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by robertk
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should restaraunts with religious owners be shunned?
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Should restaraunts with religious owners be shunned?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/whos-more-bigoted-and-intolerant-chick-fil-a-or-the-new-yorker-writer-who-attacked-it from.the New Yorker, talking about Chick-fil ( one of Americas largest fast food chains): the brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of ...
by robertk
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is the idea that Nibbāna is seen at each of 4 stages of awakening canonical?
Replies: 40
Views: 1606

Re: Is the idea that Nibbāna is seen at each of 4 stages of awakening canonical?

How could he technically taste such a state giving his small level of development ?
Small.?
He has already directly known Nama- rupaparichedda nana, something that is due to extraordinary level of understanding. And then a further 15 stages of insight.

None of this is related to skill in jhana.
by robertk
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 2403

Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism

Thanks for all the suggrstions.
For any complaints about any posts in future please use the report button.
Topic is now locked.
by robertk
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 94
Views: 1725

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

- Working towards the very real likelihood of Denuclearisation of North Korea
ART OF THE DEAL
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Art of the Deal
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by robertk
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 152
Views: 6364

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/articles/climate-alarmists-may-inherit-the-wind-1522605526 They likened a courtroom ‘tutorial’ to the Scopes Monkey Trial. But their side got schooled. [​IMG] Illustration: Phil Foster By Phelim McAleer April 1, 2018 1:58 p.m. ET San Francisco Five American oi...
by robertk
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Flesh desires along with mindfulness
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: Flesh desires along with mindfulness

Even sotapanna and sakadagami may enjoy pleasures of the flesh, and even the completely deluded may abstain from pleasures of the flesh. The path is primarily one of eradicating wrong view.. In the Samyutta nikaya V (Sayings on stream entry p347 The great chapter Dhammadina ) 500 rich merchants came...
by robertk
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1100

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

Dhammarakkhito
I also cant see how metta can be developed to oneself - except by using self as an example, as I said.
by robertk
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1100

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

conceiving oneself in mettā is counter to the buddha's instructions , plain as day So, just to be clear: When monastics chant "May I be happy" or "May I abide in wellbeing", they are acting counter to the Buddha's instructions? Is that chant a translation taken from a pali sutta or commentary?
by robertk
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1660

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Incidentally, Ajahn Passano also participated in the 2010 Theravada bhikkhuni ordination in California, but because the women are not in the Thai Forest tradition, nobody objects to their ordination. Kind of undermines all these arguments against the validity of bhikkhuni ordinations . How does it ...
by robertk
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)
Replies: 68
Views: 1100

Re: mettā in commentarial tradition (refutation)

. First of all it should be developed only towards oneself, doing it repeatedly thus: “May I be happy and free from suffering” or “May I keep myself free from enmity, affliction and anxiety and live happily.” this is the section from VIS However the Vis is well aware of the problem: 9. If that is so...
by robertk
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do I deal with samvega while being a householder?
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: How do I deal with samvega while being a householder?

While you are thinking about social issues, becoming a monk , or samvega what is real...

The path is right there - and here and now.
by robertk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 1716

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

mod note : topic moved from General Theravada to Connections to other paths
by robertk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1660

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

The Buddha allowed for bhikkhunīs to be ordained by bhikkhus. With the presense of 4 another legitimate bhikkhunis, yes. Unfortunately, there are none today. Buddhists using the tenets of their religion against their own interests. Sometimes, we are indeed our own worst enemy. The vinaya was laid d...
by robertk
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Timber Hawkeye at my place Mar. 24
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: Timber Hawkeye at my place Mar. 24

Awesome David.
Your place is a real center for Dhamma.


Little bit envious :) :anjali: :anjali: :anjali: :anjali:
by robertk
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 6219

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

From facebook, fwiw ... compare.jpg Shout out to all the kids that walked out today. It's truly inspiring to see these kids fight for their safety. And the safety of all future generations. I used to skip school to play golf or go to the beach. Never once did I skip for it to mean something greater...
by robertk
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you could ask the Buddha one question
Replies: 47
Views: 1063

Re: If you could ask the Buddha one question

There is hasituppada-citta (an ahetuka kiriyacitta) which conditions smiles in arahats and Buddhas.
by robertk
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

I guess that puts you in the camp of the non-hearers in the first jhana. How does this make sense Well this thread is supposed to be about the other side. But as you ask it is clearly stated as a wrong view in the Abhidhamma pitika. Think about it: jhana is nothing like the usual life where sense d...
by robertk
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 25
Views: 536

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

Why should it no t be possible to hear while in the first jhana? The first jhana is not a formless experience and neither are the next 3 jhanas. The fact that some Bhantes think that hearing is not possbile in the first jhana and others do think it is possible shows a real lack of unity about what ...
by robertk
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Feminism for men
Replies: 148
Views: 4082

Re: Feminism for men

Pseudobabble wrote: .

I'd like to ask you to define the difference between opinion and propaganda.
it all depends who says it?
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by robertk
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Good movies to watch
Replies: 44
Views: 3064

Re: Good movies to watch