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by Aloka
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My Guru, Your Guru
Replies: 9
Views: 126

Re: My Guru, Your Guru

Hello again c.smith, Reading "In the Buddha's Words - An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" edited and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi, might be a good place to start investigating the Buddha's teachings. http://www.pacificbuddha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/In-the-Buddhas-Words.pd...
by Aloka
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My Guru, Your Guru
Replies: 9
Views: 126

Re: My Guru, Your Guru

Greetings, Sort of an odd query here that will require some background. Please bear with me. Have been practicing Hinduism for many, many years and taken initiation from a Guru. In Hinduism, it may not be uncommon for one to not see his Guru often - perhaps only a few times in a lifetime. There are...
by Aloka
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi :)
Replies: 8
Views: 101

Re: Hi :)

Hello :hello:
by Aloka
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?
Replies: 30
Views: 320

Re: Where does the Abrahamic God (יְהֹוָה) "fit" in Buddhist cosmology?

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Here's an article from the Buddhanet website....."Buddhism and the God-Idea" by Ven, S. Dhammika:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda03.htm


:anjali:
by Aloka
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing
Replies: 19
Views: 282

Re: Oroville Dam on the Verge of Failing

(I've just been reading Elaine Pagels' book “The Origin of Satan” (in the history of Judao-Christian religions), because she's giving a talk this evening (Feb 16) at Stanford University, on “Satan: How a fictional being still shadows our views of gender, race, and politics”. I plan on attending, as...
by Aloka
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: My father's cough
Replies: 18
Views: 321

Re: My father's cough

Hi binocular, I'm really sorry to hear about your father. My late father had a hiatus hernia which caused persistent coughing amongst various other symptoms. He could only get some sleep if he was propped up in bed and finally his doctor arranged for him to have an operation, which was successful, I...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Need advice on low energy dull mind
Replies: 11
Views: 277

Re: Need advice on low energy dull mind

Hi ganegaar,

You might find section 6 - 'Hurdles and Pitfalls' of some help in Ajahn Amaro's book "Finding the Missing Peace - A Primer of Buddhist Meditation"

http://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/finding-the-missing-peace-a-primer-of-buddhist-meditation/


:anjali:
by Aloka
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Anger Rebound During Metta?
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Anger Rebound During Metta?

Hi Quad, I'm sorry you're having difficulties. You might find this little book by Ajahn Amaro useful. (He's the abbot of Amaravati Monastery UK) Here's the description and a link to the book: This small book is the first in a series of four, consisting of reflections and practices related to the ‘su...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibanna = freedom from body?
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Nibanna = freedom from body?

. It's been a while since I posed here. :anjali: Nibanna is liberation, but liberation from what? Hi alfa, :hello: Nibanna is said to be freedom from greed, hatred and delusion. I recommend that you have a look at the book "The Island" which is an anthology of the Buddha's teachings on Nib...
by Aloka
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4109

Re: Thumbs up button

David N. Snyder wrote:What would be the point? It would just become a competition for who can get the most up-votes. I still don't like it. The answer is still no unless I can hear much more compelling points (and if the other mods agreed too), so far still no good reason that I can see for having it.


:goodpost:
by Aloka
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Principles of right speech in argumentation
Replies: 27
Views: 584

Re: Principles of right speech in argumentation

It is actually a common practice in the Tibetan Schools to engage in debate alongside meditative practice. Tibetan Buddhist monks were said to debate in monasteries in old Tibet in the past, as well as probably more recently in Tibetan monasteries in India. However, I don't recall seeing any monks ...
by Aloka
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Chanting CD's W/English Translation
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Chanting CD's W/English Translation

Hello Friends, I am looking for some chanting CDs, all of which must have English translation of chanting included w/CD. Any suggestions are appreciated. With Metta, Corey Hi Corey, You can download chanting in English as well as a chanting book in English (and Pali) from the Amaravati Monastery we...
by Aloka
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 908

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

Some interesting comments about Mara from Bhikhu Buddhadasa in "TWO KINDS OF LANGUAGE: Everyday Language & Dhamma language" MARA Now we turn to a rather strange word, the word "Mara" (the tempter, the devil). The Mara of everyday language is conceived as a kind of monster wit...
by Aloka
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from darkest Yorkshire
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Hello from darkest Yorkshire

Hello Luke :hello:

I'm from the chilly north-east of the UK.

Welcome to DW!

:anjali:
by Aloka
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Where to begin?
Replies: 12
Views: 649

Re: Where to begin?

So where do I begin? Where does the Buddhist journey typically begin? Hi Lux, I think that one worthwhile place to begin your studies would be to read the booklet by Ajahn Sumedho about the Buddha's core teachings of The Four Noble Truths , which is available on the Amaravati Monastery website: htt...
by Aloka
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Principles of right speech in argumentation
Replies: 27
Views: 584

Re: Principles of right speech in argumentation

. I think its a good idea to try not to get pushy, dismissive,or personal with others if they don't reply in the way we would like then to according to our own opinions. Life's too short to be arguing it away on the internet! Its worth reading this little booklet "I'm Right, You're Wrong" ...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 1522

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

Ven. Analayo and co. mentioned "psychological dependency" in the article above, guess what, it's also a very common psychological dependency to trivialize a Noble entity if one finds it exceedingly difficult to match that same status. If one can't reach the finish line, either move it clo...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 1522

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

...And on the other hand, the tendency to secularize/trivialize the Buddha by some modern bhikkhus. :anjali: I don't think they try to trivialise the Buddha at all. Personally I find it far more inspirational to think that the Buddha was a male human being who became enlightened about 2,500 years a...
by Aloka
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Dhammadhátu"
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: "Dhammadhátu"

In the Nyanatiloka Buddhist Dictionary of Pali words, Dhamma-dhātu = mental-object-element ( see: dhātu)

https://what-buddha-said.net/library/Buddhist.Dictionary/index_dict.n2.htm

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by Aloka
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Insights from my 21 years of practising Goenka style
Replies: 86
Views: 5264

Re: Insights from my 21 years of practising Goenka style

.... but do you happen to know any good resources on the historical Sautrántika specifically, Its possible that you might find something relevant in the lists of articles and books written by Bhikkhu Analayo: https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/en/personen/analayo.html :anjali:

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