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by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Eagle has landed.
Replies: 41
Views: 2116

Re: The Eagle has landed.

By the way, even the name of the current thread -- the eagle has landed, with mention in the early stages of the thread, of America's involvement in Korea, is sad and provocative As per the Terms of Service, you are of course responsible for any sadness or provocation you might feel or claim to fee...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Eagle has landed.
Replies: 41
Views: 2116

Re: The Eagle has landed.

"He does, however, bow to the Buddharupa, and acknowledges people with anjali" Well there's a hierarchy right there -- Sumedho bows low to an albeit aesthetic and frequently beautiful artistic object, a Rupa -- but he won't bow low to another flesh and blood being -- but -- he expects them to bow t...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 31, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Eagle has landed.
Replies: 41
Views: 2116

Re: The Eagle has landed.

"I think the problem lies right there. If you assume that they are "grovelling", then it does in deed lack dignity. If you think it is done out of respect for the Triple Gem, then it looks very dignified." Why does squatting on ones haunches show respect for Buddha Dhamma Sangha? Why would the trip...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dealing in poison?
Replies: 18
Views: 725

Re: Dealing in poison?

Poison is wrong because it is designed to kill. I'm currently in the business selling electrical equipment such as light bulbs, cable extensions, etc. In a healthy and ordinary common sense you won't say your business is selling poison but going with the logic above, light bulb contains toxic that ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: necessary greed !
Replies: 11
Views: 422

Re: necessary greed !

Without greed is there a motivation to improve quality of life ? To make our living more comfortable , convenient and pleasurable . It seems this are in contrast of eliminating greed . :thinking: Thoughts ? The Buddha was not against lay people accumulating money and possessions to make themselves ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: The Eagle has landed.
Replies: 41
Views: 2116

Re: The Eagle has landed.

It lacks dignity for an adult -- Sumedho and the grovelers-- to behave in such a manner. I think the problem lies right there. If you assume that they are "grovelling", then it does in deed lack dignity. If you think it is done out of respect for the Triple Gem, then it looks very dignified. If Sum...
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: nam
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: nam

it's a rare ancient version of ta , taṃ (he, him) PTS PED na [identical with na1] base of demonstr. pron. 3rd pers. (=ta°), only in foll. cases: acc. sg. naṃ (mostly enclitic), fuller form enaṃ him, her, that one etc. Sn 139, 201, 385, 418, 980, 1076; It 32; Dh 42, 230; J I.152, 172, 222; III.281; ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: nam
Replies: 3
Views: 297

nam

In these sentences with a relative and main clause

Yattheva naṁ thokampi chaḍḍessati tattheva te siro pātessatī’ti.

and

Yatthā vo bhagavā vyākareyya tathā nam dhāreyyātha

could someone please explain what the term nam is, and what it is doing?
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's method
Replies: 42
Views: 1000

Re: The Buddha's method

Sorry, I'm having trouble understanding this. The discussion seems to be getting more abstruse and more woolly at the same time. I don't think the parameters are about explaining how people function, but are more about helping Westerners get a handle on what the Buddha was talking about, and perhap...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: bhavissāmī
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: bhavissāmī

Not as it stands. Can you give the context? Sure: “Sir, might you be a god?” “Devo no bhavaṁ bhavissatī”ti? “I will not be a god, brahmin.” “Na kho ahaṁ, brāhmaṇa, devo bhavissāmī”ti. “Might you be a fairy?” “Gandhabbo no bhavaṁ bhavissatī”ti? “I will not be a fairy.” “Na kho ahaṁ, brāhmaṇa, gandha...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: bhavissāmī
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: bhavissāmī

Ceisiwr wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:41 pm
sphairos wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:04 pm It's a verb, first person singular future tense from "bhavati": "I will be". The "i" at the end should be short, the lengthening must be because of iti.
Can it ever be read as “I won’t be”?
Not as it stands. Can you give the context?
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's method
Replies: 42
Views: 1000

Re: The Buddha's method

Of course, anything at all can have a bearing on our activities, providing there is contact at the sense-doors. Christmas as a religious holiday is a set of phenomena in our world. A creator God or living Christ is not, or not yet anyway. To use your earlier example, being judged in a court of law ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's method
Replies: 42
Views: 1000

Re: The Buddha's method

... It is the emphasis on presenting him as another phenomenon in our subjective experience that becomes unjustifiable with no clear practicality. Well, that's from me rather than Bhikkhu Cintita, of course, but what else is the Buddha? What else could he be? ... Unless we are interested in knowing...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's method
Replies: 42
Views: 1000

Re: The Buddha's method

Of course, but that's not really the point here. I can think of a story about the origin of the universe, or a theory about the nature of the self, or whether there is a God. They are the sort of questions that have no bearing on my activity. If I'm in a court about to pass judgement on me, that's ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's method
Replies: 42
Views: 1000

Re: The Buddha's method

Indeed yes, that deductively vedanā is a condition for craving. Very often insight into dependent origination occurs in the reverse order. I think this tells us something about the reasoning at play here. The knowledges are associated with awakening. DN 1 shows a rejection of synthetic a priori and...