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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: 20
Views: 171

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: 20
Views: 171

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,...
by DNS
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 189

Re: Invasive animal species and the first precept

Perhaps not considered an invasive species, but some municipalities, including Las Vegas have apparently solved the feral cat problem with sterilization. They trap, neuter, and release. They make a small clip cut on the cat's ears, so that if it gets captured again, they'll know that it is already n...
by DNS
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Heyooo!
Replies: 4
Views: 47

Re: Heyooo!

Welcome back!

:toast:
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 71
Views: 1056

Re: Diversity among mods

I'm an AJNAE (Jew-North African-Arab-European).
viewtopic.php?f=45&t=30999#p452765

Does that count for diversity? :tongue:
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 610

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

I suppose it might be nice to see a panel discussion of esteemed bhikkhus and bhikkhunis on "What is original Buddhism?" which texts, which interpretation of the teachings, Suttas, nature of nibbana, etc but as others have noted I imagine the rest of us will end up resonating with the ideas of the m...
by DNS
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 20
Views: 242

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

I don't disagree with any of the posts so far but will just point out that there's one way in which knowing one's ancestry may be beneficial, i.e. when it shows people who believe themselves to be 100% Caucasian that their ancestry is actually mixed. If they find, e.g., a large Asian or African com...
by DNS
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 43
Views: 610

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally debate each other over which topics?

There was a pretty good debate between Ven. Thanissaro and Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and I believe another debate over anatta / not-self by these same monks, with good points from both sides. A poll here showed DW members about equally divided between which bhikkhu's arguments they felt was correct (in t...
by DNS
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 244

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

When the bhikkhu, being possessed by another spirit, can no longer control himself. If a bhikkhu made such a claim, who would determine if it were factual or not? It sounds like a ripe opportunity for a [dishonest] bhikkhu to make an excuse, in a similar way medieval Catholic nuns when found pregna...
by DNS
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: why is authenticity under-valued
Replies: 31
Views: 329

Re: why is authenticity under-valued

I like the EBTs too and naturally inclined toward further study of EBTs even before I met a great monk/kalyana-mitta who also focused on the EBTs. However, the Suttas still need to be interpreted as not all are meant to be understood as 'fully drawn out' and some teachings are 'inferred' as noted in...
by DNS
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a sotapanna have perfect morality?
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Does sotapanna have perfect morality?

There have been at least a few previous topics on this. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=26079 There are some Sutta references which seem to suggest a sotapanna does not deliberately break a precept, perhaps accidentally, but not deliberately. " One for whom these teachings are accepted ...
by DNS
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 9
Views: 92

Re: Hello

Welcome to DW!

:buddha2:
by DNS
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 32
Views: 487

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Welcome!

:thumbsup:
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Too much tech around us?
Replies: 21
Views: 206

Re: Too much tech around us?

Apple watch .. why do people use it .. to read sms using their watch and tell time using their cell phone. What a sad day for humanity. I'm waiting for the day (I'm sure it's happened) when I see a group of young people eating lunch together. All of them are on their phones, checking texts, no one ...
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 280

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

You still have to pay for the gasoline, the propane, the water, the batteries, and you have to dump your waste water and your garbage somewhere (so that someone else pays for them?). I haven't researched this in detail, but roughly, it seems that it would be cheaper to pay for the kitchen gas, elec...
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 341

Re: Bhikhuni ordination?

Here is the correct photo from 2009:

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by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 341

Re: Bhikhuni ordination?

What is double ordination? According to Vinaya rules, a samanera nun is first ordained by a quorum of bhikkhus and then a quorum of bhikkhunis or something like that, when becoming fully ordained. Why was Ajhan Braham ex-communicated? He was just ex-communicated from the parent temple in Thailand, ...
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 280

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

How does one have a bank account, credit card account, share broker account, income tax return, insurance, medical insurance, phone without a permanent address? One could use a family member's address or a friend's address. Or in some states P O Box is allowed, while in other states it's not allowe...
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 341

Re: Bhikhuni ordination?

Can someone give me what is this problem about Bhikhuni ordination in few words? Please do not direct to a link. It's kind of complicated, but I'll try to do it in a few words. The Theravada bhikkhuni ordination line died out in year 1017 CE in Sri Lanka. You need a double ordination of monks and n...
by DNS
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living
Replies: 19
Views: 280

Re: Timber Hawkeye & minimalist living

Not bad but those things are expensive as hell. They cost just as much as a brand new condo where I live. This is true, they are very expensive brand new. Perhaps a used version would be less expensive. In spite of the high cost though there is still some advantages, for example it can be your home...