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by robertk
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1351
Views: 97437

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Wouldn't it be logical for Australia to build more coal-fired power stations, they are the world's biggest exporter of coal after all. They can build much cleaner ones these days, or get Chinese companies to build them. As Tony abbott wrote “Our effort, however herculean, is barely better than futil...
by robertk
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 20
Views: 293

Re: Trump - One Year

Because he is such an enigma, I find that people's reactions to him are more predictable and more interesting than what he actually does.
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by robertk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

Note to moderators: I am surprised to see this topic in the abhidhamma forum
If it continues to generate interest and debate I will move it to the Great Abhidhamma Pitaka authenticity debate
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by robertk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!! 2.0
Replies: 82
Views: 3688

Re: Joke!!! 2.0

Ponton: You never cease to surprise me, sir. Inspector Jacques Clouseau: With me, surprises are rarely unexpected. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Inspector Jacques Clouseau: [about Bizu - dead] It's amazing how he f...
by robertk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Loneliness

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:55 am

Considering the development of communication it is hard to believe there are so many lonely people.
Nicole: Do you live alone, Inspector?

Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Yes, I do.

Nicole: Do you ever get lonely?

Inspector Jacques Clouseau: No. Not since the Interne
by robertk
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Loneliness

https://news.google.com/news/amp?caurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fscience%2Fsciencenow%2Fla-sci-sn-minister-of-loneliness-20180118-story.html#pt0-783968 British government targets a modern public health scourge: Loneliness By MELISSA HEALY JAN 17, 2018 | 7:05 PM British government targets a mode...
by robertk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 60
Views: 854

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

And maybe more monks would actually attain enlightenment (the "converging," the "ending" in the "game" of Dhamma Vinaya), in no long time, if they acted more like beggars, rather than high-and-mighty Confucian feudal lords. http://www.abhidhamma.org/CommentaryNidana.htm Regarding "the only way" the...
by robertk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Mate, I've got $1000': Aussie man hires a chopper in frantic search to find son
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Mate, I've got $1000': Aussie man hires a chopper in frantic search to find son

https://i.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/100648218/mate-ive-got-1000-aussie-man-hires-a-chopper-in-frantic-search-to-find-son Australian man Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early Monday morning and his 17-year-old son Samuel was missing. It had been almost 24 hours since anyone had heard from hi...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 73
Views: 663

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

You mean you can't find a sutta teaching for or against killing an intestinal worm, including also in the Vinaya? So you are claiming Ajahn Chah (who was suspected an arahant) committed an offense below, similar to arranging an abortion for a feminist groupie You ask Dw to give a Sutta quote, yet y...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 248

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

translation by nina van gorkom of a talk by Sujin Boriharnwanaket Bgk 2008, K.K. April 8.(no 3) Not words, but characteristics. Acharn: In the beginning some people are learning names, naama and ruupa, and then they start looking for them. They do not realize that they do not have to do anything, th...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Robert, Are the suttas actually saying this is the case though, or just "the ancients"? Because if being a " monk in Sri Lanka " is regarded as no particular grounds for authority, then I wonder how (other than playing favourites) why the weight of authority attributable on that basis is ...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Thanks.
The ancient monks, the ones who recited and preserved the texts so they still remain till now, were truly a field for merit.
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

It is a pity that monk didn't consult the Buddhist Dictionary by Nyanatiloka. He would have learned that in only certain contexts nama excludes vinnana. https://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic_idx.htm nāma: (lit. 'name'): 'mind', mentality. This term is generally used as a collective name for the 4...
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2576

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

A contemporary monk in Sri Lanka thinks that he knows more than the ancients. His ideas carry no weight with me I am afraid.
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?

The first step should be to get a foundation in the theory.
An easy read is Abhidhammatthasangaha
see here: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/abhidhamma.pdf
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 73
Views: 663

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

THE MINOR READINGS (KHUDDAKATÄTHA) translated by NÄNAMOLI Herein, the * four states of deprivation ' are the hells, animals, the ghost realm and the body of Asuras (demons). The meaning is that even if he takes seven existences, he is nevertheless immune from [rebirth among] them. Having thus shown ...