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by mettafuture
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 28
Views: 1378

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: 1638

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: 388

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: 4008

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: 4008

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: 4008

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 ...
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

Ultimately it depended on me to pay attention (...) Not paying attention to your surroundings can be dangerous. (...) fail to understand why their behavior is actually pretty natural and even expected We don't have to tolerate bad behavior. From Snp 1:7 : Whatever man is angry, resentful, evil, mer...
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

At the end of the day you can't just blame others for the anxeity you feel. I must mettafully disagree. In the example you provided, your anxiety seemed justified. It was the result of how others treated you, and not solely fabrications of your own mind. Our anxieties wouldn't arise as quickly if p...
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists
Replies: 18
Views: 1117

Re: Responding to Critics and Anti-Buddhists

Wise words.

From Dhp IV. Translation by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu.

Focus,
not on the rudenesses of others,
not on what they’ve done
.....or left undone,
but on what you
have & haven’t done
.....yourself.
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 33
Views: 2705

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:26 am
Mettafuture, thanks for sharing. :namaste:
You're welcome.

:namaste:
by mettafuture
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 33
Views: 2705

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

I usually memorize things through a lot of repetition: hearing or reciting it over and over again.

Apparently, the technique explained in this video is a better approach. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.

by mettafuture
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Devanussati: Recollecting the Devas in Practice
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: Devanussati: Recollecting the Devas in Practice

Thank you. :anjali: Researching these lesser known practices are sparking an interest in learning Pali. I wonder if these practices would resonate even more in their original language. So far I've memorized Buddhanusati, which is pretty simple-ish: iti pi so bhagavā, arahaṁ sammāsambuddho, vijjācara...
by mettafuture
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

I still can't understand the problem. Does this mean Jewish and white people have the monopoly on Buddhism in the West? I'm basically saying that some Buddhist communities could do better at "marketing" to non-White people. We shouldn't simply ignore them. People, generally, won't find the dhamma u...
by mettafuture
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 4008

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

Check out https://ebonyloka.com . It's an Afro-Buddhist forum that I admin. I hope to gather everyone here eventually. That, and there's a Facebook group for Black Buddhists too, which is a lot more active: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618189548347516/ I'll check it out. Thanks. Personally I'm a...