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by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 912061

Re: No difference...

But I see it this way. People can either belief that: 1) There is no rebirth: ----- You practice the Dhamma to be free from suffering in this life. Yes, they can. But no need to be a monk, hold celibacy, practise deep meditation and numerous precepts on the highest and sublime level and ect. No nee...
by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Four Noble Truths
Replies: 16
Views: 4510

Re: The Four Noble Truths

If all experiences are suffering, as was explained, then how can there be an experience of the end of suffering? Be careful with any concept of Nirvana. There is a reason that the suttas do not actually spend much time talking about or describing nirvana... it is indescribable. For this reason, I t...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Cannot believe in magical things
Replies: 70
Views: 10609

Re: Cannot believe in magical things

There are similar statements in the Kalama Sutta. Rebirth or No-Rebirth, Kamma or No-Kamma, one will be better off by practicing virtue, training the mind, and developing wisdom. At the same time, it is pointed out in other places that the spiritual practice will grow even deeper once there is confi...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Four Noble Truths
Replies: 16
Views: 4510

Re: The Four Noble Truths

This formulation is simplistic, but I have it in mind for friends who know nothing about Buddhism, will only listen to a very brief summary, and don't want any jargon. Kind feedback is appreciated. There is suffering. Suffering has causes. You can choose nirvana. To do that, master virtue, concentra...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Could someone please explain this rule?
Replies: 40
Views: 8797

Re: Could someone please explain this rule?

Here is the long answer which directly addresses the OP: (source http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc1/bmc1.ch08-1.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) 4. Should any bhikkhu have an unordained person recite Dhamma line by line (with him), it is to be confessed. T...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Could someone please explain this rule?
Replies: 40
Views: 8797

Re: Could someone please explain this rule?

Modern toilets have water in the bowls. Many Thai toilets had water up to the top of the bowl too. How would a monk get around this rule if they were not living in a forest. According to: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/bmc1/bmc1.ch10.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);retu...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'
Replies: 22
Views: 1915

Re: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'

But the real question is: why is it called the God particle? It's not a God particle. It's nothing to do with God, with religion, with anything to do with creation. Or at least any more than any other particle is. The name was created by Leon Lederman, a Nobel-Prize-winning physicist, for the title...
by Buckwheat
Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drugs: A tool, useful for good and bad?
Replies: 47
Views: 8958

Re: Drugs: A tool, useful for good and bad?

Just to pick at both sides of the debate over Skeptic's situation... First, isn't solitude considered an important thing to pursue? Fear of isolation is not an adequate excuse for indulgance. Also, one must recognize that even moderate indulgence does hinder spiritual progress and accept those conse...
by Buckwheat
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Drugs: A tool, useful for good and bad?
Replies: 47
Views: 8958

Re: Drugs: A tool, useful for good and bad?

Pain and suffering are opportunities to learn. Taking drugs to feel good for a few months still sounds like indulgence in pleasure, even if it's more subtle than craving the immediate high. There's probably worse things in the world, but meditating, exercising, and walking with friends are much more...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'
Replies: 22
Views: 1915

Re: Scientists close in on elusive 'God particle'

What a terrible nickname, "The God Particle". While I only have a fool's grasp of the Standard Model, it will be an important discovery / non-discovery. Discovery would not be the end of research. Generally, in science, every answer leads to six more questions. For instance, mapping the genome creat...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: awareness all day
Replies: 23
Views: 2859

Re: awareness all day

mikenz66 wrote:meditation exercises
Well said. You don't only use your physical muscles at the gym, you also use them throughout the day. The exercise is to give them a boost so the body does not get fat and lazy. Same for meditation exercises to prevent the mind from getting fat and lazy. I like that. Thanks.
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nature of time
Replies: 21
Views: 3595

Re: Nature of time

Guinness wrote:So how does time fit in with Buddhism?
Sorry I got off topic. My main thrust is that time is a physical object. Therefore, it would fall under rupa (form), right?
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Could someone please explain this rule?
Replies: 40
Views: 8797

Re: Could someone please explain this rule?

Actually dave, there was a quite valid reason for that one: Yes, there was . But, is there? Times change, and given the motive for the rule, new and better environmental Vinaya could be undertaken, could it not? Actually, there still is a need for this rule, and maybe even more so. Fortunately, eve...
by Buckwheat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 10-day goenka retreat
Replies: 135
Views: 34158

Re: 10-day goenka retreat

You got me excited... I really like chanting. It gets some blood flow, forces some deep breathing, connects the thoughts to the body, has a soothing feeling, etc. Then I realized you mean I get to listen to somebody chant on a recording.... that sounds horrible!! Don't let it worry you. Do what eve...
by Buckwheat
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does this render the Buddhism redundant?
Replies: 27
Views: 2518

Re: Does this render the Buddhism redundant?

When your TV is damaged, the picture may appeared distorted and the sound garbled, but the TV waves itself is not damaged. The hardware only fails to manifest the waves to its full ability. Are you claiming that consciousness is a broadcast wave? Could multiple brains tune into the same wave? If yo...