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by AgarikaJ
Thu May 30, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1383

Re: Buddha knew all along

There exists in the West, a group of middle class people who, although they had not the aptitude to learn an exacting discipline such as math or engineering, nevertheless went to college and learned a pseudo-science, or social-science that made them capable only of mental-masturbatory self-congratu...
by AgarikaJ
Wed May 29, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1383

Re: Buddha knew all along

If there is a scale of immorality, I would propose Truman/the Americans with their targeted bombings (nuclear and otherwise) of civilian centers to be on exactly the same lowest of the low denominator with Hitler and his concentration camps or Stalin and his Gulags. as the logical person you are, t...
by AgarikaJ
Mon May 27, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What about drinking Kombucha?
Replies: 21
Views: 426

Re: What about drinking Kombucha?

To find out if an action would go into a direction which is potentially unwholesome, it is maybe a good guideline to have a look into the Vinaya. Even though laypeople do not need to heed those rules, they give a general yardstick of proper and moral behaviour in a Buddhist sense. Here, we find the ...
by AgarikaJ
Fri May 24, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1383

Re: Buddha knew all along

I imagine they thought it was going to swiftly end the war, which it did. I do not mean this was the right choice to launch a bomb. But it's easy to judge now war is won. One wrong does not allow a second wrong, especially not in Buddhist morale. Also: " one must accumulate good deeds and shun all ...
by AgarikaJ
Thu May 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 57
Views: 21550

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

Buddha is not a person, its a state, or more precisely that which illumines the citta and brings enlightenment, ... Thank you for taking the time to respond at length. I do understand your thinking better now. Nevertheless, what you describe is a philosophical/metaphysical re-interpretation of hist...
by AgarikaJ
Wed May 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice
Replies: 69
Views: 1780

Re: Semen retentive sex and Buddhist practice

The raunchy stories in the Vinaya (Monks Rules) appear to be exaggerations. Could you enlighten us how you came to this conclusion? I would have rather thought that the Buddha would not have had the need to exaggerate circumstances just to establish another Vinaya rule; it would have, in my humble ...
by AgarikaJ
Wed May 08, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 57
Views: 21550

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

In ancient India there was no outward dress code If you could qualify this statement a little bit, because looking at contemporary archaeological sources your are simply wrong. The whole rest of your post, equating specific people as 'states' seems similarly uninformed, not just according to modern...
by AgarikaJ
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 57
Views: 21550

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

A) Buddha and Mahāvīra were two different people with very similar biographies. Possibly. I mean outwardly the career of one successful samaṇa teacher would probably have looked pretty much like that of another. The similarities are easily explainable by both coming from a small geographical region...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika
Replies: 24
Views: 4059

Re: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika

I'm sorry to see that much of the above-oriented discussion of the Dhammayuttika is largely sectarian rhetoric based upon anecdotal information. ... and then you go on doing exactly the same, repeating -- often highly unsubstantiated -- textbook passages. Starting with: Dhammayut was founded as a "...
by AgarikaJ
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is chanting an important part of the practice?
Replies: 15
Views: 329

Re: Is chanting an important part of the practice?

It also helps give a reason to memorize suttas and possess the ability to recite teachings from memory. Chanting is one of the most powerful tools the human mind has with regard to remembering lists due to the way the human brain connects information. And as such it is not incidental, that many Sut...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 18
Views: 1383

Re: Buddha knew all along

Buddha said his teaching would disappeared around 2,500 years The teachings die out and then after some long period a new samma-sam-buddha appears, with the next one being Maitreya (Pali: Metteyya) currently residing in Tusita heaven (according to traditional buddhist cosmology). To be corrected if...
by AgarikaJ
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1064

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Dan74-MkII wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:59 am
I'd say that highfalutin notions like 'truth, clarity, peace and happiness' are indeed too much to wish for, and wishing itself often gets in he way, but the reality these words conceal is always here, waiting for us.
:goodpost:
by AgarikaJ
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Re: Telepathy, Clairvoyance etc. And Offences.

The sources for this are mentioned broadly on p.414 of the link I posted; unluckily no exact Sutta was mentioned. It is additonally well worth reading the footnote for the term 'ubhatobhāgavimutta', as so often with these matters, scholarly opinion on its exact meaning differs. Maybe somebody else o...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What attributes made monks' robes "unconventional" during the time of the Buddha ???
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: What attributes made monks' robes "unconventional" during the time of the Buddha ???

Therefore, what made the bhikkhu robes different to ordinary dress in the Buddha's time?? Merely colour? Merely being made from rags or discarded cloth? The Buddha was a master in branding and the Vinaya has a whole section on robe materials. Reading through it, it becomes obvious fairly quick, tha...
by AgarikaJ
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: benefits of cow urine
Replies: 19
Views: 2564

Re: benefits of cow urine

There is a quite funny moment about cow urine in Tim Ward's book 'What the Buddha never taught' ( link ): "Ruk, what's this?" I interrupted. "It says here in the Vinaya that monks are only allowed to eat medicine if it's pickled in cow urine." "Indian civilization used cow urine for many medical tre...