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by Sam Vara
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?
Replies: 66
Views: 1171

Re: Did Ajahn Chah teach eternal citta or otherwise eternalism?

The fact that we can be woken up by a loud noise clearly shows that the brain is still receiving and processing sounds while we're asleep. So it's as if consciousness is in "stand-by mode", ready to respond when necessary. The suttas only describe waking consciousness, though there is bhavanga in t...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Carl Jung and Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Carl Jung and Buddhism

Have you guys ever come across any materials of Jung talking about four noble truths? I have read many Jung materials but I do not remember him discussing about Buddhism from suffering, cravings and attachments. His theories in this aspect seems to be more related to yoga returning to one, Taoism y...
by Sam Vara
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Re: Introduction

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: why westerners dont beleive in after life world
Replies: 56
Views: 15308

Re: why westerners dont beleive in after life world

Notice how the beginning of John 9 hInts at the existence of past lives. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth . His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind ?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so tha...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhāna Mastery
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Jhāna Mastery

SarathW wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:02 pm There is a Sutta to say that you can go to any of these states at Will once you master it.
Only if you wear a mask, and have an app saying you are covid free.
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ānāpānasati
Replies: 64
Views: 1197

Re: Ānāpānasati

In your opinion, is Ānāpānasati best translated as “mindfulness with breath” or “mindfulness of breath”? Similar compounds can help to understand this. For example, "Maraṇassati" is "keeping the death in mind", or "mindfulness of death". I'm looking forward to a discussion of "mindfulness with deat...
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???
Replies: 15
Views: 272

Re: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???

DooDoot wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:01 am
Can you explain what went wrong in my translation attempt below? Or is it correct? Thanks :shrug:
That looks fine to me! :thumbsup:
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 84
Views: 6106

Re: How to overcome love of debate?

confusedlayman wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:01 pm
SteRo wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:07 pm
confusedlayman wrote: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:45 am

what logical reasoning proves buddhism is wrong?
what logical reasoning proves buddhism is right?
If followed and practiced, it leads to welfare of oneself ans others
:goodpost: :thumbsup: :clap:
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???
Replies: 15
Views: 272

Re: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???

This appears to agree with what i originally posted, namely: " The noble eightfold path is not derived from the three practice categories. Rather, the three practice categories are derived from the noble eightfold path ." I don't think there is anything about derivation here. If I have understood i...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???
Replies: 15
Views: 272

Re: What is the meaning of MN 44 verse 11.2 ???

The Noble Eightfold Path is a subset of sila/samadhi/panna. Thank you My impression is it says the opposite, namely, sila/samadhi/panna are subsets of the Noble Eightfold Path. In other words, the noble eightfold path is not derived from the three practice categories. Rather, the three practice cat...
by Sam Vara
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 84
Views: 6106

Re: How to overcome love of debate?

Spend more time here on DW.

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom".
by Sam Vara
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3366

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Ajahn Sumedho is a wonderful teacher and has remained one of my main teachers since my Tibetan teacher died. Yes his teaching is not categorically different from the teaching of tibetans. Tibetans speak of "timeless awareness", "self-established awareness", "clear light" and the like. Do I care abo...
by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What kamma did animals in the zoo did to be locked in the cage?
Replies: 13
Views: 1258

Re: What kamma did animals in the zoo did to be locked in the cage?

JC938 wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:58 am Hi,

What kamma did animals in the zoo did to be locked in the cage?

Thanks.
The black panther, he did dark kamma with dark result.

The polar bear did bright kamma with bright result.

The Zebra, now he was obviously an interesting character...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains
Replies: 73
Views: 3739

Re: The Vedas, Upanishads and Jains

Spiny Norman wrote: Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:56 am
Secular Buddhists heard it from Stephen Batchelor. ;)
But seriously, everyone hears it from somebody else, the question is how reliably they repeat the message, and to what extent they reinterpret what they have heard.
Stephen Batchelor....the reinterpretation is strong with this one...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is it appropriate for lay person to question the teaching of a Buddhist monk?
Replies: 17
Views: 380

Re: Is it appropriate for lay person to question the teaching of a Buddhist monk?

I can't remember any suttas about that, but I'm sure there are some. When I question the teachings of a bhikkhu, I don't say "Bhante you are wrong." Instead I ask "Bhante, what do you think of this alternative interpretation of... etc etc". What is wrong if I say, that his teaching is not in line w...