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by Grigoris
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism

Many of the Gods took Refuge when the Buddha was preaching in Tushita, so...
by Grigoris
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: Worshipping to the gods in early Buddhism

This topic is not for those who doesn't believe in Gods and deities, spirits, ghosts e.t.c, if you want argue please go to another topic. So , that is not secret for us, that later Buddhism has created a huge amount of deities for worshipping in Mahayana and Vajrayana, but I'm curious about more au...
by Grigoris
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 39
Views: 9975

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

I used to be an electrician and suffered a number of electric shocks in the course of my work. But I don't think that is comparable with ECT treatment. Did you enjoy the experience? I am joking, as I have been electrocuted once myself and know how much fun it is. In my work I deal mainly (almost ex...
by Grigoris
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 39
Views: 9975

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

FranEB wrote: Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:15 pm Hi Grigoris,

I forgot to ask what your objection is to ECT?

:namaste:
What sort of an objection could I personally have against electrocuting somebody into insensibility?

I mean, really...

How could somebody possibly object? :shrug:
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 39
Views: 9975

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Hi Gregoris, For someone in a catatonic or suicidal state for whom other treatments have not worked, ECT can be a lifesaving therapy. I understand if you would not choose it, but it is important for medicine to be evidence based rather than based on personal opinions. Stigmatising a potentially lif...
by Grigoris
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety
Replies: 39
Views: 9975

Re: Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

As for ECT... Quackery at it's finest. Quackery that works ;) https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(03)12705-5.pdf https://academic.oup.com/ijnp/article/21/1/63/4708251 And I quote: ECT is an effective short-term treatment for depression Stunning a person into insensibility w...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Dinsdale wrote: Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:46 amThe cycle here is represented by bhava (becoming), which continues while ignorance persists. DO as a whole is not cyclical in the suttas, though in some other Buddhist traditions it's interpreted like that, eg the Tibetan Wheel of Life.
That is the "branched" interpretation I mentioned before.
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Greetings Grigoris, I quoted a Sutta (two actually). Utterly irrelevant suttas which do no more than show the mutual dependence of consciousness and name-and-form. So why do you believe it is false? Do you have a scriptural source showing it is false (showing what is "true")? Because what you're de...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Greetings, The objection was not exactly detailed, so we can only guess as to what the author meant. It means that what you describe as "Circular/Cyclical/Looped" may appear visually on elegant works of Tibetan art depicting the so-called "Wheel of Life", but does not exist in the Pali canon. This,...
by Grigoris
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

mikenz66 wrote: Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:16 pmI think the objection may be to calling DO itself a "cycle"...
The objection was not exactly detailed, so we can only guess as to what the author meant.

Basically there are three approaches to DO: Linear, Branched and Circular/Cyclical/Looped.
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Greetings, False. Please show sutta to demonstrate this is so. :thanks: Metta, Paul. :) True! "This is the extent to which there is birth, aging, death, passing away, and re-arising. This is the extent to which there are means of designation, expression, and delineation. This is the extent to which...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

None of the above. There is nothing really "wrong" with that statement in itself. What is wrong is the apparent equating of that original mind with what is later in the same post called a suffering or ignorant mind, via an act of volition. :twothumbsup: But are you now saying there are two minds? O...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

None of the above. There is nothing really "wrong" with that statement in itself. What is wrong is the apparent equating of that original mind with what is later in the same post called a suffering or ignorant mind, via an act of volition. :twothumbsup: But are you now saying there are two minds? O...
by Grigoris
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

This all goes back to the notion that "intellectual" understanding needs to be complete prior to practice. No. Complete understanding is arahatship (SN 22.23). "Capturing all their nuance" means that the practitioner did the work and knows it. That is not the duty of a translator, nor is it the dut...
by Grigoris
Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.
Replies: 92
Views: 4798

Re: All attachment and suffering are fundamentally voluntary.

Westerners have been thinking about this topic for a couple of millennia, and in a variety of different disciplines, and we have a large toolbox of terms and ideas with which to grasp what the Buddha and his early followers meant when they communicated with one another. So let us take it back to th...