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by manas
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: How will you conceive the world in thirty years?
Replies: 35
Views: 382

Re: How you conceived the world in thirty years?

When I was young, we were actually taught or encouraged to think for ourselves at school. But in recent years, I see authoritarianism; political correctness; fear; conformity; obedience; like I have never seen before in my life. Its frightening. In 30 years, unless something drastically changes, I ...
by manas
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 551

Re: Loneliness

This very medium we are using right now - the Internet, and social media in particular - has contributed to increasing real-life isolation from other human beings, for many people.
by manas
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 17
Views: 281

Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

As a counterbalance to all the debates about Nibbana here on DW, I would like to post something beautiful and inspiring, from the Buddha himself. It's from the Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta: An Analysis of the Properties. "'He has been stilled where the currents of construing do not flow. And when the curren...
by manas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?

If you think the third precept gives you the right to visit prostitutes, I think you're missing the point of sexual misconduct IMHO. I don't think I could enjoy having sex with a prostitute (who often despise their clients, how could that be fun?) but still, it would be more honourable to do that, ...
by manas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "Is there a Self?"
Replies: 106
Views: 1414

Re: "Is there a Self?"

bodom wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:37 pm
There is a huge difference between no-self, what the Buddha did not teach and not-self, what he did.
I think this discrepancy would clear up a large amount of misundersanding of his teaching on anatta.

:goodpost:
by manas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 19
Views: 635

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

In saying that I believe the Buddha-Dhamma to hold the highest and most pertinent truths, I'm not saying that all other Paths are useless - some folks find their belief in / worship of a 'Supreme Deity', helps them lead a more virtuous life, for example - nor do I intend to try to force my view on ...
by manas
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How to reach the 1st Jhana?
Replies: 85
Views: 1489

Re: How to reach the 1st Jhana?

I think reading many different suttas, then comparing them, is a good thing. However, much in the suttas can be hard to understand, until it has been explained to one, by a dhamma teacher, and if you are interested in jhana according to the suttas, choose your teacher with care, find one who bases t...
by manas
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 551

Re: Loneliness

I refute the premise that people who are married are not lonely, that those who have four siblings are not lonely, that those who have lot of real life friends are not lonely. Being alone is the natural state of a human being. In recent decades, it is this natural tendency that is becoming more and...
by manas
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.
Replies: 19
Views: 635

Re: Nihilism has poisoned modern society; as Buddhists, we should reject it.

Perhaps it is. There are some moral rules on which there is no consensus, such as euthanasia. But others seem objectively true, or at least unobjectionable. For example, "One should not torture people for no other purpose than sadism". This seems to be objectively true, at least as objective as mor...
by manas
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Flesh desires along with mindfulness
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Flesh desires along with mindfulness

In my experience, being mindful of sensations, noises, smells, etc, during sex is quite yucky. Total lust-killer. If I want "good" sex, I try to focus on the other person, or the passion, or what I feel for her in my mind. Not the actual sensations, as Goenkaji may teach. I get the same effect with...
by manas
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia

Yeah I am not entirely sure about that. In Burma they have a lay sponsor system, where if a lay sponsor is willing to get you your requisites, and provide support then the ordination will likely happen. That I am aware of this type of system where the lay sponsor gains merit by performing this act ...
by manas
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: For what reason, was each simile chosen in the Phena Sutta?
Replies: 15
Views: 182

Re: For what reason, was each simile chosen in the Phena Sutta?

Commentaries give this: 1) Foam, because it lacks substance, and is also full of holes and fissures and the abode of small creatures. After expanding, it breaks up. 2) A bubble, because it is feeble and cannot be grasped. It develops in dependence upon conditions. 3) A mirage, because it is insubst...
by manas
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: nibbāna is the cessation of existence
Replies: 133
Views: 1945

Re: nibbāna is the cessation of existence

Hi Dylan, please read the Buddha's words as recorded here, carefully. "And how is a monk a noble one with banner lowered, burden placed down, unfettered? There is the case where a monk's conceit 'I am' is abandoned, its root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of develop...
by manas
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is the alternative to the capitalism?
Replies: 91
Views: 1294

Re: What is the alternative to the capitalism?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:30 am
I think this is the worst case of capitalism.

This is so wrong and sad. The 'ownership' of slaves was commonplace in the Buddha's time, just wondering if there is any record in the suttas, of any statements he might have made regarding it?
by manas
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Want to explore ordination but...
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Want to explore ordination but...

Life is uncertain, and I cannot know if I will truly be a monastic for the rest of my life, but what I do know is that whether I am a lay person or monastic, I have my practice, following the noble eightfold path is available for us anytime, no matter who we are. So do not forget the Noble Eightfol...
by manas
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia
Replies: 10
Views: 496

Re: Suggestions for ordination at age 53 in Asia

I've heard that Burma is a better place for older people to ordain. Elderly and even disabled people ordain there. What level of disabled do you mean? I'm quite sure that, if someone has an infirmity that would hinder them from supporting themselves as a layman, they are not permitted to ordain (in...
by manas
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: For what reason, was each simile chosen in the Phena Sutta?
Replies: 15
Views: 182

For what reason, was each simile chosen in the Phena Sutta?

Greetings, regarding the Phena Sutta ('Foam' - https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn22/sn22.095.than.html ), Form is compared to a lump of foam Feeling, to a water bubble Perception, to a mirage Volitional Formations, to the trunk of a Plantain tree Consciousness, to a magical illusion I th...
by manas
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1300

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Asians do not know the N word is a pejorative! It is the name of a large river in South America for God's sake. If one day I become a famous preacher or writer will you hold it against me .. No_Mind used the N word in conversation in 2017? If you ever speak at a University Campus, watch out for pos...
by manas
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: List of rules for monks relevant for lay women
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: List of rules for monks relevant for lay women

Just a comment on this issue. Firstly, wasn't the Vinaya compiled AFTER the Buddha's passing away, and not before? Not sure if we can pin any seeming unfairness on the Buddha himself. Secondly, any man who has ever attempted strict celibacy in body, speech and mind for a substantial period of time, ...
by manas
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1300

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Greetings, I can recall, he once said "women are generally less intelligent" [ie, than men], but to say what you quoted above, would take his culturally acquired sexism, to a new level; are you sure he actually said that? :anjali: The man also said women enjoyed rape and compared black men to apes....