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by theravada_guy
Mon May 02, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Taking Root in North America
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Taking Root in North America

Greetings all,

This is a two part question:

1. What are the criteria for determining whether or not Buddhism has taken root in a country?

2. Has Theravada Buddhism fully taken root in North America, or is there still work to be done?

Thank you.
by theravada_guy
Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Various Books on Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Various Books on Buddhism

Thank you, tilt, for the book recommendations and for letting me know that most of those books aren't up to date. :anjali:
by theravada_guy
Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Various Books on Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Re: Various Books on Buddhism

Venerable Pesala, Thank you for responding. I have plenty of books on the basics of the Dhamma. With the list of books that I posted, I am trying to learn all I can about the history of Buddhism in India, learn more about the different sects/schools of Buddhism that exist both in the past and curren...
by theravada_guy
Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Various Books on Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 923

Various Books on Buddhism

Greetings all, The list below is comprised of books I found on a Web store in India. I was just wondering if anyone has ever heard of or read any of them? Are there any to definitely avoid? I know it's a rather long list, but I want any feedback that I can get. Thank you all for any help you can pro...
by theravada_guy
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: God Particle
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: God Particle

Kim,

Thanks for pointing that out. I'm very scientifically inept (I think that's the right word?). A lot of it is over my head. I didn't do very well in science and math classes in school.
by theravada_guy
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My girlfriend
Replies: 13
Views: 1846

Re: My girlfriend

Good advice from everyone, here. I know with me, personally, relationships only complicate my life and affect my practice of Dhamma in a negative fashion. I agree with the previous poster that said solitude is best for Dhamma practice. However, I understand that isn't possible for everyone. I, too, ...
by theravada_guy
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: God Particle
Replies: 13
Views: 1985

Re: God Particle

Thanks for making this post, tilt. I've been wondering about this discovery. I like Alex's possible explanation of why it's called the "God particle". Makes sense to me.

That image was pretty funny, Ben... :rofl:
by theravada_guy
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thai "Buddhist" pendant
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Thai "Buddhist" pendant

Ask the folks at this Web site:

http://www.thaiamuletsales.com/

They might be able to help you.
by theravada_guy
Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thai "Buddhist" pendant
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Thai "Buddhist" pendant

There are a lot of fake amulets out there. You really need to either buy them for a reputable dealer or directly from a temple. You can easily get ripped off. You should ask whoever gave it to you at what temple and what city they got it in. If they can't provide this information, well...I don't kno...
by theravada_guy
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Forest Sangha Publications
Replies: 8
Views: 863

Re: Forest Sangha Publications

Would anyone know why I get a question mark (?) in some Pali words when I read the ePubs in Adobe Digital Editions? How can I fix this?

Thanks.
by theravada_guy
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Could someone please explain this rule?
Replies: 40
Views: 6173

Re: Could someone please explain this rule?

Alan, I don't mean any disrespect, but you seem to have such high disregard for rules, what do you think of the Five Precepts? I, for one, see all the rules as valid. Don't ask me to explain it, it's just how I feel. Also, as far as removing the minor rules that the Buddha said could be removed, I t...
by theravada_guy
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: English Translations
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: English Translations

Buckwheat, No, I haven't run out of material, far from it. I just was wondering because I thought maybe it could of benefit to people (including myself, someday) that read English better than other languages. What sparked the interest in this was a program I have of the Tipitaka all in romanized scr...
by theravada_guy
Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:24 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: English Translations
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: English Translations

Thank you, David. Do you know if they have plans on completing everything?
by theravada_guy
Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:02 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: English Translations
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: English Translations

Well, let me put it this way. I believe both are possible. Or, I assume it would be considering the Mishnah, Talmuds (both Jerusalem and Babylonian), Midrash, commentaries on Torah/Tanach (Jewish Bible), etc. were all translated from the original Hebrew into various languages and subsequently publis...
by theravada_guy
Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:58 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Could someone please explain this rule?
Replies: 40
Views: 6173

Re: Could someone please explain this rule?

I have Thanissaro Bhikkhu's "Buddhist Monastic Code" in hard copy. I haven't started reading it yet. The smaller volume I have on the same subject didn't mention anything about this. But, Ajahn Thanissaro's book (it's actuallly two volumes) is online in PDF format. You might be able to find it in th...
by theravada_guy
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: English Translations
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

English Translations

Does anyone think some publishing company will ever take on the task of translating and publishing the entire Tipitaka along with its commentaries and sub-commentaries in English? I'd really like to see this happen, especially if they make the volumes available individually. It's not out of the ques...
by theravada_guy
Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.

Well...Theravada Buddhism is as close to the original Buddhism as we can get. The scriptures we go by are called the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka (Three Baskets). Basically, it's three collections of the Buddha's original teachings. The Vinaya Pitaka, which contains the monastic codes for monks and nuns;...
by theravada_guy
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.

I gave BuddhaNet because I wasn't sure if he/she had decided on Theravada or a form of Mahayana yet. Edit: And, to the original poster, what I gave you as a response is from the Theravadin perspective. The Mahayana/Vajrayana may have differing opinions on Nibbana, etc. For example, in Theravada, the...
by theravada_guy
Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.

ya ive heard that its best to choose one too and not bounce around but i feel like i should see what all the beliefs are and choose what makes the most sense to myself. but i understand why one would say that because it could be overwhelming. i already have a very deep thinking mind and buddhism is...
by theravada_guy
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: can someone please correct me on the idea i got from this.

You're quite welcome. I'm no expert, but I know some things. Yes, it's hard to figure out where you belong at first because there's so much variety. That and certain things are different between the schools. I would recommend http://www.buddhanet.net to get grounded in the basics. That's the main th...