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by David N. Snyder
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Have any Mahayana Buddhists attained Nirvana today?
Replies: 33
Views: 298

Re: Have any Mahayana Buddhists attained Nirvana today?

If the whole idea is to prevent greater harm, imagine the harm that will result from such exceptions and how it can be misused by possibly deranged people and the slippery slope it can lead to, only then you will be able to see that "literalists" have a point. Correct, look at what G.W. B...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Have any Mahayana Buddhists attained Nirvana today?
Replies: 33
Views: 298

Re: Have any Mahayana Buddhists attained Nirvana today?

all roads lead to Everest base camp, but from there, Buddhism is the only route to the summit. Donald Lopez (Tricycle article) Buddhism holds that anyone can get to heaven leading a moral life and precepts from any religion, but the ultimate Nibbana is through the Buddhist path. Anyone from any Bud...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday mikenz66 and vinasp!
Replies: 11
Views: 78

Re: Happy Birthday mikenz66 and vinasp!

Happy Birthday!!
by David N. Snyder
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any reason why this is happening?
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Is there any reason why this is happening?

I don't know of any of your posts that have been removed. Perhaps it was some glitch? Contact me via PM with more information about what is happening.
by David N. Snyder
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Stopping eating considered a suicide?
Replies: 13
Views: 166

Re: Stopping eating considered a suicide?

Why do you want to kill something dying? good point. Guess i am just a bit overwhelmed today by curcumstances. Arahantship first then stop eating imo:) The intent to die makes it suicide. If you have such a desire please, please contact a professional, even an anonymous suicide hot line in whatever...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 36
Views: 473

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

Perhaps ignorance would have been bliss? :tongue: I remember a movie (forgot the name) where some hackers created a virtual world (similar to the matrix) and then discovered that their original world was also a simulation; that they created a simulation within a simulation. One of the leading charac...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?
Replies: 36
Views: 473

Re: Does atheism and existentialism lead to existential crisis ?

But as I said, my question here is weather this is a normal problem for atheist or existentialist, or weather they just hold some views but never attend in this way that brings this state ? Also, are there any studies about this ? It could be. Suicide rates have been rising in recent years (google ...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello - I think I may have just found myself
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Hello - I think I may have just found myself

Interesting bio. Thanks for sharing that. Welcome to DW!

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by David N. Snyder
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The place of doubt in practice
Replies: 164
Views: 1786

Re: The place of doubt in practice

I have noticed, however, that the posts I ahve written in reply to Bhikku Samadita have been moved from another thread here I do not understand the reason of this move My replies were totally in line and directed to his comments and were not against the TOS so why move them? Correct, your posts wer...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 32
Views: 537

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

And yet MLK's god would have us all here burn in hell for all eternity because we're of the wrong religion. Yes, that's one plausible [literal] interpretation of the bible, but I doubt that would be MLK's view, since he marched hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm with Jews and atheists. I quoted it more for t...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 32
Views: 537

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

We have adopted in the modern world a sort of a relativistic ethic... Most people can't stand up for their convictions, because the majority of people might not be doing it. See, everybody's not doing it, so it must be wrong. And since everybody is doing it, it must be right. So a sort of numerical...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The place of doubt in practice
Replies: 164
Views: 1786

Re: The place of doubt in practice

I am looking at the heart of the people Is Ajahn Brahm a good person? he did not say anything when his government bombed and started a war that killed 200000+ people he did not say a word Maybe he did? He is a pretty prolific speaker; have you listened to every Dhamma talk he has ever made? And if ...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

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by David N. Snyder
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Wat?
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Wat?

by David N. Snyder
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 227

Re: Pudgalavada

But what about Theravada? Are there any similar ideas that Buddha put forth, about very different Dhamma paths for people, accounting for our varied stages of readiness? Sort of; there are 40 different subjects for samatha meditation, and the meditator chooses based on his temperament. There are al...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 227

Re: Pudgalavada

No need for that when we have "a being". There is a being made out of 5 aggregates witch are constantly changing just like the cells in an organism. A being selfless as a car, a computer or a chariot. (to quote Buddha) Or, to also quote Buddha, as the scattered leaves and branches of a fo...
by David N. Snyder
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 227

Re: Pudgalavada

It is important to note that the at one time numerous Pudgalavada are known chiefly through their critics and hostile sectarian polemics. It appears to me that it is unlikely that the charge by their enemies that they advocated any kind of atman is true. From what does survive it seems more likely ...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi there
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: Hi there

Welcome to DW!

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by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 227

Re: Pudgalavada

There is certainly the possibility of adding some more confusion. Over the years I've seen numerous people have issues with the anatta doctrine, even Buddhists who have been studying and practicing for many years and decades. I've heard a number of people say that if they knew about anatta, no-self ...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Pudgalavada
Replies: 16
Views: 227

Pudgalavada

In my studies of Buddhism in the past I quickly dismissed the Pudgalavada ("personalist") school of Buddhism. After all they believe in atman which is diametrically opposed to the sine qua non of Buddhism. Recently, I learned that the Pudgalavada do accept the doctrine of anatta, so have b...

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