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by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Clinging to Views
Replies: 6
Views: 48

Re: Clinging to Views

In the suttas we are taught that one of the floods to be over come are views. We are taught not to cling to views, to let go of views. What do you understand by this? What do you understand by clinging to views and letting go of views? What do you understand by the word "view"? "The extent to which...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Taking what we need
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Taking what we need

I have occasionally read and heard modern commentators say that the Buddha's Dhamma is like a medicine-chest or a toolbox, from which we suffering individuals are free to take the specific medicines that cure us, or the tools that we need. The Buddha freely offered his teachings so that we ourselves...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What to do about tipitaka.fandom.com
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: What to do about tipitaka.fandom.com

Thanks. I don't know if you looked at the talk page or history page, but the worst problem I saw was that the page would make the newcomer think that celibacy was a requirement to practice Buddhism. While it is a requirement to attain nibbana , and for monks, it is most definitely not a requirement...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What to do about tipitaka.fandom.com
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: What to do about tipitaka.fandom.com

Given the way the internet works, I would say that the best thing to be done about this is to cultivate equanimity. If people are not amenable to reason, then there is no point in persisting. As for those who might be misled, well, the content is not uniformly and actively harmful. Those seeking inf...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If we live in a simulation, how does this work with Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: If we live in a simulation, how does this work with Buddhism?

The original post was "what if the assumption that a simulation and buddhist teachings are both true " So annihilationism could not fit in the picture. I don't see how both could be true the implications of a simulation… negate Buddhism perhaps not totally, but ultimately Yes, and conversely, if th...
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: abstain from xx makes our skin or face lustful to others?
Replies: 15
Views: 255

Re: abstain from xx makes our skin or face lustful to others?

it seems many are saying that when they dont masturbrate or have xx, many opposite genders come and talk to them or get attractive... so If I am attracted to someone suddenly one day even though im not lustful to them in previous days or months. can I assume they didn't have xx or masturbate for lo...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If we live in a simulation, how does this work with Buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 378

Re: If we live in a simulation, how does this work with Buddhism?

Depending on the nature of the simulation, quite a few things would be possible. Rebirth could indeed be like rebooting the simulation. Or it could be that the simulation includes the mere idea of rebirth; but that no such event actually takes place. Likewise, there could be a form of liberation fro...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Kāmāsavo
Replies: 33
Views: 488

Re: Kāmāsavo

The "Harlotry" reading of kāma focuses too much on the sex in said text. The mainstream narrative is that it is about how people "enjoy" each other and things generally, hence why there is so much non-sexual material in it. Yes, when I was about 12 a schoolfriend knew that it contained forbidden ma...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Moral Dilemma
Replies: 18
Views: 371

Re: Moral Dilemma

I paid for the full ticket today. I nearly forgot...Happy St. David's Day! :toast: :anjali: Mind asking what is the meaning in celebrating st david day have to do with this paying ticket ? Ceisiwr is Welsh, and St. David is the patron saint of Wales. Nothing really to do with tickets, but St. David...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Moral Dilemma
Replies: 18
Views: 371

Re: Moral Dilemma

Ceisiwr wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:43 pm I paid for the full ticket today.
I nearly forgot...Happy St. David's Day! :toast: :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Physical and mental stealing
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: Physical and mental stealing

Could you explain what you mean by "mentally stealing"? I'm not sure whether you mean 1) a person stealing ideas or intellectual property 2) a person imagining or fantasizing about stealing something, or 3) a person intending to steal(i.e. performs 1-4 of your list) but is unable to take the target ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Kāmāsavo
Replies: 33
Views: 488

Re: Kāmāsavo

But in the early Buddhist Pāli context, given the first two suttas of the Aṅguttara, it at the same time fits and clarifies matters a lot: https://suttacentral.net/an1.1-10/en/sujato It is in this sense kāma is sensuality, and of "sensuality" of that kind the Buddha constantly warns the bhikkhus. D...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Moral Dilemma
Replies: 18
Views: 371

Re: Moral Dilemma

Ceisiwr wrote: Mon Mar 01, 2021 6:43 pm I paid for the full ticket today.
And my guess is that you have a mixture of feelings, but that the good ones predominate! :twothumbsup:
by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bojjhanga and day of birth
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Bojjhanga and day of birth

Probably something to do with Burmese astrology . I am Thursday born, so my name as a monk should begin with "pa." Thursday: Rat Those born on Thursdays are known to identify with the rat. While this may not sound ideal, the rat is actually one of the most adaptable creatures on the planet. Rats ar...
by Sam Vara
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Moral Dilemma
Replies: 18
Views: 371

Re: Moral Dilemma

Two questions that might help to settle it for you. 1) What would happen if a ticket inspector did get on the train and demand your ticket? I know there is Covid, etc., but what if they were currently asking for recently vaccinated inspectors to resume duties, or a random inspector on other duties j...