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by Khalil Bodhi
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ciao!
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

Re: Ciao!

Thanks!
by Khalil Bodhi
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ciao!
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

Re: Ciao!

Grazie! Conosco Pian dei Ciliegi ma non sapevo che c’erano discorsi scaricabili. There is one monk at Santacittarama who is Italian by birth and has some Dhamma talks recorded (Mahapanno?) but I have had a hard time finding more. Regardless I will check out your suggestions. Ti ringrazio e ti auguro...
by Khalil Bodhi
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ciao!
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

Re: Ciao!

Oh, and your English is quite good. Be well!

Mettacittena,

KB
by Khalil Bodhi
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ciao!
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

Re: Ciao!

Benvenuto! Sapresti, per caso, un sito in cui si possono trovare discorsi del Dhamma in italiano?
by Khalil Bodhi
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup
Replies: 15
Views: 2108

Re: don't give up on jhāna yet, until you drink from the sutta cup

Why not keep practicing with jhana as a provisional goal while armed with the perception that it is very possibly out of one's reach as a lay person at this point in the eon?
by Khalil Bodhi
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

For whatever reason, I find NDEs helpful in strengthening my faith in the reality of kamma. Here’s a video that may be of use if you haven’t completely abandoned YouTube: https://youtu.be/U_AI2UMABJ0
by Khalil Bodhi
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 16
Views: 1023

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

I have pondered this question for a while and an still unsure exactly what I think about it. Regardless, I don’t think any of the NDE experiences you mentioned preclude rebirth in the apaya lokā. In fact, there are several accounts of negative NDEs that start off benignly but proceed to get progress...
by Khalil Bodhi
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

All conditioned phenomena are impermanent. The internet just happens to be more impermanent than marble slabs. :tongue:

I'm always excited by the opportunity to offer Dhamma dana however. Let's hope the Venerable Dhammika's sites don't go the way of the Venerable Samahita's.

Mettacittena,

Mike
by Khalil Bodhi
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: Crowd Funding to Preserve Bhante Dhammika's 40 years of work

Pilgrim,

Thank you for the opportunity to provide Dhammadana. Mettacittena! :anjali:
by Khalil Bodhi
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 1400

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

This quote comes under Pācittiya 74 on giving a bhikkhu a blow out of anger. Non-offences. According to the Vibhaṅga, there is no offence for a bhikkhu who, trapped in a difficult situation, gives a blow “desiring freedom.” The Commentary’s discussion of this point shows that it includes what we at...
by Khalil Bodhi
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 1400

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

Buddhism is pragmatic. If a bhikkhu is being held against his will or threatened with death or injury he is allowed to give his assailant a blow in order to escape. That would likely be a strong blow, and might (perhaps) result in the death of his assailant, but if there is no intention to kill, th...
by Khalil Bodhi
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?
Replies: 25
Views: 1400

Re: Is the Jain stance on nonviolence more compelling then the Buddhist viewpoint?

Ahimsa is the central tenet of Jainism, all its other epistemology is derived from it. That's certainly a Western misrepresentation. Jainism has a metaphyiscal doctrine that is most certainly not derived from ahimsa, and it is explicated in 54 verses in the text Ishtopedesha with zero mention or re...
by Khalil Bodhi
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency
Replies: 7
Views: 793

Re: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency

Hi all,

I practice using Wat Metta's calendar as there as a number of ways to calculate the days. Today is an uposatha and I'm observing. Wishing all beings the chance to meet with the Dhamma and to practice it. Mettacittena!
by Khalil Bodhi
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 1445

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

Finally, what would be the point of possessing human beings? I understand we have to work out our karma but why would the law of karma allow us as demons to do evil to others? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of working out our karma? There's no defeating the purpose of Kamma because no being, demo...
by Khalil Bodhi
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 2730

Re: Lack of progress

I believe it. And, the world was once filled with arahants. It's up to me to practice with the mind, body and kamma vipaka to which I am heir. :anjali: