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by Kim OHara
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga
Replies: 16
Views: 2545

Re: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga

Greetings everyone, I was reading the Visuddhimagga today when I came across this passage: Or again, that motivated by craving, the purpose of which is to enjoy continued existence, is inferior; that practiced for the purpose of one’s own deliverance is medium; the virtue of the perfections practic...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and Monastics
Replies: 18
Views: 1790

Re: Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and Monastics

There have been several threads about Krishnamurti here over the years. Have you searched for them? Read them?

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 64414

Re: People are ...?

So I'm going to go one step further than dharmacorps and say that the skilful default assumption is that people are basically good. How about this refinement: choosing to see the good in people is skillful without making a ultimate conclusion about what category (good, bad, in between) they fall in...
by Kim OHara
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running
Replies: 15
Views: 1197

Re: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

Like confusedlayman said, it is not my intention to kill these insects but at the same time I know that we would inevitably be killing some of them while playing for an hour or two. Having said that, you can also say that a monk would walk outdoor and they too are aware that they might be killing b...
by Kim OHara
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 64414

Re: People are ...?

Too varied to make any general statement about, so this type of approach is unskillful. :thumbsup: Why have any underlying assumptions? Just wait and see and you can decide based on their character, actions. People are too varied for any assumptions to be particularly reliable, but our assumptions ...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 29, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

Everyone seems to be going back hundreds of years for their examples but there are some which are far more recent. Gurdjieff's community in France comes to mind, but there were also "intentional communities" in America including the Shakers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakers - and other Christi...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 28, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is ended
Replies: 29
Views: 1754

Re: Rebirth is ended

sentinel wrote: Thu May 28, 2020 6:39 am What does it means by rebirth is ended ?
After aggregates dissolution and it does not re-arise and no future birth ?
That's right. Go where the candle flame goes when it's blown out.

:candle:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Tue May 19, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loving kindness same as agape?
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Loving kindness same as agape?

It's very similar - Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means "love: esp. charity; the love of God for man and of man for a good God."[2] Agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one's children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast.[3] Agape is used by Christia...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 17, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running
Replies: 15
Views: 1197

Re: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

.........because intention is the heart of the precept.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sat May 09, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 3906

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

... Some mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless humans also pass the Turing test. Evidence? Does this mean some humans are not in fact sentient beings? Throughout human history, this is exactly the idea that people have operated with: declaring some categories or populations of humans as subhuman...
by Kim OHara
Sat May 09, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 3906

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

AI probably already has, and IMO definitely will, be able to pass some version of the turing test with flying colors - meaning computers will be able to convince people that they are in fact sentient beings, when in reality they are mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless, non-living, etc... Some ...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 08, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: I am done talking about the dhamma with non buddhists
Replies: 30
Views: 37051

Re: I am done talking about the dhamma with non buddhists

Buddhism is about natural truth or natural law. If we have learned Buddhist principles thoroughly, there is no need to ever refer to 'Buddhism' when discussing morality, relationships or suffering. That's pretty much where I'm at in discussions with ... almost everyone, actually, including people h...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 07, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 493
Views: 183963

Re: Coronavirus

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/suicides-toll-far-higher-than-coronavirus/news-story/25a686904b67bdedbdcd544b1cab7f96 Coronavirus Australia: suicide’s toll far higher than virus Regions hard-hit by a collapse in tourism are expected to be particularly vulnerable to an increase in suicide. ....
by Kim OHara
Wed May 06, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 493
Views: 183963

Re: Coronavirus

SarathW wrote: Tue May 05, 2020 10:59 pm Are ventilators more damaging than help?
Perhaps the ventilators are used by inexperienced doctors.
...
The video is a month old, which is kalpas in terms of the pandemic, so it's way out of date now even if it was good when it was made.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun May 03, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can the Madhyamaka and Orthodox Theravada be Reconciled Without Altering the Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 980

Re: Can the Madhyamaka and Orthodox Theravada be Reconciled Without Altering the Theravada?

I don't know the answer to your question, Zan, but I wanted to note that is it logically exactly the same as, "Is the Madhyamaka in accordance with Orthodox Theravada?" which might be an easier question for some people to approach. :coffee: Kim Thanks. I know they are not immediately in accordance....