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by DNS
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants in the Human Realm
Replies: 16
Views: 169

Re: Arahants in the Human Realm

bodhinanamoli.png See the circled part for once-returner. It suggests once-returners are only reborn as human, when in fact the Suttas say it is either human or deva and in all cases mentioned in the Suttas, they were reborn in deva realms. (not that human is not possible; it is either one, but all...
by DNS
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants in the Human Realm
Replies: 16
Views: 169

Re: Arahants in the Human Realm

As clw_uk noted, the non-returner is reborn to Pure Abodes if he perishes without attaining full enlightenment. If he attains full enlightenment, then he/she becomes an arahant and no re-birth. I'm surprised that graph by Bodhi and Nanamoli made the mistake of saying a once-returner is reborn once a...
by DNS
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 421

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:43 pm
DNS wrote:
cappuccino wrote: why would you turn on air conditioning? :shrug:
Because it's hot?
the air conditioning is Nirvana
So it's good? (to turn on air conditioning)
by DNS
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha meditate ???
Replies: 33
Views: 421

Re: Why did the Buddha meditate ???

cappuccino wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:16 pm
why would you turn on air conditioning? :shrug:
Because it's hot?
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 197
Views: 11994

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Back on the topic of Christianity; they have a long history of apologetics. Apologetics in one form or another can be found in all religions, but I'd argue at least in Buddhism most of the mythological elements are not part of the essential teachings (4NT are essential, Mt. Sineru is not). And then ...
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)
Replies: 13
Views: 154

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity (Stephen Batchelor posts)

Well, it was THE Stephen Batchelor, but argument might be an optimistic term in hindsight. He gave a talk at St. Paul's Cathedral about his latest insights. I prepared and delivered a penetrating critique which exposed his shortcomings. He effortlessly batted it away and the audience murmured appre...
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

It comes down to defining "death". Even medical science is not unanimous about the definition of "death" and works with several concepts, such as "clinical death", "brain death". And then there's "legal death". I think "death" is that point from which on revival is not possible anymore. When exactl...
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zombie Pigs
Replies: 15
Views: 209

Re: Zombie Pigs

The Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness. Still, the experiment described Wednesday in the journal Nature showed that a surprising amount of cellular function was either ...
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 244

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=amortal

I believe Yuval Harari may have been the one to coin the term a-mortal, which is being virtually immortal. They still die from attacks, injury, other predators, climate, etc.
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 197
Views: 11994

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Jesus was ok. The only bit I don’t like was his endorsement of the OT and so, by extension, the anti-gay stance. Did Jesus take a stand against the gay people? No, he didn't. That's what matters. :anjali: Not directly, but he did define marriage as between a man and woman. 4 “ Haven’t you read,” he...
by DNS
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 31
Views: 433

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The above is an English translation. Probably first the translation should be verified as accurate or not. Also, it might be useful if you quoted a valid source rather than Wikipedia. The quote appears to be a mixture from DN 1 and DN 27 . I believe it was from either the Bhikkhu Bodhi translation ...
by DNS
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma and Science
Replies: 31
Views: 433

Re: The Dhamma and Science

The only two options are the Big Rip or the Big Freeze. Yes, that's right... at the present moment in time. Those are just hypotheses, by the way. Neither qualify as hard science since they haven't been subjected to the scientific method, which they never will be. Virgo is correct. We don't know fo...
by DNS
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Buddha knew all along

Buddha said his teaching would disappeared around 2,500 years, so we are quite near that period now. Did he mean we would encounter world annihilation? "while you are chanting and thinking good thoughts someone press the buttons" The teachings die out and then after some long period a new samma-sam...
by DNS
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

I cross-posted this at the other DWs and here is a good point made by Kim:
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 06#p489969

And here's some points against the non-religious / atheists by Herb at DP:
https://dharmapaths.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=1458#p6662
by DNS
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious nones are the new #1
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: Religious nones are the new #1

I agree, as I noted this doesn't appear to be the case so far (atheists being amoral). In fact the non-religious and atheists tend to be very concerned about the plight of the masses, the search for the best forms of government, environmental concerns, etc.