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by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 24332

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Viscid: It's not at all depressing! Well, if it depressed me, then by definition it is! People's reactions will obviously differ, according to their perspective and background. Personally, I don't like the kind of pragmatic and anti-realist approach put forward, but my reaction was as much to do wit...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 24332

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

daverupa:
How enigmatic...
Sorry, I didn't intend it to be - just wanted to spare people too much grisly detail.

Mike:
Will I be depressed if I listen to it?


Only one way to really find out! You might be made of sterner stuff, or be coming from a different place entirely...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 137
Views: 24332

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I was there. I listened. I asked a question. I was mildly depressed for weeks afterwards.
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 74: Dighanaka Sutta — To LongNails
Replies: 22
Views: 7067

Re: MN 74: Dighanaka Sutta — To LongNails

he employs the speech currently used in the world without adhering to it.”
This reminds me of something I have sometimes heard monks say - that an important aspect of Right view is how we actually hold those views.
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

Many thanks, Retro. Appreciated.
by Sam Vara
Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

daverupa, Nana, Retro , Many thanks for your thoughts on this little problem of mine. Between you, you have been really helpful in helping me to clarify my thinking. Retro , I was mainly thinking about Salayatana, but as ever your thoughts about the Khandas are expressed very clearly. Is there a po...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!

Thank you Bhante.
by Sam Vara
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

Buddhist Teahcings Six Senses SIXSENSE.MPG http://youtu.be/q9E5-48pGwQ" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Many thanks, Bhante. The sound-track on the video has: Sensations arise, coloured by liking and disliking. This would suggest that Vedana is best seen as an aspect of the sensation,...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

Craving can be located in this or that sense-apparatus as it arises, but it isn't "there" apart from the requisite activity on that sense-apparatus (see above, AN 4.199). Be wary of hypostatization... Are any other phenomena "there"? In a sense that warrants their inclusion in The All, and which do...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

"Whatever <aggregate> — past, future, or present; internal or external; blatant or subtle; common or sublime; far or near — is clingable, offers sustenance, and is accompanied with mental fermentation: That is called the <aggregate> clinging-aggregate. "Thus there are 18 craving-verbalizations depe...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Craving and Sankharas/Salayatana

In yesterdays thread on the "Inquiry...on Literal Rebirth..." Bodhisvasti posed the question What aggregate would craving be considered? A couple of respondents said that any Sankhara could have, or be affected by craving. I have no wish to re-open this debate and have no axe to grind here, but this...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!

Pali canonical literature has nine angas or 'limbs' viz., Sutta (the teachings of the Buddha mostly compiled in prose); Geyya (Sermons in mixed prose and metrical forms); Veyyakarana (detailed expositions); Gatha (stanzas); Udana (inspired utterances); Itivuttaka (brief sayings); Jatakas (stories o...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: The Horrible Future Of Mankind!!

I am not quite sure what it has to do with Buddhadhamma or with scientific evidence for that matter. They were stories like these that cost Christianity nearly all credibility and respect among the educated people. I don't think Buddhism has to make the same mistake but I may have misunderstood you...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 74: Dighanaka Sutta — To LongNails
Replies: 22
Views: 7067

Re: MN 74: Dighanaka Sutta — To LongNails

“Now, Aggivessana, a wise man among those recluses and brahmins who hold the doctrine and view ‘Everything is acceptable to me’ considers thus: MA: This teaching is undertaken to show Dı̄ghanakha the danger in his view and thereby encourage him to discard it. ‘If I obstinately adhere to my view “Ev...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The All - talk on the six sense spheres by Joseph Goldstein
Replies: 5
Views: 1467

Re: The All - talk on the six sense spheres by Joseph Goldstein

dhamma_newb

I've just listened to it. Very simple and clear, a really well-balanced mix of Suttas and practical advice. I've downloaded it and will be listening again.

Many thanks for sharing this with us.