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by Modus.Ponens
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1758

Re: Religion of peace

Human beings are imperfect, which also means they are imperfect followers of their respective religions. So, in reality, an imperfect follower of Buddhism and an imperfect follower of Islam (ie almost all followers in both religions) will be the same: neither particularly peaceful, nor particularly...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1758

Re: Religion of peace

The issue is quite simple. Islamic doctrine calls for war. Buddhist doctrine calls for peace. Interpretative acrobatics cannot change this reality. We can try to deal with reality as constructively and peacefully as possible. But this requires a truthful diagnosis of the situation because that's th...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1758

Re: Religion of peace

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:49 pm
Modus.Ponens wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:10 pm
Their numbers matter.
Not to the victims themselves.
I disagree, even if they're dead. Also, the number of injured people, raped women and girls, and subjugated people in general matters.
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1758

Re: Religion of peace

If there is one thing that discussions like this show, it is that people will engage in all sorts of mental gymnastics to whitewash phenomena that they are attached to and smear phenomena that they feel aversion towards. The article you posted earlier about Nalanda is advanced mental gymnastics, tr...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1758

Re: Religion of peace

Which was done so despite the Dhamma. Atrocities have been committed because of Islam. And how much difference do you believe that this makes to the victims? Their numbers matter. And causality links matter, such as between buddhist doctrine and peace, and islamic doctrine and "holy" war.
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interpretations of Path and Fruit
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Interpretations of Path and Fruit

It is, of course, possible to argue that these Abhidhammic additions are unnecessary. But it would be very odd if the ancients who thought out such a complex system would have committed such a simplistic error as the one raised in the OP. :heart: Mike I do not believe they would commit simple error...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interpretations of Path and Fruit
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Interpretations of Path and Fruit

Thank you for all the answers so far. Is implying he is Putajana, but that goes against the context, which this person you quoted "Sotāpattiphalasacchikiriyāya" is clearly an Ariya, which is one of the 8 Ariyas, thus a stream entry path, thus he is a faith or dhamma follower. They are not sotāpattip...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interpretations of Path and Fruit
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Interpretations of Path and Fruit

Hi. It is often said that stream entry occurs in two consecutive mind moments, path and fruit. However, I vaguely remember reading a sutta that said that someone who has begun the path will surely attain fruit before, or at the moment, of death. Is my memory simply wrong, or is there in fact such a ...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks

mikenz66 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:07 pm
Hmm, is the address correct? I can't connect right now...

Mike
I just clicked the link and it worked... maybe it's because of the ellipses in the middle of the hyperlink?

https://www.dhammatalks.net/bhikkhu_bod ... start.html
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks

Awesome. Then I will post the link here. By the way, the Open Source version of "In the Buddha's Words" you made with links is outstanding. https://www.dhammatalks.net/bhikkhu_bodhi/in_the_buddhas_words/start.html (Naturally, if it ever becomes subject to copyright someone let me know so I can remov...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks
Replies: 5
Views: 193

In the Buddha's Words - Bhikkhu Bodhi's dhamma talks

Hello. I found a website with a series of dhamma talks by Bhikkhu Bodhi that were based on his book "In the Buddha's Words". But it seems that the dhamma talks were extracted from a CD, which makes me think this material might be copyrighted. I'd like to know if this series of talks is freely availa...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: Persistent thoughts

:namaste: How do you deal with persistent thoughts, not necessarily during meditation but during regular hours as well? A certain thought pattern keeps surfacing over and over. Do you keep ignoring it? What exactly do you do with such thoughts (not random thoughts)? :anjali: Let them rise, let them...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu May 30, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jews in Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 939

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Interesting replies but the OP referred to the " religion " or "doctrine" called " Judaism " rather than a "race" or "DNA" called "Jews". It seems like the apparent confusion in each answer validates the OP; that the "Buddhists" on this thread are not discerning " what is what " but instead are eng...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed May 22, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Dhamma that triggers SJWs
Replies: 124
Views: 4970

Re: Dhamma that triggers SJWs

How about defining exactly what an sjw is? chownah Someone who pushes for acceptance over tolerance at the expense of free speech and expression. ...but....according to another post: According to the Oxford Dictionary, a social justice warrior is a derogatory term for “A person who expresses or pro...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat May 11, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana Dhamma Talks
Replies: 35
Views: 25260

Re: Jhana Dhamma Talks

This dhamma talk is by Ayya Khema. She describes the jhanas 1 to 8, how to get there (except that this part on the 4th is not possible to hear), what you do after each jhana and what insights you get from each jhana. In the end there's a bit of Q&A. It's a very good concise explanation of the subje...