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by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Women
Replies: 27
Views: 7427

Re: Buddhism and Women

Why was it that the buddha was reluctant to admit women into the sangha and why did he give them more rules to follow than the bhikkhus? Most likely culture. I think it's a mistake to think of women today as being necessarily equal with the way women were back then, because of how much cultural con...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23240

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

The five aggregates are neutral. They do not cause dukkha and they do not require abandoning. If the five aggregates do not cause dukkha, what is their relevance to the path and the goal? everything is neutral, why judge it being anything other than what it is? Like Element said too, I would also n...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Incense - Yes or No
Replies: 20
Views: 8015

Re: Incense - Yes or No

Greetings, I was just wondering if people use incense and under what circumstances and for what purposes they would use it? I don't use it often, mainly because I don't see the need and because my wife doesn't like it. I did however get a small packet of Japanese incense the other day and it's actu...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Pros and Cons of Mythology
Replies: 21
Views: 10324

Re: The Pros and Cons of Mythology

Greetings, I thought it might be interesting to start a thread on the pros and cons of mythology. One of the things that attracted me to Theravada as opposed to other Buddhist traditions was that the associated mythology was by-and-large believable. In many other traditions I saw things that seemed...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23240

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

I do not hold the self to be the five aggregates, but the illusion of self does manifest through them. Any illusion manifests through ignorance. The five aggregates are neutral. Anything that manifests -- real or illusion -- goes through the dependent origination, of which ignorance is just a part,...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23240

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

Greetings, People who are beyond such views nonetheless are sick to death of being accused by crusading fatuous dilletanti of being annihiliationists. Yes, hence my reasons for starting this topic and keeping it distinct from the melee of the Great Rebirth Debate. Even myself, I've been accused of ...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Levels of accomplishment?
Replies: 31
Views: 10764

Re: Levels of accomplishment?

Isnt there another way of talking of attainment as well: dhamma follower, faith follower etc? From the Alagaddupama Sutta . 42. "Monks, this Teaching so well proclaimed by me, is plain, open, explicit, free of patchwork. In this Teaching that is so well proclaimed by me and is plain, open, explicit...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Some of the smileys don't match up.
Replies: 5
Views: 2276

Some of the smileys don't match up.

Maybe this is just a problem with my computer, but probably not. Some of the smileys on the right don't match up with the one that's actually displayed. CLICKING THIS-->DISPLAYS THIS http://dhammawheel.com/images/smilies/smile.gif --> :smile: http://dhammawheel.com/images/smilies/crying.gif --> :cry...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: correct me, please
Replies: 15
Views: 4962

Re: correct me, please

I have had the experience elsewhere of being being told in various ways that I was mistaken for offering my point of view where it was not wanted. I don't want to upset anyone's apple cart, so I am asking for guidance. For example, I know little or nothing about the Theravada approach to Buddhism. ...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada
Replies: 52
Views: 17193

Re: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada

Also, Retrofuturist: A strawman is when you're in a debate and you attack an argument that your opponent isn't making. In this case, there are no "opponents" here and my statement there was a remark not directly related to what you said, certainly not a direct attack on anything you said or didn't s...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada
Replies: 52
Views: 17193

Re: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada

Greetings Individual, the modern Theravadins can be even be worse, being both realists and materialists, by seeing the Five Aggregates as merely a useful but limited classification while clinging to materialistic western science as an explanation for the way the world really is. Now there's a papan...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada
Replies: 52
Views: 17193

Re: Emptiness - mahayana and theravada

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle... That seems to also be a good summary of the Madhyamaka school of thought of Mahayana as well. :) I think the main distinct...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23240

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

I would bet that most rebirth-deniers you and I encounter do in fact hold a view of self. I would bet that most rebirth proponents and deniers hold a view of self, of some sort. For a while now, I've realized that people who are opposed to "literal rebirth," seem to be subtle annihilationists and t...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ucchedavada (annihilationism) - what does it actually mean?
Replies: 81
Views: 23240

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

Annihilationism seems to be rooted in the delusional belief of materialism, in believing that the "self" arose out of matter and that once matter dissolves, self (including self-consciousnesses) ceases to exist... ever. If fact, it is you who hold this belief Individual. You appear to hold the 'sel...
by Individual
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 91
Views: 15864

Re: Metta Meditation

Hi Individual, Yes, but I also remember Sariputta once saying (in one of the suttas -- can't remember the specific reference), "Two things are necessary for wisdom: Mindfulness and the voice of another." You are probably thinking of the Mahāvedallasutta's two conditions for the arising of right vie...