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by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 317
Views: 18877

Re: Coronavirus

Chiropractor/drug salesmen who post ads on Youtube are not remotely adequate sources of medical information.
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha make mistakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 3980

Re: Did the Buddha make mistakes?

Before enlightenment the Buddha made many mistakes which he explains. After enlightenment the Buddha made the mistake of assuming he could not teach others, later corrected. His first meeting with the wanderer is a good example of bad communication and unskillful means (also hilarious when the Buddh...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 317
Views: 18877

Re: Coronavirus

It is strange to see how the number of deaths is starting to reduce in a place like Italy... Italy took standard public health measures (social distancing, stay at home rules, etc.) that predictably reduced the rate of transmission and reduced the pressure on their health system. Other countries to...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners
Replies: 29
Views: 993

Re: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners

If you want to explore breath practice in early Buddhism "Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations" by Bhikkhu Anālayo is very good. However, as in any form of mediation, you need to maturely self monitor your practice. The accompanying mediation instruction audios are freely give...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 678

Re: is slavery bad

The Americas had both chattel slavery (the slave is owned and children and children's children are automatically enslaved), other forms of slavery (where the person is owned) and the far better off bondsmen/bondswomen (whose labor is owned for a set period, say 20 years, and the bond may be sold). I...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 140
Views: 5088

Re: Nāgārjuna

.......Here is one more article i read that i think is good, relating to Nagarjuna and Zen, enjoy: http://www.thezensite.com/zenwritings/zenteachingsofnagarjuna.pdf From the article : To see the Mulamadhyamakakarika as a philosophical work would be, in my opinion, to misunderstand Nagarjuna’s purpo...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 140
Views: 5088

Re: Nāgārjuna

There is no Madhyamaka sect. The ideas articulated by Nagrajuna or the Perfection of Wisdom literature are basic to all sects or forms of existing mainstream Mahayana. They would argue that these ideas are inherent in basic Buddhism and so basic to all Buddhism. They do not conflict with Theravada a...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Short suttas = less editing
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: Short suttas = less editing

No. This is would be unreliable. Stories are sometimes added to, but usually are cut down in the re-telling. In linguistics, the earliest form of a language is more complicated and has more grammatical functions than a later version. The language is simplified though long use as a rock Is smoothed b...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 140
Views: 5088

Re: Nāgārjuna

.....How can Madhyamakas speak of "the real?" The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā contains within it a simile of the table. The Madhyamakas hold that an object, say a table, does not exist autonomously without causes and conditions and is therefore said to be empty of absolute existence, and this is the first...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 513

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

My understanding is that the Buddha may have set some basic rules and approved others, but the more complex, highly codified Vinaya was set up after the monastic community became settled and increased in number after his death. This required more regulation, mostly suggested by and agreed to by the ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Earliest text
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Earliest text

If you are looking for the oldest text, then you would probably find it in a Northern Indian language, probably translated into Gandhari. As asked (for the earliest Pali text) the question is an interesting one. Ghandari texts are written in Ghandari, of course, and I believe that all the texts tran...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Volunteer opportunities required
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Volunteer opportunities required

If possible, contact your local temple. They would know better.
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dalai lama said he would extend his life span.. how amazing!
Replies: 12
Views: 479

Re: Dalai lama said he would extend his life span.. how amazing!

It is a joke. For those unfamiliar with the context and the DL’s sense of humor, the DL is tweaking the Chinese as he has before. Don’t forget the Chinese have bizarrely made reincarnation, which they don’t believe in, without Party and State approval a crime with severe penalties on the reincarnate...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 317
Views: 18877

Re: Coronavirus

It is very real whether you are paying attention to it or not.
by Caodemarte
Tue May 26, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha didnt addressed all his disciples bhikkhu ?
Replies: 11
Views: 346

Re: Buddha didnt addressed all his disciples bhikkhu ?

sentinel wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 2:26 am
...I am referring to monastics or monks specifically .
Maybe he just varied his form of address from time to time.