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by Caodemarte
Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: Is simple anapanasati sufficient for Enlightenment?

These are are all methods to help you. Many of them may be tremendously helpful and others less so. It is all up to you in the end. Good advice I heard was that you always have ''just enough" to get through. Nibbana is not far away (although it often seems that way to me in my deluded state!).
by Caodemarte
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 35
Views: 536

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

I think its also worth noting, by the way, that the Dalai Lama is not the head of the Gelukpa school. The official head of the Gelukpa school is the Ganden Tripa . HHDL used to be the head of the Tibetan government. :anjali: That is correct. Organizationally he is not the head, but “a simple monk” ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 35
Views: 536

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

... Of course this is a Theravada forum, I have to mention the Theravada rule book and make it clear that it is indeed a problematic conduct under the Theravada's lense. But to be absolutely clear, until some Tibetan's Vinaya scholar out there who can absolutely 100% provides evidence that there's ...
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 35
Views: 536

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

As far as I remember only if bhikkhu touches a woman with lustful mind would be an offense. The Vinaya mentions cases of bhikkhus touching their mother, daughter and sister — that is, direct blood-relations — 'for affection,' and this was said to be, not a fault of Formal Meeting, but a Wrong-Doing...
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 35
Views: 536

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

As far as I remember only if bhikkhu touches a woman with lustful mind would be an offense. The Vinaya mentions cases of bhikkhus touching their mother, daughter and sister — that is, direct blood-relations — 'for affection,' and this was said to be, not a fault of Formal Meeting, but a Wrong-Doing...
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.
Replies: 35
Views: 536

Re: A Buddhist monk (Dalai lama) hugging an American nun.

frank k wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:03 pm
https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2 ... ging.html

Lots of skin to skin contact here as far as I can tell from the picture.
And your concern is?
by Caodemarte
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha consume meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Did Buddha consume meat?

.... Not too long after Buddha's parinibbana was King Ashoka, who advocated vegetarianism. From his Major Rock Edict 1: ... with the writing of this Dhamma edict only three creatures, two peacocks and a deer are killed, and the deer not always. And in time, not even these three creatures will be ki...
by Caodemarte
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha consume meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Did Buddha consume meat?

Greetings, There is much textual evidence that the Buddha ate meat. It appears that vegetarianism as an ideology or a religious ideal, only became wide spread well after the historical Buddha's time. Depends what you mean by wide-spread. Devadatta thought he could use vegetarianism as a wedge to sp...
by Caodemarte
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha consume meat?
Replies: 11
Views: 275

Re: Did Buddha consume meat?

There is much textual evidence that the Buddha ate meat. It appears that vegetarianism as an ideology or a religious ideal, only became wide spread well after the historical Buddha's time. In that period it seems clear that most people did not refrain from meat if they could afford it. This is prett...
by Caodemarte
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: concentration on the breath
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: concentration on the breath

Different techniques are used with different people at different times. In the case of focus on breathing, various teachers even in the same tradition may use various centers of attention. These may also vary individually according to the student. In Pa Auk Sayadaw’s and Mahasi Sayadaw’s teaching, e...
by Caodemarte
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 29
Views: 734

Re: Adolf Hitler

....The Western political doctrine closest to political Buddhism appears to be "fascism", i.e., recognition of "interconnectedness" (of the six-directions of society, per DN 31). Pretty hard for most to accept.....To the contrary, most Westerners believe Buddhism is the same as Judaism, i.e., commu...
by Caodemarte
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?
Replies: 64
Views: 923

Re: Would Buddhism be better witbout 'devas', 'hell realms' and 'hungry ghosts'?

While I respect and am exhilarated by Buddhism (particularly Theravada), I am also alienated by the fact that supernatural beings feature so prominently in Buddhist scripture. Surely the sole focus should be on liberation from incurring karmic debt, eschewing every form of superstition as extraneou...
by Caodemarte
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Discouraged Feet Pointing Direction
Replies: 15
Views: 463

Re: Discouraged Feet Pointing Direction

It is necessary to clearly distinguish between Buddhism and the culture within which Buddhism exists. In the West, it is Buddhism that should be adopted, and not the cultural characteristics of the country from which the Buddhist teacher originates. Absolutely, but one should always be polite and k...
by Caodemarte
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Discouraged Feet Pointing Direction
Replies: 15
Views: 463

Re: Discouraged Feet Pointing Direction

I assume this custom comes from the fact that the bottom of your feet will be dirty, especially where people may walk barefooted or in sandals. Hence the Catholic tradition of washing the feet of lepers and the poor in imitation of Jesus as a gesture of supreme humility. Always know what gestures be...
by Caodemarte
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 450

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

All 3 kinds of feelings are based upon ignorance. They are often useful artificial concepts imposed upon reality which distort or abstract reality. A map of Alaska is not the actual territory of Alaska. When we take any of the feelings as being “real” or attach to them we are making the same error.