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by Sam Vara
Mon May 14, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: which sutta?
Replies: 7
Views: 3634

Re: which sutta?

Or it might be this one

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

but still no N8FP in there...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 14, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: which sutta?
Replies: 7
Views: 3634

Re: which sutta?

Sounds a bit like the Nagara Sutta (The Fortress) but it gives seven qualities rather than the N8FP

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Sam Vara
Sat May 12, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2444

Re: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?

We might also ask ourselves why we want to explain the experiences of theists. Someone who, while a practitioner in another faith before they came to the Buddha-Dhamma, might have had certain quite unique experiences in that previous faith, that still defy rational explanation. They might be trying...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 12, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: preventive healthcare / long term maintenance
Replies: 5
Views: 1935

Re: preventive healthcare / long term maintenance

Providing it does not preclude or overtake the practice, I think it is worth while trying to stay healthy. The reason is as follows. For most of us, practice is easier if we are not in pain, depressed, or preoccupied with our imminent demise. I believe it is possible to practice right through pain a...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 12, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2444

Re: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?

We might also ask ourselves why we want to explain the experiences of theists. Outside the very narrow specialisms of neurophysiology, we rarely talk about explaining people's experiences. Do we want to do it in order to discredit them, in the sense that such experiences can be "explained away"? Or ...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 12, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?
Replies: 23
Views: 2444

Re: How do we explain the experiences of Theists?

With a set of ideas derived from a tradition that we accept.

The theists return the compliment, by the way.
by Sam Vara
Sat May 12, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 3465

Re: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta

13. “What do you think, Aggivessana? When you say thus: ‘Material form is my self,’ do you exercise any such power over that material form as to say: ‘Let my form be thus; let my form not be thus’?” When this was said, Saccaka the Nigaṇṭha’s son was silent. BB: The Buddha is here suggesting that th...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 11, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular view - The Future of Religion
Replies: 80
Views: 10642

Re: Secular view - The Future of Religion

That the term ""Secular Buddhist" has been claimed by a particular camp is, in my opinion, a bit of a shame and rather odd, as it is a misnomer. I agree with this. Batchelor's take on Buddhism is not important or wide-ranging enough to merit a title as general in scope as "secular". If it is called...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 11, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 3465

Re: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta

Yes, that's why it seemed confusing. Perhaps Ven. Assaji was trying to be less contentious, but didn't realise that even by deleting dukkha wasn't enough to prevent an argument... Yes. It could be that the Sutta has a subtext along the lines of "There's no pleasing some people", or is making a poin...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 11, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Mother's Day - For those whose Moms have passed
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Mother's Day - For those whose Moms have passed

Many thanks, Bonsai Doug.

Applies to me. I didn't appreciate her at the time, which is so often the way.
by Sam Vara
Fri May 11, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: who is your real teacher?
Replies: 8
Views: 1697

Re: who is your real teacher?

Everything is teaching us
(Ajahn Chah)
by Sam Vara
Fri May 11, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 3465

Re: MN 35: Cula-Saccaka Sutta

“This is how the Blessed One disciplines his disciples, Aggivessana, and this is how the Blessed One’s instruction is usually presented to his disciples: ‘Bhikkhus, material form is impermanent, feeling is impermanent, perception is impermanent, formations are impermanent, consciousness is imperman...
by Sam Vara
Mon May 07, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors
Replies: 28
Views: 2658

Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

That is the problem with religions like Christianity, they create a dichotomy where if you don't have faith in God you might as well get drunk and sleep with men/women twice your age Both me and my wife (who is a Christian, half my age) love this bit. She doesn't often create dichotomies, but she d...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 04, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi
Replies: 16
Views: 5854

Re: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi

These are some brilliant links. I had read the Canki Sutta recently, but did not see how it addressed the epistemological questions raised by the Kosambi Sutta and others. The relationship between "safeguarding the truth" (i.e. not misrepresenting the nature of one's knowledge) and "awakening to the...