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by Sunrise
Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:03 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the 5th precept
Replies: 60
Views: 17690

Re: the 5th precept

Hanzze wrote: ...like the intoxicant of hanging around in a internet forum, it is just to stay at your practice :rofl: to less rules, to less rules let us wait for the next Buddha and read dhamma meanwhile. :reading:
Not sure what you are trying to say here but why are you waiting for the next Buddha?
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

Did you read it? :jumping:


:tongue:
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

Laziness and boredom

:jumping:
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

Put aside your skepticism about rebirth and decide -- just as an experiment -- to accept the assumptions that the Buddha taught rebirth, that it is central to the dhamma, and that it may be true. Decide you will hold these assumptions for a certain time period, maybe a few days, maybe a few weeks. ...
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

People want to avoid getting reborn and yet they do... I am not sure how people plan to stop themselves from being born into the mother's womb but now that I am born and am already here, I certainly am interested in stopping mental births as "I am" or "mine" which is the cause of suffering. "... Th...
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

:smile: Alex, I was waiting for a reply like this where someone points out to me that physical existence is suffering and how "aging and death" (suffering) is defined in the suttas as "birth is suffering" ... etc. The suttas say what they say. When you walk on the road and hit your foot somewhere yo...
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the 5th precept
Replies: 60
Views: 17690

Re: the 5th precept

Although the precept says to stay away from alcohol (or any other intoxicant for that matter) I personally think it is fine to take prescribed drugs on medical purposes or consume other sorts of drinks under certain circumstances that force you to do so like harsh weather conditions for example. It ...
by Sunrise
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

The doctrine of rebirth is inseparable from the Four Noble Truths. Of course not. For some people, belief in rebirth has nothing to do with the four noble truths. The four noble truths are common to all schools of Buddhism whether they encourage rebirth beliefs or not. If you want to look at suffer...
by Sunrise
Thu Oct 07, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

I don't have a problem, personally, with anyone putting rebirth aside if it's presenting an obstacle for their practice. What I do think is important is to understand how rebirth works within the Buddha's teaching, why is is important and could even be considered central. In the first statement you...
by Sunrise
Thu Oct 07, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

How about this quote? And what is wrong view? 'There is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed. There is no fruit or result of good or bad actions. There is no this world, no next world, no mother, no father, no spontaneously reborn beings; no priests or contemplatives who, faring right...
by Sunrise
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's "supramundane Dhamma"?
Replies: 11
Views: 1989

Re: What's "supramundane Dhamma"?

As I see it, mundane Dhamma is mostly preached for morality purposes. It includes teachings about kamma, rebirth, good and bad aspects of things, realms, gods etc. Mundane Dhamma does not lead to relinquishment or cessation but important for morality, faith and sila which are important to prepare th...
by Sunrise
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 857188

Re: Can Buddhism exist without the doctrine of reincarnation?

rybak303 wrote: Are there Buddhists who don't believe in reincarnation?
Are there "Buddhists" who do?
by Sunrise
Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

JeffR wrote: Suttas or Sunrise.
Would you mind pointing me to a sutta which mentions "stream of consciousness" please?
by Sunrise
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

Just to be fair to the OP please also note that "stream of consciousness" does not appear in pali suttas. They appear in later essays. It is not pointless to observe the realms as mind states as it is perfectly verifiable in the here and now if you are mindful enough. So please observe the way your ...
by Sunrise
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation
Replies: 34
Views: 4392

Re: Confusion about Karma and Reincarnation

Both you and Sunrise seem to be minimizing its significance and insisting, instead, that we direct the OP to the supramundane teachings. No. Read my original post again. I have not minimized the significance of moral conduct. What I meant was that a Buddhist disciple doesn't necessarily need motiva...