?

Sure, but how many people fail to keep a diet and return to their former weight, despite all their intentions and will power? How come people in Okinawa or South Korea and other parts of the world like the bluezone countries, are effortlessly able to maintain healthy weight? Because of social condi...
by sphairos
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 762
Views: 14155

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

Ultimate just means irreducible. So when we eat the apple it’s not ultimate, because we can reduce it to “sweetness” and so on. The actual experience. The fundamental problem of Abhidhamma and their weird usage of the word dhamma is exactly this: eating an apple is not reducible to any elementary f...
by sphairos
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 26
Views: 721

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

Archaeologist Giovanni Verardi in his remarkable book "Hardships and Downfall of Buddhism in India" (2011) argues that the crucial factor was not a Muslim invasion, but the constant Hindu aggression against Buddhists. Perhaps the Brahmana was more arrogant than the invaders. They are so strong even...
by sphairos
Mon Jul 05, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why give up sensual pleasures?
Replies: 123
Views: 2385

Re: Why give up sensual pleasures?

Well, if it was easy to eradicate sexual desire, the Buddha wouldn't have bothered to taught that you need to eradicate it. If you are really eager to uproot it, then in the satipaṭṭhāna there is a section on the impurity of the body. The lustful persons are recommended to meditate on dead and rotti...
by sphairos
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?
Replies: 26
Views: 721

Re: Why Buddhism's Decline in India?

Archaeologist Giovanni Verardi in his remarkable book "Hardships and Downfall of Buddhism in India" (2011) argues that the crucial factor was not a Muslim invasion, but the constant Hindu aggression against Buddhists.
by sphairos
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sans abhidhamma, commentaries, and temples, what makes Theravada Theravada?
Replies: 24
Views: 503

Re: Sans abhidhamma, commentaries, and temples, what makes Theravada Theravada?

I have no idea why you quoted what you quoted and why you wrote what you wrote: I think I already answered your question in my first comment. The huge differences between different versions of the texts you can see if you read ven. Anālayo's "A Comparative Study of the Majjhima-nikāya" and K. Meisi...
by sphairos
Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sans abhidhamma, commentaries, and temples, what makes Theravada Theravada?
Replies: 24
Views: 503

Re: Sans abhidhamma, commentaries, and temples, what makes Theravada Theravada?

They all share a fairly similar version of suttas. Not at all. There are huge differences, sometimes doctrinal ones. And all other collections (Gāndhārī, Sanskrit, Chinese etc.) are late compared to the Pāli one, purely on linguistic grounds. Theravāda is a tradition of Buddhist practice that arose...