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by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 4798

Re: views without a thinker

I hope my previous post did not come across as criticizing, it was not intended in that way. :anjali: Hi manas, no worries I was just trying to figure out what you meant. Were you expressing that saying there is or is not a self is a limiting factor, instead we should view it as a means of liberati...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 4798

Re: views without a thinker

"The trouble is that how it is presented and defined - even calling it 'the non self doctrine', an expression I've not found in any of the suttas - seems to affect how people grasp it. I can't put any links up with this dratted 'smart phone' but if you look, Thanissaro Bhikkhu has written about this...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 4798

Re: views without a thinker

How we grasp the doctrine relating to the khandas makes all the difference, ime. So many Buddhists seem to get fixated on the idea ' I have no self', but THAT statement is dismissed as wrong view, because (as I understand it) it is still a particular view of self. Well we should try and see what th...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2824

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

Well since he is a Christian I assume he believes in one God (monotheism) that has the ability to dictate our lives through the manipulation of a permanent "soul" (that is the basis of Christianity). I do not agree with this since I do not believe there is a soul or unbreakable human essence. The ma...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:22 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2824

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

pulga wrote:Just the thought of living forever, even if it doesn't imply death, scares the hell out of me.
That is why the Buddha's wisdom is unlimited :twothumbsup: he showed a way to get off the wheel of coming and going. Nirvana (non-coming non-going) ;)
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: views without a thinker
Replies: 27
Views: 4798

Re: views without a thinker

The Buddha taught that a human is made up of the Five Aggregates, but this does not mean there is a "self". The "self" is a term given as a form of expression and in a way to solidify the ego which is an illusion as well. Just because there is no "self" that does not mean there is no existence. You ...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2824

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

Buddhism seemed problematic to Paul Williams because of the doctrines of rebirth and kamma, but in actuality it was Paul himself who let his view become problematic through worrying about death and beginnings; which in turn, demonstrates his inability to reach a full comprehension of the doctrines i...
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2824

Re: G.K. Chesterton?

Hey Kim! This quote was told to be by G.K. Chesterton in the DVD "G.K. Chesterton The Apostle of Common Sense"
by nrose619
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Touching the ultimate reality and navigating through samsara
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

Touching the ultimate reality and navigating through samsara

Hello all :D I have recently been reflecting on the doctrine of not-self and see that understanding soullessness reveals the illusion of the ego. When I came to this realization things were in a different light. Nobody was higher than someone else on this sort of egotistical ladder constructed by mo...
by nrose619
Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: G.K. Chesterton?
Replies: 19
Views: 2824

G.K. Chesterton?

This man named G.K. Chesterton said "If you don't believe in God you've lost your common sense." I find this statment quite ridiculous since I can reason fully and clearly without beliveing in a supreme entity who created us. What do you guys think about this?
thanks,
:anjali:
by nrose619
Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's the point?
Replies: 19
Views: 3649

Re: What's the point?

Thank you everyone, for the replies. :group: I found many of your contributions to be most insightful. RMHayes I appreciate the article on how we should be grateful for the positive things in this life as well as the negative things (that help us to develop patience and mindfulness). SarahW I think ...
by nrose619
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What's the point?
Replies: 19
Views: 3649

What's the point?

I try being generous and kind and I just get stepped on by people. What's the point in being kind when people will just cut you down? Is there even a meaning to our existence? Sorry for the rant I just had a bad day and could really use some good advice. :cry:
by nrose619
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: No-self?
Replies: 2
Views: 1404

No-self?

What is the meaning of no-self in Buddhism? Is it the idea that instead of independent beings, there is a collaborative "we" in all life forms? or is it a more nihilistic view that the self is not real and that nothing is real?

Much Love,
Nick
by nrose619
Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Ego?
Replies: 6
Views: 1894

Ego?

I understand an aim of Buddhism is to diminish one's ego but is the ego and self confidence the same thing?
by nrose619
Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:06 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Impermanence
Replies: 3
Views: 1161

Re: Impermanence

Sam Vara my choice of language was ignorant, your response was very insightful :anjali: