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by Sherab
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 9372

Re: Form is emptiness

I think "reality" would be quite sufficient here. Or "things as they really are". I'm not a fan of the word "reality" though, I think it's a can of worms. Before we go any further, it would be useful for you to define what you meant with these terms "ultimate reality", "ground of being" and "things...
by Sherab
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself
Replies: 106
Views: 6166

Re: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself

Greetings Dinsdale, Could you explain the practical difference between "extant realities" and fabrications, particularly in relation to form? As said earlier, the four great elements are the only "extant realities" taught in the Dhamma. Note, the Buddha does not teaching their arising and cessation...
by Sherab
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 9372

Re: Form is emptiness

As I see it sunyata is basically a Mahayana development of themes in the suttas. Anatta and sunna are relevant, but I also see a strong connection with iddapaccayatta (conditionality), which is re-expressed as phenomena lacking independent existence, or not existing "from their own side". There has...
by Sherab
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 9372

Re: Form is emptiness

As I see it sunyata is basically a Mahayana development of themes in the suttas. Anatta and sunna are relevant, but I also see a strong connection with iddapaccayatta (conditionality), which is re-expressed as phenomena lacking independent existence, or not existing "from their own side". There has...
by Sherab
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself
Replies: 106
Views: 6166

Re: The relation about Dhamma and reality itself

What is the orthodox position, the suttas' position or your position about the knowledge of reality itself, beyond any intervention of subjective factors? My position: There is a reality beyond any intervention of subjective factors. This is the reality that is beyond subject-object reality. It is ...
by Sherab
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 115
Views: 9372

Re: Form is emptiness

Hello Empty of what? Air? Hindrances? Self? Regards Empty of independent existence. If all dhammas are empty of independent existence, it would mean that when a dhamma has all its links to other dhammas severed, that dhamma is annihilated. This in turn would mean that regarding the twelve links of ...
by Sherab
Sun May 19, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?
Replies: 9
Views: 747

Re: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?

Greetings, Can we say that : - element of solidity (earth) = Strong interaction - element of cohesion (water) = Electromagnetic force - element of heat (fire) = Weak interaction - element of movement (air) = Gravity What do you think ? :anjali: Definitely not. Their definitions are not even remotel...
by Sherab
Thu May 16, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 3521

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The knowledge of the world that we now know through science is much more advanced than the knowledge present during the time of the Buddha. I would expect the Buddha to use the knowledge of the time even if they are later proven wrong as tools to explain his Dhamma. As long as we seek the meaning o...
by Sherab
Wed May 15, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 3521

Re: The Dhamma and Science

How do we approach Suttas which go against current scientific knowledge? For example, modern science tells us that a Big Crunch and a cyclic universe is impossible due to the increasing rate of expansion of the universe. The only two options are the Big Rip or the Big Freeze. This contradicts the s...
by Sherab
Sun May 12, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination=Nirvana?
Replies: 30
Views: 2185

Re: Dependent origination=Nirvana?

When you watch everything arising, arising, arising, all the time, the idea of non-existence doesn't occur to the mind. When you see these things passing away, passing away, passing away, the idea of existence doesn't occur to the mind. 'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't ...
by Sherab
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 50696

Re: Theravada against mathematics

In point of fact, whether or not Germann's hypothesis is correct is irrelevant , despite what he or anyone else might say, for the simple reason that correctness on convoluted expositions and scholastic evolutions of doctrine is not the point . We are (supposed to be) here to practice for the end o...
by Sherab
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 50696

Re: Theravada against mathematics

null wrote: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:24 am Germann's argument is more of an argument against beginningless time than anything else.
This is incorrect.

He has laid out his argument very clearly here viewtopic.php?f=13&t=33879&start=630#p509911.
by Sherab
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 50696

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The infinite monkey theorem is the conditional probability that one of them will write Shakespeare--given that they exist and are writing. This is where the analogy breaks down because monkeys who achieved nibbana wouldn't be here to attempt to do so. No, he already covered the case of the infinite...
by Sherab
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 14
Views: 1608

Re: space, uncompounded?

Is uncompounded a synonym for unconditioned?
Is something that is uncompounded necessarily be something that is unconditioned?
by Sherab
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 50696

Re: Theravada against mathematics

cappuccino wrote: Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:18 am
Sherab wrote:
cappuccino wrote:

yes and no
Why yes?
Why no?
Why yes AND no?
consciousness depends on eyes, ears, it also doesn't
which consciousness?