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by Sam Vara
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dhamma and causality
Replies: 24
Views: 3154

Re: Dhamma and causality

Hi JackV,

You ask an extremely important point. If it is conceded or understood that there is no Atta (or self, or substance, or uncaused element which can cause other things to happen) then what is the status of cetana, or intention?
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Do you see it?
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: Do you see it?

A fraction of a second. But that's because my mind is repelled by numbers....
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta about not listening to music
Replies: 34
Views: 9202

Re: Sutta about not listening to music

No Sutta reference, I'm afraid, but I do love this account from Ajahn Sucitto about music: Before I went to Thailand I’d been very fond of music, I listened to it all the time. For the first year or so when I was living in the monastery every time I’d sit down I’d hear music in my head — continually...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta
Replies: 21
Views: 10510

Re: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta

Retro: Sam Vega wrote: I am a world because I am not and cannot be anything else. Yet the Buddha achieved the nirodha (cessation) of salayatana in this very life time, so "the world" ought not be regarded as a given. As per what I've said above... this would be to hold to the view that the world exi...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta
Replies: 21
Views: 10510

Re: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta

Again, many thanks. Notice that these various ancient and modern commentators all talk the meaning to be about errors in the notion of existence and the "world of experience". In my opinion the Sutta says nothing about whether or not "things (rocks, bones, whatever) exist". That's a separate philoso...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta
Replies: 21
Views: 10510

Re: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta

Many thanks. Masses to think about here, but as for my original query regarding the object of the eternalism/annihilationism (i.e. the self, or the world as a whole), M. O'C. W's note adds a bit to my perplexity. 3. Natthitaa: "is-not-ness." The theory of "Annihilationism" (ucchedavaada). All forms ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditating with a nasty cough
Replies: 15
Views: 3847

Re: Meditating with a nasty cough

daverupa It's my impression that the "wider view" Sam Vega is talking about encompasses the instructions to 'experience all bodies', and that the "up close" approach (which one finds very difficult when sick or coughing or whatever) is in fact not appropriate to anapanasati (but then, I gather I'm s...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditating with a nasty cough
Replies: 15
Views: 3847

Re: Meditating with a nasty cough

I have tried solitary sitting with a really bad cough, and found it to be a frustrating and difficult experience. I know what you mean about watching the reflex coming up, but the actual cough just seems to shatter any calmness. Personally, I have used the experience as an opportunity to give up on ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN.10 and The body in the body.
Replies: 22
Views: 3670

Re: MN.10 and The body in the body.

Vinasp: Any textual (sutta) basis for my suggestion? No, not that I am aware of, it was just a wild guess. Wild guess it might be, but it got me thinking. It has the virtue of being simultaneously intelligible and applicable to all four of the foundations of mindfulness as itemised in the Sutta. As...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta
Replies: 21
Views: 10510

Re: SN 12.15 Kaccaayanagotto Sutta

[At Saavatthii the Ven. Kaccaayana asked the Blessed One:] "'Right view,[1] right view,' it is said, Lord. In what way, Lord, is there right view?' A couple of questions about Right View, if I may. I once asked Stephen Batchelor what he thought "Right View" was. (Yes, I confess to malicious intent,...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner
Replies: 13
Views: 2037

Re: Dhammanupassana for the Anapanasati practitioner

Agreed - this is an exceptional little article. One of those that I had read before, and thought, "OK, yes, I get it", and then moved on. I needed someone to place it in front of me again, in order to look more closely at it. It's often like that. Thank you for posting the link. Can anyone suggest a...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Dighajanu (Vyagghapajja/Byagghapajja) Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 4618

Re: Dighajanu (Vyagghapajja/Byagghapajja) Sutta

Cittasanto: I havn't kept up with the Study group since its creation, but I would of hoped that more interest would of been placed on those texts which actually describe or point to the practice rather than the philosophical over-toned ones. I think the more philosophical ones get more responses bec...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What and how much?
Replies: 45
Views: 4866

Re: What and how much?

Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako (not the Gavesako who posts here) has this to say: In the Buddha's time, a test of whether a child was old enough to be ordained as a novice was whether he could watch over a pavilion and not let a chicken go up into it. Normally this is a task that a seven-year-old child would...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Something From Nothing
Replies: 30
Views: 4890

Re: Something From Nothing

Apparently, physicists and cosmologists don't always make the best philosophers. You might be interested in http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2012/01/why-do-physicists-talk-nonsense.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Bill Vallicella (the"Maverick Philosophe...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What and how much?
Replies: 45
Views: 4866

Re: What and how much?

What do we need to know and how much do we need to know in order to practice the Dhamma? Of course, one can list the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which are obvious, but to what level of detail do we need to know these things? And how sophisticated must our knowledge of what we must kno...