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by Caodemarte
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doing retreats in other traditions!
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: Doing retreats in other traditions!

Rather than rushing off to an intensive retreat, your would normally be better off visiting a local center of whatever tradition you are interested in if possible, viewing online instructions or reading a book if you can separate the authentic sources from the chaff. After you understand what is don...
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 806

Re: Theravada and patriotism

No Buddhist Sangha in a majority Buddhist country condemns patriotism, but rather encourages it. Love of country or family is fine as long as it Is not perverted into hatred of others, attachment, or grasping. Hopefully, we will expand our ability to love (here meant in its spiritual sense) and to b...
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 1044

Re: Theravada and mahayana

SarathW wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:08 am
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Having said that I do not have much regard for monks who do not follow Vinaya rules.
The question becomes which Vinaya rules one should follow and why. Whichever rules followed should not be applieed in some sort of mechanical way, but as a means to liberation, to be moral, to be humane.
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 1044

Re: Theravada and mahayana

The way I understand Mahayana believes that the Nibbana is some sort of objective reality while Theravada does not accept this. Another important point is I think Mahayanist think that they can't attain liberation in this life. This is incorrect concerning Mahayana. Most splits in Buddhism came and...
by Caodemarte
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Difficulty breathing with sitting posture?
Replies: 8
Views: 4036

Re: Difficulty breathing with sitting posture?

Try, if you are not already, to breathe from the abdomen and not put any effort in the chest or lungs. The lungs will do their thing by themselves if you are breathing from the lower abdomen.
by Caodemarte
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?

Perhaps you could focus on the well wishing or intention (may I be happy, may x be happy, may all be happy or well) rather than looking for feelings that you may not have yet. So, like, just say those words in my head over and over? Usually I try to not think during meditation, is metta different? ...
by Caodemarte
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: What are some goods books/resources to learn metta meditation from?

Perhaps you could focus on the well wishing or intention (may I be happy, may x be happy, may all be happy or well) rather than looking for feelings that you may not have yet. Typical instructions include: https://jackkornfield.com/meditation-lovingkindness/ Book that may be of interest: Loving-Kind...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did meditation really "die out" ?
Replies: 28
Views: 721

Re: Did meditation really "die out" ?

It really depends on what you mean by meditation and in what area. The main currently taught Theravada Buddhist meditation methods from SE Asia are quite clearly and publiclly acknowledged “reinventions” of Buddhist meditation based on textual study and practice. They were not passed down from the B...
by Caodemarte
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Where did the Buddha forbid use of Sanskrit?
Replies: 13
Views: 2040

Re: Where did the Buddha forbid use of Sanskrit?

"Nowhere is this said and the idea makes little sense in context. I have heard this too and I think it comes from ignorance of the history of Sanskrit and confusion with a murky view of the unrelated effort to translate the Bible into emerging local languages in Europe." :oops: This is a false stat...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

... ...As for my own view, I cannot in good conscience remain a member of a forum in which there is so much ill will, intolerance and outright prejudice expressed to non-Buddhist groups or individuals. So I will follow this thread to its natural conclusion and sign off. :anjali: I do not believe th...
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

In most cases it is not hard at all for a reasonable person to identify such posts and their purpose. There is no question that online hate speech such as we see on DW is linked to violence. Words have consequences. (See http://www.dw.com/en/new-study-shows-afd-facebook-posts-spur-anti-refugee-attac...
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

Greetings, No it's not. If that were true "legally", Twitter, Facebook and Google would not exist, given they contain links to external sites of dubious nature. Similarly, what you define as "morally" is just you expressing your morality and/or personal preference... there's no objective or Dhammic...
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

retrofuturist wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:34 am
Greetings Mr Man,

Someone posting a link to a video to substantiate their position is hardly "Dhamma Wheel publishing videos"...

Metta,
Paul. :)
Yes, it is. If DW publishes it, DW is legally and morally responsible.
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

We are not discussing the question of the decision to allow or not allow political dIscussion with a Buddhist perspective or not to have a vibrant forum. The question is, “ Is the forum a vibrant Buddhist forum if it is a platform for promoting Nazism, anti-Semitism, racist bigotry, and religious ha...
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Re: Free speech, mere offense, direct harm & antisemitism
Replies: 168
Views: 7930

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

...I agree with the general point here, but would warn that ideas having caused direct harm in the past is a poor predictor of whether they will cause harm in the present or future. Ideas about homosexuality being a sin against God, for example, or ideas about racial purity and miscegenation: these...