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by Kim OHara
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?
Replies: 36
Views: 297

Re: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?

... First Noble Truth... "Unsatisfactoriness is inherent in all life's experiences ," would, I think, be closer. It's not as catchy, though. Difficult to understand how you can come to such a conclusion. Where does the First Noble Truth say it applies to all life's experiences? :shrug: I can't reme...
by Kim OHara
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?
Replies: 36
Views: 297

Re: Suffering is not a satisfactory translation for the Pali word "Dukkha"?

Greetings, Personally, I think regarding sukha as "ease" and then taking dukkha as the opposite, i.e. "dis-ease", is the most workable all-round solution to the translation problem. Not entirely elegant in English, but I believe it to be accurate nonetheless. Metta, Paul. :) Good proposal Retro but...
by Kim OHara
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Abbot is the late concept in Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Abbot is the late concept in Buddhism

It's interesting, but in the early times there was no such thing as Abbot (Viharadhipati). Rather there were people who were responsible for different kind of distribution, for example person responsible for distribution of kuti (lodging), person responsible for distribution of food, person respons...
by Kim OHara
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Abbot is the late concept in Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Abbot is the late concept in Buddhism

I think the role of abbot evolved naturally as the early wandering monks settled in fixed monastic establishments and as these grew larger. Wandering groups would gain and lose members so often that ad hoc responsibilities would be most suitable, but a settled community would benefit from more stabl...
by Kim OHara
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?
Replies: 15
Views: 426

Re: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?

... It seems that it is only in the narratives of popular (pseudo) Zen stories and of secular Western Buddhism that people become enlightened but then go on with their lives as if nothing happened, business as usual, continuing with their usual worldly occupations, their families etc. Yes. And you ...
by Kim OHara
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?
Replies: 19
Views: 467

Re: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?

Putting problematic words between * * to show they are problematic ... There is a long-running debate in physics about whether time exists in the way we think it does. Some scientists believe that it is *really* similar to the three spatial dimensions, and the fact that we can travel freely in the s...
by Kim OHara
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the references to Brahma
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Why the references to Brahma

Good topic question. :shrug: Brahma seems to have been used in Hindu Vedas to mean the supreme being who created this earth and beings. But Buddhist texts use this word with brahmajala sutra , Brahma vihara , brahmacari. In all these a common indication of supremacy in darma is denoted. Brahmajala ...
by Kim OHara
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Good resources in non-English languages
Replies: 46
Views: 31119

Re: Good resources in non-English languages

Cross-posting from DWM - There is a Dutch Buddhist Archive on Youtube! This is the St. Nederlands Boeddhistisch Archief . Most (all?) of their videos come from the always excellent Boeddhistische Omroep Stichting (the Dutch Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation) which "terminated" their individual channe...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Some questions and points on Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 528

Re: Some questions and points on Buddhism

The short answer to your question is that Buddhism is really diverse, with schools which developed largely in isolation from each other for hundreds of years and absorbed local religions wherever they went. In the last hundred years or so they have all met western science and religion, and changed a...
by Kim OHara
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Drinking Water in South & Southeast Asia

Water from wells can be drunk. If the water was doubtful, then I used an electric heater and a tin mug. If there is no access to electricity, you can boil on the fire. I have used this type of electic coil heater; but only to boil water for tea, and the water was already clean. The problem with try...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 46
Views: 1068

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

Well, something defeated Buddhism in India. If it was merely thousands of monks being slaughtered and monasteries burned by people wishing to extirpate it, then that's regrettable but only of historical interest. If, however, it was defeated by Shankaracharya's logic, then I guess we ought to know ...
by Kim OHara
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: What is size limit for attachments?
Replies: 27
Views: 2487

Re: What is size limit for attachments?

Try it in a different browser, perhaps Chrome, if you haven't tried that yet. I only have Safari now, besides Bhikkhu Pesala says in above post, that the limit is still 500KB. I get the same error message in Safari and Firefox, so it's not the browser and not the individual user. :shrug: Kim
by Kim OHara
Fri May 31, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Discussion about early Gandharan manuscripts
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Discussion about early Gandharan manuscripts

I posted the OP on DWM as well as here, and a member there reminded me of a good article about the Gandharan manuscripts and their implications - Mark Allon, not Richard. He's an associate of Richard Salomon, who's at one of the US universities, concentrating on the same field. See also Linda Heuman...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 31, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Discussion about early Gandharan manuscripts
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Discussion about early Gandharan manuscripts

Terryw wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 11:52 am
Kim OHara wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 12:08 pm
The religious affairs unit of our national radio broadcaster aired an interview with Richard Allon
Thanks for the link.

I think this should be Mark Allon.
You're right - sorry for the slip.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Fri May 31, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Historically, why religions prosper?
Replies: 32
Views: 1043

Re: Historically, why religions prosper?

A religion prospers if the society prospers, so a religion which strengthens its society should be more likely to prosper than one which doesn't. You seem to be ignoring opposing Satanic or Mara forces (aka "social engineering"), such as Left Wing Cultural Marxism that operates in partnership with ...