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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: 14
Views: 213

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: 14
Views: 213

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: 15
Views: 371

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: 15
Views: 371

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: 957

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: 957

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: 957

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: 341

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: 809

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: 1750

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:
by Khalil Bodhi
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1750

Re: Lack of progress

when you understand the teaching, nothing is impossible It seems quite possible that this is the case. Of course, nothing is certain but it stands to reason that the more developed beings would have profited from the Buddhadhamma much sooner 2500 years is as nothing, it's no time at all Well, good ...
by Khalil Bodhi
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1750

Re: Lack of progress

this is just a superstition This is just a neophytism. when you understand the teaching, nothing is impossible It seems quite possible that this is the case. Of course, nothing is apodictically certain but it stands to reason that the more developed beings would have profited from the Buddhadhamma ...
by Khalil Bodhi
Thu Dec 26, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1750

Re: Lack of progress

I found the following talk very useful for re-calibrating my perspective about what is possible as a layperson at present.

by Khalil Bodhi
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1750

Re: Lack of progress

Not to bring the conversation to such a crude level, but this monk is known almost exclusively because he talks about things that, according to the Buddha, are inappropriate for a monk to talk about. It's not surprising that he struggles with meditation. Those two are almost certainly related. :goo...
by Khalil Bodhi
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Uposatha drinks
Replies: 7
Views: 781

Re: Uposatha drinks

Hi Dorian,

According to Bhante Suddhaso almond and coconut milk are allowable. As always, it is probably better to forego them if possible (it's only a day after all). Mettacittena!

KB