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by Sam Vara
Fri Jul 19, 2024 5:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What should i do if I happen to do wrong action?
Replies: 23
Views: 307

Re: What should i do if I happen to do wrong action?

We don’t want a restraint based or suppressive practice. Buddhism is restraint :thumbsup: Restraint with the body is good, good is restraint with speech. Restraint with the heart is good, good is restraint everywhere. Restrained everywhere, conscientious, one is said to be protected. https://www.ac...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 18, 2024 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati anomaly
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Anapanasati anomaly

An anomaly in the sutta is that one calms the body before joy arises. This isn't the standard teaching... The teaching that joy comes before and is the cause of the tranquilising of the body is found throughout the suttas yet the anapanasati sutta reverses this. One of my ideas is that all four tet...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 17, 2024 8:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: wearing robes and observing precepts a kind of ritual ?
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: wearing robes and observing precepts a kind of ritual ?

I don't think so. Rituals are symbolic sequences, and have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Wearing robes and keeping precepts are just things that people do. For all the good reasons explained by James above.

Things like puja and formal recitations would be more like rituals.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 17, 2024 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 66
Views: 1499

Re: Apologies

Nicolas wrote: Wed Jul 17, 2024 6:10 pm ...
Excellent, Nicolas. :anjali: Many thanks.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 17, 2024 7:55 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Hindrances and the factors of jhana
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Hindrances and the factors of jhana

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/gunaratana/wheel351.html#:~:text=A%20second%20reason%20for,scheme%20of%20five%20hindrances. Do we suppress the hindrances in this order to help the factors of jhana arise? Sloth & torpor must first be overcome to cultivate applied thought. Then suppre...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

Is there any link to an audio track? I’m off to work and can listen to a podcast but cannot take the focus and concentration that reading takes. Or if you only concern with Theravada relation then I won’t really engage with that. I’m at peace with the dhamma teachings and find similarity with other...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 4:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 66
Views: 1499

Re: Apologies

Moderator note: This is getting a bit close to ToS 2d, so please be a bit more careful. And kinder, if possible. :thanks:
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

I cannot find the article you linked to. It opens up to a comment page but there is no article to read. It's on Substack. As I said in the OP, I can't link to that directly, but the link I give takes you to BV's blog where there is a further link ("Top o' the Stack") to Substack, where yo...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

I was asked to share “my opinion”. On Sam Harris's view on anattatā I did. No, you didn't. You shared your opinion on "two realities"; nibbana as self; and your view of Sam Harris's spiritual acumen. You don't show any signs of having followed the link to BV's article. If you disagree the...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

Sam Harris view that self is an illusion? This is always a discussion about reality of which there are two. Apparent(self) and ultimate(SELF). If we define real as that which we experience from moment to moment then real is dependent on time(thought), which then engages the five sense doors of form...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

No, you can find the old thread or start a new one and we can discuss your concerns there. Do you have a question relating to this topic? I already said my piece on this topic, so how about your turn, what's your opinion on Sam Harris's view on Anattata? Sam Harris view that self is an illusion? Th...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jul 16, 2024 6:43 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Regarding the results of practice
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: Regarding the results of practice

Interesting topic. :anjali: I find that there is an interesting distinction between short-term specific, and long-term general. When considering a particular meditation sitting, thinking about what mental states are going to arise ("I hope it's as good as/better than yesterday's...") is co...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2024 12:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

That’s not what it’s saying. What is it saying? All we can know is within the 6 senses, rather than something else can’t be described. Something else isn’t recognised at all. This is why the Buddha denies the self. Yes, that's one interpretation. There are several, depending on how the Pali is rend...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2024 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris & anattatā
Replies: 105
Views: 1893

Re: Sam Harris & anattatā

Another occasion Buddha said the following too. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.023.than.html Good quote Sarath, but it's worth noting that the Buddha's claim here is not that such a thing doesn't exist, but that it cannot be described - which is entirely in line with the poin...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 15, 2024 8:53 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If actors go to hell per the Talaputa Sutta, couldn't you apply the same logic to almost any profession?
Replies: 84
Views: 2387

Re: If actors go to hell per the Talaputa Sutta, couldn't you apply the same logic to almost any profession?

I also wonder how holy your personal lifestyle must be as to so easily conclude that acting is such a harmful profession that it karmically makes sense for all actors all around the world to be condemned to hell :smile: Point taken, but I would have thought that these two were unrelated. One might ...