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by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?
Replies: 41
Views: 371

Re: Did Adi Shankaracharya defeat Buddhism?

The decline and disappearance of Buddhism in India had many historical causes, but there is little to no reason to claim that ideological defeat (apparently invisible to historians and contemporaries) was a significant factor. The most common theory is that Buddhism became functionally indistinguish...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 2338

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

.... if karma & rebirth are true, then the gods are real Why? All realms have to exist because their karma exists Is it not the other way around? If something "exists," it is because it is formed by karma and in turn has effects. If all realms exist then the Tooth Fairy, the self, Odin, and every o...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 2338

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

cappuccino wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 6:38 pm
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if karma & rebirth are true, then the gods are real
Why?
by Caodemarte
Mon May 20, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 1705

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

....For example, did Nazi policy support families or did Nazi policy support the sex industry? If Brian Ruhe or the monk say anything in accordance with Dhamma, what they say remains valid. If Brian Ruhe or the monk say anything contrary to the Dhamma, what they say remains invalid. Their “pro fami...
by Caodemarte
Sun May 19, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Burgs?Books?

Where is it stated that he was or is a student of Pa Auk Sayadaw? I found his glancing references to having attended Pa Auk Sayadaw retreat or retreats. Are there any statements by Pa Auk Sayadaw that he would be happy with Burgs teaching? He is a student of pa auk sayadaw and another hindu teacher...
by Caodemarte
Sun May 19, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Burgs?Books?
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Burgs?Books?

Where is it stated that he was or is a student of Pa Auk Sayadaw? I found his glancing references to having attended Pa Auk Sayadaw retreat or retreats. Are there any statements by Pa Auk Sayadaw that he would be happy with Burgs teaching?
by Caodemarte
Thu May 09, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Synthesis of Indian and Buddhist Practice in Japan
Replies: 26
Views: 518

Re: Synthesis of Indian and Buddhist Practice in Japan

....What is interesting to examine why Japanese Buddhism has so much influence from Hinduism but it appears very little influence to Tibetan Buddhism... Buddhism formed over time as “Hinduism” formed over time in Indian cultures. It is not surprising that they influenced each other and that such in...
by Caodemarte
Tue May 07, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Chah Zen Theravada?
Replies: 52
Views: 8911

Re: Ajahn Chah Zen Theravada?

... Many well read people would comment that Luang Pu's teachings were very similar to those of Zen or the Platform Sutra..... ".....When wise people try to select the words best suited to explain the Truth to those who aim at the Truth, they have to use the methods of the Truth that, on reflection...
by Caodemarte
Thu May 02, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental illness
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Mental illness

The tangled multiple chains of cause and effect are extremely difficult to understand, let alone predict. The important point is to do one’s best to live a wholesome, healthy life. What can one do or not do now, in this life, at this moment, to be healthy in body, mind, morals, and action? That is t...
by Caodemarte
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 545

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

.... I may be very unfamiliar with global Buddhism but I observed Zen Buddhism first hand in Japan...... I stayed for 2 nights in a Zen temple at this place ..... When I got over the shock I realized there is no Buddhism in Japan. Just some wannabe Buddhists having a good time. Please, I am not cri...
by Caodemarte
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 545

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

.....Oh, and Japan, well I don't see much Buddhism in Japanese Buddhism really. I think it is good they just keep to their Zen philosophy. It is clear that you are very unfamiliar with global Buddhism. Keep in mind that your first thought is often really, really wrong. BTW, Zen Buddhism is indeed B...
by Caodemarte
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 44
Views: 1159

Re: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few yea

Angulimala is also a great example of how wrong we can go if we blindly follow a religious teacher or cult. Surely the way to stop following or to “exhaust” karma is simply to stop. Then we can catch Buddha who has already stopped!
by Caodemarte
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth and Ultimate truth?
Replies: 32
Views: 617

Re: Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth and Ultimate truth?

Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth or teaching (Vohara Desana) and Ultimate truth or teaching (Paramattha Desana)? It appears my many doubts and questions about Buddhism is the result of not being able to marry the teaching of conventional truth and the ultimate truth. For instanc...
by Caodemarte
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doing retreats in other traditions!
Replies: 5
Views: 208

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...