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by Kusala
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: how to give merit to loved ones when they died?
Replies: 3
Views: 336

Re: how to give merit to loved ones when they died?

Seek approval first...Listen to Thanissaro @ 6:30 - 8:50

by Kusala
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 667

Re: is slavery bad

ancient india had slavery, and the buddha AFAIK never explicitly condemned it. cite sources, if possible. Buddhism and Slavery http://www.purifymind.com/BuddhismSlavery.htm ...At the time of the rise of Buddhism "menials" loosely referred to as "slaves" by pioneering Western scholars, were known to...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The European Pagan Connection
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: The European Pagan Connection

I came across this Slavic "pagan" temple...looks like a Buddhist temple...

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by Kusala
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The European Pagan Connection
Replies: 18
Views: 954

Re: The European Pagan Connection

Here I'll propose that the ancient Greek religion was genuinely aware of the basic structure of the universe & actual devas, with parallels between theirs & those acknowledged by the Buddha. In Buddhism Sakka is King of the Gods, ruler of a pantheon of 33. In the Hellenist religion Zeus is King of ...
by Kusala
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Adolf Hitler
Replies: 38
Views: 10370

Re: Adolf Hitler

My understanding of this subject is very rudimentary. So I may be referring to “my understanding” repeatedly. I trust that there are members here with sophisticated knowledge of the subject. Adolf Hitler took acquisition of many Buddhist concepts. In fact, Mr. Nietzsche had a few opinions on Buddhi...
by Kusala
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 34
Views: 4070

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzPIeCaV-is I hadn't thought about it until Bhante Anandajoti brought it up @ 5:50 - 8:00 [/color]...could it be that God/Yahweh/Allah is none other than Mara? If we look at the old testament, God is a jealous and vengeful being...Mara is also a jealous and vengeful ...
by Kusala
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 34
Views: 4070

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

jbrooks79 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:36 am
I have this idea what Christian hell looks like, but are there pictures, or descriptions of Buddhist hell, that are reliable, from Buddha, or good sources . .
by Kusala
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How did the Buddha become tempted, beneath Bodhi . .
Replies: 5
Views: 936

Re: How did the Buddha become tempted, beneath Bodhi . .

jbrooks79 wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:39 am
I would like to ask, what was the way Buddha was tempted under Bodhi . . I saw movie, with Christ tempted, in the desert, it was a snake, in the movie . .

Did Buddha do the same, or was it another animal . .
The Buddha's epic battle with Mara!

by Kusala
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings
Replies: 67
Views: 10728

Re: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings

Ajahn Punnadhammo and Ajahn Sona brought up something quite interesting towards the end...
@ 32:04 - 33:40

by Kusala
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 1870

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

I apologize if these may seem like silly questions but coming from a Catholic background I am curious to see the Buddhist viewpoint for my questions. My first question has to do with the fact that Buddhism it teaches that there are 31 planes of existence, one of them being the Asura realm of demons...
by Kusala
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings
Replies: 67
Views: 10728

Re: Doubts about existence of ghosts & super natural beings

Aliens exist and may already be among us, says first British astronaut https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/05/aliens-exist-living-among-us-says-first-british-astronaut-space/ “...Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It’s possible they’re right here right now...
by Kusala
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 1870

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

I apologize if these may seem like silly questions but coming from a Catholic background I am curious to see the Buddhist viewpoint for my questions. My first question has to do with the fact that Buddhism it teaches that there are 31 planes of existence, one of them being the Asura realm of demons...
by Kusala
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 1870

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

I apologize if these may seem like silly questions but coming from a Catholic background I am curious to see the Buddhist viewpoint for my questions. My first question has to do with the fact that Buddhism it teaches that there are 31 planes of existence, one of them being the Asura realm of demons...
by Kusala
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 1827

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

Can having strong political views co-exist with serious pursuit of Buddhism? excess details below can be skipped I have avoided politics of my nation for about 18 months but now I need to have a view due to prevailing circumstances. By absolutely liberal terms of reference it is right wing view. Bu...
by Kusala
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 42
Views: 3998

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Sorry to revive this thread, but I just started listening to his audio book The Illuminated Mind and was really getting into it...then I discover this about him and I obviously don’t want to finish the book now. It’s so damaging when Dharma teachers do stuff like this. It destroys people’s faith. I...