Search found 358 matches

by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: What are these Ajahn Chah sangha monks' names?

Ajahn Sumedho is the tallest one, to his left is Ajahn Passano (Abhayagiri Abbott).
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 224

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

You have to ask yourself I suppose, if as you say Theravada is more authentic, and you want to pursue liberation above all, why practice both?
by dharmacorps
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Muscle Tensions occurring during meditation.

Keep at it. I struggled with tension in the abdomen for quite some time particularly, maybe 2-3 years, and sometimes my entire meditation was focusing on observing the tension there with the breath.
by dharmacorps
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is this missing ingredient between Jhanas and Nibbana?
Replies: 21
Views: 281

Re: What is this missing ingredient between Jhanas and Nibbana?

Wouldn't we have to say that Jhanas are just part of the 8 fold path?
by dharmacorps
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

“Wander forth, O bhikkhus, for the welfare of the multitude, for the happiness of the multitude, out of compassion for the world, for the good, welfare, and happiness of devas and humans. Let not two go the same way. Teach, O bhikkhus, the Dhamma that is good in the beginning, good in the middle, g...
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Children and parents
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: Children and parents

Regardless of how unethical the parents may be, it seems that the Buddha encouraged forbearance, and every reasonable attempt to expose them to the dhamma before they die. As a whole, the Buddha seemed not to have engaged with the topic of "bad" parents so much, but rather discuss one's duties/indeb...
by dharmacorps
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: All is one. Change my view.
Replies: 24
Views: 331

Re: All is one. Change my view.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu has much to say on this:

https://tricycle.org/magazine/we-are-not-one/
by dharmacorps
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 218
Views: 7659

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

oncereturner wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:42 am
I destroyed the credit card, it was the only way to stop. This is alcoholism...

:namaste:
Destroying the card also will not stop your drinking. You need help. Outside. Yourself.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 949

Re: What is Facebook?

Whatever you do, don't google Total Information Awareness.
by dharmacorps
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 785

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

Beliefs don't dictate where you are reborn. Actions do. Don't those "actions" also include mental kamma? Oh definitely, right view is important. My main point in saying that was the idea that a belief in and of itself, without additional supporting conditions and actions, is of limited value. Contr...
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 785

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

Beliefs don't dictate where you are reborn. Actions do.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 785

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

This question is loaded with the primarily Abrahamic religious idea that "belief" somehow is involved in your destination after death.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Politics is boring
Replies: 11
Views: 216

Re: Politics is boring

Further than being boring, politics nowadays is toxic attachments to views and ideas. Its best to stay away.
by dharmacorps
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A few questions about nibbana
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Re: A few questions about nibbana

"Nibbana is Nibbana"--Ajahn Maha Boowa
by dharmacorps
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism & Amulets?
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Re: Buddhism & Amulets?

When I first got interested in Buddhism I was interested in amulets and Buddhist knick-knacks. If it helps you have faith in the Buddha, then that's fine I suppose, but don't assume they have any power at all. You still need to do the work and follow the practice. It is more likely its just a nice t...
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: London murder rate higher than NYC?
Replies: 13
Views: 404

Re: London murder rate higher than NYC?

London has many millions of people. This is likely comparing the murder rate of London to the burough of Manhattan of New York City (there are 5 buroughs). Its not an apt comparison unless the populations are equivalent.
by dharmacorps
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is stealing always wrong?
Replies: 62
Views: 1208

Re: Is stealing always wrong?

After a certain point, you have to either accept (or reject I suppose) the negative effects of stealing or any other of the precepts, if not on your mind, then in society. To keep asking questions about them interminably isn't what the Buddha would have advised either.
by dharmacorps
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhists from Pakistan
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Buddhists from Pakistan

How interesting. Sounds to me like they are pretty careful about saying too much about how they practice or doing anything too openly which is sad to hear. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 63
Views: 2052

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Hi dharmacorps I think you would need to give examples of socialist and progressive politics being melded with dhamma, which you feel to be negative. Do you mean the "Alliance for Bhikkhunis" who call "organizing and mobilizing for a gender-balanced approach to Theravada monasticism."? No... I thin...
by dharmacorps
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 63
Views: 2052

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

I feel any comment underscoring the need to keep partisan politics out of Buddhism is "apt". Mostly in the USA/West, we see liberal/progressive/activist politics being melded with "Buddhism". This has nothing to do with the dhamma. The dhamma is there to liberate being from suffering, including the ...