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by Dan74
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?
Replies: 46
Views: 898

Re: lie, watching porn, hearing music, playing games compatible with trying to attain first stage of enlightment?

Hello :hello: I think you would do well to reread your past threads. From what I can recall, folks have advised you to ground your practice and focus on your daily life time and again.. To me it sounds like you are suffering from the classical emptiness sickness, no trivial matter. The cure is not t...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without fake self could one survive another day ?
Replies: 48
Views: 708

Re: Without fake self would one survive another day ?

Greetings, The Buddha and Arahants can make use of concepts without taking them up and getting lost in them. When teaching the Dhamma and “debating” with others the Buddha and Arahants aren’t defended a view. They have no view point. They are merely making use of words and concepts in order to poin...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Off cushion
Replies: 19
Views: 860

Re: Off cushion

Once the sitting practice has been well established, I would like to know your opinions, ideas, ways to proceeding, on a daily basis. I know it is very important to be mindful in every situation, but as a layman it is difficult to keep the awareness moment to moment like in Mahasi style, you know, ...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

However, it is not entirely clear to me that developing an unbounded mind of metta for all beings is substantively different to what my prior interpretation was. To me an unbounded mind of loving-kindness would naturally lead to unbounded actions of loving-kindness and not be some kind of a theoret...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

To me an unbounded mind of loving-kindness would naturally lead to unbounded actions of loving-kindness and not be some kind of a theoretical unbounded mind that might perform niceties on the internet and fancy itself unbounded. What kind of action would flow from such a mind, would you say? Unboun...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

Thank you, Bhante, for correcting the faulty translation I was basing my reply on. However, it is not entirely clear to me that developing an unbounded mind of metta for all beings is substantively different to what my prior interpretation was. To me an unbounded mind of loving-kindness would natura...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

We easily identify with other human beings, we can empathise with each other. History teaches otherwise. Consider, for example, how white slave owners didn't think the blacks were actual humans, or how rich people sometimes see poor people as only slightly distinguishable from air. Relative to a sp...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

How does this behaviour square with the Buddha's instruction in Metta Sutta to cherish all sentient beings as a mother cherishes her only child? My understanding is that compassion is much more than not intentionally causing harm, it is also avoiding causing harm due to carelessness and perhaps mor...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others
Replies: 53
Views: 2172

Re: The ethics of being indifferent about whether one harms others

How does this behaviour square with the Buddha's instruction in Metta Sutta to cherish all sentient beings as a mother cherishes her only child? My understanding is that compassion is much more than not intentionally causing harm, it is also avoiding causing harm due to carelessness and perhaps more...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 114
Views: 6149

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

I think this ties in neatly with your thread on Mainstream or Outsider, Mike. If one does take the Dhamma as a Dogma, as the set of scriptures rather than a living breathing tradition of practice, then one runs into all kinds of issues of consistency, absurdity, values scarily incompatible with our...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 114
Views: 6149

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

I refer you to a personalised teaching from one of the great names within modern Theravada: ... :rofl: How about this quote one of my favourite Australians? The Dharma is too important to be taken seriously. :heart: Mike I think this ties in neatly with your thread on Mainstream or Outsider, Mike. ...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 179
Views: 8481

Re: Coronavirus?

Washing hands is key, as well as keeping distance from others as much as possible. Also avoiding hand shakes. If you touch surfaces or shake hands wash your hands before touching your face or eating. The top estimate for the death rate is 1%, and that’s a high estimate. It could be lower. Most peop...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 179
Views: 8481

Re: Coronavirus?

Washing hands is key, as well as keeping distance from others as much as possible. Also avoiding hand shakes. If you touch surfaces or shake hands wash your hands before touching your face or eating. The top estimate for the death rate is 1%, and that’s a high estimate. It could be lower. Most peop...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada school does not pass mahāpadesa test
Replies: 31
Views: 1382

Re: Theravada school does not pass mahāpadesa test

If one is so inclined, one can find inconsistencies and contradictions in every tradition. Mahayana sutras contradict one another plenty. And there are also suttas/sutras in each that are frankly absurd. But for a practically-minded practitioner, what is important is not absolute internal consistenc...