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by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Yes, I know what apologetics is, thanks. I'm asking for specific examples of Buddhist apologetics, to see if they are "alien". The Milindapanha is given as an example, and that is quite accessible to Westerners. So what are the other examples that are less accessible and truly "alien"? What are tho...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

What you did was to take your own unfortunate experience and claim that it was "usual". I'm happy to substitute a different word if it does more justice to that process. What you (and several others) are doing is taking your own standards of sensitivity and assume them to be universal, and then you...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives
Replies: 8
Views: 192

Re: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives

Dear forum I have often read the common Buddhist view that "female birth is due past life sexual misconduct" has no basis in the teachings of the Buddha or the Nikayas. However, today I read Thig 15.1, which appears to at least infer being born female is due to sexual misconduct in past lives. In t...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Are posthumous gifts considered acts of generosity, and do they make merit?
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Are posthumous gifts considered acts of generosity, and do they make merit?

If one leaves to, say, Buddhist world organizations a sum of money after one's death, is this still an act of generosity? Would setting up a fund that gives gifts into perpetuity (through investing) keep generating merit that would benefit the giver in his/her future births? :anjali: It's an act of...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?

I especially love the "pondering" Buddhas (is that what that posture is called?) in the top row. There are figures in the same posture at our local monastery, placed on either side of the main buddha-rupa as if listening or attending. For this reason, I've always assumed (and I could be wrong - I n...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

And what I do is not generalizing; generalizing would be to take a small number of examples of something and unduly assume that all members of the category are like that. I don't do that. What you did was to take your own unfortunate experience and claim that it was "usual". I'm happy to substitute...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Had the setting not been multicultural, I would not have been able to learn them. In your particular situation, yes, but not generally or necessarily. Nobody is claiming a general or necessary truth, are they? Of course, I could have learnt these things by other means; but I didn't. Multiculturalis...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Could you provide some examples of what you mean by "Buddhist apologetics"? Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is the religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apologetics Listen to prett...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

Is it really usually done with "authoritarianism and intense contempt", or is that merely something you may have experienced and are generalising from? Of course, such things may exist, but I've been practising for a long time now in a wide variety of contexts and not only have I not seen this, I'v...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

Given the authoritarianism (and the intense contempt) with which this is usually done, it all gets ... silly on a good day, and disheartening on a bad one. Is it really usually done with "authoritarianism and intense contempt", or is that merely something you may have experienced and are generalisi...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

1) A technique of Samatha meditation 2) A nifty 3-minute mindfulness exercise, courtesy of Rewata Thero 3) How to pronounce kiṇāti like a shopaholic Sri Lankan post-doc researcher. How was a multicultural setting relevant to learning these things, other than accidentally? Had the setting not been m...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

one needs to understand that 1. Asian Buddhist apologetics is specific, and 2. the majority of Buddhist apologetics (East or West) is Asian. Namely, Asian Buddhist apologetics is designed by and for people who are born and raised into traditionally Buddhist countries/cultures. That is, for people w...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 39
Views: 501

Re: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum

SDC wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:35 pm
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:goodpost: Post of the Week! :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

binocular wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:39 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:38 pm
I learnt a huge amount.
Could you list three most important things you've learnt in those exchanges?
1) A technique of Samatha meditation

2) A nifty 3-minute mindfulness exercise, courtesy of Rewata Thero

3) How to pronounce kiṇāti like a shopaholic Sri Lankan post-doc researcher.
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 849

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Rudyard Kipling wrote, But he didn't live long enough to see the internet. Now East does mix with West and vice versa and it is this mixing that can have great potential for Dhamma propagation and the Dhamma in general. It's not clear that this is the case, other than nominally. The East and West a...