Search found 92 matches

by Jojola
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 4638

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

Sure, granted. What I am pointing out (which is also what I believe the sutta your referencing is pointing out) is not that the mind is the only real thing, but that the mind is the only determinant of what is real. One of the 5 aggregates is the perception aggregate. For example a person might hav...
by Jojola
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 4638

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

This topic simply brings us back to the old discussion on whether morality is objective or not. The only usefulness the notion of 'objectivity' has in a Buddhist forum is to recognize it is a useless one (to dhamma), for a person who understands well the dhamma also understands that the idea of obj...
by Jojola
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 4638

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

This topic simply brings us back to the old discussion on whether morality is objective or not. The only usefulness the notion of 'objectivity' has in a Buddhist forum is to recognize it is a useless one (to dhamma), for a person who understands well the dhamma also understands that the idea of obj...
by Jojola
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 4638

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

Yes, that's one plausible [literal] interpretation of the bible, but I doubt that would be MLK's view, since he marched hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm with Jews and atheists. And Jesus sat down with tax collectors, lepers, and prostitutes. Still, he believed to be the judge over everyone. I quoted it mor...
by Jojola
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?
Replies: 42
Views: 7581

Re: Is meditation the only way to reach englightenment?

The way to enlightenment is the Noble Eightfold Path, of which meditation is a part. I agree completely on this opinion. The Gautama Buddha taught his followers the same. Ditto. And here is an analogy for consideration regarding the 3 aspects of the path (wisdom, virtue, and meditation). Virtue is ...
by Jojola
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analyzing the view of Nanavira Thera
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: Analyzing the view of Nanavira Thera

I'm probably not going to continue this thread, having just recently read the threads on this forum which already have extensively gone over his work and now definitely having an understanding of it myself (at intellectual exhaustiveness but spiritual reward), it has dawned on me that due to my heal...
by Jojola
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Analyzing the view of Nanavira Thera
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: Analyzing the view of Nanavira Thera

Went over his Note on Paticcasamupadda and I typed this up last night as a short summary of my first impression of it; I definitely want to go over it again trying to understand it as much as possible to type up a detailed review the way I did with his introduction earlier in this thread... "Time is...
by Jojola
Sun May 21, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nessajika: Sleeping upright not lying down
Replies: 9
Views: 1180

Re: Nessajika: Sleeping upright not lying down

The Visudhimagga passage goes something like this "..., Disciple who can place cross-wise his feet to rest upon his ties, Sleeping with his spine erect..." Might refer to necessity of specifically full lotus, Pali grammar would be interesting. I know for sure that one can be unconscious with perfec...
by Jojola
Sun May 21, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 13030

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Another example, I sometimes hitchhike to get to places I want to go for vacation, so I can save money for actual events when I get there. If someone offers me a cigarette while I ride with them, I always accept. Not because I am addicted, or because I crave one, but to ease social tensions and cre...
by Jojola
Sat May 20, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 13030

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

If one delights, craving will increase. Wrong: if one attends inappropriately then craving will increase. There are times when the Buddha delighted in things, such as sound gatherings of Arahants, delighted in solitude, delighted in warming his back in the sun late in the day... Just as there is no...
by Jojola
Sat May 20, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 13030

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

SarathW wrote:
The harm you are implicating here is a trifle compared to the harm to other beings that will be caused by not understanding tanha and kāmacchando
Isn't smoking tanha and kamachando?
Like any action, it depends. imo
by Jojola
Fri May 19, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Ordination Gift?

MAYBE nevermind on the razor idea, at least that style, depending on him. Just talked to my teacher, they used them in Thailand but for the most part they shaved each others heads because they are such a pain to learn, and dangerous. I personally want one like that and want to learn to use it on my ...
by Jojola
Fri May 19, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination Gift?
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Ordination Gift?

I will be attending an ordination and am wondering if and what type of gift might be a good idea. I expect possessions are minimal -- I don't want to add to a pile of stuff being renounced! I could certainly donate to the monastery, but wondering about the monk. Thoughts? When I received my novice ...
by Jojola
Fri May 19, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supernormal Powers
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: Supernormal Powers

Can supernormal powers be used to fulfill worldly desires? And if so, is it necessarily bad kamma to do so? Supernormal powers could be used in an attempt to gratify/fulfill worldly desires I suppose; however there aren't any desires (worldly or otherwise) which can be absolutely gratified/fulfille...
by Jojola
Fri May 19, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 13030

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

kicking obsessive habits is a practice of restraint and to a certain degree of self-renunciation, so it's beneficial for spiritual development.... and since monks are supposed to be exemplary in this respect... This is, IMO, the only valid point I see in the 'against' position regarding tobacco or ...