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by purist_andrew
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

I want to thank you all deeply for your advice.

I will take this advice and think about it and perhaps post more of my thoughts on this subject in the near future.
by purist_andrew
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

[ You just have to choose: Do you want to give up this world, or do you want to live in it? The more you want to give up this world, the more you would give up money, I guess? If you are unsure, I think that means you are still layman-minded (like me). So just enjoy the world, until you can give it...
by purist_andrew
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

All, Thanks for your thoughts and insights. I guess for me it comes down to practicing mindfulness in everyday life. Ethics are a given but it's easy to fall into the regular worldly routine without mindfulness as it's taken up as something on its own. "A big important test today, homework tonight, ...
by purist_andrew
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

Sam Vara and Dootdo, Thanks for helping me clear up some of my doubts. I had in mind previously a post https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=27671#p394210 by Bhikkhu Pesala about not being able to enjoy a completely normal laylife while still practicing but now that I found the post I think he mea...
by purist_andrew
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: Worldly success & Dhamma practice

On the one hand, according to Bhikkhu Bodhi's new translation of the Suttanipata and its commentaries, secular learning (in addition to Dhamma learning) is one of the 30 or 40-something blessings in the Maha Mangala Sutta. Indeed. However, what immediately occurs to me is whether this type of succe...
by purist_andrew
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Worldly success & Dhamma practice
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Worldly success & Dhamma practice

Hello friends, Today I want to ask whether, and to what degree, one can and ought to have worldly success (such as making much of school and work) and still practice Dhamma. I am now in my mid 30s and am a student at the local community college. I tend to be very intelligent with academia and capabl...
by purist_andrew
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: Prayer

As I understand it, prayers have a different meaning in the Buddhist tradition, especially Theravada. As a previous poster mentioned, in theistic faiths, a prayer is usually expressing a wish to a diety or deities that he or she do something to help someone. In Buddhism, especially Theravada, a pray...
by purist_andrew
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 105
Views: 3439

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

Hi Guys, I don't have much to say on this topic in general at the current time but I thought I'd share an essay by Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Kalama Sutta that I found interesting and should help clarify how it's commonly (mis)understood by many/most people and what it really means. It should have some re...
by purist_andrew
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor
Replies: 22
Views: 634

Re: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor

Hi guys, Thought I'd share my thoughts. I understand that in the suttas, there is no black-and-white distinction between these two types of phenomena, that is, encouraging another to do it or doing it yourself, that one person has the guilt and the other is pure. I do not have a sutta to quote from ...
by purist_andrew
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What attracted you to the Dhamma?
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: What attracted you to the Dhamma?

Hello friends, I will share. I address this comment to the OP or anyone who is just starting out with Buddhism or curious. If you are already experienced with Dhamma, it's just a few of the insights and things Dhamma have brought me that were part of my getting acquianted with it. Maybe you have som...
by purist_andrew
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"
Replies: 47
Views: 1640

Re: In what ways can Dhamma be said to be "life affirming?"

Hello friends, I have found the following two quotes about worldly felicity and spiritual felicity from commentaries to the Maha Mangala sutta. So I thought they might be relevant to what you're asking. From one of Bhikkhu Bodhi's essays for BPS: The rest of the sutta goes on to sketch all the diffe...
by purist_andrew
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lie/lying by omission
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Lie/lying by omission

Thanks Andrew, I will take this opportunity to explore the difference between the Buddhist Truth and the worldly use of its concept. I by no mean fully understand it, but as a practitioner still trying. The term "truth" implies knowledge, and in the context of this discussion, knowledge is informat...
by purist_andrew
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lie/lying by omission
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Lie/lying by omission

Hello, DooDoot and thank you for your reply. Firstly, the precept is to refrain from "false speech," which to me does not seem to cover leaving things out. The precept appears to be for laypeople; so the life of a layperson does not fall into disrepute. However, it probably does not mean to tell eve...
by purist_andrew
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lie/lying by omission
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: Lie/lying by omission

If the intention is to deceive whether by commission of omission, then it is not truthful. The intention to deceive is linked to clinging to a worldly idea, desire, selfishness, pride, greed...etc Imagine you tell someone a truth about them, but for the wrong reasons. You were not seeking their wel...
by purist_andrew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Lie/lying by omission
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Lie/lying by omission

Hello friends, Today I want to ask about the subject of truthfulness and "lying by omission." I have not been able to find a long thread on this board of the topic but please forgive me if it was already discussed... either way I want to ask you all what your thoughts are on this topic. I will share...
by purist_andrew
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions
Replies: 21
Views: 879

Taoist morality - extended list of un- & wholesome actions

Hello friends, We all know the list of ten unwholesome kammas and their counterparts in the suttas. I find a more extended list in Treatise on the Paramis, available here - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/wheel409.html , under the section of the perfection of virtue, and in other Dh...
by purist_andrew
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Covetousness definition
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: Covetousness definition

Thank you for your responses, friends; especially liked your bhikkhu bodhi essay quote, paul. While I disagree with him on the politics, I recognize the fault on the consumerist mentality. Some further thoughts. While I recognize now, as Paul pointed out, that covetousness is an unwholesome root pro...
by purist_andrew
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Covetousness definition
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Covetousness definition

Hello friends, For some time I have been unsure of the nature of covetousness. I wonder what the definition of it is and which types of it are akusala kamma patha. Classically it is listed under the enumeration of ten unwholesome actions. Bhikkhu Bodhi says in Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma and ...
by purist_andrew
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Maha mangala sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Maha mangala sutta

Thank you for your responses, rolling_boulder. I indeed agree it is a blessing to be capable in worldly affairs. I am now living with my parents as I am a college student and not using these skills to make a living yet, but I notice it brings well-being immediately when I work on programming project...
by purist_andrew
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Maha mangala sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Maha mangala sutta

Hello Dhamma friends, I would like to ask you about the Maha Mangala Sutta. Please tell me your favorite commentaries on it. I have enjoyed our own Bhikkhu Pesala's commentary and some on accesstoinsight.org but I am looking for the most thorough commentary I can find that is relatable to daily life...