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by Sam Vara
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 84
Views: 6109

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: 277

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: 277

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: 6109

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: 3429

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: 1259

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: 3803

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: 383

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...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 1010

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

It depends. I have some Quaker friends who are OK to talk to. I have a Christian wife. She's a priest, in fact. She's generally good fun to play with, although she can be a bit grumpy in the morning. Do you talk about religion much? Yes, those long winter evenings just fly past! :jumping: Generally...
by Sam Vara
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?
Replies: 62
Views: 1010

Re: Advice on dealing with Christian friends who want to convert you?

Christians aren't any fun to play with. They know what they believe and they have bet their souls they are right. It depends. I have some Quaker friends who are OK to talk to. I have a Christian wife. She's a priest, in fact. She's generally good fun to play with, although she can be a bit grumpy i...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3429

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Yes I'm sure you have a relationship and have an understanding of how the teachings in that tradition works and the style of practice. And as you have a relationship I guess you can imagine the kind of response you might get to a question like "is this what the Buddha actually taught or something d...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3429

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

I believe they got it from when the Buddha talks about a life principle, but don't quote me on that. Ah, thanks, that would make sense. Maybe someone can supply a reference or remember the Pali for the term. I don't think bhavanga is found in the suttas. Here is where the "life principle" is discus...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3429

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

I think what Ajahn Sumedho practices and teaches is inspired by what the Buddha taught, but not easily classified in terms of a specific school. By the way, I always thought Ajahn Chah sounded more Zen than Theravada. He's certainly inspired, but I guess what I'm concerned with is whether it is the...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is it true at ariyas have max 7 life?
Replies: 75
Views: 1217

Re: is it true at ariyas have max 7 life?

buddha said ariyas have max 7 life that too in human and devaloka. how can i verify if its true? is it latter addition or should be taken seriously? Whenever you ask how you can verify something, ask yourself what would, for you, count as verification. That can save you a lot of trouble. Knowing di...
by Sam Vara
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?
Replies: 176
Views: 3429

Re: Heratic teaching of Ajahn Sumedho?

Ceisiwr wrote: Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:16 pm I believe they got it from when the Buddha talks about a life principle, but don't quote me on that.
Ah, thanks, that would make sense. Maybe someone can supply a reference or remember the Pali for the term.