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by DNS
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 4
Views: 30

Re: Loneliness

Considering the development of communication it is hard to believe there are so many lonely people. The website meetup.com is pretty cool in helping to unite people with common interests. You can lookup just about any interest from board games to meditation to sports, politics, book clubs, etc and ...
by DNS
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 9
Views: 42

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Personally, I think it's okay if spoken in general terms, not specifically calling out a certain monastic by name. It can be helpful in dispelling some romantic notions some might have of monasticism. For example, Ven. Dhammika's book Broken Buddha , did just that and that could be helpful to read, ...
by DNS
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 15
Views: 112

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:44 pm
Do you take sugar with it?
No, just black, no sugar, no cream.
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 15
Views: 112

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm
Do you drink only water?
The only water I drink is the water in coffee and tea. :D
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 15
Views: 112

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

SarathW wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:23 pm
I have already been doing one meal a day for several years
Do you mean that you take a big late breakfast?
Yes, one big meal around the time most people would eat a late breakfast or early lunch.
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

:thumbsup: I like it. The only thing I'd change (for me) would be that #9 "Teaching, instructing, helping and caring for others" would come earlier or perhaps mentioned that it can be simultaneous with earlier stages. One need not wait until full enlightenment before helping and caring for others. I...
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 30

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

:buddha1:
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The case against coffee (important)
Replies: 69
Views: 4652

Re: The case against coffee (important)

I'd wager he would have disallowed it excepting of use as medicine. He allowed alcohol as medicine so why not coffee? He allowed fruit and vegetable juices for drinking as well as sugar dissolved in water but coffee can be actively harmful (physically and mentally) to one who eats so little already...
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 15
Views: 112

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

I personally don't like scheduled observances. However, from time to time I observe Uposatha precepts for several days in a row (sometimes up to a week or more) - just when I feel this is the right time for me. It happens.. well.. naturally. Me too, I don't follow any particular schedule and usuall...
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sattva/Louise
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Re: Sattva/Louise

SandyLa wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:11 am
Please pray for her health to get better ...
Thank you...
:heart:
Hope she gets better!

by DNS
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 300

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

It also might be good to look at what the 4 parajikas are for a monk (defeats) and this might give some indication of importance too. 1. Sexual intercourse, that is, any voluntary sexual interaction between a bhikkhu or bhikkhuni and a living being. 2. Stealing, that is, the robbery of anything wort...
by DNS
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 109
Views: 1616

Re: Diversity among mods

At my temple we were taught basics, and many of the ideas central to my teaching, such as reincarnation, can't even be discussed positively on this forum, because the conservative members want to tell us its only their way. Since when is rebirth a liberal idea and rebirth-skepticism a conservative ...
by DNS
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 61

Re: Greetings

Welcome to DW!

:buddha2:
by DNS
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 300

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

This is a good thought-experiment, but in reality they are all important. There is overlap among all of them and that is why there are 5 precepts, not 1. When you kill, you are killing someone's access to truth, you are stealing their life. When you steal, you are stealing a part of that person's li...
by DNS
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 300

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

According to a lay leader and former monk at my local temple, Sobriety is the most important, because lack of sobriety leads to breaking all the other precepts, makes sense to me, and I notice, its the most likely precept people want to make excuses for not keeping, figures!! I remember that story,...
by DNS
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 204

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

Perhaps not considered an invasive species, but some municipalities, including Las Vegas have apparently solved the feral cat problem with sterilization. They trap, neuter, and release. They make a small clip cut on the cat's ears, so that if it gets captured again, they'll know that it is already n...
by DNS
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Heyooo!
Replies: 4
Views: 54

Re: Heyooo!

Welcome back!

:toast:
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 109
Views: 1616

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm an AJNAE (Jew-North African-Arab-European).
viewtopic.php?f=45&t=30999#p452765

Does that count for diversity? :tongue:
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 59
Views: 811

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

I suppose it might be nice to see a panel discussion of esteemed bhikkhus and bhikkhunis on "What is original Buddhism?" which texts, which interpretation of the teachings, Suttas, nature of nibbana, etc but as others have noted I imagine the rest of us will end up resonating with the ideas of the m...
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 20
Views: 273

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

I don't disagree with any of the posts so far but will just point out that there's one way in which knowing one's ancestry may be beneficial, i.e. when it shows people who believe themselves to be 100% Caucasian that their ancestry is actually mixed. If they find, e.g., a large Asian or African com...