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by James Tan
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Seems with or without religion more or less people knows how to do Dana (giving foods or donating moneys) but in different ways . But Sila is not easy for many . Not to mention the higher learning , after ten twenty years in Buddhism many still unable to understand the basic principles or meaning o...
by James Tan
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Perhaps, "promoting strategy" to make it easier to understand and applying in daily life ? Then the advertisement should go something like this, in order to be honest: Buddhism in the West: How to lose friends and alienate people Become that nice enough weirdo that people at first believe to be a h...
by James Tan
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Buddhism seems to be reserved for the Elite ?! Buddhism is for those who can realise it (although these are not an "Elite"). The idea of an "Elite", similar to "Non-Gender", appears to be more Cultural Marxism you have learned from SC. It is reviling those selfless, gentle & pure ones called Arahan...
by James Tan
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Perhaps, "promoting strategy" to make it easier to understand and applying in daily life ? Of course, this depends on what you mean. I know a lot of Thai and Chinese people who apply it in their daily life in various ways, and most of those people are definitely not "elite". For the sake of argumen...
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

To live the teaching is most difficult and challenges always stop one from following the path . Agreed, but it is still the most important factor, I think. If we can't live the teaching then we look like hypocrites and nobody will be interested; and if it is impossible to live it, then there is no ...
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Yes, I think dhamma marketing or propagation is very important and helps with one's own practice. Sites like this are an important resource , and there are some extremely talented individuals around who can interpret the dhamma in line with modern needs and sensibilities, without losing the essence...
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

In these modern times, probably the best strategy is focusing on meditation classes, retreats, various Dhamma talks and starting their interest that way. I have organized and attended many of these programs and I would say the vast majority attending do not consider themselves Buddhist and then aft...
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

binocular wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:54 pm
To market Buddhism would be to present Buddhism as something to be consumed.

Yet Buddhism is not something to be consumed; even though many people remain on the level of merely consuming it.
Perhaps, "promoting strategy" to make it easier to understand and applying in daily life ?
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is MN 140 a fake sutta?
Replies: 8
Views: 266

Re: Is MN 140 a fake sutta?

kāyassa bhedā param maraṇā: 從身壞死後

([kāyassa身(陽單屬格)] body

[bhedā破壞(陽單從格)] break up

[param maraṇā從死後(adv.)]) after death
by James Tan
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 43
Views: 344

Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Greetings , Buddhism seems to be reserved for the Elite ?! That's mean only very few can really get benefitted from it ultimately . Many could approach Buddhism but only on the surface level . Why is it so ? Simply because dhamma is going against the stream of the world . And also it's too profound ...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 113

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

Do you think in reality being kind to others but the other party treat us as fool and hostile , how is it possible to reduce our suffering or even helps reducing their suffering ? There are four brahmaviharas, not just one. Equanimity, a reflection on kamma, is what helps one to keep a distance to ...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 113

Re: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

I think practicing the brahmaviharas helps one to relate to others in a wholesome manner, so that one can significantly reduce the suffering due to unwholesome interactions with others. For many people, the suffering that is due to unwholesome interactions with others is a major part of their suffe...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?
Replies: 11
Views: 113

Why is brahma vihara is important in Buddhism ?

Greetings ,


As it seems , brahma vihara practice is not directly associated with Buddha's dependent origination teaching or the core teaching. But , why it's important to practise it ? Does the practice of it brings one closer to liberation ?


:namaste:
by James Tan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 196
Views: 2292

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

your sequential translation is not in the actual pāli nor is there any distinction between two modes in the actual pāli Two modes of conditionality are described. They are differently phrased in both the original Pali, and in English translations. The first mode is contemporaneous ( B is present wh...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 196
Views: 2292

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Greetings ,

May I ask , moment to moment , meaning from 1 second to another second in time calculation ?

3 lives models meaning Past Present Future ?

Multiple lives meaning starting beginning of existence ?

Thanks.
by James Tan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 196
Views: 2292

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Suffering , is the Theme . Suffering comes about because of certain conditions . Ignorant is the main cause of suffering . Ignorant is a Condition of the mind . It does not mean beginning of a lifetime . It is a Condition for sankhara to arise . So is six sense base , is a Condition for feeling to a...
by James Tan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 196
Views: 2292

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Greetings , FYI , Here is my two cents for your reference . It is Not about 3 life model or moment to moment . 1. Ignorant sankhara consciousness to namarupa ~ is description of an Adept insight level of the processes of dependent origination 2. Six sense base feeling craving clinging bhava ~ is des...
by James Tan
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the sustenance of the Arupavacara Consciousness?
Replies: 21
Views: 339

Re: What is the sustenance of the Arupavacara Consciousness?

I think an even better question is, what is the nutriment of rupavacara consciousness :stirthepot: In the following video (Sinhala language) Ven. Sidassan said: 1) Rupavacara beings have the six senses (Ayatana) as input. But they have only eye,ear and mind as the output (Datu). 2) Arupvacara being...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where does thoughts comes from ?
Replies: 12
Views: 222

Re: Where does thoughts comes from ?

You can think that. I think you are on the wrong forum if you think that google definitions apply to translations of Sanna and Vinnana. Or maybe it is the right forum, my point is that you need to change you understanding of yourself and the enviroment according to the sutta, that includes language...
by James Tan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nāma means name
Replies: 54
Views: 919

Re: nāma means name

Hi there , They are physical food as nutriment, gross or subtle; contact as the second; mental volition as the third; and consciousness as the fourth. With the arising of craving there is the arising of nutriment. With the cessation of craving there is the cessation of nutriment. Mn19 It seems , cra...