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by DNS
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Suttas where bhikkhuni teach rebirth ?

Yeah, there's another nun in therigatha who recounts her past few births as various animals who were castrated, due to taking others' wives as a man. I don't make a habit of reading commentary, I'm pretty sure that is from suttanta Correct, if it's in the Therigatha, then it's still considered part...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

My experience has been different; I see plenty of interaction between white, black Americans and Asians in the temple and elsewhere, but then again I live in a very diverse city where it is "majority minority" (all the minority groups added together are over 50% of the population). I'm sure they in...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Rudyard Kipling wrote, Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet , But he didn't live long enough to see the internet. Now East does mix with West and vice versa and it is this mixing that can have great potential for Dhamma propagation and the Dhamma in general. It's not c...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

They are the ones who have fed the monks. They are the ones who have fed the Western monks who went to Asia to learn Buddhism. No argument from me there. As I said, there is a lot that Westerners can learn from Asians, especially in that regard; community, dana, generosity, etc. Some American-born ...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 31
Views: 257

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

We have been in many "self proclaimed Theravada" forums. Many of them seem to indicate following characteristics. 1. Criticize Suttas and have less faith in Theravada doctrine 2. Biased towards Modern criticisms, West and Feminism 3. Gang up against Theravada views Get the copyright or the trademar...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 31
Views: 257

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

Well, scientism, cultural Marxism and postmodernism are rampant in the West. Seems like you are from Asia, and these things are culturally foreign to you? Well, for me they are foreign too. I can help you with making an Asian-centered Theravada forum if you'd like. I'm sure you don't mean race-base...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

And how are the teachings and The Mahā Bodhi temple one in the same? How does a few Westerners on pilgrimage (and accompanied by Easterners) represent the West as a whole? Buddhism was in decline, a historical fact. There were virtually no pilgrimages going on during that decline era (very few anyw...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

As I mentioned in my previous posts (see above) both East and West can compliment each other, no judging. Yes, the East brought us Buddhism and centuries of great masters and literature. However, there was a decline in Buddhism that started around the 11th century CE (AD) and went up until the late ...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Is it correct to say, you are referring to good old early days since when come to rites and rituals, there's no difference in East or West at present. I don't know where you live, but over here in the Western states of the U.S., there seems to be less rites, rituals, especially at the centers that ...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Rudyard Kipling wrote,
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
But he didn't live long enough to see the internet. Now East does mix with West and vice versa and it is this mixing that can have great potential for Dhamma propagation and the Dhamma in general.
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

samseva wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:11 pm
DNS wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:37 pm
"To survive, Buddhism had to go to the West and then brought back to the East."

[...]
I'm sorry, I'm a bit confused. Are you quoting this or refuting it?
Quoting it. Not refuting; saying it is true or at least mostly true.
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 68
Views: 516

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

"To survive, Buddhism had to go to the West and then brought back to the East." I don't know who the originator of this famous quote is, but I've heard it a few times. Many convert-Buddhists came from Judeao-Christian backgrounds and grew weary of all the rites, rituals, ceremonies of Abrahamic rel...
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 31
Views: 257

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

As binocular correctly noted in other threads, start a Theravada forum and only allow stream-entrants or higher.

Any other forum called Theravada or not, will have a wide range of people with different views.

Start a forum, like chownah suggested. I dare you. :twisted: :tongue: :popcorn:
by DNS
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?
Replies: 9
Views: 109

Re: Any recommendations for how to find local stores that might carry Buddha statues for a shrine?

Is price / budget an issue? If so, Ross department stores and dd's discounts have very inexpensive ones. Just look in their home furnishings area; they have some small to medium sized ones, almost always under $20.
by DNS
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination
Replies: 41
Views: 419

Re: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination

I am not saying they are lax. I readily believe, that most of bhikkhunis would observe the rules you've mentioned (but they could do it also as 8/10 precepts nuns). But there are some things (about which I said) which they don't want to follow from the very beginning. Can you imagine somebody would...