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by Sam Vara
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition
Replies: 30
Views: 265

Re: Wow... seeing this video melts my worldy ambition

I'm just hoping that in a hundred trillion years I will be able to dispense with a face mask and go to the monastery again. But my government is not giving me much cause for hope...
by Sam Vara
Tue Oct 27, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate stimulation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 222

Re: Ultimate stimulation ?

For addictive chemicals like Oxycontin, the problem is you need to keep taking them just to remain normal. That is when you have become chemically dependent on them. Hard drugs like heroin or ICE works like this. Stopping them suddenly can cause a withdrawal reaction that may be life-threatening. S...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Only delivering Karma
Replies: 9
Views: 173

Re: Only delivering Karma

Hello all, I have a short question: Is someone who does bad to another person merely delivering their earned Karma? Or how does this work? Thank You! I don't think so. I think it works purely psychologically, in that it is impossible to consciously do bad to another person while remaining in an exp...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate stimulation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 222

Re: Ultimate stimulation ?

Neurotransmitters always get depleted and have to be replenished. There is no such thing as an endless supply of dopamine or oxytocin. That is the biological law. So no such thing as endless pleasure. All you have are waves that come and go. Try going from a bright room to a dark one and vice versa...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Renunciation, Catholic-style.
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Renunciation, Catholic-style.

Did he mean that believe in true God end suffering? How do we know what is true and what is a false god? She didn't mean that in this passage, which is just about renouncing false gods; knowing them to be incapable of satisfying human needs. From what she wrote elsewhere, she probably did think tha...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Renunciation, Catholic-style.
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Renunciation, Catholic-style.

It's not up to us to believe in God, but only not to grant our love to false gods. - Simone Weil, Catholic philosopher. not to believe that the future is a place capable of fulfilling us. The future is made of the same stuff as the present. We well know that what we have that is good, wealth, power...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate stimulation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 222

Re: Ultimate stimulation ?

No. Or if there is, I haven't encountered it. And if there were, someone would have sold it to Jeff Bezos or somesuch, and he would have destroyed it. Good evening Sam Vara 🙏😊 Its interesting how these questions point out to the unsatisfactory nature of senses, to the truth that there is no possibi...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 25, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate stimulation ?
Replies: 13
Views: 222

Re: Ultimate stimulation ?

Dear friends, Investigating senses the questions arose : Is there any form that once have been seen can fully and permanently fulfill all future needs in pleasant forms? Is there any sound that once have been heard can fully and permanently fulfill all future needs in pleasant sounds? ...odour, tas...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: ṭhitāva
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: ṭhitāva

Thanks, C. Yes, if it were evaṃ it would be more obvious, and that's what this parallel suggests. The general meaning is pretty clear, but I hadn't come across that particular form before. I don't think it is evaṃ , but rather eva . An emphatic particle. The e is elided. Thanks pulga. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Attainment of no thought
Replies: 21
Views: 242

Re: Attainment of no thought

Why no thought state is not discussed in sutta? Is it same as samadhi of non attention to signs? Is it same as cessastion of perception and feelimg ? If ybere is no thought no mental expereiemce so no suffering but its not given in sutta? Whats the drawback? Non clinging leads to cessation of thoug...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: ṭhitāva
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Re: ṭhitāva

The Sanskrit parallel from maybe-the-Sarvastivadins suggests "sthitā eveyaṃ" for how you parse it. uppādā vā tathāgatānaṃ anuppādā vā tathāgatānaṃ, ṭhitāva sā dhātu dhammaṭṭhitatā dhammaniyāmatā idappaccayatā. utpādād vā tathāgatānām anutpādād vā sthitā eveyaṃ dharmatā dharmasthitaye dhātuḥ Is this...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

What is the difference here between quantity and quality? When you decide to shovel a heap of coal into your basement, that's about quality. When you actually shovel it, little by little, that's about quantity. When you decide that meditating will be good for you, that's about quality. When you act...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Faith and Reliability
Replies: 43
Views: 1891

Re: Faith and Reliability

Can you explain what you mean by a "leap to faith"? It's a Kierkegaardian term (often rendered incorrectly as "leap of faith"): A leap of faith, in its most commonly used meaning, is the act of believing in or accepting something outside the boundaries of reason.[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: ṭhitāva
Replies: 5
Views: 116

ṭhitāva

Can anyone please help with this? In AN 3.136, the word ṭhitāva appears, as in: ṭhitāva sā dhātu dhammaṭṭhitatā dhammaniyāmatā. I take the ṭhita bit to be the pp of tiṭṭhati , but where does the va bit come from? Is this eva , so it means something like "really stands" or "still stands"? Thanks! :an...
by Sam Vara
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Social norms and the recently deceased
Replies: 26
Views: 363

Re: death of forum member dylanj

DooDoot wrote: Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:25 am
Sam Vara wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:22 pm Do you have a source for this view?
appears to be referring to Parajika in Vinaya.
Agreed, but I'm not sure if even that would apply; and certainly not to Bundokji.