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by DNS
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The two Dhammas delima.
Replies: 12
Views: 175

Re: The two Dhammas delima.

I believe the Zen clergy are called priests, not monks, so they would be like priests using the definition from biblical Israel or Orthodox Christianity where the priests are allowed to marry. One could see them as lay teachers, similar to what we have in Theravada at lay-led retreat centers and tha...
by DNS
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Self defence

As monks can defend themselves... Really? Please explain. In the Vinaya, Suttavibhanga, the 92 pacittiya (rules entailing confession), number 74 states: 74. Should any bhikkhu, angered and displeased, give a blow to (another) bhikkhu, it is to be confessed. According to Ven. Thanissaro: The factors...
by DNS
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Self defence
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Self defence

I agree with the posts above, it's best to avoid the situation and escape if at all possible. If it's not possible and you are trapped, Aikido could be helpful. Aikido uses the force, momentum and even strength of the opponent against him, by doing some specific moves. So the victim could be smaller...
by DNS
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddha knew all along
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Buddha knew all along

To be corrected if I am wrong, but the Buddha gave the exact number of years for the Dhamma to be watered down and practically ineffective for most as 500 years in the Vinaya, following the first Bikkhuni ordination. The extra rules for bhikkhunis allowed the Dispensation to last longer than that. ...
by DNS
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 534

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

Of course full enlightenment is difficult to attain. I think most Buddhists agree that it is rare, perhaps only a few arahants existing in the last 100 years or so, with a sizeable number of Buddhists saying that there have been none in the last 100 years. However, it is a gradual path. You can see ...
by DNS
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 497

Re: The Dhamma

Neither. Idealism / mind-only is found in some Mahayana schools, possibly Yogachara, but not Theravada. By definition or in reality ? It seems some Theravada monks does favour mind only . For the mind-only viewpoint, it is the only reality. Yes, there are some Theravadins who have views similar to ...
by DNS
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 497

Re: The Dhamma

Neither. Idealism / mind-only is found in some Mahayana schools, possibly Yogachara, but not Theravada. Materialism is rejected by the Buddha. Dualism typically implies a soul, also rejected by the Buddha. According to dualism mind and body both exist and can exist separately, for example in Cartesi...
by DNS
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants in the Human Realm
Replies: 16
Views: 258

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: 258

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: 559

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: 559

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: 200
Views: 12714

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: 15
Views: 394

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: 271

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: 271

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 ...