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by David N. Snyder
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is gradual and sudden awakening?
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: What is gradual and sudden awakening?

The moment of enlightenment is sudden but the process of getting to that stage is gradual. The Buddha said, ‘ Little by little and from time to time the wise person should remove his/her defilements the way a smith removes dross from silver ’ (Dhp.239). In another place he says, ‘ Just as the ocean ...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???
Replies: 64
Views: 475

Re: How did Buddha achieve enlightenment ???

Other srmana paths focused on asceticism. Buddha [re]discovered the middle way. He attained Insight to the Three Knowledges during the three watches of the night and attained full enlightenment at dawn. See:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/budd ... #awakening
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace
Replies: 14
Views: 241

Re: I never will be enlightened - The Triumph of Narcissism: Theravada Buddhist Meditation in the Marketplace

I can think of about 4 possible reasons a teacher would say that: 1. It is a Zennish teaching on no-self, to get us beyond the "I" thinking all the time, the idea that "I must get enlightened." 2. To keep expectations low, to keep desires in check. 3. False humility 4. Doesn't kn...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: greetings from Romania
Replies: 5
Views: 67

Re: greetings from Romania

Welcome to DW!

:namaste:
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It is easier for a slave to realise Dhamma than a a king?
Replies: 8
Views: 102

Re: It is easier for a slave to realise Dhamma than a a king?

If we use the modern terminology of low income and high income/wealth, then I think both extremes provide some hindrances to realizing Dhamma. For the poor, there is too much time and work spent on keeping up with everyday necessities, making rent payments, buying groceries and paying other bills on...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: monastic chat room
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: monastic chat room

It would require monastics to prove their identity, their ordination, etc and we don't want to put any extra demands on them (otherwise there would be some who would pose as monks without really even being Buddhist, let alone a monastic one).
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Buddha Said...
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: The Buddha Said...

dvemebhikkhave wrote:samyutta 10..? mist be p.t.s numbering, still cant find the name.of the samyutta or sutta


Yes, I think I got the number wrong; maybe it is vol.1 sutta 10? Got it from here:

http://obo.genaud.net/a/dhamma-vinaya/p ... ali.bd.htm

See Sutta 10; Isayosamuddaka Sutta
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Buddha Said...
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: The Buddha Said...

so I actually had a question....does.any one have a sutta.name.number for the pli words 'kalyanakari ca kalyanam papakari c papakam' ots.in the samyutta somwehere Samyutta Nikaya 10 Yadisam vapate bijam Tadisam labhate phalam Kalyanakari kalyanam Papakari ca papakam Which translates as: As the seed...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Monks and Lay users
Replies: 10
Views: 660

Re: Monks and Lay users

An admin (retro or I) could change your username. You can let me know here or in a PM what you'd like your new username to be.
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?
Replies: 8
Views: 127

Re: Why was Mahāmoggallāna blue?

I believe I recall hearing a monk say that in the Buddha's time 'blue' complexion meant a dark complexion. The bhikkhuni Uppalavanna is also said to have had a blue [dark?] complexion.
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump in trouble?
Replies: 43
Views: 735

Re: Trump in trouble?

It may very well be a hoax, a sign of the times we live in with the internet, etc. But as far as vetting, we are not journalists and there is one side from NY Times and mainstream media and another side from an anonymous user on 4chan; seems like a pretty easy choice which one to accept at first, wh...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump in trouble?
Replies: 43
Views: 735

Re: Trump in trouble?

Bill Clinton got impeached by the US House for lying about oral sex (no intercourse), but of course it was not pursued, not continued by the Senate. I imagine the acts themselves would not be impeachable, but if it were to be determined that Trump is giving special attention or favors to Russia in e...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump in trouble?
Replies: 43
Views: 735

Trump in trouble?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/us/politics/donald-trump-russia-intelligence.html?_r=0 The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes with Mr. Trump in a 2013 visit to a Moscow hotel. The videos were supposedly prepared as “kompromat,” or compromising material, with the possible goal of blac...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Been a long time!
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Been a long time!

Welcome back!

:hello:
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?
Replies: 22
Views: 498

Re: Are Buddhism and Buddhist monks in the west in real danger?

High five is not so bad, although it might be technically a minor offense. There have been much worse things, for example monks hugging women, monks going to a lay woman's home for lunch dana with no one else present. Some things should adapt to modern culture, for example a nod back when bowed too,...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Failure of the Sexual Revolution
Replies: 51
Views: 755

Re: Failure of the Sexual Revolution

Weak counter arguments. Sorry. They may indeed be weak counter arguments, but you need to show some substance, otherwise you are just providing a weak argument for another. For example, if someone says the earth is flat because he can't see a curve when he is on an open field, the correct response ...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Failure of the Sexual Revolution
Replies: 51
Views: 755

Re: Failure of the Sexual Revolution

1. Women are happy, Studies have shown that they are less happy now than they were 60 year ago and their happiness continues to decrease by the year. Men happiness has remained the same over this period. I am sure if one looks hard enough, one can find a study to support whatever view one has. From...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Failure of the Sexual Revolution
Replies: 51
Views: 755

Re: Failure of the Sexual Revolution

This article is from breitbart, but it's a good one. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/26/11-reasons-sexual-revolution-complete-utter-deadly-failure-nothing-catholic-church/ 1. Women are depressed. Polling shows that with the widespread availability of the contraceptive pill, rather t...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Poll: What is the right meta-religious view
Replies: 37
Views: 588

Re: Poll: What is the right meta-religious view

Many religions hold this view, I will define it as the view that, while other religions or spiritual paths are valid and lead one up the mountain so to speak, one of them is superior than all the rest, and all the others are lacking some insight. Many Indian religions, I would place Buddhism here t...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Poll: What is the right meta-religious view
Replies: 37
Views: 588

Re: Poll: What is the right meta-religious view

SarathW wrote:
such as materialism, have been refuted by science and are therefore easy to discard

But Buddha did not refute materialism.


He didn't? Then where is kamma, where are devas and what is reborn?

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