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by ieee23
Wed May 23, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism
Replies: 27
Views: 465

Re: Jordan Peterson - The Problem With Atheism

I've seen a number of articles about Jordan Peterson in very respectable publications of good reputation such as the New York Times. Reading these articles written by professional journalists ( whose careers depend on their reputations for getting the facts right ) my understanding of Jordan Peterso...
by ieee23
Fri May 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 115
Views: 6733

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I've been doing volunteer work for a few months now at a spiritualist center. and in those months I'm only able to meditate an hour a day and 5 minutes of puja. I have a friend who had the same experience. She gave up her science career to go live at a yoga retreat. She spent most of her time doing...
by ieee23
Fri May 11, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Should people be exhorted/persuaded to practice the Dhamma at all?
Replies: 9
Views: 272

Re: Should people be exhorted/persuaded to practice the Dhamma at all?

No.

Doing the Buddhist path requires 100% self motivation.

Energy is better spent doing your own practice and making materials easily available rather than finding people to hit over the head with the dhamma.
by ieee23
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning–Kruger effect
Replies: 24
Views: 566

Re: Dunning–Kruger effect

A typical example is people who take to argue against monks eating meat. Saying; - It is so obvious! I can't belive you do not get it! While in reality their view is easily understood by anyone who not a complete imbecile and they are the one who don't comprehend the more complex position. Yet argu...
by ieee23
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning–Kruger effect
Replies: 24
Views: 566

Re: Dunning–Kruger effect

The problem with the concept of the Dunning-Kruger effect is that everyone fancies themselves as the exception and/or they take their self esteem issues as a sign that they are really a special person after all.
by ieee23
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 80
Views: 2448

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

Tibetan tradition is not really Buddhism. Your opinion? Edit: My first post had a wrong link. Sorry about that! https://dharma-documentaries.net/lama-osel-hita It isn't my cup of tea, but life is short. I would rather spend my time meditating and being in nice mental states than criticizing what ot...
by ieee23
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Triple bhikkhuni ordination in Los Angeles
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Triple bhikkhuni ordination in Los Angeles

Excellent development.

The more people who can devote their lives to the Buddha's teachings the better.

:twothumbsup: :twothumbsup: :twothumbsup: :twothumbsup: :twothumbsup:
by ieee23
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Criticism of triple bhikkhuni ordination in Los Angeles
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Criticism of triple bhikkhuni ordination in Los Angeles

I have zero problems with it. In fact, I think it is a good thing. I became a Buddhist for what the Buddha's teachings could do for me and other people. Making it possible for women to ordain allows more people so inclined to pursue the Buddha's teachings full time. I don't care about institutional ...
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread
Replies: 160
Views: 38350

Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

The Fourth Nobel Truth https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6W8LS9 I haven't seen the film yet, but what I find the most amazing is the choice of Hamlin as the lead actor! Sometimes, it's the life stories of actors, their ups and downs in their careers, and their choice of films to act in that is the most...
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why we should NOT to ordain?
Replies: 13
Views: 624

Re: Why we should NOT to ordain?

since I'm a current monk I technically don't meet the criteria to respond to this thread, but I have to back up everything James has said. Well, disrobe, then you can come back here post in this thread :-). Seriously, I was the one who wrote the quote you replied to and I am not, and have never bee...
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Piya Tan
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Piya Tan

DNS wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:11 pm
Piya Tan is a former Theravada monk (of 20 years) and continues to write on the Dhamma. He has some very good articles. His most recent one:

R541 Revisioning Buddhism 202
http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-con ... -RB202.pdf
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by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Good movies to watch
Replies: 44
Views: 3165

Re: Good movies to watch

The Fourth Nobel Truth

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6W8LS9


I think it is a great way for non-buddhists to get their first idea of what Buddhism is about.

Its about a jaded movie star sentenced by a judge to get meditation and dhamma lessons after he is arrested for drunk driving.
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread
Replies: 160
Views: 38350

Re: The obligatory Dhamma themed movie thread

The Fourth Nobel Truth

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M6W8LS9


I think it is a great way for non-buddhists to get their first idea of what Buddhism is about.

Its about a jaded movie star sentenced by a judge to get meditation and dhamma lessons after he is arrested for drunk driving.
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 2029

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

More often than not I end up praying to the Buddha. Is that wrong practice? I know the Buddha said Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge. Mahāparinibbāṇa ...
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why we should NOT to ordain?
Replies: 13
Views: 624

Re: Why we should NOT to ordain?

Hello dear friends , We all know why it is good to ordain, but i would like to ask to those who disrobed (or never ordained) : can you list some reasons why someone should NOT to ordain? Metta :) I was never a monastic, but in my own personal opinion people should not ordain until they have lived a...
by ieee23
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 137
Views: 3461

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

One pet peeve of mine, on another forum, people will write "...in my country, blah blah blah ".

Makes me curious, then I have to ask them "what is your country?" to make sense of their comment. Um, why can't you just say I am from X and this is the case here? :-)
by ieee23
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is this vipassana method called?
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: What is this vipassana method called?

Wow, skimming over these "answers" not one attempted to answer my questions, only to use my questions as a springboard to go on about their own fixations. There is a vipassana method called "noting" in English. Whatever thought or feeling pops up, you give it a label. Is it also called "The Mahashi ...
by ieee23
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What is this vipassana method called?
Replies: 11
Views: 420

What is this vipassana method called?

There is a vipassana method called "noting" in English. Whatever thought or feeling pops up, you give it a label. Is it also called "The Mahashi Method" ? Does "Noting" have another name? Where does it come from? Is there a short, boiler plate piece on the web that describes it? Are there books that...
by ieee23
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Absolutely yes. If you don't talk about a problem, you can't fix a problem. This couldn't be more true than with corruption and abuse. Especially with religious institutions there are too many people willing to sweep things under the rug and willing to tell victims to just take it, all while wrappin...
by ieee23
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?
Replies: 17
Views: 710

Re: How to deal with a monk who's reputation is tarnish by a sexual scandl?

My opinion is that if a monk/teacher can not behave better than I do, then s/he does not have much to teach me. Bad behaviour is reflective of inner conflict and poor inner development. I want to learn inner peace and inner development so it would be a waste of my time to give spend time on a teache...