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by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 48
Views: 847

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

Would this infringe upon the Second Amendment? 1. Firearms can only be owned by persons 18 years and older. 2. Applicant must pass a police and mental health check first. What would be wrong with that? I can't see what the big deal is. In my country, that's only the beginning...there are more hoops ...
by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 32
Views: 509

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I would leave books (or audio) at the door; why miss this opportunity to practice? "Furthermore, when going forward & returning, he makes himself fully alert; when looking toward & looking away... when bending & extending his limbs... when carrying his outer cloak, his upper robe & his bowl... when ...
by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 64
Views: 578

Re: Structuring lay life

... A Buddhist man involved with a non-Buddhist can this way get pleasures that he couldn't get if he were with a Buddhist; and he can get away with it, as the non-Buddhist is the one who shoulders the risks and responsibilities (that a Buddhist would be unwilling to). What 'risks'? Since when is v...
by manas
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?

Dmytro wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:36 pm
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Thank you very much :anjali:
by manas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Could someone please post the Pali for this video?

Greetings all, I'm trying to memorize both the Pali and English for this video. I have the 'Chanting Book' downloaded but with the current state of my eyesight I cannot easily read the text, and to be honest just scrolling to the correct page / section can be a challenge. I've tried copying and past...
by manas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 48
Views: 847

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

A more technical answer - There is no 'Bad' and 'Good' Karma. There is only 'Karma'. The best Karma for me/you, would be the one that succeeds in keeping me/you in a neutral (devoid of emotional upsurges) state of mind for as long as is possible (do not ask for sutta references .. it is not from su...
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: 406

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: 625

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: 20
Views: 341

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: 392

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: 140
Views: 2220

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: 23
Views: 813

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: 1617

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: 625

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: 23
Views: 813

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: 231

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: 512

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: 199

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: 2041

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: 1339

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?