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by dharmacorps
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: How do I know that the Abhidhamma is not a mental fabrication?
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: How do I know that the Abhidhamma is not a mental fabrication?

The abhidhamma, and the dhamma for that matter, is, yes a fabrication. Although it is tricky, because the dhamma is a fabrication which leads to the end of fabrications. :anjali: There are sutta references for this but I don't have them on hand.
by dharmacorps
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Donate to a real buddhist monastery from home?
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Donate to a real buddhist monastery from home?

I don't have any experience with donating to a monastery in southeast Asia, because I like to donate to monasteries in my home country. They need the money more, because there aren't many Buddhists in my country to give them money. Exact same here. Also, frequently there are volunteer run foundatio...
by dharmacorps
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 37
Views: 844

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

I ask because it's one thing to say what you believe, and another to say "the Buddha said" if he didn't, because he regarded that as a form of slander. Metta, Paul. :) Sure, and it would be slander if there were no basis in the canon and tradition for my admittedly general/broad statements. Like if...
by dharmacorps
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 37
Views: 844

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Welcome to DW. Something to think about as you explore the dhamma would be to examine that western culture has ideas of Abrahamic faiths suffused throughout-- even in western atheism there is a lot of this. So underpinning this question may be many almost pre-verbal assumptions about the universe, i...
by dharmacorps
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: A reason for lying

How about telling someone "That's none of your business" or something to that effect? Diplomacy was invented for a reason. Exactly! There is nothing wrong with refusing to answer, or even staying silent. It may not be genteel or considered good manners in some places, but then again prying and aski...
by dharmacorps
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?

Although writing did exist at the time of the Buddha, he chose to have his followers memorize the suttas by chanting instead. Then they were recorded later. This may have been the intention, but who knows what he knew would happen. He knew eventually the dhamma would disappear from the world. Handfu...
by dharmacorps
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: A reason for lying

His reasons for lying are still to protect his ego and image, though. A lot of these things are on us to handle skillfully. You don't have to share 100 percent truth all the time with everybody any time, discernment is the major factor here. The idea is that the substance of what you say is true.
by dharmacorps
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

sentinel wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:53 pm

There are many things that aren't in the ebt . Jesus Christ for one . But , he does exists .
At the time the suttas were recited, no, he did not exist (yet). But anyway, nobody is saying everything is in the suttas I'll leave it at that.
by dharmacorps
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Trying to introduce an abusive alcoholic father to weed?
Replies: 11
Views: 376

Re: Trying to introduce an abusive alcoholic father to weed?

From a non-dhamma perspective of one in recovery/AA, this is frankly a terrible idea. I understand your reason for approaching this question, but this is a matter of not being informed about addiction. Please stop and think carefully before going on this perilous course. Let me put this simply: supp...
by dharmacorps
Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

Devas are in Samsara. Bodhisattvas who have attained the bhumis (bodhisattva grounds) are liberated from samsara. They are trans-worldly. That is the traditional Mahayana perspective, yes. But none of that has a basis in the early Buddhist texts (samsara is not a place, but a process as the Buddha ...
by dharmacorps
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

I'm not sure if this is really that profound of a statement. Devas exist in Theravada, so it is possible the Ajahn was acknowledging what what the Northern school calls Boddhisattvas are "real" in that sense, or not definitely made up.
by dharmacorps
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: difference in ordination during buddha time vs now?
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: difference in ordination during buddha time vs now?

confusedlayman wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:49 pm
now the ordination involves very big process but during buddha time, its just 2 second to a minute to ordain.
How do we know this? I have never heard this.
by dharmacorps
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Book about jhana
Replies: 22
Views: 956

Re: Book about jhana

I've read Brasington's books,and a few others. For whatever reason, I find it hard to "learn" much from reading about the jhanas. The technique isn't much different than what is already there in the suttas. My guess is that this is because of different mind types and experiences of different meditat...
by dharmacorps
Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood and Law Enforcement
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Right Livelihood and Law Enforcement

I think you can be a Buddhist and be in law enforcement. You aren't in the trade of weapons being a officer. The only tricky part is that there may be situations where you may have few options other than killing someone. That may be rare, but it does happen. I am not sure there is any getting around...
by dharmacorps
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 1599

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

binocular wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:59 pm

But all this merit is irrelevant if one doesn't come in contact with the Buddha's teachings.
Everyone on this board, for whatever reason has had that fortune to encounter the Buddha's teachings. The question is what are you going to do with it?