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by Dan74
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What homage is owed, and to whom?
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: What homage is owed, and to whom?

Homage. Something very rarely heard in these parts. The Homage to the Three Jewels Chant is one of the main chants in Zen liturgy. Homage to all the Dharma ancenstors and protectors. It's something that is quite difficult for the Western mindset to really digest, I think. A deep and profound sense ...
by Dan74
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 76
Views: 732

Re: Karma is everything!

Getting old, sick and dying is something all humans are subject to, but within these constraints there is room to have a wise and compassionate life or not.
by Dan74
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

So maybe that is the line: Buddhism is access to the opportunity to understand the Dhamma. I think another question that is being constantly addressed, yet never actually asked is, what homage is owed to the public aspects, once the access has been gained? What do the young people in SE Asia owe th...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Everything can be Dhamma, if one pays right attention . For instance, participating in a ritual at a temple with its choreographed beauty, aware of one's movements and breath and other participants around, can be great practice as one brings the mindfulness, the equipoise, the devotion and other po...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?
Replies: 38
Views: 612

Re: Where is the line between Buddhism and Dhamma?

Everything can be Dhamma, if one pays right attention. For instance, participating in a ritual at a temple with its choreographed beauty, aware of one's movements and breath and other participants around, can be great practice as one brings the mindfulness, the equipoise, the devotion and other posi...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why does happiness never last?
Replies: 28
Views: 5572

Re: Why does happiness never last?

The way I see it, there is a deep dissatisfaction, a hunger that cannot be truly satiated with worldly things. We get a bit of a buzz, a temporary distraction from this hunger when we get something. But once the novelty wears off, we become once again aware of it. This is the deep dukkha at the core...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

It is clear that in France and elsewhere in Europe many Muslims have neither assimilated nor really integrated even. And this is the issue. I think in Australia it is less of a problem though it exists here as well. Again many people integrate well, live as good neighbours and citizens so we should...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

Janalanda, I said My experience has been of generous outgoing and helpful people, and great food. Hope some of that rubs off! I don't think it's hard to see that if we are open we learn the good qualities from the people we interact with. But in any case I dont have a problem with people of differen...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

And in Dan's utopia everybody lives happily and respectfully side by side enjoying the incredible mosaic of cultures that is humanity. Learning from each other. In this picture I wholeheartedly agree with Kim, Mr Man and other progressive posters who uphold humanities highest values. Do you actuall...
by Dan74
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

While I agree that in an ideal world's everybody would be free to wear what they want, my impression is that if mainstream parties adopted this line in the current climate in France it would play into the hands of the extreme right and further inflame tensions. This sounds like "peace in our time"....
by Dan74
Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

What of the situation on the ground??

Many good points and sensible things have been said but unless we understand the situation on the ground, what good are they??
by Dan74
Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

I'm a little confused about the logic of this ban prime minister Manuel Valls (...) stated: "It is the expression of a political project, a counter-society, based notably on the enslavement of women." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqini#Reactions Valls would have said that in Thailand the outfit ...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Rebuild Bagan
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Rebuild Bagan

If people want to worship at these ancient pagodas, they can still do so. The damage will serve as a reminder of impermanence. World Heritage status is all about tourism, not about the Dhamma. Local people can make merit by repairing the damage as they wish. No one needs to be paid to perform merit...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Rebuild Bagan
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Rebuild Bagan

There's no need to rebuild the temples of Bagan. Burma need to rebuild Buddhism by supporting the study monasteries and meditation centres, wherever the monks are practising well. Investing in bricks and mortar in an earhquake-prone zone is not a wise use of limited resources. Bagan is a World Heri...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Some towns in France ban burkinis
Replies: 136
Views: 12961

Re: Some towns in France ban burkinis

It is extreme in its own way, but to begin to understand it, we need to look at how important it is for the French to keep the religion out of them public domain. It's almost like the gun ownership issue in the US, hard for the rest of the world to comprehend without a serious study of the relevant...