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by mettafuture
Sat May 26, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: praying to devas
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: praying to devas

There are paritta (protective) recitations that one can do, but, if I recall, these are usually directed to the Buddha. There's also devanussati (recollection of the devas) where one meditates on the qualities of the devas. This practice is outlined in AN 11.12 , and deconstructed in 15.13 of Piya T...
by mettafuture
Sat May 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma and Abortion
Replies: 63
Views: 1693

Re: Dhamma and Abortion

Politically, I'm very progressive. I support gun control, the disassembly of enforced gender roles, and civil rights for all (particularly the marginalized). But when it comes to abortion, I find it difficult to voice my full-throated support for it. I understand that abortion can be a medical neces...
by mettafuture
Fri May 25, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Perhaps relevant to this discussion, in response to a question about why the Buddha would teach reappearance by aspiration/rebirth by choice ( MN 120 ), Bhikku Bodhi gives a helpful analogy illustrating the correlation between our abilities and aspirations, and how the Buddha's teachings accommodate...
by mettafuture
Fri May 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 73
Views: 15501

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

Piya Tan—Why Buddhism is True-2018 https://youtu.be/SuQ_tsmgAxs An insightful talk by Piya Tan inspired by the book ' Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment ' by evolutionary psychologist Robert Wright. I found Piya Tan's dharmafarer.org page while doing a ...
by mettafuture
Wed May 16, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Another weakness, which I think is particularly common in Western dhamma circles, is to emphasize meditation as the main or only practice for all Buddhists. I have come to see that there are more than a few Buddhists with significant emotional or psychiatric conditions which make it a bad idea for ...
by mettafuture
Tue May 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1459

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

When I first started on the path about 15 years ago, I asked these same questions. Just the mere mention of "deities" in the texts was almost a deal breaker for me. So I focused on just the parts that I found useful, specifically the teachings on mindfulness and equanimity. Overtime, as my greed, an...
by mettafuture
Tue May 15, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Zom wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 4:29 pm
The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was inspired by this site.
Unlikely. Good and experienced buddhists who know suttas well, will come to such Dhamma presentation naturally.
Good point. You might be right.
by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

What are your thoughts? Here: A Constitution for Living: Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life It's nice how each section clearly states which sutta is being reference. The structure reminds me of The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony . Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was ins...
by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Taking this into consideration, when teaching the laity today, perhaps it would be more appropriate to focus more on the teachings directed to them, and less on the teachings directed to monastics. Personally, as a lay follower, I've found the teachings to lay people to be far more pertinent. What ...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Could it be that on places like Youtube and written teachings, the laypeople are just picking up the wrong books, which aren't geared to their needs? In the West, resources on the devotional and protective practices simply aren't as readily available as resources on Satipatthana. Aside from a few Y...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.107.horn.html Great sutta. :namaste: I'm interested to know Mettafuture, who is doing the teaching to laypeople as if they were monastics? Hi. I'd rather not call out any specific teachers by name, so I'll give a general example: There are countless bo...
by mettafuture
Sun May 13, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 567

Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

In a paper by John L. Kelly, The Buddha’s Teachings to Lay People , which I’ve found incredibly helpful, it's shown that the Buddha’s teachings varied according to the background of the listener(s). He didn’t give the exact same instructions to everyone. Taking this into consideration, when teaching...
by mettafuture
Tue May 01, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Dependent origination in practice for householders

Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. :namaste: I like your systematic approach. Thanks. For practice, I try to stay as close to the suttas as possible. throwing this in real quick http://seeingthroughthenet.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/The-Law-of-Dependent-Arising_LE_Rev_1.0.pdf It neve...
by mettafuture
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination in practice for householders
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Dependent origination in practice for householders

In SN 12.41 , the Buddha outlines the prerequisites to stream-entry for the laity via five precepts, faith, virtue, and dependent origination. In similar suttas (e.g., AN 10.92 , SN 55.28), ethics, faith, and dependent origination are again expounded to the laity for practice. Taking these suttas an...
by mettafuture
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati

Very helpful information.

Thank you, bhante.
by mettafuture
Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Literal word-for-word translation of the Buddhānussati

I'm trying to understand each of the Pali words in the Buddhānussati. Here's what I have so far. iti-pi so (thus-indeed he) bhagavā (blessed one) arahaṃ (arahant, perfected person, worthy one) sammā (perfectly, rightly); sambuddho (enlightened) vijjā caraṇa sampanno (knowledge good-conduct accomplis...
by mettafuture
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices

Hi Nava Guṇa Gāthā (Nine Virtues of the Buddha) : https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=914#p11232 ... :anjali: Thank you. :anjali: Here's a clip (from 12:45 to 13:17) of Ven. Bodhi giving a step-by-step read-through of the nine qualities of the Buddha in Pali. This is the only video of its kind ...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices

I'm referring to the complete Buddhist path, not the adaptation for householders ... As a householder with no interest in becoming a monk, I needn't worry about the complete path, and every detail therein. I'm aware of it, but it's not part of my practice. According to the texts, you have to abando...
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Seeking Books on Devotional Practices
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re:

:anjali: :namaste: Ven Anandajoti's "Chanting book for Meditators" http://dharma-records.buddhasasana.net/texts/new-chanting-book-for-meditators-published Excellent. Thank you. Theravada is not essentially a devotional path, but one of insight. That's what I thought too until I took a closer look a...