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by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism idealistic?
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: Is Buddhism idealistic?

No, but individual Buddhists might be.
by Sam Vara
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who follows the noble path?
Replies: 3
Views: 39

Re: Who follows the noble path?

:namaste: There is no self, only a mechanical karmic process that is mistaken for the self or "I". Isn't this realization enough? It is if it also means the permanent cessation of suffering. If the realisation - such as it is - is accompanied by continuing defilements and clinging, then there is ev...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Sustaining what kind of practice though? It wouldn't be a Buddhist practice if it is not grounded in Right View. Maybe for virtue and concentration, sure. But that wouldn't lead to wisdom of the Buddhist variety. Sure, Right View is important. But not knowing too much about the different versions o...
by Sam Vara
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 34
Views: 484

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Whether or not the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu is irrelevant, it doesn't provide any useful information. It doesn't mean very much to me, I'll admit, but for those who are culturally or temperamentally predisposed to have an interest in Vishnu or avatars it might be helpful in sustaining practice.
by Sam Vara
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Listening to music generates demerit
Replies: 29
Views: 1145

Re: Listening to music generates demerit

Volo wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:15 am
SarathW wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:38 am
However, there are some Buddhist songs
:thinking: For example...
Goenkaji wrote quite a lot. They are played on his Vipassana retreats, and you can find them by Googling them.
by Sam Vara
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: space, uncompounded?
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: space, uncompounded?

According to the Theravada, what is space conditioned by? What are the conditioning factors?
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1475

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Moderator note: This thread is about whether Buddhism is patriarchal. That might mean different things to different people, but it is not an excuse to mount hobby-horses and make general and unpleasant statements about societies, countries, cultures, or types of people. There are plenty of places wh...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1475

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Let's keep this on topic to Buddhism only please, not Christianity. __________________ Maybe in the past Buddhism was patriarchal or matriarchal or neither... But it cannot be denied that Buddhism today is profoundly patriarchal. Men control almost every aspect of Buddhism today in every tradition ...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

How can you attain something that you don't really want? Who doesn't really want the end of suffering? The problem is more that people don't understand that craving is incompatible with that. The end of suffering means the end of ALL stimulation, including the pleasant ones. Are we really earnest a...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 985

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Sorry to intrude on such a genial and informative exchange, but please could people return to topic and perhaps start another thread to deal with Bodhi Tree etc?

:focus:
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

alfa wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:35 am

How can you attain something that you don't really want?
Who doesn't really want the end of suffering? The problem is more that people don't understand that craving is incompatible with that.
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 755

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

It's not simply about a willingness to help, but about what happens if someone does not want or see value in your so-called "help"? What if, due to different world-views, philosophies, ideologies, preferences, life circumstances etc. that which you believe is "helpful", is not something that is act...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

Our attachment to this world is, the Buddha said, the root of our suffering. And as I once heard a monk say, "For most people, peace is an acquired taste".
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1475

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

I see, so your wife wasn't quoting a sutta... No, she's asleep, actually. You see, the joke was about me talking about patriarchy within Buddhism, and as a practising Buddhist pretending that I had to ask my wife, which would be a sort of admission of... Oh, never mind! :toilet: Well, the title of ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1475

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

Can the Buddha be a woman? In this age or any other? If not, why not? DooDoot's question was asking us to concentrate upon the household life, so those questions are not really relevant to my response. They are also well above my pay-grade. I think I've read in the suttas that a woman cannot be a S...