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by Dan74
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Chaplaincy at Local Prison
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Chaplaincy at Local Prison

Hi Buddho :hello: Good on you! Not sure what level prison this is, I did a 3-4 year stint at several maximum security prisons in Melbourne, Australia. Definitely a worthwhile experience. And yes, I was out of my depth more than once. At the start, the steep learning curve for me was to understand th...
by Dan74
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1103

Re: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism

Welcome, Seeker! An interesting first post. 1. What do you have to say about the supposed compatibility, or incompatibility between Buddhism and Christianity? I get asked about this quite a lot, as I have been practising for well over thirty years, and my wife is a Christian priest. People think we...
by Dan74
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: How to recover after heartbreak
Replies: 34
Views: 927

Re: How to recover after heartbreak

Thank you for sharing, No_Mind. Tough... On the plus side, it is a good sign that you are an emotional vulnerable human being. Don't strive to become an unfeeling rock. Having wisdom to see through these emotional tempests and do the right thing is hard. That's where energy needs to be applied, IMO....
by Dan74
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Dhamma Wheel memorial thread
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: DW memorial thread

Ven. Appicchato (Phra Maprow)
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Eric Ingram (aka Ven Appicchato, Pra Maprow)

(1946-2018)
From: California, USA (but lived many years as a monk in Thailand)
by Dan74
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

I think you make a lot of unwarranted assumptions there. The most obvious one is that years of training and insight are not guaranteed to keep one safe from sickness and ensure a good death. Even for someone who is liberated, past kamma can catch up as it did with the Buddha when he got injured by ...
by Dan74
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

Why? Can you explain? What is the main concern here? That suicides mar the public image of a community? That knowing that someone has committed suicide detracts from people's optimism? We are talking here about religion/spirituality where enormous effort is invested in ignoring people, treating the...
by Dan74
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Satva
Replies: 30
Views: 964

Re: Satva

Prayers for Sattva… May she be well. May she be free from suffering. May she be liberated from afflictions.

Hope you stick around, Ben.
by Dan74
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 578

Re: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?

Perhaps because at its core, Buddhism is not a philosophy but a system of practice, a yoga . All Buddhist teaching, IMO, have only one aim - to enable and facilitate the correct practice that experientially leads to awakening from ignorance and liberation from afflictions. So for instance the teach...
by Dan74
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?
Replies: 16
Views: 578

Re: If no-soul is true, why not Stoicism/Confucianism instead of Buddhism?

Perhaps because at its core, Buddhism is not a philosophy but a system of practice, a yoga . All Buddhist teaching, IMO, have only one aim - to enable and facilitate the correct practice that experientially leads to awakening from ignorance and liberation from afflictions. So for instance the teachi...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

My point was simply that any teaching is prone to being misinterpreted and a good teacher will not only share the teachings that are appropriate to where the listener is at, but provide correctives to the faulty understanding as it manifests in speech and behaviour. And perhaps most of us, a good t...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

Greetings, On my reading, it is a lot of both. Right. If you mean that there is a consistent thread running through the guidance the Buddha gives, then yes, I agree. There is also a great variety, hence the endless disagreements on what important terms signify and what they are used for. So what is...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

Greetings, While we wait for thepea to search in vain for suttas that substantiate the above position, the phrase "you need to be able to recognize where, on the path they are, and keep them on it" warrants particular attention. /.../ Isn't the Buddha's example evidence enough? Do we find him consi...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Monastics and suicide
Replies: 434
Views: 7671

Re: Monastics and suicide

Greetings, You can’t teach and guide students from a piece of paper, if students have questions you need to teach from experience. You need to be able to recognize where, on the path they are, and keep them on it. If you have walked off the path you are lost and will inevitably teach the wrong dire...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1583

Re: Monastics and suicide

Unless there is some fundamental agreement on the importance of the teacher, any rules about who should and should not teach the Dhamma are largely redundant, aren't they? Of course as Bhante Dhammanando pointed out, Dhamma practice is not just meditation, and perhaps not even primarily so (or shou...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation retreats - sundry issues (split from "Monastics and suicide")
Replies: 79
Views: 1583

Re: Monastics and suicide

The trouble is that a newly-minted Buddhist, imagining him or herself suitable to share this precious Dhamma with others, will communicate little more that their hubris and ego-inflation and put people off Dhamma for good. It is a very sensible rule, IMO. People in my village keep offering to intro...