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by dharmacorps
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?
Replies: 13
Views: 145

Re: How long does it take to overcome destructive choices?

when asked a similar question, Thanissaro Bhikkhu usually tells students to be aware that for many of us, enlightenment may be a multiple lifetime project. The starting point for lay people is the 5 precepts. If you can hold those, then you're on your way. For me, my practice only began to proceed a...
by dharmacorps
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 10
Views: 276

Re: Discord within the Sangha

It sounds like kind of a silly reason to disrobe to me. Like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
by dharmacorps
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Back to self!
Replies: 58
Views: 687

Re: Back to self!

This is a low attempt at misinterpreting the teaching of the historical Buddha that was present during his time too. There are a couple of suttas where somebody ask this question to the Buddha and he always sends them back to the basics, back to dependent origination. That is his response for them:...
by dharmacorps
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.
Replies: 9
Views: 193

Re: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.

There are numerous suttas where the Buddha advises lay people about right livelihood and describes the process of an employer getting work, and then hires employees to help him complete the work and describes the responsibilities of the employer and employee. There is nothing in conflict I can see w...
by dharmacorps
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sports gambling
Replies: 7
Views: 134

Re: Sports gambling

By sheer coincidence (luck? :tongue: ) this was posted over at DWM today: Buddhist poker player donates his $660,000 winnings But that is a sheer anomaly, outlier. Most gamblers of course lose in the long-run and that is why the Buddha advised against it. It is not the gambling intrinsically, but w...
by dharmacorps
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 17
Views: 393

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Thanks Sam! You did a good job! :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1015

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Manopubbangama wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:40 pm

"Westerners" are not mature enough for Buddhism yet.
I don't agree with this generalization, although clearly it is true in some instances.
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1015

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Perhaps , patriarchal and discrimination is not the same . Patriarchal can be something beneficial whereas discrimination is unjust or prejudicial and is of ill will which is unwholesome . I think this is the point that has to be made, but likely is a nuanced point which would not be received well ...
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 496

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Thanks Retro for this discussion. I found your description of the Bodhisattva vow really accurate and put into words some feelings I have had about it which I couldn't quite explain. It was also very funny so thank you for the chuckle! I think my main experience has been in relation to the dhamma th...
by dharmacorps
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dhamma in Advertising
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Dhamma in Advertising

There is a Jack in the Box commercial where there is a "Craving Patrol" in a police type vehicle which comes and delivers JITB whenever someone craves their food. Laughed pretty hard when I first saw that one. That's our society for you! Craving must be satiated!
by dharmacorps
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 types of birth from sutta
Replies: 13
Views: 197

Re: 4 types of birth from sutta

Egg, womb, moisture, spontaneous born. First two r correct. Third one refers to like worms, which also came from eggs. Last one we cannot even imagine. So can the Buddha said on these be limited by the scientific knowledge in his days? Unless you have the full knowledge of a Buddha, you can't reall...
by dharmacorps
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 517

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

I think the reasons people don't talk about attainments are actually pretty good ones. In the "culture" of Buddhism, to whatever degree you can discuss that, it is considered in poor taste to speak about such things. Making a claim of this sort is quite hefty and bold, and also, of little value to f...
by dharmacorps
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)
Replies: 25
Views: 629

Re: I'm a young monk in Thailand doing tudong practice :)

Thanks for posting. I am impressed/surprised you are able to use a computer on Tudong, Bhante. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: monism: oneness
Replies: 21
Views: 350

Re: monism: oneness

Thanissaro Bhikkhu has much to say about this-- the idea that the Buddha taught oneness has roots in the western Romantic interpretation of Buddhism, but there isn't any basis for this in the canon.
by dharmacorps
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: Anapanasati and the Breathing Diaphragm

I find the diaphragm easier to focus on than the abdomen. After about 45 minutes on the abdomen I don't feel anything moving around or interesting there. If I focus on the diaphragm, chest, or neck, then there's a lot more going on. Everybody is different of course.