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by Caodemarte
Fri May 01, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Arthur C. Clarke say this?
Replies: 23
Views: 5056

Re: Did Arthur C. Clarke say this?

I was an acquaintance of Arthur C. Clarke in the late 80s. He was basically Sri Lanka's only international celebrity and people were also grateful for his contributions to Sri Lanka's use of technology. He was not a Buddhist in any way (not that anyone claims he was). He told me, rather amusedly, th...
by Caodemarte
Sun May 03, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar

I noticed that the application forms for retreats in Myanmar Buddhist centers ask that you declare if you are Muslim or not. The implication seems to be that if you are, they don't want you. I am aware of the tensions in the area, but does anybody know the specific justification or reasoning behind ...
by Caodemarte
Mon May 04, 2015 4:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar

I was asked by fellow retrant in the U.S. about going on retreat in SE Asia and have often wondered about going myself. That is why I looked into centers there and was surprised by the questions (btw, I am not Muslim). Communication with Burmese centers has been difficult, so it is hard to ask direc...
by Caodemarte
Mon May 04, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar
Replies: 12
Views: 1770

Re: Muslims and Meditation Centers in Myanmar

Thank you. It makes more sense if there is a fear of attacks on the person accused of being an "apostate" or on the center, rather than the fear some terrorist would inexplicably infiltrate the center and not bother to lie on the form. It is a sad, sad business.
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Gotama as a Shaman
Replies: 10
Views: 596

Re: Gotama as a Shaman

Shamans, at least in most of Asia, are also possessed by the spirits or gods. Shamanism is about the skillful manipulation of the gods or spirits or a benefit. The article also refers to seeking altered states of consciousness. None of this and much of the rest of the article has much to do with Bud...
by Caodemarte
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: buddhas discovery of vipassana
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: buddhas discovery of vipassana

Why wouldn't we assume that what the Buddha discovered was discovered by different people as well? Doesn't tradional doctrine speak of previous Buddhas?
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: renamed::: help finding monastery???
Replies: 58
Views: 5311

Re: renamed::: help finding monastery???

Just a note that the climate in Sri Lanka tends to be quite nice. There are a lot of mosquitoes. English is pretty widespread, much more so than Thailand. Of course, the circumstances of the specific monastery should be the deciding factor.
by Caodemarte
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.
Replies: 36
Views: 2178

Re: Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Kusinara sites now in doubt.

It will matter for the tourist industry. Expect a Nepalese court-attack in particular.
by Caodemarte
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?
Replies: 29
Views: 1700

Re: Is the enlightened one absolutely sure that there is no god?

My understanding is that the Buddha did not say he did not know. He refused to answer or discuss and dismissed the question as not being one that helped in liberation. So the question is not one that is much discussed in Buddhism.
by Caodemarte
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?
Replies: 171
Views: 8972

Re: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?

I don't think any contemporary state would agree that such actions would now be regarded as a war crime or that the Japanese cities mentioned would not be considered prime military targets if a war broke out today. I am not arguing that war is sometimes moral or always immoral, but just that war cri...
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?
Replies: 171
Views: 8972

Re: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?

Even by post-WW2 definitions or by subsequent refinements, the two cites involved would be considered legitimate military targets and attacks on such do not meet the accepted criteria for a war crime. Only an attack on a city that the bombing side has publicly accepted as a sanctuary city (in effect...
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?
Replies: 171
Views: 8972

Re: The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime, why is there no apology?

I understand the argument that inherently imprecise aerial bombing, because it usually involves civilian casualties, should be a war crime. Just a legalistic note here that it is not considered one under current or past international humanitarian and war law. In the case of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bo...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stephen Batchelor's “After Buddhism.” Yale University Press, 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2011

Re: Stephen Batchelor's “After Buddhism.” Yale University Press, 2015

I would doubt from the text quoted that Batchelor is much influenced by Korean Zen in his definition of Buddha's enlightenment. Korean Zen is based on the traditional story. The big debate in Korean Zen is whether or not you need gradual cultivation after (sudden) enlightenment. That's above my pay ...
by Caodemarte
Mon May 02, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism speaking of Theravada
Replies: 29
Views: 2166

Re: Tibetan "Buddhism" speaking of Theravada

The short answer is that various interpretations held by various individuals of all sects of Buddhism claim various things. To make such broad claims that Mahayana says this and Theravada that is not supportable. It is more useful to say that so-and-so held this or that view at this or that time. Th...
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sitting length
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Sitting length

The length of sitting is not important in itself. That said, I find that it takes me a long time to settle down. By gradually getting used to longer formal sits I am able to get a little deeper and spend more time in actual meditation.
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how to deal with a "problematic" breath
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: how to deal with a "problematic" breath

Due to long exposure to city pollution I now have a permanent (well, until death) sensitivity to dust or pollen, requiring daily small dosages of antihistamine daily. This appears to be fairly common. I would get that checked out as well.
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Vipassana, and "unlearning" zazen.
Replies: 13
Views: 1164

Re: Vipassana, and "unlearning" zazen.

I think you have misunderstood Suzuki and the instructions on zazen. Zazen is not concerned with trying to make the mind calm or forcing a rigidly straight back (the back should actually be "straight" by being in a natural S curve). If you wish to practice zazen it is best to get instructi...
by Caodemarte
Fri May 13, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik
Replies: 30
Views: 2058

Re: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik

Pali is probably not "essentially derived from the original language" the Buddha spoke as a native speaker, but rather probably closely related to it and (I would think) developed as a distinct language some time after Buddha and into the form it was used to for the suttas farther after. S...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Chanting Meditation
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: Chanting Meditation

... I go onto autopilot mode wherein once I've settled into the meditation the chanting becomes automated so that I reach a point where I am both simultaneously chanting the mantra and thinking about other stuff. I think this may be a challenge with any meditation method. Try noting or becoming awa...

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