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by Dan74
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 17
Views: 375

Re: Really Confused...!

I am kinda of surprised that you say these practices for post-mortem are so important. Firstly all Buddhist practices are not just for now but for the post-mortem, in the sense that if we practice right, we either attain liberation or ensure a favourable rebirth and continuing practice, leading to l...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist
Replies: 57
Views: 1282

Re: Why I'm an Epicurean and not a Buddhist

One thing that comes across to me from the OP is the emphasis on shopping for the right philosophy. This isn't what Buddhism is really about, IMO. It is not a set of beliefs to try on for size, but a practice, a living tradition one can follow, do retreats under known masters, etc. All Buddhist teac...
by Dan74
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1297

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

There are a lot of happenings before anger 'crystallises'. They can be observed arising.

By definition, the moment is over once the act of observation takes place. But observing it mindfully changes the moment that come afterwards.

Or so it seems to me.
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada
Replies: 26
Views: 618

Re: Some Challenges I'm Having with Theravada

Every religion has a large cultural dimension. Some of it actually helps spiritual practice and some is culture-bound and has nothing really to do with the religion per se. I think mikenz66 is a member of a Thai Theravada temple and he's shared much about this in the past. I hope he can comment. My ...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 1706

Re: Lack of progress

Perhaps a lack of progress is not something so bad. Certainly better than entertaining delusions about progress. An honest look at oneself is a deeply important Dhammic practice. So if it's shite, this act of recognition of shite is not shite. That's the place to apply practice, IMO.
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: How have your relationships changed over time as a Buddhist?
Replies: 10
Views: 614

Re: How have your relationships changed over time as a Buddhist?

What seems to have changed with me is that I no longer put much stock in the emotional upheavals, the frustrations, the disappointments, etc. Relationships are often like a ship set adrift on a sea of emotions - you get tossed and turned and blown about by the winds and the waves. With Dhamma practi...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theories are useless
Replies: 43
Views: 1042

Re: Theories are useless

Practice is called 'practice' for a reason. And as far as I can tell , the theory is only useful insofar as it informs and guides practice. How much is needed is a topic in itself.
by Dan74
Fri Dec 20, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2032

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

??? Of course most monks and most laypeople are sidetracked! As long as you are not an arahant you are sidetracked in one or the other form. That's no news. Agree. But if very prominent monks such as Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ven. Analayo, Ven. Thanissaro or Bhikkhu Sujato sidetrack it is worrying for a laype...
by Dan74
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 96
Views: 2032

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

If not compatible with Vinaya they shouldn't. If compatible with vinaya why not? I understand your point. But if I go to a temple and the monk start preaching me the climate change I will be very disappointed. Buddha prohibited monks to perform Prathihara ( superhuman activities) due to the same pr...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 35
Views: 1278

Re: Sex only for procreation

I don't have any such confidence, nor do I find a rebirth as a gay person particularly frightening.
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1594

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

Where does it say in the sutta that 'matter exists' and is not subject to DO?
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1594

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

I think it is a mistranslation or misunderstanding of Nagarjuna that leads one to think that he had asserted such a thing. In Madhyamaka teachings, it is very clear that what is denied is the "thing-ness" or reification - a view of the world as composed of discrete entities. Nothing is in and of its...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1594

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

Nagarjuna definitely did not teach nihilism. For the simple reason that nihilism asserts that 'nothing exist'. Whereas Nagarjuna disproved or undermined the assertion that 'something exists'. The confusion comes from believing there are these only two alternatives. For me, the solutions is to shift ...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 62
Views: 1594

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

On letting go, yes I agree! Thank you. However as to this strange logical paradox, I don't see how this solves it. If no single thing exists independently, there cannot be many depending on each other as without one there cannot be many. So nothing exists. It's nonsense, I don't agree with it but n...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sex only for procreation
Replies: 35
Views: 1278

Re: Sex only for procreation

The definition of misconduct is having sex with certain prohibited person such as other people's partner, etc. But time has changed, would you put having sex with sex toys considered sexual misconduct? Sex with sex toys is basically masturbation. Is masturbation sexual misconduct? I believe only fo...