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by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)
Replies: 14
Views: 2108

Re: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)

Yes but conditions can only exist if there was something before, or do I not understand? What you did is to turn the conditions into things and then explain them through other conditions. What you seem to be missing is that this is endless (explaining things through conditions, and then turning con...
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Question about covid and working
Replies: 24
Views: 3014

Re: Question about covid and working

If its already wide spread with tens of thousands of cases are reported every day, then not going to work would not be the best idea unless the laws in your country explicitly require people who tested positive to quarantine themselves. Whose advice is this? Are there any countries that advise to c...
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)
Replies: 14
Views: 2108

Re: Why is there something rather than nothing? (Theravadan answer?)

Things exist because of conditions and cease because of conditions. I think the question would probably not be answered by the Buddha because it would fall within the realm of speculation. And then the poison arrow comparison would probably come. But maybe I'm wrong. I think you get this right. The ...
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Question about covid and working
Replies: 24
Views: 3014

Re: Question about covid and working

Hi mario, Moral questions are rarely a clear cut. It is good to ask others, but no one understand your situation better than you. There are a lot of uncertainties about COVID. The context differs between countries and between individuals. For example, if you live in a country with very low number of...
by Bundokji
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: grasping and non-grasping
Replies: 15
Views: 2986

Re: grasping and non-grasping

In the context of MN22, the water snake simile, "grasping" was not taught in contrast to non-grasping, but right-graspedness of the Dhammas is presented as: Having studied the Dhamma, they ascertain the meaning of those Dhammas with their discernment. Having ascertained the meaning of those Dhammas ...
by Bundokji
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

These questions arise in you, not in me. I have not said that I think the arahannt would be different (or the same) to what I described when it comes to a magic trick.... You still have not clarified as I requested: What does it mean for an arahant to be deceived? What does it mean to say that "the...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

Actually I don't see that you have clarified what I mentioned in that you only refer to me talking about my experience.....are you suggesting that you take me to be an arahant so my experience is the defining one?....I doubt it. Why not? Why do you think the Arahant would be different to what you d...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

I think it would be easier and quicker to just become an arahant oneself than to try to come to a conclusion by speculating about the exact scope of an arahant's abilities. I thought Arahants have ended becoming. Now, while this might be technically true, to render your statement moot because of it...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

Sure. The arahant has no things to do and no places to be, unlike ordinary people. But you might be equating relevance with ability. When sensual passion is no longer a motive, this might unleash abilities that are not known to ordinary people. Usually, insight is associated with the senses becomin...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

Optical illusions connected with water and other fluids are relevant to those people who need to build ships and bridges, for example (those illusions have to do with measuring depth of the water, for example). So, if i understand you correctly, the notion of objective reality and its utility in co...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: OCD and spiritual
Replies: 32
Views: 9975

Re: OCD and spiritual

There seems to be similarities. Obsessions about purity (germophobia), or attaching to rituals.
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

If I would have to guess, I'd say they are -- but it doesn't matter for them. Sensory illusions are relevant for people who need to get things done in the world. Assuming that arahants don't have to, for example, build bridges and ships nor measure liquid contents in transparent containers, the opt...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

chownah wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:04 pm are you suggesting that you take me to be an arahant so my experience is the defining one?....I doubt it.
Why not? Why do you think the Arahant would be different to what you described when it comes to a magic trick?
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and magic tricks
Replies: 89
Views: 11792

Re: Arahants and magic tricks

What does it mean for an arahant to be deceived? What does it mean to say that "the trick worked" on them? Seconded. I'd like the OP to give three examples of actual magic tricks and what he means by the audience of the trick being "deceived" and the "trick working on them". It has no bearing on wh...