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by DNS
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 17
Views: 233

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

The people who we go to for advice and teachings are the least qualified to do so. When you get to know monks and nuns up close and personal, and you have the balls to see the world for what it really is, you find this to be the case unless we really are fooling ourselves. At least that’s the impre...
by DNS
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 626

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

Thanissaro's translation: Then the Blessed One said to Ven. Ananda, "Now, if it occurs to any of you — 'The teaching has lost its authority; we are without a Teacher' — do not view it in that way. Whatever Dhamma & Vinaya I have pointed out & formulated for you, that will be your Teacher when I am g...
by DNS
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 626

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

The Buddha said the suttas will be the teacher when he is gone. This is the answer I was waiting for. But I am looking for the exact word and the Sutta reference. :twothumbsup: The Sixth Chapter for Recitation 40: The Last Instructions of the Realised One Then the Gracious One addressed venerable Ā...
by DNS
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.
Replies: 44
Views: 487

Re: In Ananda Sutta, the Buddha seems to state that both "there is a self" and "there is no self" are Wrong Views.

Perhaps the best argument that could be made that there is a self (from Buddhist pov) would be how could there be rebirth, kamma and kamma-vipaka without a self to receive kamma, vipaka, rebirth, metta, etc? My explanation is something like this: There is no self; yet there is continuation of some s...
by DNS
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 169
Views: 2556

Re: Diversity among mods

We don't actually know that the Venerable Śāriputra did not transmit definitive Abhidhamma clarifications of suttanta. Anyone who tells you otherwise in an absolutist manner is not being academically honest. Possibly; and then conversely: We don't actually know that the Venerable Śāriputra did tran...
by DNS
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna
Replies: 32
Views: 410

Re: Sotapanna

Theoretically, the 5 Hindrances are overcome for one to be Sotapanna. I believe you are confusing nivarana (5 hindrances to meditation) with the 10 hindrances (fetters) to awakening. The sotapanna has eradicated the first 3 hindrances/fetters to awakening: The belief in a permanent personality, ego...
by DNS
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 24
Views: 352

Re: Why are you in this forum?

For me it's:

1. Discuss Dhamma with kalyana-mittas. That wasn't on the list, but I suppose #9 is pretty close to that, so chose that.
2. Dhamma propagation; provide a place for people to learn about Buddhism and to help them come out of dukkha (I suppose #9 is also close to this).
by DNS
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings all!
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Greetings all!

Welcome to DW!

:yingyang:
by DNS
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Nihilism is a false dhamma and has detrimental human effects. It would give no meaning to staying alive and if one had the most trivial suffering, one might consider suicide. It is no wonder suicide rates have been rising in recent years, becoming a leading cause of death in some age groups. Suicide...
by DNS
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: issue with chat center
Replies: 1
Views: 52

Re: issue with chat center

Some kind of glitch. We'll fix it. In the meantime, you can still start typing in the top box that looks cut off and after hitting enter, the post will still show. You can see my 2 test posts there now.
by DNS
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: post deletion notification
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: post deletion notification

Yes, ideally this is what should occur and does happen in most instances. Sometimes, however, mods, admins are busy and don't get the chance to notify the poster of the removed post. And then sometimes the user notifies a mod or admin before the mod had a chance to send a PM to the user.
by DNS
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the great 32 Marks of a Great Man thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3592

Re: the great 32 Marks of a Great Man thread

Good essay by Ven Sujato: https://sujato.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/on-the-32-marks/ There is plenty of incidental detail in the Suttas and Vinaya that show that the Buddha was normal in appearance, so any freakish or supernatural interpretation of the marks must be wrong. Leaving a few of the bizarre...
by DNS
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: the great 32 Marks of a Great Man thread
Replies: 35
Views: 3592

Re: the great 32 Marks of a Great Man thread

I merged your topic with some of the previous topics on this issue. It is something that naturally comes up from time to time, so thought I'd create another 'great' (as in large) thread covering this topic.
by DNS
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 11
Views: 211

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: 17
Views: 233

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: 16
Views: 169

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: 16
Views: 169

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: 16
Views: 169

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: 69

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: 60

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

:buddha1: