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by mettafuture
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

I was only curious as to how others reconciled their belief in certain Buddhist concepts. I think one will probably end up very confused trying to reconcile kamma with natural selection because both concepts are not very well pinned down in general. I don't think I'm confused. As I said above, I'm n...
by mettafuture
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

I have often seen people misrepresent and misunderstand the teachings by making false comparisons to nature. I don’t take these interpretations—or maybe they're better described as "analogies"—as definitive. They’re simply a soft ground to stand on, something to provide orientation. Otherwise, I'd ...
by mettafuture
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Were the nikayas compiled independently of each other?
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Were the nikayas compiled independently of each other?

The suttas were undoubtedly compiled by enlightened minds, and are unparalleled in their brilliance, but I can't help but have lingering questions about their origins and assembly. For one, it doesn't appear that the Digha, Majjhima, Samyutta, Anguttara, and the collections in the Khuddaka were comp...
by mettafuture
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 431

Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

To reconcile some of the faith-based teachings, I've sought ways to link them with nature. A couple examples: Perhaps kamma and rebirth are linked to natural selection, and natural selection can also apply to behavior. Perhaps there is a multiverse, and this multiverse encompasses the thirty-one pla...
by mettafuture
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

DooDoot wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 pm
mettafuture wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:40 pm
much of Khuddaka Nikāya, was inessential
Mucalinda Sutta appears to be Heartwood. The Udana is often very deep.
Thank you for your reply.
Most of the Digha Nikaya is unessential, imo. :smile:
Why do you say that? :D
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 208

What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

It’s been said that a lesson can be learned from every sutta. I’ve been reading the Udāna after mostly overlooking it—believing that it, like much of Khuddaka Nikāya, was inessential; I was sorely mistaken. The other day, I came across the Muccalinda Sutta (translations: Ṭhānissaro / Anandajoti / Ir...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: Sutta Commentary Resources

name-and-form has five constituents in the suttas and four in vsm. and the commentarial method of dividing metta between oneself and friendly, neutral, and hostile is also disagreeable. Interesting. You've given me something to think over. I've downloaded the PDF. I mainly wanted the Visuddhimagga ...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?
Replies: 23
Views: 434

Re: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?

At the start of study, I had problems with many of these. :lol: I didn't know where to start; for my old staunch atheist self, the heavens and hells were almost a deal breaker; every sutta looked pretty much the same; and it frustrated me that so many of the suttas weren't available for me to read. ...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Re: Sutta Commentary Resources

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 7:15 pm
the visuddhimagga is very late and contradicts the suttas in several places
It does? I didn't know this.

Do you have any examples on hand?
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 229

Sutta Commentary Resources

One of my favorite things is sutta commentary. Is anyone familiar sutta commentary resources—past or present—like papers, books, audio, or perhaps translations of the original commentaries? I know of a few: BSWA Deeper Dhamma The Visuddhimagga Bhikkhu Ṭhānissaro: Study Guides Piya Tan Sutta Discover...
by mettafuture
Sat May 26, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: praying to devas
Replies: 6
Views: 179

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: 2077

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: 669

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: 75
Views: 17985

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: 669

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 ...