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by santa100
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth
Replies: 48
Views: 9177

Re: No reason to practice Buddhism without rebirth

pelican wrote:I was thinking about the first noble truth and I think it kind of loses it's sting when you don't believe in literal rebirth.
Obviously folks are entitled to their own opinion, but it's 100% clear that the Buddha explicitly taught physical literal rebirth in His many suttas.
by santa100
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: GoFundMe charity/donation
Replies: 1
Views: 4464

GoFundMe charity/donation

DW admins, I'm not sure if the Wellness/Diet/Fitness section is the right spot for posting GoFundMe charity. Basically I have a friend whose nephew needs some eye surgery which is quite costly. He's set up a GoFundMe link and appealed for help. Below is the GoFundMe page. Please feel free to move it...
by santa100
Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: all buddhist sects the same?
Replies: 79
Views: 17192

Re: all buddhist sects the same?

Everything I have experienced in Buddhism holds itself together, otherwise it would be a non-Buddhist doctrine. Mahayana, Thravada, and Vajrayana are all an Expedient Means of the same Vehicle that have never opposed eachother. Those that try to find oppositions instead of respecting the beautiful ...
by santa100
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?
Replies: 46
Views: 1539

Re: Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm?

Hello forum members. I know that porn is harmful. Sometimes I am watching anime porn. I think I have an anime porn addiction. I have a question. Should I make an effort to distance myself from anime porn? Does pornography leads to rebirth in a lower realm? Thanks for the answers. You already have t...
by santa100
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Universe - Chaotic or Ordered in Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 4896

Re: Universe - Chaotic or Ordered in Buddhism

Universe or samsara - is it chaotic or ordered in Buddhism? In Buddhism, the chaotic nature of universe/samsara(ie. the perpetual flux/changes) is... surprisingly ordered(ie. subjected to the law of kamma and condition origination). So it's both, or neither, depending on how one wants to slice and ...
by santa100
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth, aging, illness and death
Replies: 4
Views: 1961

Re: Birth, aging, illness and death

Why is it he did not include attachments to non living possessions, moments of enjoyment, non material possessions like jhanas, reputation etc.? Because non-attachments, piti/sukha, jhanas are the important components that make up the raft that helps you cross over to the Nibbana shore. Only after ...
by santa100
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?
Replies: 7
Views: 6452

Re: Cause and Condition - Fact or Fiction?

Hetu (cause) and condition (paccaya) are not ultimate realities. There're different meanings for differnt context. In the Abhidhamma context, Hetu denotes the wholesome/unwholesome roots/mula, ie. root-condition/hetu-paccaya, which is part of the Sankhata/Conditioned, which in turns is under Parama...
by santa100
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-Birth
Replies: 19
Views: 2635

Re: Re-Birth

It seems to me there is a logical fallacy here. What makes this smart kid "him" and not "you" is precisely this set of characteristics. People are defined not by an absolute identity, but by the sum of all those little details that make them different from others. So if "you" were born in that fami...
by santa100
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-Birth
Replies: 19
Views: 2635

Re: Re-Birth

What is Reborn? Nothing and Everything. Nothing is because there's just the arising of the Five Aggregates without a Self. And everything is because even the most minuscule trace of wholesome and unwholesome Kamma will be carried over. Has anybody considered the role of genetics in Rebirth? While g...
by santa100
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist approach to closure.
Replies: 23
Views: 3002

Re: Buddhist approach to closure.

It is easier for the devout. They can shrug it off as God's will, Book of Job, Gita's message - surrender yourself and your actions to Me and become a instrument in hands of the Divine - and similar. How as a Buddhist do we get closure? Buddhists have 2 weapons of choice in their arsenal: with unpl...
by santa100
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 68
Views: 22561

Re: Bodhicitta

It always seemed strange that everyone on the Mahayana has to vow to individually save everyone from Samsara. I'd think they would work together. Like I'll get these fifty here, you get those fifty there. And why hasn't the one assigned to push me into Nirvana showed up yet? Well, not everyone in t...
by santa100
Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: what are the downsides of getting a flu shot
Replies: 18
Views: 13535

Re: what are the downsides of getting a flu shot

i started getting the flu shot three years ago since i work with the public but now i'm rethinking it. it can be difficult to pin down non-politically charged facts. i get there are bad arguments against the flu shot but maybe there are some good ones? i think i have a good immune system maybe i am...
by santa100
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?
Replies: 49
Views: 7400

Re: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?

Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives? It appears they did not have this ability and Buddha learned this technique with his own effort. While we don't know for sure, it's important to note that the Iddhis are not something unique to Buddhism, but also available for othe...
by santa100
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Do what i do depends on what happends in the surroundings?
Replies: 19
Views: 10191

Re: Do what i do depends on what happends in the surroundings?

Or do i always have a choice to avoid the evil actions? If humans have zero choice in their actions, the Buddha wouldn't have wasted His time teaching the Four Right Exertions . With that said, there'll always be a mix of both Nature and Nurture involved in every decision-making. A serial-killer wo...
by santa100
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving for aversion
Replies: 7
Views: 1051

Re: Craving for aversion

Craving for sense pleasure is a big feature in Buddhism, is craving for aversion something that is also valid? Obviously craving of any kind that serves as the fuel for the arising of the next links in 12-DO should be avoided (ie. from contact comes feeling, from feeling comes craving, craving to c...