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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: 8
Views: 101

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: 42

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: 32

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: 3577

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: 3577

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: 172

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: 152

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: 134

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: 134

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: 134

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: 56

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: 51

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: 4700

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: 134

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: 183

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: 303

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: 151
Views: 2099

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: 67

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: 303

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: 303

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,...