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by Sam Vara
Thu May 03, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Practising buddhism on a daily basis
Replies: 24
Views: 5630

Re: Practising buddhism on a daily basis

My advice would be to carry on doing exactly what you are doing, but keep the precepts while doing it.
by Sam Vara
Thu May 03, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi
Replies: 16
Views: 5854

Re: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi

I thought that the particularly interesting thing about this sutta was this passage about the "glimpse of nibbana" before arahantship. It's as if there were a well along a road in a desert, with neither rope nor water bucket. A man would come along overcome by heat, oppressed by the heat, exhausted...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 01, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Sharing and community
Replies: 9
Views: 955

Re: Sharing and community

I'm involved in a "garden share" scheme here in the UK. A local Transition group has set up a website that allows people who want to grow food but have insufficient land, to get in touch with people who have land but who can't spare the time/labour to do the digging. We share the produce at an agree...
by Sam Vara
Tue May 01, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi
Replies: 16
Views: 5854

Re: SN 12.68: Kosambi Sutta — At Kosambi

Then Ven. Pavittha said to Ven. Musila, "Musila, my friend, putting aside conviction, putting aside preference, putting aside tradition, putting aside reasoning through analogies, putting aside an agreement through pondering views: Do you have truly personal knowledge that, 'From birth as a requisi...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

Hi Sarva,

Many thanks for your account, which is very clear indeed. I have read the Buddhadasa article, but will have another dip into it.

Best wishes.
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

Hi Sarva, My understanding is that DO can be considered superior because it helps to remove defilements, end suffering and increase wisdom. An understanding of cause and effect is required in order to embark on understanding DO. However as there is no 'first cause' and all is arising and passing awa...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

Hi Sarva, Yes, I understand the bit about the precise workings of Kamma, but my issue is more about the nature of the relationships between entities in Dependent Origination, rather than the exact entities themselves. If Dependent Origination is something other than causality, then knowing exactly h...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

Thanks - you put this very clearly and helpfully. Thanks Sam. It appears to be an interesting balance between dealing or reacting with all that arises, as if it were real, yet maintaining a perspective in which nothing has lasting influence (or ceases to matter as you say). Personally I see our inti...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

If I may interject, my understanding is that things are real but not constantly real. This I see as the middle way, if we say something depends on our mind, we slip towards idealism or solipsism. If we take things as having a constant or real existence (a self) then we slip towards realism. Your in...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

Cause and Effect can only be accepted at the face value. That's fine, providing I accept that the "face value" includes things like life and death and the welfare of myself and others. I have a kind of working hypothesis that certain phenomena are causally linked to some pretty serious outcomes for...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Effect of words in "cause and effect"
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Effect of words in "cause and effect"

But the concept "cause and effect" falls short of dependent origination which primarily appeals to experience. Could someone please outline how and where the concepts are different? The Kantian conception of causality, for example, is that it is the precondition for any kind of objective experience...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude

Hi Mike, Yes, you are right. Interestingly, Ajahn Sucitto does deliver this talk in a rather declamatory style, and normally has a softer approach. The overall "tone" of a talk does have a big impact, I find, and there is definitely some mysterious factor which impacts upon us when we are present at...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude

"Ajahn Sucitto's rather abrasive English accent."

Careful now! He and I grew up about five miles apart! :tongue:
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The sitting on heels thing...
Replies: 8
Views: 2677

Re: The sitting on heels thing...

If you mean what Japanese call seiza , I would advise caution if you feel pain. Despite studying martial arts for years, and doing daily stretching, I never could manage it. Things are made easier if you stretch the big thigh muscle (various techniques, including standing on one leg, holding onto yo...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude
Replies: 7
Views: 3110

Re: AN 2.31-32 Kataññu Suttas: Gratitude

Many thanks Mike. If you haven't already heard it, you might want to check out http://forestsanghapublications.org/viewTalk.php?id=1203" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; a talk by Ajahn Sucitto in which he reads from the work of LP Liem. I went through a year of listening to a dhamma-ta...