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by Kusala
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The “Elephant Whisperer”
Replies: 0
Views: 90

The “Elephant Whisperer”

“She took another step forward. I could see her tense up again, preparing to snap the electric wire and be out, the rest of the herd smashing after her in a flash. “I was in their path, and would only have seconds to scramble out of their way and climb the nearest tree. I wondered if I would be fas...
by Kusala
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar
Replies: 33
Views: 1258

Re: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar

Since we are both followers of the Dhamma both know the consequences of being dishonest. Kindly be specific so that I can expand on the material. Which item starting the one that most concerns you? I will be honest with you, Your two statements are often made in the context of racist propaganda and...
by Kusala
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 109
Views: 2027

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

From my understanding, Muhammad married Aisha at age seven and consummated the marriage at age 9. This makes Muhammad a paedophile as he engaged in intercourse with her before puberty. This indicates that Muhammad is not a man worthy of religious respect. Not only did he brake the 4th precept, but ...
by Kusala
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar
Replies: 33
Views: 1258

Re: Common thread in violence in Sri Lanka and Mynamar

This is factually incorrect on all counts.. Since we are both followers of the Dhamma both know the consequences of being dishonest. Kindly be specific so that I can expand on the material. Which item starting the one that most concerns you? I will be honest with you, Your two statements are often ...
by Kusala
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When is it skillful to charge money for wisdom?
Replies: 30
Views: 1043

Re: When is it skillful to charge money for wisdom?

Dhamma talks on teachings based on generosity are offered as a free gift, which sets a good example to everyone and it is obviously wrong to then sell copies to other people. Buddhist laypeople sometimes maintain their livelihood in helping professions educating people (Buddhist and non-Buddhist) o...
by Kusala
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: drugs and spirituality
Replies: 22
Views: 622

Re: drugs and spirituality

simple do you think drugs can change you on a profound level in order to guide you to the dhamma, or are any seeming positive yields just a delusion? say if a person takes acid and they subsequently quit smoking cigarettes, take on the five precepts for lay people, renounce sex, etc. would these ch...
by Kusala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 43
Views: 5237

Re: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'

A samana is someone who lives in poverty. They do not wear cosmetics, jewelery, or fancy clothing. They do not bathe a lot. They wear just about the most basic clothing possible, a robe, often made of discarded rags and whatnot. They do not even sit on high chairs. Their food an shelter is by defau...
by Kusala
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

Thanks for that tale Kusala and also thanks to Ven. Bhikkhu Pesala for his. The moral of the story seems to be that 1) there are invisible beings 2) do not be arrogant, but humble & respectful 3) radiate compassion. It's important to be humble and respectful. Here is Ven. Achalo speaking from perso...
by Kusala
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

A recent contact thinks all references to yakkas, petas etc.; all the invisible non-human beings, were an accretion added by Hindu enemies of the Dhamma. So I would like reference to a sutta or two where Buddha himself mentions the reality of these non-human creatures. Never mind - he is stubborn a...
by Kusala
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: Buddha on devas, petas etc.

A recent contact thinks all references to yakkas, petas etc.; all the invisible non-human beings, were an accretion added by Hindu enemies of the Dhamma. So I would like reference to a sutta or two where Buddha himself mentions the reality of these non-human creatures. Never mind - he is stubborn a...
by Kusala
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 43
Views: 5237

Re: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'

Hi Kusala "Kusala wrote: Some Brahmins held the Buddha in high regard...the Brahmin, Cankti, for instance... "...When this was said, the brahmin Cankī told those brahmins: “Now, sirs, hear from me why it is proper for me to go to see Master Gotama, and why it is not proper for Master Gotama to come...
by Kusala
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 43
Views: 5237

Re: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'

Regarding the debate of whether he was Mongoloid or Indo-Iranian, please remember that the Buddhist sutras were written 500 years after his death. So it's highly possible that the Indian disciples decided to 'Indianised' him even though he's originally wasn't an Indo-Aryan by giving him a Sanskrit ...
by Kusala
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 43
Views: 5237

Re: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'

The Buddha, being from Nepal , was of the Mongoloid race. The Kirats were the ruling people of ancient Nepal: Kirata Kingdom (Kirat) in Sanskrit literature and Hindu mythology refers to any kingdom of the Kirata people, who were dwellers mostly in the Himalayas (mostly eastern Himalaya). They took ...
by Kusala
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 93
Views: 4941

Re: Inspiring Words

There seems to be a close bond between Native American spirituality and Dharmic traditions...

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by Kusala
Mon May 22, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 93
Views: 4941

Re: Inspiring Words

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by Kusala
Thu May 04, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 2769

Re: supernormal powers

Here's another interesting story -------> http://www.dhammaloka.org.au/community/ ... -4th-Jhana
by Kusala
Thu May 04, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 2769

Re: supernormal powers

Well take it fwiw this are my personal beliefs, Ever since meditative attainment i seem to occasionally know intuitively about things that happen away from me but will affect me as stress. One time i saw a dream where i was told i was going to crash, next day i lose consciousness. Several times ive...
by Kusala
Thu May 04, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: supernormal powers
Replies: 68
Views: 2769

Re: supernormal powers

form wrote:This regularly appears in the nikaya. Has anyone seen any in real life?
Here's Ajahn Achalo talking about his parents at 50:21- 59:15 and supernormal powers .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySkqvOHL7qY
by Kusala
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 642

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 been...