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by mettafuture
Sun May 12, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2127

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

Further, if we ignore politics, bad people can take control of our societies, and those bad people can increase the suffering of others. You're clearly shifting the goalpoasts here... what has "we" got to do with the question of "should nuns and monks be political?" Because monks and nuns are a par...
by mettafuture
Sun May 12, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2127

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

When the supramundane Dhamma of the Buddha has the power to do this, why resort instead to mundane politics, as if it somehow has more power, depth and benefit? That's like asking, "If we can arrive somewhere by running, why walk?" We don't always need to run. As there are many ways to arrive at a ...
by mettafuture
Sun May 12, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2127

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

Politics aren't inherently bad. Without the amplifier of politics, a monastic would only reach the people within their practice circle, or, if they're technically savy, as many people as they could reach on social media. Thích Nhất Hạnh, who everyone here is likely familiar with, coined the term "En...
by mettafuture
Sat May 11, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2127

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

Without the political support of figures like Ashoka the Great, Buddhism may not have had the momentum to flourish. Whether we like it or not, politics are a necessary tool to reach people on a societal-scale. If monks or nuns choose to use politics to mobilize and help people a la the Buddhist Glob...
by mettafuture
Thu May 09, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Moral Relativism & Moral Absolutism: Is There a Universal Right and Wrong?
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Moral Relativism & Moral Absolutism: Is There a Universal Right and Wrong?

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines moral relativism as follows: Moral relativism is the view that moral judgments are true or false only relative to some particular standpoint (for instance, that of a culture or a historical period) and that no standpoint is uniquely privileged over all...
by mettafuture
Mon May 06, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Should nuns and monks be political?
Replies: 54
Views: 2127

Re: Should nuns and monks be political?

Absolutely. If they wish to be. The Buddha told lay followers to be "accomplished in ethical conduct and encourage others to do the same" ( AN 8.26 ). The Buddha likely gave monastics similar instruction. Personally, I can't remain silent and detached when I know someone's politics are causing harm ...
by mettafuture
Sun May 05, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers

I made some tweaks to the selection. I replaced AN 8.43 with AN 3.70, removed AN 5.57, and added DN 31 above MN 41. I'm also working on expanding all of the ellipses to make this collection self-contained and more readable. It's surprising how aggressively ellipses are sometimes used with these text...
by mettafuture
Sat May 04, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers

I find Bhikkhu Bodhi's anthology of suttas, The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony , to be an excellent anthology for laypeople (even though a lot of the suttas are addressed to monastics). I still need to read this. Thank you for the reminder. I have the project of creating a topic ...
by mettafuture
Fri May 03, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers
Replies: 9
Views: 404

An Anthology of Discourses for Lay Followers

I’m compiling an anthology of discourses for lay followers. My one rule is that the text must be directed to a non-monastic. The teachings to monastics, as the Buddha himself has noted ( Snp 2.14 , SN 55.7 ), tend to be incompatible with people who have worldly obligations. I plan on opening the ant...
by mettafuture
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 28
Views: 2135

Re: Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm is undoubtedly wise, but I feel that, from what I've heard and read, he places too much emphasis on jhana, and downplays how diverse the teachings are. Not everyone needs to, or can, strive to become an arahant in a single lifetime. Stream-entry, once-return, and non-return are noble att...
by mettafuture
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 2623

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

If rebirth was somehow disproved, I'd likely continue following the dhamma as usual. The general teachings, especially on ethics, don't become any less practical without rebirth.
by mettafuture
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Sutta Central is fundraising for the year 2019.
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Re: Sutta Central is fundraising for the year 2019.

Wonderful! :twothumbsup: It may also be worth mentioning that dhammatalks.org , where Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu continues the faithful sutta translations and commentary he started on ATI, has a page for donations as well. The page is hidden until you explicitly request it. For convenience, I'll post the di...
by mettafuture
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 5338

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

The conclusion is peace.
by mettafuture
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 5338

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

retrofuturist wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:14 pm
I'm not sure exactly what point you're trying to make with that Vinaya quote. Can you please clarify?
I found it to be a nice teaching appropriate for this discussion. The meaning is quite clear.

:namaste:
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 5338

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

From Vin.IV,20 : “Go forth for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction. Teach the Dhamma which is beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle ...