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by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 34
Views: 5368

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Truc Lam monastery VII. Visitors' Guidelines 

Most of visitors fall into one of these three categories: incense offering, sightseeing, and stay-over guests. All should preserve courtesy, respect, and seriousness in their presence at monasteries. 
 1 Visitors who sightsee or make insense offerings T...
by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh

Theravada in these three countries is in a state of recovery: Bangladesh: It was the predominant faith of the region until about the 12th century, Buddhism is now the third largest religion in Bangladesh with about 0.7% of population adhering to Theravada Buddhism. Cambodia:In 1975 when the communis...
by paul
Thu May 24, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"
Replies: 20
Views: 113

Re: Seeking scriptural source for "all defilements temporarily suppressed when in jhana"

“There are five mental constituents which are chiefly representative of the first meditative absorption, and are therefore called the factors of absorption (jhananga). For each of these there is, according to Buddhist commentarial tradition, one of the five hindrances that is specifically harmful fo...
by paul
Wed May 23, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 34
Views: 5368

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

All temples in Vietnam are open for day visits as spiritual tourism is the main form of practice of the populace, and tourism falls under the government directive of ‘construction’. So Truc Lam temple Bach Ma at the least is open to day visits: https://www.alotrip.com/guide-vietnam-attractions/truc-...
by paul
Wed May 23, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:

Since due to kamma result nature can be considered an extension of the body, the natural environment being the support for the body on the human plane, it too should be protected by legal rights:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ent-amazon
by paul
Tue May 22, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is this a real Buddha quote? How to deal with loneliness?
Replies: 21
Views: 253

Re: Is this a real Buddha quote? How to deal with loneliness?

Just as the Buddha saw impermanence in old age sickness and death, and abandoning the home life chose a path of discovering the dhamma, so the practitioner must change the theme of their life from focussing on the world of name and form to deepening their dhamma knowledge so it instead becomes their...
by paul
Mon May 21, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Some Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 387

Re: Some Questions

akasa: space Limited space belongs to derived corporality (the space between objects) and it is an object of kasina meditation. Endless space is the object of the first immaterial absorption, the sphere of boundless space. Theravada recognizes only Nibbana as an unconditioned element.—-adapted from ...
by paul
Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 34
Views: 5368

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

Sangha praised for contributing to national construction:
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/party-officia ... 131460.vnp
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bangkok's death cafe
Replies: 17
Views: 315

Bangkok's death cafe

Recollection of death has Deathlessness as its goal and object- "Three minutes later, they appear shaken, stirred, terrified, relieved or blissful ":
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/ ... index.html
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the asavas the default state of mind?
Replies: 10
Views: 178

Re: Are the asavas the default state of mind?

Due to widely differing levels of spiritual development, realistically only a small number of beings are open to the teaching at any given time, i.e. those that see disgrace and danger in the conventional world: “Then the Blessed One, having understood Brahma's invitation, out of compassion for bein...
by paul
Sat May 19, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 377

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

Our question is why the proximate cause of conceit needs to be dissociated from wrong view. Conceit is one of the five higher fetters which tie to the fine-material and immaterial worlds, and is a remnant of identity view, which is eliminated at stream entry. The stream- enterer is destined to full...
by paul
Thu May 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 380

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

"the rule happens to appear in the midst of a lot of other rules that are aimed at curtailing vanity"---Ven Dhammanando
I was told at Bodhinyana that a bald head reminds us of a skull.
by paul
Wed May 16, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Attachments in human life.
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Re: Attachments in human life.

Releasing attachment is necessary because the path goes in the opposite direction to the current of samsara; every attachment that is let go of means more energy available to the path and the practitioner begins to feel the results as the path is a dynamic which becomes activated. But experience of ...
by paul
Mon May 14, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Why Practice The Four Protective Meditation?

In developing the stages of insight, the four protective meditations are necessary to keep the mind balanced, for example in developing dispassion a general aversion towards people could easily arise, so developing the brahma vihara attitudes is needed to offset that. There are very often times when...
by paul
Mon May 14, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Transcendent Virtue
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Transcendent Virtue

Sila also means normalcy:
https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Wri ... rmalcy.pdf
---Thanissaro.
by paul
Sun May 13, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?
Replies: 14
Views: 251

Re: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?

Thanissaro’s explanation reveals the reason the three higher knowledges are grouped together is not because the three knowledges as a group are necessary for liberation, but rather to demonstrate the contrast between the cyclic existence of samsara and the unconditioned state of nibbana. As stated, ...
by paul
Sun May 13, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?
Replies: 14
Views: 251

Re: Does Tevijja belongs to Buddhism only ?

The relevance of two higher mundane knowledges as a contrast to the third super mundane (vipassana) knowledge: "Rebirth has always been a central teaching in the Buddhist tradition. The earliest records in the Pali Canon indicate that the Buddha, prior to his awakening, searched for a happiness not ...
by paul
Fri May 11, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1493
Views: 112361

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Solar panels mandatory in California:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... ble-energy
by paul
Thu May 10, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Meditating When Going to Sleep
Replies: 9
Views: 211

Re: Meditating When Going to Sleep

The practice is profitable if you try to locate the mind’s midpoint between the sleeping and waking states, which requires discipline not to fall into the sleeping state. The reason the monastic eating schedule is arranged with the main meal before midday is so that the dawn and dusk times are free ...
by paul
Wed May 09, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1838

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

New economy- it's happening from the inside out: “At the local level in the “laboratories of democracy,” this kind of shift —toward models for economic development that prioritize democratic cooperative and community ownership — is already well under way and picking up steam. In Mayor Bill de Blasio...