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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: 764

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: 481

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: 34
Views: 4635

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: 267

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 p...
by Kusala
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha on devas, petas etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 267

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: 267

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: 34
Views: 4635

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 Gota...
by Kusala
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 34
Views: 4635

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: 34
Views: 4635

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: 73
Views: 4058

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: 73
Views: 4058

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: 2495

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: 2495

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: 2495

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 .

by Kusala
Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 588

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: 22068

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: 2763

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: 1114

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: 3819

Re: The mistrust of science

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

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