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by seeker242
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of secularised Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 6598

Re: The problem of secularised Buddhism

I'm starting to think that without rebirth Buddhism negates itself. It certainly negates the whole idea of the inevitability of karma fruition. And leads to ideas like "That dictator person who did so many bad things, just died of old age, wealthy and prosperous, therefore karma didn't work" Buddhi...
by seeker242
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should a good man disdain human life?
Replies: 10
Views: 2370

Re: Why should a good man disdain human life?

Doesn't "hīḷeyya" imply that the Buddha has an unwholesome mental state? No, it implies the Buddha is teaching people how train their mind to stop making suffering. Why should life be distained? The same reason why the Buddha teaches anything. Because craving it causes suffering. Regarding it with ...
by seeker242
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 54
Views: 6331

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

sentinel wrote: Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:11 am He laid down precepts in which not allowing to kill other people (including animals) yet not including killing own life ?
Where does it say it doesn't include oneself?
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Where is Maha Kasappa now? He died a couple thousand years ago.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Eternalism isn't the teaching
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Where has the fire gone after it's gone out?
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Simply repeating yourself doesn't change that.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Additionally, Nirvana is not a place that somebody can go to, to begin with, because nirvana is not even a place to begin with.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

cappuccino wrote: Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:48 pm
seeker242 wrote: because there isn't somebody to die or reappear to begin with.
"No self" is a self doctrine
Not self is the Buddha's teaching. "Somebody has gone somewhere" is contrary to the Buddha's teaching.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

“There is that sphere” does not say that someone is in that sphere. that sphere is Nirvana neither a dying nor a reappearance Yes the sphere is nirvana and one who attains Nirvana has already realized that the notion of somebody is a mistake. There is neither a dying nor a reappearance because ther...
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

How can anyone be somewhere if they don’t go there first?

“There is that sphere” does not say that someone is in that sphere. It doesn’t say that because the whole notion of someone being somewhere is already a mistake.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

Asking where he went is like asking which way did the fire go. The quote posted said “neither coming nor going”, but still asking where did he go? Well, since there is neither coming nor going, where did he go is not applicable. Where did he go assumes there’s was some kind of going. But like the qu...
by seeker242
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: where is Maha Kasappa now?
Replies: 42
Views: 17462

Re: where is Maha Kasappa now?

It is generally agreed upon that Mahākassapa was an arahant and therefore isn't anywhere. isn't anywhere? "And suppose someone were to ask you, 'This fire that has gone out in front of you, in which direction from here has it gone? East? West? North? Or south?' Thus asked, how would you reply?" "Th...
by seeker242
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 2898

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

chownah wrote: Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:21 pm
I was responding to the OP's poll question. I think I was clear about how I was defining "not break", "follow", and "obey" to mean different things.
You were responding to my comment as you quoted my comment. And I was saying they don't mean different things, they mean the same thing.
by seeker242
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 2898

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

I agree with you completely that if a persons actions are consistent with the law then they are "not breaking" the law but I think there is a distinctly differnt meaning when it comes to "obeying" and "following" the law. I don't think there is a different meaning because I did not intend for there...