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by Alex123
Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The causes for wisdom
Replies: 1247
Views: 198668

Re: The causes for wisdom

Hello MikeNZ, all, I don't think anyone disagrees that the removal of defilements is what the Buddha taught. Where I see people disagreeing often seems to revolve around differences of opinion over (1) The timescale ; and (2) The method . (1) Timescale: When the Buddha says "do away with X" some int...
by Alex123
Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Replies: 28
Views: 12427

Re: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

Umm ... and you don't need the blood from your whole body to go to your stomach for proper digestion. If blood from yout whole body goes to the stomach, then one will get into a coma. The light walking I suggested will improve digestion movements, such as your stomach or intestines and help with bl...
by Alex123
Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Replies: 28
Views: 12427

Re: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

You are right on the topic that alertness inhibits digestion, but wrong on the conclusion that we should sleep to prevent alertness. I don't object against "rest", but depends on what you mean by it. The more activity ( physical or mental ) that you do, diverts the blood from the stomach and other ...
by Alex123
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Replies: 28
Views: 12427

Re: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

Humans have autonomic nervous system (ANS) which functions outside of conscious control. It contains two branches with opposite functions: sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). SNS is characterized as " fight-or-flight ". It burns fat, makes us alert, and mobiliz...
by Alex123
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we in this earth to attain Nirvana?
Replies: 39
Views: 9617

Re: Are we in this earth to attain Nirvana?

A child has a self, just shorter memory. I believe psychologists say that a child's self is bigger than an adults, not smaller. A child has more non-reflective, instinctual, "selfishness" because he doesn't yet have formed concept of others, and cannot yet help them. So it is all instinctively abou...
by Alex123
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night
Replies: 28
Views: 12427

Re: The Dangers of Eating Late at Night

Hello all, I have a question: What about in nature? A lion can eat a heavy meal and then take a nap. A baby can eat and then go to sleep. I have no problem eating >pound of meat, lots of vegetables and then go to bed 30-60 minutes later. I have never encountered any problem with sleeping on full sto...
by Alex123
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

What do you see as an alternate rendering here. Sometimes it seems that it could also mean "impulse" toward something. and this is why the path is a work in progress. we continually check our intentions and motivations are sound and skilful. Hindsight maybe 20/20 but unless we can see the future we...
by Alex123
Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Bhante Dhammanando,
Dhammanando wrote: These examples don't contradict ihrjordan's claim. If you think that they do, then you are probably muddling intention and motive.
Thank you very much for bringing attention to intention/motive distinction.

In your understanding, is cetana intention or motive?
by Alex123
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

ihrjordan wrote:You can't intionally break the first five precepts with "good intentions". they are categorically evil
Stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Or to euthanize out of compassion for the suffering. Or the whole abortion debate.

"He who spares the wicked injures the good." - Seneca
by Alex123
Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

it is explicitly pointed out that kamma is intention. It depends what word "cetana" precisely means. it is the intention and reactions that influences how we go forward as these are the tools used by the fletcher or waterway maker in the Dhammapada. Considering the much greater influence subconscio...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

If we remember that action can be seen to come in three forms (physical/bodily, but also verbal {which isn't bodily?!} & mental) There is no such thing as purely "mental" action that has no physical cause or result. Even mental action not translated into further verbal or bodily action can alter yo...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Kamma deals only with intention and the consequences of intentional action. It seems that only physical action and its consequence is what truly matters. This conclusion hasn't been well-built; can you expand? Thoughts can be irrelevant if they don't lead to action. Just noise. But what you physica...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

Kamma deals only with intention and the consequences of intentional action.
It seems that only physical action and its consequence is what truly matters.
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Re: Physical action is more important than Intention

The fact that you have to put the word 'good' in scare-quotes demonstrates the problem: you know it's much more complicated than a simple good-bad dichotomy. Right. I just modified my post to make it shorter and more up to a point. On 2nd thought I don't think that my world leader(s) example was go...
by Alex123
Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Physical action is more important than Intention
Replies: 28
Views: 4507

Physical action is more important than Intention

Hello all, I know that in the suttas the Buddha seems to claim that mental intention is more important than physical action. In real life it seems to me that opposite is the case, even if from the pov of Dhamma. Even the 5 precepts are all physical actions. If a person breaks one of 5 precepts but h...