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by Dan74
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 47
Views: 648

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Yes i honestly find it meaningless. Its a statue. Is it just me that sees this. Its like when people buy diamonds and get excited about it. its a damn rock. I think the best way to show respect is to practice meditation or keep precepts not bowing down to statues. I'm sure it's the thought that mat...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?
Replies: 23
Views: 256

Re: Is disliking certain people consider an extreme ?

The OP sounds like an example of tribalist thinking - disliking a people as if they are all one, or treating people as if they all share some essential characteristic. But all characteristics are compounded and empty and all personality characteristics can fortunately be changed.
by Dan74
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 47
Views: 648

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

If you have trouble with the bowing, you need to honestly question why? Yes i honestly find it meaningless. Its a statue. Is it just me that sees this. Its like when people buy diamonds and get excited about it. its a damn rock. I think the best way to show respect is to practice meditation or keep...
by Dan74
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 314

Re: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.

My take is what the sutta refers to is that at a certain stage, the delight in our physicality becomes an obstacle. So what that time comes, we should see it for what it is. But given how most of us are these days, ie tending to have aversion and anxiety about our appearance and even physicality, th...
by Dan74
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1745

Re: Religion of peace

There is one very obvious but seemingly overlooked difference between the two religions. The Buddha was a mendicant, a renunciate monk leading a renunciate Sangha. Mohammed was (became) a political leader of a nation. These two vastly different roles naturally lead to very different teachings. If we...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1745

Re: Religion of peace

Summary:

Islam - bad.
Buddhism - good.
by Dan74
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 572

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

Hello Space_0pera :hello: Like a lot of beginner questions, yours cuts to the bone. My take is that not all action is motivated by desire. At least not in the sense of a self-seeking desire. As we become less confused and self-focused, our actions become more motivated by helping others free themsel...
by Dan74
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2418

Re: Idealism

The suttas speak very clearly about the perception of the external rupa (4 elements). The five perceptions > consciousnesses focus mainly on the perception of the external rupa, and the consciousness of the mind equally on the perception of external ideas and ideas constructed by own mind. The dist...
by Dan74
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seeing the dhamma without contacting Buddhism before hand
Replies: 24
Views: 425

Re: Seeing the dhamma without contacting Buddhism before hand

It seems to me it is hard to live a life without getting some genuine insight, with or without exposure to the Dhamma.

Every moment offers an opportunity. I've met quite a number of wise folks who has never heard the word 'Dhamma'. Haven't you?
by Dan74
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?
Replies: 19
Views: 465

Re: Do scientists say there is a reality not subject to time?

Putting problematic words between * * to show they are problematic ... There is a long-running debate in physics about whether time exists in the way we think it does. Some scientists believe that it is *really* similar to the three spatial dimensions, and the fact that we can travel freely in the ...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Religion of peace
Replies: 69
Views: 1745

Re: Religion of peace

It is the views that a religion propagates that will determine whether it is peaceful or not. I think in general, humans are generally good. But they are also easily subjected to group-think. In that sense, nobel laurette Steven Weinbeg was correct to say that: “With or without religion, good peopl...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Past, present and future all exist together?
Replies: 35
Views: 741

Re: Past, present and future all exist together?

Those who have read Slaughterhouse 5 will surely recognize this theory. In some sense it appeals, the mind turning to this moment or that, with us, sentient beings being locked into an onward direction. Not sure it accords with the Dhamma, especially the teachings on the Kamma, at least in a relativ...
by Dan74
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dreams.?
Replies: 15
Views: 308

Re: Dreams.?

Where are dreams.? Where do they come from.? Why are they..? ____ I used to be very interested in dreams and studied the different theories, Jungian, Freudian and other more modern theories. FWIW, my sense is that dreams can and do come from different places and cannot all be treated in the same wa...
by Dan74
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?
Replies: 18
Views: 852

Re: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?

Hello GoodMorning :hello: All aspirational stuff aside, some of the best advice I've had from Buddhist teachers was to practice with what we are here-and-now, rather than neglect that and build up aspirations and hopes. Here-and-now you long for a relationship. This is exactly the place to bring pra...
by Dan74
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Idealism
Replies: 141
Views: 2418

Re: Idealism

Well of course "out there" cannot be conclusively proven, since all we have is our senses and they can be manipulated. In the West, Descartes talked about this at length, including a thought experiment of an evil genius manipulating one's mind and making reality appear completely different to what i...