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by dharmacorps
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What happened to the 84000 temples built by King Asoka?
Replies: 5
Views: 181

Re: What happened to the 84000 temples built by King Asoka?

I just finished reading Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor by Charles Allen. Bhante's citation definitely is in line with what was said there. In reviewing that, it is clear there were many forces over time which led to the destruction, loss, or otherwise just forgetting of many temples and...
by dharmacorps
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Maitreya
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: Maitreya

The Buddha of the Pali Canon didn't give advice on how to become a Buddha at least as far as I know. He did describe how the Buddha came to be, but it wasn't a path he taught. Therefore, I am not sure focusing on how a future Buddha WILL come to be and what practices he followed or WILL follow is of...
by dharmacorps
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 207
Views: 9250

Re: Coronavirus

Here in the States at least, and probably other places too, the testing just simply is not available, period. Even if you are sick they don't have the tests. The numbers being touted in the media mean very little because of that. People are going to the hospital with all the symptoms and being sent ...
by dharmacorps
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?
Replies: 13
Views: 260

Re: Do my actions automatically become better for each day?

With no effort to one way or the other, would you think your actions would have any particular tendency to go one way or the other?
by dharmacorps
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 207
Views: 9250

Re: Coronavirus

Alcohol damages the healthy functioning of the immune system. Drinking alcohol to treat or prevent covid 19 will have the opposite of the intended effect. Washing your nasal airway with a neti pot will not treat, cure, or prevent coid-19. This is psuedo-science motivated by fear, panic, but also mis...
by dharmacorps
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 207
Views: 9250

Re: Coronavirus

It's not hard to wear a mask correctly, there are instructions in the packet. Builders and tradespeople also need to protect themselves from Chemicals and Noxious substances such as asbestos and insecticide. You fit the mask so it conforms to your face adjusting the straps as necessary. It’s not ro...
by dharmacorps
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 48
Views: 1129

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

Hello :hello: I think you would do well to reread your past threads. From what I can recall, folks have advised you to ground your practice and focus on your daily life time and again.. To me it sounds like you are suffering from the classical emptiness sickness, no trivial matter. The cure is not ...
by dharmacorps
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 207
Views: 9250

Re: Coronavirus

Of interest, most people I see wearing masks are wearing them inappropriately so they don't fit over the mouth right. Health care workers are trained and know how to use them-- we have to pass tests in order to get certified to use them. Its really not worth while to be honest to wear one if you wea...
by dharmacorps
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explanation about 4 Snake Goups in the Ahi Sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: Explanation about 4 Snake Goups in the Ahi Sutta

The Khanda Paritta chant, with text and translation is included here--Nice chant to have in your back pocket if you encounter creepy crawlies, of if you'd rather not encounter whatever a "Black Gotamaka" is, as Bhante mentioned!

https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Chant ... n0054.html
by dharmacorps
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nature Self Aware?
Replies: 20
Views: 438

Re: Is Nature Self Aware?

As we discuss this speculatively, its worth throwing out there that from a scientific perspective, viruses are not living things and therefore not part of biology/nature. They have no independent functioning in the way that bacteria, fungi, and amoebas do.
by dharmacorps
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Richard Gombrich not a Buddhist?
Replies: 14
Views: 309

Re: Why is Richard Gombrich not a Buddhist?

It is not uncommon for individuals to study or discuss something but not take part in it, or practice what they have read or inquired about. In Gombrich's case, he is an academic so its especially common in those circles. Dr. Robert Thurman is a Vajrayana practitioner and academic who has no problem...
by dharmacorps
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 207
Views: 9250

Re: Coronavirus?

I think like SARS, swine flu etc the virus cannot flourish in hot and humid weather. Temp less than 20°C and humidity < 40% is what the pathogen likes Also since most of us have suffered from malaria (and it seems from a study in France that chloroquine + azithromycin is an effective treatment) we ...
by dharmacorps
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 831

Re: Buddhist Pope

If you think about it, almost no other religions have a pope-- not Judaism, not most sects of Islam I am aware of; not Hinduism; etc. It is only catholicism that has one leader who is considered the sole and unerring authority of that religious institution. I'm not sure that has been to the benefit ...
by dharmacorps
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Venerable Buddhaghosa was a Hindu!"
Replies: 58
Views: 1587

Re: "Venerable Buddhaghosa was a Hindu!"

Interesting. I've never heard this claim before. It seems to me this is being used as a way to undermine the credibility of Buddhaghosa and his writings. If he was a Hindu, he certainly spent a awful lot of time creating a historical record of himself being a capable Buddhist monastic and scholar.
by dharmacorps
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 114
Views: 6182

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

People in the west take everything literally and thus create self and other Vishnu means all pervading shuddhi sattva consciousness not bound by klesha Buddha is the awakened one who leads one to Tathagata which also means all pervading Buddha then is same in terms of conscious being Only the munda...