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by Prasadachitta
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you take "materialism"?
Replies: 13
Views: 1265

Re: How do you take "materialism"?

Hi CLW, This seems like an extension of the rebirth thread and I expect this discourse may belong there. I have been thinking about this issue of late though. Not because it is an important aspect of my own personal contemplation but because it seems to come up for friends of mine who tend to think ...
by Prasadachitta
Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is neither atta nor anatta?
Replies: 18
Views: 1551

Re: There is neither atta nor anatta?

Hi all, I am very taken with the Achaan Cha quote which was posted twice in this thread. What I would like to contribute is that I think the "not self" teaching clearly puts our experience and our views into an appropriate perspective so that we can develop the conditions which bring an end to suffe...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: karma question
Replies: 17
Views: 1711

Re: karma question

Hello jakartaguytebet, Here is how I understand karma. Karma is action which is tinged by the ignorance of separateness of self in beings and things. The way we understand existence and non existence is directly informed by our ignorance and it is very hard to discern this. There are effects which k...
by Prasadachitta
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)

One other thing I noticed was this. o Buddhists allow negative thoughts to flow, but are mindful not to act on them so as to break bad habits and increase good karma. This is not necessarily the case. Buddhist also make an effort to avoid and stop "negative" thinking. Allowing negative thoughts woul...
by Prasadachitta
Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)
Replies: 5
Views: 1300

Re: Help with Basic Buddhism, please? :)

Hi Annie, I have two thoughts on what you have put together. 1)You Refer to "Clergy" as only monks and Nuns. This is not correct. There are a wide variety of official designations within the various traditions of Buddhism even within the Theravada which this chat board is aligned with. 2) I think it...
by Prasadachitta
Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nietzsche and Buddhism
Replies: 0
Views: 604

Nietzsche and Buddhism

A freind of mine wrote this book and I avoided reading it for quite a while. I have tended to be averse to Nietzche for completely uninformed and rather ignorant reasons. I have enjoyed it a lot and I think anyone who is interested in a comparative analysis of this philosopher and early Buddhist tea...
by Prasadachitta
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a real world out there?...
Replies: 124
Views: 11715

Re: Is there a real world out there?...

The question of whether or not there is a real world out there requires us to have a working definition of "real". To be honest I'm not clear on how I understand it. If we look at the translated quote "This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe anoth...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Why the emphasis on voidness and passing away?

And of course there is "transcendental dependent arising": http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=11701 :anjali: Mike Hi Mike, I read that thread and I don't know if this is the right place to bring this up. That thread was closed. I have always been interested in the Canki sutta http://ww...
by Prasadachitta
Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ghosts, devas, and brahmās?
Replies: 27
Views: 4231

Re: Ghosts, devas, and brahmās?

Hello all How many of you guys believe in ghosts, devas, and brahmas? Do you think it's a must to believe in these supernatural deities in order to be a practitioner of Buddhism? Can it hinders the progress in meditation? Hello Past is Dead, It depends on what you mean by "believe". I believe that ...
by Prasadachitta
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: FRIENDLINESS
Replies: 10
Views: 2873

Re: FRIENDLINESS

"This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace:" ... "Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited," ... "Think: Happy, at rest, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without e...
by Prasadachitta
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system
Replies: 42
Views: 7191

Re: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system

Please note that the people live in western countries have the legal protection against discrimination. Third world countries such as India and Sri Lanka do not have legal protection for discrimination. The Outcast people of India have extensive legal protections on paper thanks to Ambedker who wro...
by Prasadachitta
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system
Replies: 42
Views: 7191

Re: Buddhism, Hinduism and the caste system

Ambedkerite Buddhists in India do not accept that a persons cast is the result of Karma. They see Karma as only one of many possible forces as play in a result coming about. They see good Karma as tending to support good results and bad Karma bad results but only in relationship to a number of other...
by Prasadachitta
Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha can't help
Replies: 26
Views: 3019

Re: Buddha can't help

When I need help I speak to a friend, one I trust who is kind and perhaps a bit wiser than I am. If I need advise about practice I read scriptures stories and commentaries from Buddhist tradition. If I need specific practice advise I find someone who's practice is more mature than my own and enter i...
by Prasadachitta
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayanists and the historical record
Replies: 73
Views: 7561

Re: Mahayanists and the historical record

For me Historical accuracy is but one factor in confidence. Another factor is that the Buddhist Tradition as a whole Mahayana or Theravada has given rise to Awakened beings Like: Tsong kappa, Nagarjuna, Dipa Ma, Milarepa, Sariputra, Achaan Cha, Padmasambahava, Pema Chodron, Buddhadasa, Atisha, Buddh...
by Prasadachitta
Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.
Replies: 113
Views: 11288

Re: A Critique of the Hardcore Dharma Movement.

I think that while anger and dislike are similar in some degree ( both push away or reject something ), dislike is less harmful than anger. So in the sense of gradual path, isn't it possible to use dislike of defilements and laziness in a positive way? Hi Alex, It is possible that using the word "d...
by Prasadachitta
Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grace in Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 3074

Re: Grace in Buddhism?

Sylvester wrote:what are we anyway if not the product of "our" past?
Either unfathomably more than that or nothing at all.
by Prasadachitta
Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grace in Buddhism?
Replies: 22
Views: 3074

Re: Grace in Buddhism?

Hi Steve, If you have an experience of grace it is not necessary to attribute it to some "other" and it certainly does not help to attribute it to "self". Just notice if it supports wholesome states of mind or not. If it doesn't then what is the point in calling it "grace". If you do not have an exp...
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 8417

Re: S.N Goenka

I think it's also quite likely that some of the aspects which are out of scope of the technique are some of those which are less compatible with a secular presentation of vipassana. Recollecting the qualities of the Buddha or the Sangha for example, is going to restrict the more universal appeal of...
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 8417

Re: S.N Goenka

knighter wrote:Hello there

Prasadachitta it was a joke
just keeping things light hearted.
Be happy
knighter
Ahh.

Humor is a difficult thing to convey in text.

I think thats why we have these

:rolleye: :jumping: :rofl:
by Prasadachitta
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: S.N Goenka
Replies: 109
Views: 8417

Re: S.N Goenka

knighter wrote:Hello there

you seem really quite angry makarasilapin
I used to get like that before i completed a
10 day s.n. goenka vipassana course.
Be happy
knighter

Makarasilapin does not seem angry to me. He/She is just conveying her/his experience.