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by Jason
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rita Gross
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Rita Gross

Not sure if this has been posted yet, but apparently Rita Gross passed away last night (via Khandro.net).
by Jason
Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Identity politics and 21st century Theravada
Replies: 164
Views: 8286

Re: Identity politics and 21st century Theravada

The way I see it, labels are conventions, and as such, they're conventionally useful. As with all things, there's danger in clinging to a label; but just from a day-to-day communicative standpoint, life would be terribly absurd if we all tried to do without them entirely. And sometimes, clinging to ...
by Jason
Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Society Conference in UK Examines the Commoditization of Mindfulness
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Buddhist Society Conference in UK Examines the Commoditization of Mindfulness

Reminds me of an article I read a while back that a friend of mine brought to my attention: " Corporate mindfulness is bullsh*t: Zen or no Zen, you’re working harder and being paid less " My reply was: Capitalism can turn anything into a commodity. I mean, they sell Leninade at Safeway, so it's no s...
by Jason
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ananda reprimanded from Buddhist Council
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Ananda reprimanded from Buddhist Council

Yes, it's true that, according to an account in the Vinaya Pitaka, Ananda was questioned and rebuked by Kassapa re: a number of things that Kassapa found fault with during that First Council. The translation of the Vinaya Pitaka I have is an older one (1885) by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenber...
by Jason
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Origin of the phrase "Life is Suffering"
Replies: 29
Views: 2620

Re: Origin of the phrase "Life is Suffering"

I just wondered when did this phrase first get used. It turns up a lot in misconceptions about Buddhism, but I have no idea where it originally came from. I don't think it would be from a translation as there really isn't any phrase that could be translated like that. I would guess it's probably fr...
by Jason
Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6189

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

As I said, I hate to admit these things in part because of the criticism I'll receive. But I also never said these two traditions are entirely compatible or their ideas analogous; I simply said I find them less antagonistic than I once did. Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels this way. I think...
by Jason
Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6189

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

As I said, I hate to admit these things in part because of the criticism I'll receive. But I also never said these two traditions are entirely compatible or their ideas analogous; I simply said I find them less antagonistic than I once did. Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels this way. I think ...
by Jason
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6189

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

I hate to admit it (both because of the critical things I've said about Christianity in the past as well as because of the criticism I'll potentially receive by some Buddhists presently), but I've recently find myself comparing aspects of Christianity and Buddhism and finding them less antagonistic ...
by Jason
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?
Replies: 10
Views: 795

Re: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?

Personally, I'd say that the Buddha's teachings on dependent co-arising was an evolutionary and unique contribution. In The Place of Buddhism in Indian Thought , for example, Ananda Guruge writes: Lastly, the contributions to Indian thought made by the Buddha should be carefully borne in mind. It wa...
by Jason
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Teachers Speaking About Buddhist Forums?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Teachers Speaking About Buddhist Forums?

About eight years ago or so, when I was more heavily involved in online discussion forums, there was a fair amount of criticism being directed at Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and I took it upon myself to defend him in these discussions. After one particular incident, I wrote a fairly long analysis/defense of...
by Jason
Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The questions of Dr Dukkha
Replies: 60
Views: 2482

Re: How can samsara have no beginning but has an end?

If it's been going on forever, why haven't we all been enlightened by now? From the Buddhist point of view, all conditional things, whether they have a definite beginning point or not, persist for only as long as the conditions for their existence persist : When this is, that is. From the arising o...
by Jason
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism Have An Implied God
Replies: 48
Views: 2182

Re: Does Buddhism Have An Implied God

One of the clue that show Buddha rejects God as determiner of what happened to living being: AN 3.61 Tittha Sutta: Sectarians (2) “Then, bhikkhus, I approached those ascetics and brahmins who hold such a doctrine and view as this: ‘Whatever this person experiences—whether pleasure, pain, or neither...
by Jason
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why there are more people now than 2500 year ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1642

Re: Why there are more people now than 2500 year ago

Based on my own understanding, I think that the reason that the human population is increasing is because "there are six realms of existence." Just imagine how many creatures belong to the animal kingdom on Earth; large animals, small animals, marine animals, countless insects, numerous bugs, count...
by Jason
Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why there are more people now than 2500 year ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1642

Re: Why there are more people now than 2500 year ago

amara wrote:Why there are more people now than 2500 year ago
Well, when a man and a woman love each other very much…
by Jason
Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana for all?
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Nibbana for all?

Is there a sutta in which the Buddha talks about how many beings will (eventually) realize nibbana? Will all eventually realize nibbana? I seem to remember him being asked that question, and him not giving an answer. There are two places in Pali the Canon where this is addressed that I'm aware of. ...
by Jason
Sat May 31, 2014 1:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Forest monastery in Boston
Replies: 21
Views: 3995

Re: Forest monastery in Boston

I know ven. Caganando from our Anagarika days at Nanachat 10 years ago. He is wonderful person, he must be an impressive monk. :anjali: He is. I've had to the pleasure of spending some time with him while he's been staying at the Pacific Hermitage. He's extremely kind, intelligent, and has a wonder...
by Jason
Sat May 31, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahms "Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women..."
Replies: 52
Views: 4864

Re: Ajahn Brahms "Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women..

Thank you sokehi. The more I read of this, the more difficult i find it to not have unskilful thoughts about those blocking ordination for women. The more they protest, the more untenable and baseless their position becomes. Ridiculous. I have to agree. I side with the Anandas of today in this deba...
by Jason
Sat May 31, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?
Replies: 50
Views: 2958

Re: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?

I wonder how many of you who take prescience to be a genuine possibility in Buddhism realise that most forms of prescience entails knowing future dhammas, and only one school in Buddhism is known to have propounded the real-existence of future dharmas, concurrent with past and present dharmas... Qu...
by Jason
Thu May 29, 2014 2:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?
Replies: 50
Views: 2958

Re: Is the Buddhasasana really in decline?

Personally, I don't put too much stock in the whole 'we're living in a degenerate age' thing. One reason is that much of what forms the textual basis for this idea is of a fairly late date and/or commentarial literature. The Anagatavamsa, for example, is a relatively late text and isn't canonical. T...
by Jason
Sun May 18, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Question: perception vs memory
Replies: 3
Views: 764

Re: Question: perception vs memory

They're both intimately connected, and the Pali word for perception, sanna , can be translated as 'the act of remembering.' Perceptions are the mental labels we apply to things that arise in our experience, and memory is an integral part of that: "And why do you call it 'perception'? Because it perc...