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by Miguel
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

That will certainly be also most useful. Thanks, Pitakele, I would never had heard of it if it wasn't through you.
by Miguel
Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Many thanks, Pitakele. I will be particularly sure to use the section 'The Dhamma and the Gospel' of Ven. Dhammika's new book for the conclusions of my dissertation. I have been thinking, also, about the possibility of adding, as annexes, modern assessments of the Debate from the Wesleyan Church and...
by Miguel
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Again, thank you very much, Venerable. I'm now slowly threading the first dozen pages of the paper, and your references have already proven extremely useful, as well as the suggestions and commentaries of the rest of our friends here. I'll be sure to tell you how everything went after all!
by Miguel
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Venerable Sir, what priceless help have you lent to me! Many, many thanks: this was precisely the kind of bibliographical knowledge I was in dire need of. I will be eagerly waiting for your annotations of the last 40 pages, and, although it's not much, I would like to specially mention you in the 'A...
by Miguel
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Yes, I can read Sinhalese. I have read the whole debate. I was very unimpressed with it. In my opinion, it was a blind leading the blind debate. However, it appears that has raised some interest in the community and the world which lead to the revival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Perhaps it is not the...
by Miguel
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Thanks to all for your responses, I hope that more people joins the conversation soon. There may be nothing new to you Miguel in this brief outline, but check it out: http://www.bts.slt.lk/about.html You're right, Will, but that is a great outline anyway. It will help me clear and organize the ideas...
by Miguel
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Threefold request for help: Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873

Hello, friends. I am at present working on a paper regarding the Christian-Buddhist debates of 1862-1873, that took place in Sri Lanka. It will consist mostly in a critical commentary of the book Buddhism and Christianity Face to Face by J.M. Peebles , the summary of the debates published in 1878, b...
by Miguel
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.

Many thanks to all for your replies. They are all very thoughtful, and I have tried to synthesize them into a more or less defined how-to-do-it-and-what-to-expect mind frame. After some months, I am still fighting the hunger pangs at night and the occasional desire that arises from seeing food that,...
by Miguel
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Advice in reducing meals to one a day.

Hello to everyone, friends. I open this new thread here instead of doing so in the 'Wellness, Diet & Fitness' section since it seems to regard more a matter of discipline than one of any of those things. If moderators don't find that this is its proper place, they are free to move it there. As the t...
by Miguel
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha as a property of the objects.
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Dukkha as a property of the objects.

Yes, yes, DootDoot! Now I see! That was exactly what I was doubtful about: how can an emotion be in the object itself? Many thanks to you all, since some of you had also explained it before. Please, ignore my previous post; now I understand.
by Miguel
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha as a property of the objects.
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Dukkha as a property of the objects.

Thanks for your replies, folks. I understand that anicca and thus anatta are certain marks of every object, and how these properties in turn cause dukkha. What I find hard to comprehend is the term 'mark' when applied equally to all three things, since two can remain without causing suffering when a...
by Miguel
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dukkha as a property of the objects.
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Dukkha as a property of the objects.

Reading the Dhammapada, I arrived once again to the verses dealing with the three marks of existence (277, 278, 279). However, unlike other times, something wasn't quite right, for it occurred to me the following question: if dukkha is a property of the objects in themselves, how could we ever attai...
by Miguel
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 24
Views: 2221

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

All of the fundamental claims of post-modernism ( "there is no truth" , "there is no morality" , "there is no reality" , "there is only relations of power" , and so on) function as thought-stoppers, also called thought-terminating clichés. There is an excellent book on the psychology of brainwashing...
by Miguel
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth and population increase.
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Rebirth and population increase.

Anguttara Nikaya, 3:77: Thus kamma is the field, conciousness the seed, and craving the moisture. The conciousness of living beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving is established in a lower... in a middling... [and] in a refined property. Thus there is the production of renewed becomin...
by Miguel
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth and population increase.
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Rebirth and population increase.

In order to think of 'something' that is reborn and that is also, somehow, ourselves but without being our soul, is why I postulated the idea of, perhaps: not being ourselves discrete entities but process chains, [and that] our actions can originate from one causal line several others, which are equ...