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by Kusala
Mon May 21, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 68
Views: 13291

Re: Buddha's skin colour

his skin was the color of skin his blood was the color of blood his bones were the color of bones I get what you're saying... people tend to make assumptions when discussing the appearance of the Buddha. The Buddha was from ancient Nepal, so they automatically assume that he'd look like the people ...
by Kusala
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 639

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

Now, the general impression of the Hebrew Old Testament is the Tribes of Israel (of which only the tribe of Judah largely remains) regarded themselves as 'The Chosen People of God'; that there was something specifically special about being born an Israelite. Similarly, in the Pali suttas, we can re...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1092

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Amanaki wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:01 pm
If you reach enlightenment you can become a buddha :) But because of how we live today and much of the texts has been translated incorrect and we tend to not be strickt enough in the practice it is very difficult to reach Buddhahood today.
I think Theravadins prefer to use the term "Arahant".
by Kusala
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Transfer merit to peta
Replies: 5
Views: 183

Re: Transfer merit to peta

Hi all, In Mahayana Buddhism, there are rituals dedicated especially for hungry ghosts, helping them to alleviate their suffering. In Theravada Buddhism, is there any such activity or ritual, dedicating merits for hungry ghosts, not just departed relatives but hungry ghosts in general. Thanks. Yes,...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1092

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

There seems to be a lot of different terminology respective to 'enlightened ones': tathagata, buddha, bodhisattva, arahant, etc. What is the difference amongst these different definitions that make them different. Of course a bodhisattva is someone is going to be a buddha in a future life but would...
by Kusala
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 68
Views: 13291

Re: Buddha's skin colour

I have seen quite a few high caste Indians with blue or green eyes, so it makes perfect sense that the historical Buddha, who belonged to the ruling elite would have blue eyes. Hi Kusala Really try and think about this. What you have said does not make sense at all. What you have said is - Kusala h...
by Kusala
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 9489

Re: Criticism of Islam

Monotheism Is inherently Intolerant, especially Islam... http://i63.tinypic.com/zxwtbn.jpg Compelling. Meme about intolerance posted by a Buddhist intolerant of Islam. I would advise, that if you think tolerance is kusala value, then you yourself should live up to it. As compassionate as the Buddha...
by Kusala
Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 9489

Re: Criticism of Islam

Monotheism Is inherently Intolerant, especially Islam...

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by Kusala
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Fake News
Replies: 107
Views: 5274

Re: Fake News

There's nothing shadier than trying to use Buddhism to justify right wing political views IMHO Are left-wing or centrist views OK, though? Are they equally or less shady? I only ask... In that right wing views are the antithesis of what Buddhism stands for I would say yes, you are right. Perhaps th...
by Kusala
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 174
Views: 3716

Re: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

Something has always upset me about Buddha's life. I first read his life story at about age of 7 or so. And almost four decades has passed but the nagging feeling remains. Buddha left his wife and child. They had material resources to survive but it was abandonment. How does it reflect on his chara...
by Kusala
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 105
Views: 4942

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

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by Kusala
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Catholicism and Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 570

Re: Catholicism and Buddhism

Being from a Catholic background, I've noticed that there are lots of parallels and similarities in the practices and rituals of Buddhism and Catholicism. Guan Yin seems very similar to the Virgin Mary, there's confession, holy water etc Jesuits had a significant influence in trade in Asia in the 1...
by Kusala
Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge

:candle: Colin :candle:

This monk was possessed by an "asura"(demon) and nearly lost it...

by Kusala
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Pretty pictures
Replies: 63
Views: 2180

Re: Pretty pictures

fearlessness is a thing of beauty...

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