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by Modus.Ponens
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: enlightening by hearing the dhamma
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: enlightening by hearing the dhamma

Perhaps because they have already followed the path except for the right view. It is easier to push someone standing on the cliff rather than a person who has to be dragged to the cliff. If a monk puts the dhamma into practice his mind will be approaching the metaphorical cliff. It might be enough ...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?
Replies: 10
Views: 343

Can an Arahant improve their understanding after awakening?

Thank you for your answers. The topic is quickly shifting to the actual purpose of my question. So I ask the moderators to split this topic between the initial question and what I'm about to ask. I'm trying to understand if an arahat can improve his understanding of the dhamma after his awakening. T...
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Did the Buddha's teachings improve throughout his life?
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Did the Buddha's teachings improve throughout his life?

Hi.

I would like to know if the chronological analysis of the suttas suggest that, as the Buddha grew older, his teachings got more detailed and sophisticated.

Añjali
by Modus.Ponens
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas Experienced in Nibbana: A way to understand Nibbana
Replies: 38
Views: 962

Re: Jhanas Experienced in Nibbana: A way to understand Nibbana

Hi. I'd like to add something because I'm not quite satisfied with my answer. When I say "continually abiding in the Unconditioned nature of the mind", what I mean is this passage that rightviewftw quoted: "He is absorbed dependent neither on earth, liquid, fire, wind, the sphere of the infinitude o...
by Modus.Ponens
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas Experienced in Nibbana: A way to understand Nibbana
Replies: 38
Views: 962

Re: Jhanas Experienced in Nibbana: A way to understand Nibbana

Thanks for your reply. That sutta, however, is talking about the jhanas experienced while clinging to the aggregates. This is so because they are described as the path—the way to nibbana. They are not described as occurring while in nibbana. I’m talking about jhanas the Buddha experienced while he ...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 29
Views: 973

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

It's probably a tendency in the West. My guess is that it has to do with high expectations learned through advertisement, combined with a poor understanding of human nature and falibility; and Western guilt.
by Modus.Ponens
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Do away with admins
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: Do away with admins

You know that David is paying for the forum, which means he will always be admin. So who do you actually want to stop being an admin?
by Modus.Ponens
Wed May 30, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums
Replies: 95
Views: 3363

Re: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Forthcoming Changes to the DW Forums

Helo.

I think this is a great solution. Given the constraints of the situation, this looks like the best way forward.

:anjali:
by Modus.Ponens
Mon May 28, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 68
Views: 1222

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

Greetings, In the Dhamma, doubt is one of the five hindrances. Doubt specifically about the Dhamma also causes issues... "Furthermore, there is the case of the person in doubt & perplexity, who has not arrived at certainty with regard to the True Dhamma. Then he comes down with a serious disease. A...
by Modus.Ponens
Sun May 27, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 1430

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

That doesn't make me laugh. Does he also explain how a woman is supposed to be happy about being a man's sex toilet? He doesn't. He is being egregiously misrepresented in the media. ? I ask that type of question anyone who speaks favorably of birth control. It has nothing to do with how someone is ...
by Modus.Ponens
Sun May 27, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 1430

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

He doesn't. He is being egregiously misrepresented in the media. The New York Times recently did a piece about him. Who is more credible? An institution and a professional journalist whose reputations and livliehoods depend on getting the facts right and who have the time to look into things....OR ...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat May 26, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 1430

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

JP made me laugh when he said: " We did not fix the female reproductive cycle until the 1960s ". Essentially, he said that Nature or God created the female organism to reproduce offspring is something inherently problematic & broken that needed to be " fixed " or " repaired ". Doesn't sound like Ju...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat May 26, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 1430

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

Hello. Since that was reasonable, I can reply. I've seen misinterpretations of Jordan Peterson from even brilliant people that I admire. The number 1 thing you have to do to understand Peterson is to always apply the principle of charity. Whenever you start listening with a predisposition of dislike...
by Modus.Ponens
Sat May 26, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW
Replies: 139
Views: 3018

Re: Member Poll on "News, Current Events & Politics" at DW

Greetings everyone, I am keen to survey the Dhamma Wheel membership to get your thoughts on "News, Current Events & Politics" and their relationship to this forum. We have always allowed discussion on such topics at Dhamma Wheel - initially in the Lounge, but we then later separated such topics out...
by Modus.Ponens
Thu May 24, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 42
Views: 1430

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

On Jordan Peterson's objections to atheism... The materialistic atheist view of the world can become a terrible problem in times of generalised dispair, such as in times of war. It is when the despair of war comes that we will rationalize all kinds of athrocities, Simply sounds like an apologist fo...