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by Caodemarte
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Esoteric Theravada meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Esoteric Theravada meditation

Is everything that is outside from literal meditation content in the Nikayas considered as Esoteric? “Esoteric Buddhism” refers to Buddhist sects or schools that rely on secret instruction (as distinct from private). In Mahayana the main examples of esoteric schools would be Shingon, Mantrayana, Ta...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tantric Theravada?
Replies: 141
Views: 44477

Re: Tantric Theravada?

Grigoris wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:49 am
... are not blasphemous, quite the contrary...
No one here said anybody was. I was trying to explain some traditional attitudes and sensitivities in Buddhist majority SE Asia, including Thailand. I hope no one has taken offense.
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tantric Theravada?
Replies: 141
Views: 44477

Re: Tantric Theravada?

Bear in mind that tattoos in SE Asia are usually considered socially unacceptable as a sign of gang membership, spreading superstition (or being uneducated at best), or involvement in black magic. It will be difficult to join a monastery, the police, or the armed forces in most cases. Foreigners sp...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tantric Theravada?
Replies: 141
Views: 44477

Re: Tantric Theravada?

Bear in mind that tattoos in SE Asia are usually considered socially unacceptable as a sign of gang membership, spreading superstition (or being uneducated at best), or involvement in black magic. It will be difficult to join a monastery, the police, or the armed forces in most cases. Foreigners spo...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

Buddhism is an abstract concept and thus cannot be peaceful or non-peaceful. I personally find myself more peaceful as a side effect of Buddhist practice (note that billions of people, many with more reason, say the same about their practice of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc. and etc.). I can fin...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

I am not sure if anyone here wants to stay in a country or society where the majority are Muslims . But , I am certainly not going to if there is a choice . Live in it and then tell us how would you feel . Please , by all means , no straight black and white in any cases , but do invite yourself , i...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?
Replies: 15
Views: 443

Re: Does becoming enlightened change a personality entirely?

No, because then there would have to have been something to change.
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

... Once again, there is no logical pathway between Buddhadhamma and such things. These things are done in spite of the Dhamma, not because of it. In terms of Islam vile acts are committed because of it... Really? This is almost the definition of hypocrisy and mindless prejudice. If Turks, for exam...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

... There is an easier logical pathway between Islam and violence than there is between Buddhadhamma and violence. One lends itself to it, even embracing it, whilst the other does not. Violence was with Islam right from the beginning, which isn’t surprising considering its morally questionable foun...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

It is the views that a religion propagates that will determine whether it is peaceful or not. I think in general, humans are generally good. But they are also easily subjected to group-think. In that sense, nobel laurette Steven Weinbeg was correct to say that: “With or without religion, good peopl...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

The claim that Islam is a religion of peace is ahistorical. No, in fact a simple examination of actual history would more nearly show the opposite. Islam is clearly at least as much a religion of peace as any other. But to return to the OP historically Buddhism is as much a religion of war and viol...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1842

Re: Religion of peace

Fortunately, Buddhists tend to be very tolerant and peaceful to other sects, denominations. Monks often stay at each others' temples and monasteries, even though they are from different traditions. Typically, you don't find that in Islam for example between Sunnis and Shiites. Or in Christianity be...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is "mono no aware" compatible with Early Buddhism?
Replies: 10
Views: 255

Re: Is "mono no aware" compatible with Early Buddhism?

Certainly compatible and perhaps “mono no aware,” like “wabi/sabi” in Japanese aesthetics actually comes from Buddhist concepts introduced to Japan. I would think so, but don’t know the history well enough to confirm that.
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 321

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:25 am
... Mahayana... try to be Buddha in the next life because you can have only one Buddha in this eon.
No, not in any mainstream Mahayana form. But as this is not a Mahayana forum for the discussion of the Mahayana, what is the Theravadin “view on enlightenment” in your view?
by Caodemarte
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: theravadin view on enlightenment
Replies: 13
Views: 321

Re: theravadin view on enlightenment

Cutting the defilements off at the root is done by being fully aware of them and one’s effort to cut them off, etc. so there is no real contradiction. The contradiction is that in this particular view, there is no "cutting-off" of defilements, and full enlightenment is simply the awareness that the...