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by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

Sir Winston Churchill said: “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 838
Views: 87946

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

by Bhikkhu Pesala
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha reject atman? Let's arrive at a conclusion
Replies: 47
Views: 2501

Re: Did the Buddha reject atman? Let's arrive at a conclusion

“Is it fitting to regard what is impermanent, unpleasant, and subject to change as: ‘This is mine. This is my self. I am this’?” “Indeed not, Venerable sir.” “Thus, monks, any material form whatsoever that is past, future, or present; internal or external; gross or subtle; inferior or superior; far...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to deal with "found cash"?
Replies: 15
Views: 183

Re: How to deal with "found cash"?

My local ATM advertises "Free Cash Withdrawals."

I haven't tried it, but if it seems too good to be true, it's probably not.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to deal with "found cash"?
Replies: 15
Views: 183

Re: How to deal with "found cash"?

At one time, the Blessed One was walking past a field with the Venerable Ānanda. He stopped at a particular spot from which could be seen some stolen money, and asked Ānanda, "Do you see that very poisonous snake, Ānanda." Ānanda said that he could see it. They then walked on. The farmer, ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Switching methods?
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Switching methods?

Another thing i wanted to add is that trying for Samatha Jhanas is not a trivial task, if a person were to tell me that they don't feel they are getting satisfying results from the Vi and would like to try for the Samatha Jhana id emphasise that it is going to take a lot of work and training, point...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Switching methods?
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Switching methods?

Cultivate the Vipassanā jhānas instead. Concentration, i.e. non-distraction, is the key to seeing things as they really are, which is insight.
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: Thumbs up button

The moderator on the Vivaldi Forums deleted some posts to encourage a user with a lot of downvotes. This is by far the best way to reduce disruption - remove the offensive comments that caused it. Other forums often just lock threads, leaving all of the offensive comments, with no chance for anyone ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: Thumbs up button

Great big thumbsdown smiley :roll: No attempt to discuss or comment, just an opinionated "Not on my watch" put down. A simple downvote would be a much less obnoxious way to express your disapproval. We would not be having this conversation at all if the Trolls were not allowed to run riot...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: Thumbs up button

samseva wrote:#UpvoteTheUpvoteFeature


:goodpost:
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

For when it comes to the evaluation of a specific technical point on a specific Dhamma topic, a downvote from a davidbrainerd is not exactly the same as a downvote from Ven. Dhammanando or Pesala. And if on a particular day, there're 2 or 3 davidbrainerd's for every Dhammanando, then...you get the ...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

A simple upvote downvote system like on the Vivaldi forums works well. I receive notifications for upvotes, but not for downvotes. The vote count for each post indicates how popular the feature request is. Here, it would be a vote for the quality of the reply. If someone gets a lot of downvotes, oth...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

A good story santa100. Thank you. It was a very poor analogy for the use of reputation on forums. Trolls are not innocent time travellers from 5BC who arrive by accident. They visit specifically to disrupt the forum. The moderators cannot be watching always, and members don't want to report every p...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4100

Re: What is the future of Dhamma Wheel

Mkoll wrote:
R1111 wrote:Id like to see a reputation stat for members something like stackexchange.com, similar or better.

Is that even possible with this phpBB forum system?

I am sure it is possible, the question is: “Is it desirable?”
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Ajahn Mun Biography - Free online read.
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Ven. Ajahn Mun Biography - Free online read.

There is plenty in the Buddhist texts (not only the Commentaries) about supernormal powers such as the recollection of previous lives, flying through the sky, making gold out of straw, etc. These are not magic, which is nothing but illusion, but supernormal powers. They are not supernatural powers e...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Theory of uprooting defilements
Replies: 12
Views: 404

Re: Theory of uprooting defilements

I don't think meditation stirs up defilements, it surely calms and removes many of them. However, it shows up existing defilements more clearly. Haven't you ever noticed how dirty your room looks when bright sunshine fills the room? The dirt is always there, but you become blind to it. That's why we...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddhas of Mes Aynak - please support this project
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: The Buddhas of Mes Aynak - please support this project

Buddha Images 186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha. 187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore h...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Buddhas of Mes Aynak - please support this project
Replies: 14
Views: 1276

Re: The Buddhas of Mes Aynak - please support this project

Buddha Images 186. Images and pictures of the Buddha are just imitations of the physique of the Buddha. 187. Burmese sculptors make Buddha’s images in Burmese style; likewise Chinese and Indian sculptors carve in their own styles. The real intention is to make people think of the Buddha and adore h...
by Bhikkhu Pesala
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 1522

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

It seems that some are determined to misunderstand. Just to confirm, I meant that one who has little knowledge of the Buddha's teachings will kill a snake, a scorpion, a spider, even a human foetus , because it seems to be common sense. As I wrote elsewhere , killing is always justifiable. 10. Is in...

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