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by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2126

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

On a sober note, I find it quite devastating. We were invited to the neighbours recently, really lovely people and complete Corona conspiracists. It was also not a topic they entertained any dissenting opinions about. We would've been open for a discussion, but like religion, it was not up for deba...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 66
Views: 886

Re: Keep away from Mahamuna sect in Sri Lanka?

Moderator note. There seem to be two topics in this thread. The first is about Mahamevnawa and Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda, and is, as has been noted, apparently based on gossip or aversion. The other is a more general discussion about the place and validity of the Abhidhamma. If people want to fo...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 107
Views: 2126

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

Dan74 wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 7:13 pm
PS Mods, the spy emoji doesn't work. I wonder why.....
CIA Malware, obviously.
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?
Replies: 14
Views: 222

Re: Are 'Focusing' Meditations Wrong?

My biased understanding is that achieving non-intellectual, unwavering concentration on a single object is the goal of Samadhi. In other words, ekaggata, or one-pointedness of mind. Coming from the Thai Forest tradition, this is how I have understood and practiced it, sometimes to great benefit, ot...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Our relationship to entertainment as lay people
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Our relationship to entertainment as lay people

As well as focusing on what we should be doing in this respect of enjoying art, I find it useful to reflect on what has actually happened in my own case. I used to read loads of novels and poetry, greatly enjoyed music, and also was interested in visual arts. Over the years, my tastes in these have ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma?
Replies: 26
Views: 294

Re: Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma?

Once you become a Sotapanna, do you still have to learn Dhamma? My understanding is that there are still those other fetters to break, so not everything has been learnt. But on the other hand, their progress is irrevocable, and they are destined for the final goal. Perhaps the speed of their progre...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

It's different from your earlier claim: There doesn't appear to be an "I am" in there at all. the earlier post was resolved many posts ago. there was no need to keep highlighting it When a person's position changes, I find it useful to note that fact. The "resolution" is that there is no "I am" in ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

you might be importing some other premise here. I made my case consistent with the Buddha, who also said: " And if... I had answered... this would have been siding with those ascetics and brahmins who are annihilationists ". To understand the meaning of "natthatta", it appears "annihilationism" mus...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

Your suggestion is self-contradictory as expressed there (nothing that is taken to be real can be meaningfully said to not exist) but thanks anyway. It appears the term "natthatta" is found in one place in the suttas, spoken or invented by Vacchagotta. You appear to be treating Vacchagotta terminol...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

DooDoot wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:40 pm
Sam Vara wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:51 pm Natthattā means "There is not a self".
I am suggesting it means "the self does not exist", where the self is still taken to be real.
Your suggestion is self-contradictory as expressed there (nothing that is taken to be real can be meaningfully said to not exist) but thanks anyway.
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

Is there an "I am" in that compound, or are you saying that the first person is attributed for some other contextual reason? Wouldn't "I am" be amhi or asmi ? The Buddha said: ... the wanderer Vacchagotta, already confused, would have fallen into even greater confusion, thinking, ‘It seems that the...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti
Replies: 22
Views: 361

Re: anattā”ti and natthattā”ti

DooDoot wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:19 pm
Vaccagotta asked about his own personal conception of "natthattā", which means "I am :roll: not a self".
Is there an "I am" in that compound, or are you saying that the first person is attributed for some other contextual reason? Wouldn't "I am" be amhi or asmi?
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?
Replies: 47
Views: 489

Re: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?

Thanks. That's basically describing the cessation of clinging and grasping. But the DO suttas describe ALL the nidanas ceasing. It's not a selective cessation of the "problem" nidanas like ignorance, craving, etc., it's ALL of them. Yes, I guess whether or not one can make sense of it depends on wh...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?
Replies: 47
Views: 489

Re: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?

That isn't what the DO suttas describe though. They describe a progressive cessation of all the nidanas, not just the cessation of ignorance. This sutta might be helpful: SN 22.05 And what is the ending of form, feeling, perception, choices, and consciousness? It’s when a mendicant doesn’t approve,...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?
Replies: 47
Views: 489

Re: What exactly the meaning of Nirodha in Buddhism?

This little passage from the late great philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn might be of tangential interest here. And elsewhere, as the advice he gave to his students is of a general nature rather than specifically addressing this topic or even religious texts. Briefly stated, those lessons are two. ...