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by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 4291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

ignorance and a whole battery of mostly condemnatory words (taints, hindrances, defilement, misconduct ...etc) which i know that you did not invent these terms, they are Buddhist terminology, and they are used to convey a meaning of warning/danger/something to avoid, to stay away from. These are un...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 1943

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

Healthy body for Buddhism includes normal breathing. Strong hatha yoga practises, for example, can distort natural breathing patterns. I noticed a thread here about deliberate short energetic breathing practises & could only cringe.
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole
Replies: 19
Views: 2899

Re: the inter-relationship between different aspects of dharma, seeing it as a whole

I think they can be examined as a whole, which includes anapanasati & satipatthana. Friends, just as the footprint of any living being that walks can be placed within an elephant’s footprint, and so the elephant’s footprint is declared the chief of them because of its great size; so too, all wholeso...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 5942

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

The term has apparently established itself, regardless of how inadequate it might be. What exactly is your issue with or objection to the term "Buddhist psychology"? Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It ...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 9856

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

The mechanic is able to name and analyze every part of a car, yet that car is not able to do anything by itself... A car with fuel is not able to do anything by itself because it needs a driver. A car has no volition & no self, in my opinion. That fuel in a human being is desire. So when the Buddha...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 9856

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

chownah wrote: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:05 am What I was thinking of was from an4.24 'kalaka sutta
I think any translation with bracketed words is questionable. The word "construe" generally refers to construing "self" rather than the idea of an "object'. Alternative translation here: https://suttacentral.net/en/an4.24
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 4291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

On the whole, I find that charges of willful ignorance are usually made by monotheists, claiming that people are willfully ignorant about God. Another group are psychologists and other moralizing busybodies who accuse of willful ignorance (or at least self-deception) everyone who doesn't comply wit...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 5942

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

Intuitively, it seems to me that one's sense of self is something one is conditioned into by others. Place two very hungry small children (at the intermediate self stage) in a room & one piece of food and they will probably fight for the food. That would be primal self developing. I trust the It's ...
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 5942

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

retrofuturist wrote: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:26 am Yes, the program's emphasis on "other" as a means to reduce the "self" is in stark contrast to the Buddha's instruction.
Thanks Paul

I may have added, retrospectively to my post, I think the paper is mostly on the level of morality & conventional truth.

Regards
by DooDoot
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 5942

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

Greetings. A Buddhist psychologist says: Buddhist psychology offers an analysis of the self as a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction. By creating the delusion of a permanent self, humans isolate themselves from one another, and fr...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 9856

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

This is like being a car mechanic. The mechanic is able to name and analyze every part of a car, yet that car is not able to do anything by itself. Why? It needs fuel. That fuel in a human being is desire. That's what takes you from place to place and creates a sense of person and movement. The ana...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance
Replies: 24
Views: 4291

Re: The relationship between Kamma and ignorance

When we study dependent origination, we find that ignorance precedes kamma. The problem is, ignorance has a negative quality (by definition) so how it can be a cause of anything? Good topic. Ignorance in Dependent Origination is more than mere "blindness" or "not-knowing". It also includes defiled ...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 584
Views: 165949

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Sam Vara wrote: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:21 am But in my country, I would be happy for the state to curtail speech which jeopardises state security, or life, or significant amounts and forms of liberty.
Sounds very general. I think clearer examples would be better.
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 68
Views: 9856

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

When I used the term "domain" I was thinking in terms of namarupa is the starting state or input to a process or function called "sattipattana". What this function does is to take us away from the ignorance which yields the mistaken observer/observed duality towards the more desirable condition of ...
by DooDoot
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 16817

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

So very simply, this is the way it goes: 1. Consciousness gets established >> 2. Which triggers the descent of Nāma-Rūpa in saḷāyatana; in which nāmarūpa does the all shebang with the 12 āyatanāni => "sense-consciousness" - plus "descends" into satta, for the - contact, feeling, perception, whateve...