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by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why telling lie is so bad?
Replies: 3
Views: 27

Re: Why telling lie is so bad?

I like this account by Bhikkhu Bodhi. If we give up on truth, truth will give up on us. It is said that in the course of his long training for enlightenment over many lives, a bodhisatta can break all the moral precepts except the pledge to speak the truth. The reason for this is very profound, and ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 13
Views: 154

Re: Report on UK "Faith Schools"

I have no wish to have "LGBT...etc." taught in schools, but would recognise the concerns raised in the report regarding issues of sexual orientation. If schools are teaching that some sexual orientations are somehow "wrong", then I think they should stop doing so. For me, I disagree here. I have no...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DhammaWheel UK Retreats
Replies: 9
Views: 74

Re: DhammaWheel UK Retreats

I would certainly be interested, although I would need to plan carefully to fit around family commitments. I don't know about "whetting the appetite". Some of those pictures certainly remind me of being wet, with an appetite. Great! As far as timing goes, I'm very flexible, just can't do work week ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How to teach children to think for themselves?
Replies: 5
Views: 42

Re: How to teach children to think for themselves?

As long as the teacher decides whether a prticular student is thinking for themselves or not, and the teacher's decision in this matter is to be regarded as authoritative, this long the student isn't thinking for themselves, nor allowed space to do so. That's absolutely right. But the trick is for ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: DhammaWheel UK Retreats
Replies: 9
Views: 74

Re: DhammaWheel UK Retreats

I would certainly be interested, although I would need to plan carefully to fit around family commitments.

I don't know about "whetting the appetite". Some of those pictures certainly remind me of being wet, with an appetite.
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Nibbana cessation of being?
Replies: 14
Views: 107

Re: Is Nibbana cessation of being?

I've nothing to add to the substance of this debate, but the above exchange might profitably be read by those who think there is something wrong with this site: too much politics, personalised stances, etc. Two people engaging in a civil discussion about Buddhist metaphysics and ontology, with a bri...
by Sam Vara
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 13
Views: 154

Re: Report on UK "Faith Schools"

Whatever problems exist, it is primarily the fault of the British government, who should oversee all education institutions. I just don't understand why Islam keeps getting blamed for matters created by British & European bureaucrats. :shrug: Many thanks for your thoughts on this, many of which I a...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Report on UK "Faith Schools"
Replies: 13
Views: 154

Report on UK "Faith Schools"

There have been concerns developing about so called "faith schools" in the UK, which although state funded are free to teach whatever religious faith they want, and which often have close links with religious organisations. Since their inception in the late 1990s, people have claimed that such insti...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 55
Views: 672

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

binocular wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:12 pm

I think the proverbial testosterone could be playing a major part in this.
Surely this is playing the balls rather than the man?
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata

The placing of the tip of the tongue on the palette just before the teeth and the attention placed just below the navel with the breath being drawn down to it (called dantian in Chinese) is taught both in Buddhist, Daoist, and Japanese sitting and standing practices. Even the martial arts use this ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Political Compass
Replies: 54
Views: 1896

Re: Political Compass

binocular wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:00 pm
Monks (can) vote?
In the UK monks are not prohibited from voting, and those living abroad can have a postal or proxy vote.
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata
Replies: 16
Views: 213

Re: Yogic practice in Sutta-Nipata

Here an interesting discovering: Here is a curious information, it appears in the Sutta-nipata mentions yogic practice, used in both Hindu and Taoist yoga, namely, pressing the tongue to the roof in mouth: "Further than this, wisdom still I teach: Be like a razor’s edge, tongue-tip upon the palate,...
by Sam Vara
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The body
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: The body

I think it is a poetic way of saying that the world is our experience.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 22
Views: 321

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

Mr Man wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:29 pm
Hi rolling_boulder
Sounds like the teaching of Ajahn Chah or one of his disciples.
Yes, it's Ajahn Viradhammo, I believe.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religion quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 289

Re: Religion quiz

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:57 pm
1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
MRDA again, Bhante?
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 55
Views: 672

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Mr Man wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:25 pm
Hi Sam

There is this thread - Kindnesss thread

viewtopic.php?t=25723
Ah, thanks! I didn't know about this thread as it appears to have been initiated when I was having a break from DW.
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2nd precept and milk and eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: 2nd precept and milk and eggs

To compare taking eggs and milk from animals with extracting metals, minerals, oil, rock, ... or whatever other dead materials from the landscape seems like quite a stretch to me. Animals are living beings, who certainly have a sense of ownership at least about some things. To say, "It is no 'takin...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On so-called "Heart Practice"
Replies: 22
Views: 321

Re: On so-called "Heart Practice"

These teachings seem to share a common characteristic: "acceptance of the way things are" as the primary element of Buddhist meditation. I'm sure there are far better examples, but here is a quote from a certain senior Thai forest monk: ...this mind doesn't give us a chance to allow an experience t...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 55
Views: 672

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

1) I will post something on a non-political, non-meta-discursive topic, every day. I will do my best to make that post interesting and useful. 2) If I can't see a thread that I can contribute to as per (1) above, I will try to start a new one. 3) If I can't do that, I will link to a "good news" stor...
by Sam Vara
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2nd precept and milk and eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: 2nd precept and milk and eggs

Is milking a cow and drinking its milk considered taking what is not given? Also what about taking eggs from a chicken? I don't think so. In this context, what can't be given, can't be taken. I had always considered "taking what is not given" to refer to the issue of theft and property rights. Pres...