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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: 33
Views: 330

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: 164
Views: 2450

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: 26
Views: 294

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: 22
Views: 305

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: 35

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: 185

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: 50

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: 39

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: 3589

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: 3589

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: 203

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: 13
Views: 167

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: 153

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: 153

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: 153

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: 67

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:
by DNS
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: The case against coffee (important)
Replies: 69
Views: 4763

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: 16
Views: 153

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: 190

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!