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by Modus.Ponens
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 169
Views: 2557

Re: Diversity among mods

I personally don't think the Abidhamma was originated as is traditionally believed. The difference between a buddhist and a nonbuddhist is that a nonbuddhist has no realistic place for reasonable doubt, while a buddhist has space for reasonable doubt that the story might be true.

2 cents

Añjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome
Replies: 25
Views: 326

Re: My experience with jhana and samadhi, comments welcome

So, as you may or may not know, Anapanasati, Satipatthana, samatha, Vipassana are taught in Theraveda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayana programs. So what I was taught in the mindfulness practices in Thich Nhat Hanhs organization was simply samatha, and after about ten years of doing it I took it out and won...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Hello. Thank you for this topic as it is one of the things that interests me the most at the moment. It occured to me recently that I should abstain from wrong view just as I would abstain from lying. Wrong views are not just innocent opinions, even when there is a case to be made for some wrong vie...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 169
Views: 2557

Re: Diversity among mods

the reason diversity is so important is that each race and gender has certain positive and otherwise attributes that they can bring to the table that a member of another race or gender might not even be aware of, its not about equality, its about welcoming diverse and differing viewpoints into the ...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: question regarding not-self of volition and conscious action

Hello, Jaysus. It seems that the process of arising and falling of volition is too fast for your current ability to concentrate. So a first sugestion would be to cultivate concentration to be able to discern the process clearly. I do not have that clear discernment, but I have thought about it. To m...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 32
Views: 553

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Congratulations! Good luck with everything.

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by Modus.Ponens
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Righteous Anger
Replies: 8
Views: 215

Re: Righteous Anger

It is said righteous anger is the most dangerous kind of anger for a spiritual practitioner. This is because it involves all 3 poisons: greed (desire), hatred (anger), and delusion (wrong view). I used to be very attached to political views and I found my spiritual practice went nowhere until I loo...
by Modus.Ponens
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Anatomy software
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Best Anatomy software

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:11 pm
Yes I agree, great app! Computers and tablets are amazing these days eh.
Unfortunately the app just increased my appreciation for the miracle that is the human body, and was not useful for asubha at all.
That's hilarious! :lol:

Thanks for the app, Stiphan.

Añjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Glad to be back at Dhammawheel

cooran wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:09 am
Hello all,

After a considerable absence and many changes in my life, I am glad to be back at DhammaWheel.

with metta,
Chris
Hello, Chris.

It's great to see you back. I hope everything is fine.

Añjali
by Modus.Ponens
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 38
Views: 502

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

Greetings. From another thread: Frankly, I can think of a lot of things that should be taught in schools before religion even comes into the curriculum. It's better to teach kids how to think for themselves, and give them the analytical tools to let them choose their own views and beliefs, rather t...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 731

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Here we go again, with the famous / infamous Jews hiding in the attic scenario. :popcorn: "Don't lie when Nazis come asking for jews to murder", I think that's a very one sided view of the situation. It only considers the kamma made from lying and doesn't consider all the kamma being made. It ignor...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 43
Views: 731

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

Hello, SarathW. (The TL;DR is in bold ) Truth is medicine for the mind. When you go to the doctor you should be correctly diagnosed. If the doctor misdiagnoses you, he won't be able to treat you, not matter how much we wants to cure you. If a doctor cures a misdiagnosed patient it will be a lucky ac...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

I'm sorry, but I have to point out that this is dangerously wrong. Nazis were swimming in lies. Lies about jews. Lies about "race". Lies about their "race". Lies about the history of their "race". Lies about history in general. Nazis were not merely interpreting the facts in a different way. They w...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Actual German neo-Nazis - their perception of their heritage is the only one that matters? Yes, because they look at the same facts as you in order to come up with Aryan supremacy theories. The problem doesn't lie with the facts, but with the interpretation that's made of them. I'm sorry, but I hav...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

To the extent that they do what is described in those texts, we need to criticize the texts themselves. But in order to criticize the texts we need to start by aknowledging what is written in them. I disagree. You may criticize their understanding of the texts, but not 'what is written in the texts...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Substantiate your defense of Muhammad, or accept the criticism of Muhammad as statement of fact, and not disparagement. I decline to do either. The select and distorted facts you and others choose to identify here in this Dhamma forum are inappropriate, in my opinion. There are other more appropria...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 96
Views: 3298

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:33 pm
[Original Post]
Welcome back, James. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you all the best with the transition to lay life.
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

This might be one way (my cursory attempt) to present a balanced approach, by focusing on the scriptures of a religion as has been done by some here. First a negative aspect and then a positive, wholesome aspect: The Sword Verse in the Qur'an: فَإِذَا انْسَلَخَ الْأَشْهُرُ الْحُرُمُ فَاقْتُلُوا الْ...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 180
Views: 4357

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Following is a suggested template for reporting anti-Islam posts and other posts which disparage other faiths: Provision 2.d. of the TOS on this forum prohibits, among other things: " Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions." This post and other similar posts by this Member vi...
by Modus.Ponens
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Right Speech: Getting Personal
Replies: 132
Views: 2596

Re: Right Speech: Getting Personal

Greetings, ...depends on whether there is a poignant truth to it Agreed - sometimes "the truth" and "the personal" overlap. What gets precedence then? Metta, Paul. :) Hello. I would say that, in most situations, it is more productive and polite to criticize the actions, rather than the person. If, ...