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by polo
Wed May 22, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Coping with growing old
Replies: 33
Views: 390

Re: Coping with growing old

I remember Buddha said growing old is suffering. Please correct me if I am wrong. I was told by a fortune teller that like Ulysses I will travel the world found my wife and kingdom and in the end live to an old age of 90 with white hair (tie in topknot). So far I have done some voyages (I didn't fig...
by polo
Thu May 16, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 43
Views: 825

Re: The Dhamma and Science

dylanj wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 4:06 am
The Buddha is more qualified than scientists.
In what way is Buddha more qualified than scientists? Please elaborate.
If Buddha were alive he wouldn't like to be over praise. He would be pleased with being just scientific I guess.
Wouldn't you think so?
by polo
Sat May 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 832

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

It already is. There are many Theravadan monks that have wrong views. You don't have to look far into Mahayana to see wrong views, there are wrong views espoused by many Theravadan monks. And the relevant sutta: “Monks, possessing five qualities, an elder monk is acting for the harm of many people,...
by polo
Sat May 11, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 832

will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

I really hesitate to put forward this view because I don't want to be shot down by more intellectual members of this forum. They could shoot me point blank then I would fall off my chair away from the keyboard feeling really awful. Nevertheless I really want to get on with it. From my personal exper...
by polo
Fri May 10, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we born with a defective mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 259

Re: Are we born with a defective mind?

Yes, up to a point, I think it's a helpful way to look at things. It ties in with the general naturalistic theory that we have not evolved to understand the world as it really is, but to survive and to pass on our genes to the next generation. We therefore are bio-programmed to seek pleasures which...
by polo
Fri May 10, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we born with a defective mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 259

Re: Are we born with a defective mind?

People will say to me haven't you heard of survival instincts? In those ice age or stone age period if you don't eat fat and store fat you would die in time of famine or food shortage. So the mind in fact does care about you. You will have to gorge on those fats to make sure your genes survive into...
by polo
Thu May 09, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we born with a defective mind?
Replies: 16
Views: 259

Are we born with a defective mind?

I wonder if this question "Are we born with a defective mind?" had been asked on this forum. Or perhaps a very similar question had been asked already. I hope not I will go on with it anyway. After I had done some reading ( not a lot though) on Vipassana and also Abhidharma I came to the conclusion ...
by polo
Thu May 09, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 1848

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

:D Good one, not sure if you were trying to be humorous, but it comes off a little funny. :thumbsup: The funny part is I didn't know it's a little funny as you mentioned. I still don't see the funny side really. I must be a pretty dumb guy. You were looking for some kind of " soul " to explain "no ...
by polo
Wed May 08, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 1848

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

I am sure some kind soul out there can explain to me the "no self" theory. :D Good one, not sure if you were trying to be humorous, but it comes off a little funny. :thumbsup: The funny part is I didn't know it's a little funny as you mentioned. I still don't see the funny side really. I must be a ...
by polo
Wed May 08, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 1848

Re: No self theory do I get it right?

As I have seen on another forum this questions can be a real can of worms. My take on it after listening to teachers I have faith in; There is a self is a clinging to views. There is no self is a clinging to views. Ariyas without clinging to any views simply see "Ye dhamma hetuppabhavā". So here I ...
by polo
Sun May 05, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No self theory do I get it right?
Replies: 109
Views: 1848

No self theory do I get it right?

I am sure some kind soul out there can explain to me the "no self" theory. I may be wrong or totally wrong, from what I understand say if I called myself John or Jack and which part of me is John or Jack, the brain, the cells? Or if you say the whole person but the whole person is not the same it is...
by polo
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

You obviously is his followers. No, this is not correct. You say this is Obvious, but it is actually not true. I am not a follower of the Dalai Lama in any way. I am straight Theravada. This is worrying, that things you think are obvious are actually completely false. This is really concerning, and...
by polo
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

.....Oh, and Japan, well I don't see much Buddhism in Japanese Buddhism really. I think it is good they just keep to their Zen philosophy. It is clear that you are very unfamiliar with global Buddhism. Keep in mind that your first thought is often really, really wrong. BTW, Zen Buddhism is indeed B...
by polo
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

I must be honest I didn't read much on Mahayana Buddhism so I don't really know much about Mahayana... ...I just had this strange feeling when the first time( 37 years ago) I saw his photo I thought he was a fraud. . I have a suggestion, that you don't speak about things you don't know much about. ...
by polo
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 15
Views: 439

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

Hi folks, I accidentally got on the website of "Dharma Wheel Forum" which is discussing Mahayana Buddhism. It looks quite similar to Dhamma Wheel Forum for Theravada Buddhism. That's because it was created and owned by the same person-- DNS. They are sister sites. :anjali: Oh, really, I thought it ...