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by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)

Stating that it is possible that one will go to one of two destinations makes the example of lacerating pretty harsh. What would warrant such harsh analogy/comparison? Firstly, at the moment of death, if consciousness should stand tied to gratification in the sign or in the features, a lower destin...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)

Maybe an initial grasping at a particular sense-object, which then becomes habitual or addictive? Yes, that's the sort of thing. But how addictive must it be? These days I can walk past the ice-cream freezer cabinet in the supermarket without having to buy some. :tongue: Have you tried Ben & Jerry'...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)

Spiny Norman wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 8:06 am
Maybe an initial grasping at a particular sense-object, which then becomes habitual or addictive?
Yes, that's the sort of thing. But how addictive must it be?

Apologies - I edited my post when thinking about this, so our posts crossed.
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: 📍 Leave off Lacerating, The Exposition on Burning (Week of June 20, 2021)

Thoughts? To what extent would one have to "stand tied" to the gratification for this description to apply? Does it apply to those who have not developed any sense restraint or just to those who were unable to handle the shock of death? Yes, given the graphic nature of the descriptions, this questi...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2281

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

On a sober note, I find it quite devastating. We were invited to the neighbours recently, really lovely people and complete Corona conspiracists. It was also not a topic they entertained any dissenting opinions about. We would've been open for a discussion, but like religion, it was not up for deba...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 76
Views: 994

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

Moderator note. There seem to be two topics in this thread. The first is about Mahamevnawa and Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda, and is, as has been noted, apparently based on gossip or aversion. The other is a more general discussion about the place and validity of the Abhidhamma. If people want to fo...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2281

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

Dan74 wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:13 pm
PS Mods, the spy emoji doesn't work. I wonder why.....
CIA Malware, obviously.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 255

Re: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?

My biased understanding is that achieving non-intellectual, unwavering concentration on a single object is the goal of Samadhi. In other words, ekaggata, or one-pointedness of mind. Coming from the Thai Forest tradition, this is how I have understood and practiced it, sometimes to great benefit, ot...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our relationship to entertainment as lay people
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Our relationship to entertainment as lay people

As well as focusing on what we should be doing in this respect of enjoying art, I find it useful to reflect on what has actually happened in my own case. I used to read loads of novels and poetry, greatly enjoyed music, and also was interested in visual arts. Over the years, my tastes in these have ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma?
Replies: 49
Views: 552

Re: Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma?

Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma? My understanding is that there are still those other fetters to break, so not everything has been learnt. But on the other hand, their progress is irrevocable, and they are destined for the final goal. Perhaps the speed of their progre...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 371

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

It's different from your earlier claim: There doesn't appear to be an "I am" in there at all. the earlier post was resolved many posts ago. there was no need to keep highlighting it When a person's position changes, I find it useful to note that fact. The "resolution" is that there is no "I am" in ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 371

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

you might be importing some other premise here. I made my case consistent with the Buddha, who also said: " And if... I had answered... this would have been siding with those ascetics and brahmins who are annihilationists ". To understand the meaning of "natthatta", it appears "annihilationism" mus...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 371

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

Your suggestion is self-contradictory as expressed there (nothing that is taken to be real can be meaningfully said to not exist) but thanks anyway. It appears the term "natthatta" is found in one place in the suttas, spoken or invented by Vacchagotta. You appear to be treating Vacchagotta terminol...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 371

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

DooDoot wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:40 pm
Sam Vara wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:51 pm Natthattā means "There is not a self".
I am suggesting it means "the self does not exist", where the self is still taken to be real.
Your suggestion is self-contradictory as expressed there (nothing that is taken to be real can be meaningfully said to not exist) but thanks anyway.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 371

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

Is there an "I am" in that compound, or are you saying that the first person is attributed for some other contextual reason? Wouldn't "I am" be amhi or asmi ? The Buddha said: ... the wanderer Vacchagotta, already confused, would have fallen into even greater confusion, thinking, ‘It seems that the...