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by Sam Vara
Fri May 14, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Paññobhasa's reflections
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Paññobhasa's reflections

David Reynolds has finally ceased being a monk. Here are his first reflections on the differences between the monastic and the lay life: http://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogspot.com/2021/05/on-aversion-for-samsara.html ...the notion that being a monk is superior to not being one. The Buddhist text...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 13, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Source of all Grief
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Source of all Grief

I didn't watch the whole thing, but he expressed some sound thinking there. He didn't back his point up with any biblical references, so I wonder whether these sort of ideas are filtering into his teaching via a form of secular Buddhism, or maybe Stoicism.

Thanks, interesting! :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Tue May 11, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Formless aggregates
Replies: 17
Views: 288

Re: Formless aggregates

What would be the aggregates of the beings if they are in the dimension of infinite space , dimension of infinite consciousness , dimension of infinite nothingness , dimension of neither perception nor non-perception and dimension of cessation of feeling perception ? :thanks: I'm not sure what the ...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 11, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140 (Week of May 9, 2021)
Replies: 23
Views: 442

Re: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140

Yes, thank you. Nevertheless whatever space there is is constantly changing, as is the interface between various body parts.. 'and whatever else internally' and spaces. Is space composed or is it between composed things? I think I said all composed things decompose. I think the point here is that s...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 11, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140 (Week of May 9, 2021)
Replies: 23
Views: 442

Re: 📍 Dhātuvibhaṅgasutta MN 140

'activating anicca' : If you have the experience it seems pretty clear. If you don't, it seems like an odd thing to say. Firstly, as Lord Buddhas last words indicate, training to be aware of anicca, or feeling the continual decomposition of all composed things, is paramount. When one experiences th...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Persons of the Path and the Paramis
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: Persons of the Path and the Paramis

When you say, "more of a bodhisattva thing," and then "In Theravada we," it implies that Theravadins, or 'most' Theravadins, don't practice their paramis. They just "have" them and don't "do" them. I am a bit skeptical. Are you sure you can speak with such authority in this subforum on the matter? ...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha quotes site
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Buddha quotes site

Truth is where you find it. If this site gives good paraphrases of Buddha's ideas or language, that is good. Any teaching that is or points toward the Dharma is meritorious and not a time waster; especially for those who know zero about the Dharma. It might in some ways be useful, in that living yo...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha quotes site
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Buddha quotes site

Truth is where you find it. If this site gives good paraphrases of Buddha's ideas or language, that is good. Any teaching that is or points toward the Dharma is meritorious and not a time waster; especially for those who know zero about the Dharma. It might in some ways be useful, in that living yo...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 08, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Did the Buddha endorse Animal Cruelty?

To me it sounds like he's just describing what the farmers already do when the oxen wanders into the crop. :shrug: :anjali: Agreed. It's just a simile, not an endorsement. There's also this one: Just as a strong man, seizing a weaker man by the head or the throat or the shoulders, would beat him do...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????

Thank you Samvara. Possibly we have discussed this matter before. Why does the datthabam only apply to only the vedaniyam rather than to the whole sentence? I have read translations where the “should be” applies to the entire sentence. Thanks I think it does apply to the whole sentence; the body is...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 250

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

It's where you are, relative to the things around you. Thanks. To rephrase, it is where "I" am? Or, imo, it is more appropriate to say: it is where "I" is ? The former is more grammatically correct, but they both appear to mean the same thing. When observing: "tip of the nose" or something like tha...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where exactly is "Here" ?
Replies: 13
Views: 250

Re: Where exactly is "Here" ?

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote: Fri May 07, 2021 7:09 am As found in phrases like: "here & now".

Or, is there any actual "Here" at all?

:heart:
It's where you are, relative to the things around you.
by Sam Vara
Fri May 07, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: The meaning of "vedaniyaṁ" ????

I think it is a future passive participle. A form of verb which refers to the future, but is optative or imperative, in the sense that it says that something is to be, can be, ought to be, or is fit to be done. I think the datthabam which follows it in 12.37 is also in the future passive. You find i...
by Sam Vara
Thu May 06, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Jhānā
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: Jhānā

Ceisiwr wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 5:08 pm
I'm still in my early days of learning pali and sanskrit, so I like to make my use of the words as grammatically correct as possible when posting here. I find it is good practice.
Well for goodness sake don't rely on what I think until you get a second opinion! :embarassed:
by Sam Vara
Thu May 06, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Jhānā
Replies: 20
Views: 581

Re: Jhānā

Is "Jhānā" an acceptable plural form of "Jhāna"? A member brought this up via PM, and I've read conflicting views online. Ven. Sujato says that it is, but elsewhere we have "jhānāni"? Any clarification would be welcome. It's a neuter noun, so technically the singular should be jhānam and the plural...