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by DNS
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

bodom wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:02 pm
DO as observed in the present moment:
Good find. :thumbsup:

The Buddha said "my gosh"? :tongue:
by DNS
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?

I wrote an article on the appeal of Buddhism . I would say my favorite things on that list are: *A meditation technique beyond relaxation, but also for wisdom. There is a clear path for spiritual and personal development. *Compatibility with biological evolution. In my opinion, the single greatest, ...
by DNS
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 33
Views: 281

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Yes, perhaps "strategy" is a better term. The Buddha was interested in Dhamma propagation. He was not interested in self-enlightenment only and did teach the masses and advised his monks to do Dhamma propagation. “Wander forth, O bhikkhus, for the welfare of the multitude, for the happiness of the m...
by DNS
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 74
Views: 1931

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

That link did not work. I'll try it again tomorrow morning. It was in German. Here is the google translate rendering to English: Saw him in the terrace shade, the highest, go up and down, I slowly went to him, greeted him, the highest man. "Cover my robe first, and I fold my hands under her, Will I...
by DNS
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 74
Views: 1931

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

Never heard of that one. Where is it in the Suttas? In the Khuddakapatha, Sutta Nipata and Theragatha. Here is a passage from Theragatha (sorry couldn't find it in English, sprechen sie deutsch?) https://suttacentral.net/thag7.4/de/sass The last part mentions taking ordination at age 7 and wearing ...
by DNS
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.
Replies: 74
Views: 1931

Re: Child Lama. I think it is ridiculous.

There could not be a Child Lama, right? In the Suttas, nothing like that was ever said. In Theravada, there is no tulku system where elder monks seek out the rebirth of a famous or semi-famous monk. During the time of the Buddha there were a few very young monks who attained enlightenment. One of t...
by DNS
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Okay, I updated it again and now we have all or at least most of the possible options. The system limits it to no more than 10 options, so I removed one of the 2 lives models as that had zero votes anyway from previous polling.

Time to vote again!
by DNS
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

PS Could you please add "multiple lives model" to the OP poll? That will reset all the numbers back to zero, which is okay, but before I do that, let's here if there are any other options that should be added. So as I see it, we could have the list above plus: Option 8: Timeless/Atemporal/Structura...
by DNS
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy birthday SDC!
Replies: 11
Views: 122

Re: Happy birthday SDC!

Happy Birthday!!
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 386

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

The goal in the Nikayas isn’t the worldly improvements above One of the goals in Nikayas *is* wordly improvements. Buddha keeps saying again and again: 1) happiness in this life 2) in future lives 2) of nibbana. but even though I can say the goal is Cessation Of Existence, I’m not really sure where...
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

Stiphan wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:54 pm
The Buddha was born 566BC, attained Enlightenment 531BC, and passed away in 484BC. Just for your information. (Yes he died at the age of 82. Don't worry about how I know this. It's true.)
I noticed you changed the birth year from the OP. Does this change the May 21 date too?
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

And the Abhidhamma discusses momentary mental events in detail, which makes sense from our own analysis of thoughts and their fleeting nature. I think there is reference to mind moments, but not to a moment-to-moment interpretation of DO. I believe it is there in the Vibhanga or Patthana; not 100% ...
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Ven. Nanananda's interpretation does however involve notional/conceptual and ontological (mereological) dependence much like we find in madhyamaka and yogacara, which is hardly surprising giving his regard for Ven. Nagarjuna. The terminal insight he describes in at least one passage (going on memor...
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

That would be most closest to the 'moment-to-moment only' option . . . or perhaps momentarianism Doesn't the moment-to-moment-only teaching try to circumvent the old problems about rebirth and "what is it that gets reborn"? Could be, especially among some modern-secular-types. I'm not an advocate o...
by DNS
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Option 8: Timeless/Atemporal/Structural David, I take the flagrant rejection of this model as a personal insult. :tongue: For those unfamiliar with this model, see Ven.'s Nanavira, N. Nanamoli and Ariyavamsa. As I understand it , instead of attempting to explain a sequence - whether it be over the ...
by DNS
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

This is the problem that keeps popping up on buddhist forums. People reading just the first sutta of the higher dhamma section of the nikayas (chapter 2,3 and half of chapter 4 of SN) and trying to figure it all out just by using this single page out of 1500. Who is doing that? I don't see anyone q...
by DNS
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

My opinion is that DO has nothing to do with 1-2-3 lives or moment-to-moment-ness. It just shows generally how and why suffering exists, without any kind of precise details. Key to such opinion is Upanisa sutta: That's how I understand it. I don't know why all the fuss about it. Buddhaghosa (Therav...
by DNS
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

mikenz66 wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:14 am
But that would mean that Thanissaro and Retro would tick the same box, which really doesn't make sense. Their views are quite distinct.
Okay, I updated the poll; so now we all need to re-vote to since updating the poll reset all numbers back to 0.
by DNS
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Is multiple models an option? Even the ancient traditions (Theravada, Sarvastivada, etc) seem to have both a three-life and a moment to moment model. I could be wrong, but I assumed that those who accept multiple models always include the moment-to-moment, along with one of the other models named, ...
by DNS
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 188
Views: 2203

Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

I don't believe we have had a poll on this in all these years here at DW. (If we already had one, let me know.)

For a pretty good summary of the main views on DO; pros and cons, see:
http://www.leighb.com/deporg1.htm#2