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by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth and Ultimate truth?
Replies: 24
Views: 254

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

khaaan wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:29 pm

Sarath didn't ask for suggestions about his practice. You volunteered, "I would recommend alternate techniques ... " Why would you use that phrasing unless you think he's not already doing your recommendations?
If Sarath has a problem with my phrasing he can speak perfectly well for himself.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is chanting an important part of the practice?
Replies: 9
Views: 111

Re: Is chanting an important part of the practice?

I can only speak for myself, but I was never a big fan of chanting. A few years ago I decided to try it out and was really surprised how powerful it is in terms of calming the mind and enhancing meditation. It also helps give a reason to memorize suttas and possess the ability to recite teachings fr...
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 12
Views: 167

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

polo wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:51 pm
Hi folks,
I accidentally got on the website of "Dharma Wheel Forum" which is discussing Mahayana Buddhism. It looks quite similar to Dhamma Wheel Forum for Theravada Buddhism.
That's because it was created and owned by the same person-- DNS. They are sister sites. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth and Ultimate truth?
Replies: 24
Views: 254

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

khaaan wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:48 pm

Why do you believe that Sarath doesn't do concentration meditation, chanting, or generosity?
I don't have any knowledge of Sarath's practice. I am only suggesting routes to channel his inquisitive energy.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 11
Views: 168

Re: Self defence

Maybe DNS can help answer this, but are there different schools of Aikido? I have known some people who practice this and it seems like there is big variation in it. One guy I knew who was a competitive Aikido practitioner would always have black eyes and bruises from matches. Then some of the other...
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent Origination in terms of conventional truth and Ultimate truth?
Replies: 24
Views: 254

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

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. Sarath, it is clear to me you have a sharp mind and ask good questions, but does it get your closer to where you want to be? If not, then maybe ...
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Goodness
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Goodness

Can you give us the greater context of the quote? Taken in a vacuum, it is hard to know what is mean by this.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:28 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: 21
Views: 319

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

Kamma isn't "cleared" by tit for tat, eye or an eye retribution. As mention already, nobody would ever be able to reach enlightenment if we had to "pay" equivalent prices for every wrong we have ever committed.
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do you have sadness in the first Jhana?
Replies: 3
Views: 166

Re: Why do you have sadness in the first Jhana?

Are you trying to cultivate Jhanas? If so, speculating on what will or will not be present is probably a distraction to that cultivation. Pre-conceived notions of what jhanas are or will be like will make it harder to attain them. If you are looking back on evaluating a jhanic experience, then maybe...
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is selling images of Buddha wrong?
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Is selling images of Buddha wrong?

In Sri Lanka, there is a public awareness campaign to warn citizens that images of the Buddha are not for decoration or artwork. I am guessing it is probably to discourage Buddha flowerpots and the like. Is it wrong to use these? I guess it depends on the intention. If you follow the Buddha's path o...
by dharmacorps
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "In this very life"
Replies: 10
Views: 304

Re: "In this very life"

Of interest, sanditthiko is sometimes translated as "apparent here and now", in English chanting at Abhayagiri.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Right Livelihood

I'm currently in my 2nd year of a biomedical science degree (having returned to university later in life). I haven't fully decided yet but in the future I may go into research. This would mean that I could potentially be killing living beings in order to help people (laboratory animals). Do you thi...
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 271

Re: Zombie Pigs

Dying can be quick or slow and is more of a process than a distinct event. If someone was brought back after a few hours then we could say they really hadn't technically died. Or completely died.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What Now?
Replies: 19
Views: 701

Re: What Now?

Sounds like you have studied for a long time--wonderful. Maybe you could make a resolution to sit for 45 minutes a day, everyday. Take the precepts every day (recite to yourself). Donate to a monastery. Many of the most dedicated practitioners where I live are 65+.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 322

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

The science seems to indicate simply jellyfish don't die from aging alone. They are not immortal, their life cycle just doesn't include specific kinds of death due to aging in the way other animals might. I think you'll have to keep looking to find a biological entity whose existence refutes the Bud...