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by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 02, 2022 8:51 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Future perils of Buddhism.
Replies: 22
Views: 552

Re: Future perils of Buddhism.

Greetings, From my experience, this is why Buddhism is in decline in Sri Lanka. Perhaps another problem is that there could be monks who have accomplished the path and realised the fruits. But they are not interested in teaching people (like the way Buddha wondered whether any people up there have t...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 02, 2022 3:02 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, returning after 15+ years! 🙏
Replies: 9
Views: 118

Re: Hi, returning after 15+ years! 🙏

Greetings,

Welcome back.

:hello:

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Moral Realism
Replies: 44
Views: 476

Re: Moral Realism

Greetings, Is morality objective in the Dhamma? Is it an external reality? Does it matter? Dhamma is not concerned with morality. The teaching is about not doing harm, not having unwholesome intentions. What should or shouldn't doesn't matter. The Buddha didn’t care about right or wrong actions? Wha...
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 01, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis

Greetings,
Ceisiwr wrote: Sat Oct 01, 2022 12:09 pm The logic of this seems off. It’s like saying that because dukkha is universal to all, dukkha is therefore a basis for a self.
It seems the basis for yours.

:shrug:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 01, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Moral Realism
Replies: 44
Views: 476

Re: Moral Realism

Greetings Ceisiwr,
Ceisiwr wrote: Fri Sep 30, 2022 7:43 pm Is morality objective in the Dhamma?
In this Dhamma, there is kamma and its fruit.

It is done and experienced subjectively, but as a law it is objective.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 30, 2022 9:44 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis

Greetings Eko Care, If it's universal, how does that help us see the three characteristics of it, in your tradition. What is the problem with being universal? We can see all the 52 cetasikas' three characteristics. If it's common to all, it's absent from none - omnipresent. Perfect soil for the perc...
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:32 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis

Greetings,

If it's universal, how does that help us see the three characteristics of it, in your tradition.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis
Replies: 23
Views: 305

Re: We traveled through this whole Samsara, just because this “Mere” Non-Analysis

Greetings Eko Care,
retrofuturist wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 1:41 am Where does manasikara fit in this schematic?
Do you have a response Eko Care? Since attention (or more specifically, the movement of attention) is where a sense of self may hide, it would seem pertinent to address.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Venerable Bodhi on War
Replies: 37
Views: 880

Re: Venerable Bodhi on War

Greetings, I got about half of the way through the article and got bored. Maybe I'll go back to it if the conversation warrants. The people of Ukraine, generally speaking are not Buddhists. (G'day Assaji :hello: ) Therefore what some Californian Buddhist thinks they should or should not do is as irr...
by retrofuturist
Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?
Replies: 424
Views: 4849

Re: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?

Greetings cappuccino, No self is annihilationism No it's not. Annihilationism involves destroying something that exists. I’m aware of that interpretation It's not just "interpretation"... it's the English language. What do you think the word "annihilate" means? Can you "anni...
by retrofuturist
Sat Sep 24, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?
Replies: 424
Views: 4849

Re: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?

Greetings Spiny, This, however is correct. Rather than "no self", the Buddha taught that "anything you might take as self, isn't". A subtle difference, but one that takes it from an speculative ontological view, to a true statement on the nature of anything experienced or conceiv...
by retrofuturist
Sat Sep 24, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?
Replies: 424
Views: 4849

Re: 'Consciousness without Surface': Not Eternalism?

Greetings, His insight was that there is no such thing to begin with. No self is annihilationism No it's not. Annihilationism involves destroying something that exists. His insight wasn’t no self This, however is correct. Rather than "no self", the Buddha taught that "anything you mig...
by retrofuturist
Sat Sep 24, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What should I do if I’m having a difficult time fully processing dependent arising?
Replies: 34
Views: 523

Re: What should I do if I’m having a difficult time fully processing dependent arising?

Greetings, It seems that "dependent arising", "dependent origination", and "dependent co-arising" are simply different translations of paṭiccasamuppāda . At least in the texts I am familiar with: Likewise. We'll see what SteRo has to say about that. :popcorn: Metta, Pau...
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā and yoniso manasikāra
Replies: 102
Views: 2084

Re: Paññā and yoniso manasikāra

Greetings Alrac, Didn't you previously say wisdom was sankhata fabricated? If paticca-arising is fabricated from ignorance, how can wisdom, being a sankhata fabricated thing, also be paticca-fabricated from ignorance. You appear to be saying wisdom is paticca-fabricated from ignorance. You appear to...
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 23, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paññā and yoniso manasikāra
Replies: 102
Views: 2084

Re: Paññā and yoniso manasikāra

Greetings Alrac, Arising is dependent origination, per SN 12.10 or any other Sutta where you see the phrase "arising, arising". Maybe but the physical arising of bread in an oven due to yeast is different than the mental arising of craving for bread. Yes, the former has nothing to do with ...