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by dharmacorps
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 45
Views: 289

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

The Buddha taught for the good of many, for all who could hear his message down to us today. But he died a long time ago and doesn't need to be around for his message to be relevant and timely.
by dharmacorps
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Can someone help me quit smoking ?
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Can someone help me quit smoking ?

Google smoking cessation class in your area or speak to your doctor for resources. I'm afraid there isn't much we can do other than encourage you to do and not be afraid of the challenge to quit. Smoking is a bad habit but its not the end of the world. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 81
Views: 1051

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

There are several mentions in the canon of arahants who are gravely ill who commit suicide "blamelessly" because they had reached the end of the path that is arahantship, and the inference I get from that is that until you are a arahant, you can't commit suicide without it being blameworthy. I would...
by dharmacorps
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "There's a misogynist aspect of Buddhism that nobody talks about"
Replies: 10
Views: 1988

Re: "There's a misogynist aspect of Buddhism that nobody talks about"

Thanks for posting this, DNS. Interesting. I have read a few articles like this which are basically "let's review this religion and find all the politically incorrect things wrong with it from a modern perspective".
by dharmacorps
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 33
Views: 3247

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

This raises an important point. Propagation can't be done too aggressively. I never randomly go up to people talking about Buddhism, lol. But if I encounter someone who is struggling with stress, I'll sometimes tell them about how meditation has helped me, and could possibly help them. I think this...
by dharmacorps
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!
Replies: 113
Views: 2440

Re: Are Rapture and Pleasure (Piti Sukha) Experienced in Nibbana? It Seems So!

Who knows. Practice to reach nibbana and find out. There may be no "you" there. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 35
Views: 2316

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Whatever we may think about this, there are numerous highly respected forest Ajahns who smoked, or chewed tobacco and/or betel nut. There are none that drink alcohol or do street drugs.

Undoubtedly tobacco/betel nut are gross and unhealthy habits, no argument there. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 2356

Re: What is special about ordination?

It depends on one's circumstances in life, and what you have to "work with". For some, ordaining might not be possible. For some, living the lay life may be a hand to mouth fight for work and money. For others, they may be fortunate enough to create a life where they can focus on their practice (thi...
by dharmacorps
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

Whoever wrote that excerpt you quoted probably is unfamiliar with Buddhism, or if they are familiar with it, don't understand it very well.

:anjali:
by dharmacorps
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should online Bikkhus disclose their identity?
Replies: 18
Views: 1561

Re: Should online Bikkhus disclose their identity?

I don't think its reasonable to ask anyone to disclose their identity online, even if it is just their dhamma name.
by dharmacorps
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists

I find myself mostly these days not getting involved in debating, for example, Christians who think us Buddhists are going to hell, or atheists/materialists. The only time I tend to speak up is when people misrepresent what the Buddha taught.
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Is meditation bad for you?
Replies: 27
Views: 984

Re: Is meditation bad for you?

Its not good for everybody. For some people with mental illness or severe trauma, it can cause problems. Like most things in the dhamma, it is a skill, not a end in and of itself.
by dharmacorps
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism under persecution
Replies: 15
Views: 633

Re: Buddhism under persecution

The dhamma won't always be proclaimed. At some point, it will fall away from existence as per the suttas. When that happens its really up to humanity it seems. That's why its best to practice it while we are here in this life.
by dharmacorps
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Writing during the time of the Buddha
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Writing during the time of the Buddha

I've never heard anyone say that writing didn't exist at the time of the Buddha. It existed, it just was not used commonly for religious purposes and was seen as somewhat banal to use for spiritual affairs. It was primarily for business, trade, documentation for the king/republic etc. Also, few peop...
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eradication of Buddhism in India
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Eradication of Buddhism in India

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:09 pm
I fail to see the point of looking into all this. It just seems so irrelevant.
You are right James, this is essentially of no consequence to us today as Buddhists. Essentially an academic consideration.