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by Kusala
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 448

Re: Good religions

A goal of heaven usually leads to heaven… Does this sutta remind you of a certain belief system? Then Yodhajiva[1] the headman went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "Lord, I have heard that it has...
by Kusala
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Bodhi on War and Thanissaro's rebuttal
Replies: 382
Views: 19105

Re: Executive Action of Deportations

Of course it's not. And what's more is that the logic according to which this would be done to reduce overall casualties doesn't work at all for stateless armies scattered all over the world even if they also happen to have a pseudo state, and that misguided strategy actually achieves the opposite ...
by Kusala
Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Misunderstanding the Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 2086

Re: Misunderstanding the Buddha

His marks include blue eyes? In the commentaries, focusing on blue kasina internally, the only body tissues that is blue in colour will be blue eyes. Is there any other body part that is blue? I am also very puzzled by the part in mn that his private part is in a sheath (interpretated as his sexual...
by Kusala
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Exactly WHAT was the Buddha
Replies: 14
Views: 875

Re: Exactly WHAT was the Buddha

Hello, I'm sorry if this question has been asked already (if so, kindly redirect me to the thread, I haven't seen any that matches my question) but I'd like to better understand why the Buddha is ascribed so many abilities that are absent in 'normal' human beings. Why was he able to know things tha...
by Kusala
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The mistrust of science
Replies: 77
Views: 2819

Re: The mistrust of science

Ajahn Brahm on science...1:00 - 3:38

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by Kusala
Fri Jul 01, 2016 5:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Example of religious harmony!
Replies: 8
Views: 713

Re: Example of religious harmony!

Buddhist Monastery in Bangladesh Feeds Hundreds of Poor Families During Ramadan http://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/buddhist-monastery-in-bangladesh-feeds-hundreds-of-poor-families-during-ramadan :anjali: This is why I love being a Buddhist! No hidden agenda...just "dana" in its purest form...
by Kusala
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 52
Views: 2739

Re: Inspiring Words

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by Kusala
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joke!!!
Replies: 581
Views: 77712

Re: Joke!!!

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by Kusala
Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 52
Views: 2739

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by Kusala
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 52
Views: 2739

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by Kusala
Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The Buddha admiring the beauty of the sorrounding landscape
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: The Buddha admiring the beauty of the sorrounding landscape

Ven. Dhammika : According to the Vinaya the Buddha asked Ananda to sow the pieces of cloth making up monk’s robes in the pattern of ‘the fields of Magadha’ (Magadhaketta, Vin.I,287). While in India in December I saw this scene as I looked out of the window of the vehicle I was travelling in, the id...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Update on Orlando Shooting
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Update on Orlando Shooting

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by Kusala
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dying without attaining Sotapanna
Replies: 51
Views: 3335

Re: Dying without attaining Sotapanna

Speaking of dying, my brother's friend passed away a few days ago. He was in his early 50s...friends, loved ones, and even the doctor(never before in his life) witnessed what some might call "spirit" leave his body. Spirit, energy, whatever it is, may we all cherish this human birth and m...
by Kusala
Sat Jun 11, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dying without attaining Sotapanna
Replies: 51
Views: 3335

Re: Dying without attaining Sotapanna

Speaking of dying, my brother's friend passed away a few days ago. He was in his early 50s...friends, loved ones, and even the doctor(never before in his life) witnessed what some might call "spirit" leave his body. Spirit, energy, whatever it is, may we all cherish this human birth and ma...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Spiritual Debt?
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Spiritual Debt?

I understand the act of dedicating merit is an integral part of Theravada Buddhism, but what about the concept of spiritual debt? Thanissaro mentioned how in Thailand there's this idea of paying off old debts...is this concept part of mainstream Theravada Buddhism or is it unique to Thai Buddhism? 6...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 06, 2016 7:19 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm
Replies: 85
Views: 4316

Re: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm

Thanissaro: "I was given a lecture a while back by someone who was quoting an academic, saying that 'to say that there is a right Dharma and a wrong Dharma is very dangerous thing'. The analogy they gave was, 'the Dharma is like a map, everyone's Dharma is like a different map and as we know a...
by Kusala
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm
Replies: 85
Views: 4316

Re: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm

Aloka, I've found the teachings which point to the possibility of rebirth in the lower realms as a truly valuable contribution to my daily life and practice. Obviously this may not be the case for you but there is no denying it is in the suttas and is of value to a number of lay followers and monas...
by Kusala
Wed May 18, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?
Replies: 17
Views: 1041

Re: Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?

I'm not sure if Buddhism ever disclaimed the swastika. I still see the swastika on some Buddha statues in Asian temples. In Germany it is illegal to display the swastika, in a fascist manner, but the law allows its use in a religious manner, for example in Dharmic religions. Strafgesetzbuch In any ...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Religious Bigotry At Its Finest
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Religious Bigotry At Its Finest

Khan Singh wrote:Imagine if she put all of that fervor into meditation and accumulating merit. Poor woman doesn't understand Buddhism.


Meditation is not really an "Abrahamic" thing...

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