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by skandha
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism Revisited
Replies: 297
Views: 2569

Re: Idealism Revisited

Even though all that we can experience are within the mind, which is an activity within the body, That body, do you know it apart from mind? No. Yet I cannot conceive of a mind that does not have a body as a reference point. They are tightly coupled. there is knowledge of things outside. I feel the...
by skandha
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism Revisited
Replies: 297
Views: 2569

Re: Idealism Revisited

Dhammas then exist but only insubstantially, like ghosts. There is no enduring form, feeling, perception etc. They are empty of substance, be that a self or an enduring permanent substance of “form” or “feeling”. Form, feeling, perception etc have no substance to them. No permanent core out of whic...
by skandha
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism Revisited
Replies: 297
Views: 2569

Re: Idealism Revisited

Dhammas then exist but only insubstantially, like ghosts. There is no enduring form, feeling, perception etc. They are empty of substance, be that a self or an enduring permanent substance of “form” or “feeling”. Form, feeling, perception etc have no substance to them. No permanent core out of whic...
by skandha
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism Revisited
Replies: 297
Views: 2569

Re: Idealism Revisited

Sounds like an interesting topic with well thought out ideas presented in the OP. Certainly external phenomena like rupa (form), sadda (sound), gandha (odour), rasa (taste), photthaba (pressure from physical contact) are real and not just ideals, even though we can only experience it internally thro...
by skandha
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?
Replies: 43
Views: 1289

Re: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?

I don't believe that drinking alcohol can get anyone in hell. AN8.4 would suggest otherwise but you're free to believe what you want if you find it most conducive to your practice. there are literally people on this forum who dont even believe in literal rebirth and say the Buddha was an aristotlel...
by skandha
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 105
Views: 113042

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

Nice dhamma snippets by Bhante Joe.

by skandha
Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Soul theories and the Dhamma
Replies: 569
Views: 150250

Re: Soul theories and the Dhamma

That's an interesting find. 自知不受後有 knowing for oneself no suffering thereafter there is It is not an instance of the term "ātma"/我 from above, but it does relate to the Buddhist paradox of what is awakened if there is no ātma. What the translator renders as "self-realization" is 自知, which is "knowi...
by skandha
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?
Replies: 34
Views: 607

Re: Does the Dhamma take care of its own?

Can't agree. Being a good person does not include changing others to being good or curing them of their mistaken notions. :namaste: Yes it does. Not doing good makes you not a good person. It makes you selfish and lacking Loving-kindness. You are here to be with others in this world. So think: Why?...
by skandha
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fully Enlightened modern (or un-modern) Theravada Monks/Teachers/even Lay people we can learn from.
Replies: 22
Views: 763

Re: Fully Enlightened modern (or un-modern) Theravada Monks/Teachers/even Lay people we can learn from.

Dont ask if I'm enlightened, ask yourself why you're not enlightened yet ... - Ajahn Chah :thumbsup: This is an excellent quote. The Buddhist path is very clear on what enlightenment is and it is something that we can easily determine for ourselves. We just have to ask ourselves whether we are free...
by skandha
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fully Enlightened modern (or un-modern) Theravada Monks/Teachers/even Lay people we can learn from.
Replies: 22
Views: 763

Re: Fully Enlightened modern (or un-modern) Theravada Monks/Teachers/even Lay people we can learn from.

Sayagyi U Thet is reputed to be a layman anagami in Burma. A manual compiled by his disciple - A Manual of Insight Meditation Practice . Sayagyi U Thet's teacher a renowned scholar monk, Ledi Sayadaw, has authorised him as a layperson to teach meditation even to monks. I have not heard of his teache...
by skandha
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 4995

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

...Enlightened ways that involve certain types of uses of Spiritual Force that can take down an enemy for proper reasons in peace or in death, with the result of saving many lives and saving such an enemy from commiting great sin. Not even Moggallana who was an arahant foremost in psychic powers af...
by skandha
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 4995

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

So an Arhat can feel compassion according to you, but not be moved after millions die? What kind of compassion is that? There is an ancient philosophy that talks of slaying demons while at the same time not slaying them, because if done by a Spiritual Person if they slay such a demon they would be ...
by skandha
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 4995

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

The Pali Canon does not have this concept of expedient means especially if it involves breaking the precepts. The breaking the precepts always involve the non skillfulness of succumbing to craving, aversion and delusion. Can you provide any Scriptural reference to this? I mean if I had to kill a de...
by skandha
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 4995

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

This paradigm of different vehicles and expedient means (upaya-kaushalya) is foreign to the Pali canon. In the Mahayana Upāyakauśalya-sūtra, the Buddha in his past life as a bodhisattva, utilized the expedient mean of breaking the precepts and killing a pirate to save numerous people. The Pali Canon...
by skandha
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravāda is
Replies: 25
Views: 1247

Re: Theravāda is

retrofuturist wrote: Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:41 pm Greetings,

It's a "preserver of the Master's Dhamma", with additional exegesis and eisegesis.

Metta,
Paul. :)
I agree.