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by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Women
Replies: 27
Views: 7491

Re: Buddhism and Women

Yes Peter, but the wonderful things about the Buddha's teachings is that they are testable and corroborated. verifiable. This comment, showing the bias it does, cannot be said to fall into the same category, which is why I added what i did. :namaste: No, I agree with Peter. What you said could be a...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Onion: Obama supporters have no lives.
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

Re: The Onion: Obama supporters have no lives.

Nice! One of the market research companies ran a poll in Australia just before the presidential elections in the US and it discovered that if Australians could vote for the US president, 80 percent of Australians would have voted for Obama! Cheers Ben Not very surprising. In Washington D.C. (predom...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Onion: Obama supporters have no lives.
Replies: 3
Views: 1652

The Onion: Obama supporters have no lives.

Video from The Onion here . There another funny video here , too, about this phenomenon from Funnyordie. http://kenmeier.info/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/obama_superman_awesome.jpg More images: http://www.theorbittimes.com/Images/Obama_God.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; htt...
by Individual
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: World's Parliament of Religions
Replies: 7
Views: 2131

Re: World's Parliament of Religions

The land of Oz will host the 2009 Parliament in December, in Melbourne. Not all programs or speakers have been finalized, so Buddhists have time to present such to the organizers. http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Parliament for what? Do w...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada
Replies: 52
Views: 17278

Re: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada

"Negation of inherent existence" is annihiliationism. Tsongkapa would say no, because conventional existence is not negated. Which is why it hurts plenty when I hit my hand with a hammer. And which is also why negation of inherent existence is merely conceptual emptiness. But ultimately there is no...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 15625

Re: Mind-made body - a question

Greetings Individual, However, it says nothing about "mind precedes all physical states". Nor do I recall anything in the suttas that says anything to this effect either. Metta, Retro. :) erm... what comes first in the chain of dependent origination? The chain of dependent origination is exactly th...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Women
Replies: 27
Views: 7491

Re: Buddhism and Women

Yes Peter, but the wonderful things about the Buddha's teachings is that they are testable and corroborated. verifiable. This comment, showing the bias it does, cannot be said to fall into the same category, which is why I added what i did. :namaste: No, I agree with Peter. What you said could be a...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question regarding the relative perception of color.
Replies: 10
Views: 4455

Re: A question regarding the relative perception of color.

i am completly lost.... what exactly are we talking about in relation to the dhamma? :shrug: In my thread, there's several specific questions there. To put them in a list and re-write them a bit, to make them easy to follow and more relevant to Abhidhamma, my questions are as follows : 1. Why does ...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A question regarding the relative perception of color.
Replies: 10
Views: 4455

A question regarding the relative perception of color.

Why does the human eye seem to break up the color spectrum into arbitrary bits? To see what I mean, here's a picture of the color spectrum and the size of the relative frequencies of the various colors: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/Linear_visible_spectrum.svg/605px-Linear...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23328

Re: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?

If the five aggregates do not cause dukkha, what is their relevance to the path and the goal? The suttas state the five aggregates are to be comprehended and craving & attachment towards them are to be abandoned. Satipatthana is the comprehension of the five aggregates as merely aggregates. To comp...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada
Replies: 52
Views: 17278

Re: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada

As for the Theravadin view, I don't think there's any inherent contradiction between the early sutras (that Theravada is based on) and the Mahayana view of emptiness. I agree with this and a while ago, I compiled a short list of quotes on emptiness from the suttas to establish this point. Phena Sut...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant and Kamma
Replies: 6
Views: 3269

Re: Arahant and Kamma

Greetings clw_uk, Part of what constitutes volitional in the context of kamma is that it's an action that "I" do. "I" did something good, "I" did something bad. Arahants don't operate in that mode because they've not only eradicated views of self (which they did at stream-entry) but they've also er...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23328

Re: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?

everything is neutral, why judge it being anything other than what it is? Like Element said too, I would also not say everything is neutral. i.e., dukkha is bad, ignorance is bad, but freedom is good, the Buddha is good, dhamma is good, the Sangha is good, and morality is good. OK, if you want to j...
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: A new twist in the 'caffeine as intoxicant?' argument
Replies: 16
Views: 4310

Re: A new twist in the 'caffeine as intoxicant?' argument

I've seen several studies which suggest that there's no observable long-term effect of 1-3 caffeinated beverages a day.
by Individual
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and sexuality
Replies: 9
Views: 4487

Re: Buddhism and sexuality

Is there a rule that one cant be a homosexual and join the sangha? No. There is, however, a rule that one who joins the sangha must abstain from all sexual activity, both hetero- and homo-. Hi Craig, Tying into another topic, i read somewhere that in thailand their was a request to expel 1000 monks...