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by Agent
Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES?
Replies: 74
Views: 5151

Re: MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES?

وَقَـٰتِلُواْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِينَ يُقَـٰتِلُونَكُمۡ وَلَا تَعۡتَدُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُعۡتَدِينَ (١٩٠) وَٱقۡتُلُوهُمۡ حَيۡثُ ثَقِفۡتُمُوهُمۡ وَأَخۡرِجُوهُم مِّنۡ حَيۡثُ أَخۡرَجُوكُمۡ‌ۚ وَٱلۡفِتۡنَةُ أَشَدُّ مِنَ ٱلۡقَتۡلِ‌ۚ وَلَا تُقَـٰتِلُوهُمۡ عِندَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَر...
by Agent
Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"

Chris, thank you for the link. So, it seems to me like if someone wanted to make a theory where the time doesn't move (or progress the way it usually does), this means that he is clinging to "time" as a concept. Or, in other words... he is stuck on viewing things in this way. Thank you for taking th...
by Agent
Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"

I apologize if any confusion was caused. I didn't intend to take anything out of context.

Speaking of context, what is the context of that sutta? I'm not having much luck finding it online and I have to admit that I'm having trouble making any sense of it in the form it is presented above.
by Agent
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 23
Views: 3428

Re: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution

That being said, I agree with Prof. Gombrich that, taking the context of DN 27 into account, this sutta is a lively and ingenious parody that was actually meant to make fun of the very need for a cosmology as a foundation for religious development. So you think this sutta (and other DN suttas about...
by Agent
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"

Could this be a different formulation in scientific jargon of just what the Buddha taught ~ beginningless time. Uncountable formations of the Universe, uncountable destructions. And on and on and on we go trapped in the cycle of re-becoming, through not achieving Stream-Entry - the first stage of T...
by Agent
Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES?
Replies: 74
Views: 5151

Re: MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES?

Although the author obviously put quite a bit of effort into picking and choosing quotes and comparisons, I don't think the s/he makes much of an argument. Major religions and religious figures tend to have a few things in common. Some people like to read a lot into that. I think it just says someth...
by Agent
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Big Bang was not the beginning"
Replies: 10
Views: 720

"The Big Bang was not the beginning"

Interesting interview with physicist Sean Carroll on topics such as time, entropy, and the cause of the big bang: What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory His hypothesis involves a multiverse with a static universe at the "middle". ...that static universe in the middle has time as a...
by Agent
Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 258668

Re: Buddhism and Vegetarianism.

If there is one topic guaranteed to provoke and stimulate heated and animated discussion and - frankly - bickering and occasionally self-righteous put-downs - it's the topic of vegetarianism. I don't think I've ever come across any topic in Buddhism that is as likely to do this. My suggestion - sho...
by Agent
Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?
Replies: 97
Views: 10645

Re: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?

you guys think a small grammatical error makes my post sound like it's talking about re-incarnation and the author agent just referenced literally used the term "re-incarnation" but no one noticed? Sorry for going a bit off topic, but just to clarify so no one gets the wrong idea that the Venerable...
by Agent
Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:10 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?
Replies: 97
Views: 10645

Re: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?

Hi Zac, From "How Rebirth Takes Place" (Chapter 28) of The Buddha and His Teachings by Venerable Nārada Mahāthera: Rebirth takes place immediately, irrespective of the place of birth, just as an electromagnetic wave, projected into space, is immediately reproduced in a receiving radio set. Rebirth o...
by Agent
Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: very nice way to study pali easily drop by drop
Replies: 8
Views: 1022

Re: very nice way to study pali easily drop by drop

Wow, this is really amazing. Thank you.
:anjali:
by Agent
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Food Buddha?????
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: Food Buddha?????

You think that's bad, there was a place near where I used to live called the Buddha Bar.
Nothing like breaking the 5th precept in front of a big Buddha statue.

http://www.mozbar.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Hmm... their website even advertises a "Sensual Atmosphere." :roll:
by Agent
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution
Replies: 23
Views: 3428

Re: Another question... Buddhism and Evolution

As a huge Dawkins fan, I don't have any problem whatsoever with evolution. I find it absolutely fascinating. However it's really only intellectually interesting. As much as I love it, there's just some things I don't feel science is able to address (at least not in it's current state). Because of th...
by Agent
Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Carl Sagan
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Carl Sagan

The man was simply brilliant. A scientific genius with an amazing ability to set his knowledge in ethical and philosophical terms. This video brings tears to my eyes, his words are so profound. The most adequate description of how hearing these words makes me feel is by saying I think that it conjur...
by Agent
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Three Kinds of Kamma
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Three Kinds of Kamma

I think it's just a way of pointing out that there has to be intent for it to be akusala kamma. The Buddha is refuting the idea espoused by certain factions at the time who said akusala kamma is created regardless of whether the act is intentional or not. If so, one plans to kill arahant but doesn't...
by Agent
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: what types of meditation do you do?
Replies: 25
Views: 1783

Re: what types of meditation do you do?

Just boring old breath meditation for me. ;) Currently I'm working the Anapanasati Sutta as outlined in Buddhadasa's Mindfulness with Breathing . To answer your question about why there are so many books on breath meditation, I think it is because the Buddha recommended it as a method that is suitab...
by Agent
Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you study in college?
Replies: 37
Views: 2472

Re: What did you study in college?

Reed is taking up the vast majority of my bill with a grant, and the federal government is taking care of the rest of it. I do have two subsidized federal loans amounting to $2500, but I suspect I will be able to pay off the comparatively little debt I have over the course of a few years. Excellent...
by Agent
Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati sutta - practical application
Replies: 14
Views: 2111

Re: Anapanasati sutta - practical application

I might take each teaching in progression as a meditation intention, i.e., this week I will bring teachings 1 to 3 into each meditation session. Next week I will add 4. And so on, until I cover all 16 teachings in one meditation. Or, I might skip around, i.e., this session I will bring mindfulness ...
by Agent
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What did you study in college?
Replies: 37
Views: 2472

Re: What did you study in college?

I want to make enough money to live a simple life and to avoid falling in to debt (on the off-chance that I get deep enough in to my practice to ordain, and for the obvious reason that debt is bad), but making tons of money and living a luxurious lifestyle is not my priority. Funny... college is wh...
by Agent
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uposatha Observance Club
Replies: 199
Views: 45727

Re: Uposatha Observance Club

Works for me. I'm observing today anyway since I missed it yesterday.
Weekend Upsothas are quite good. :twothumbsup: