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by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will we ever find a good Theravada Forum
Replies: 19
Views: 132

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: 56
Views: 357

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: 56
Views: 357

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...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition

Some scholars and their followers disregard some suttas and sutta passages because those are hard for them to comply with. [...] After some decades there will be no texts for Buddhists. How so? The texts will still be there for those who want to read them. All that will have happened is that "some ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 56
Views: 357

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

I have realized that arguing with a moderator is dangerous. Generally many of them try to moderate even the views according to their wish. I don't wish to moderate your views, Thang. You will notice that I merely pointed out that you could expect a hostile response if you express some of the more u...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 56
Views: 357

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Should we need flattering as if members are like children ? This again seems proving ajahn chah's statement. No, there is a clear difference between flattering people (which is unnecessary, and which I believe the Buddha spoke against) and refraining from making unflattering comparisons. If it make...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 56
Views: 357

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Dear friends, any Buddhist should wise enough to understand that these east-west things are generalizations mainly considering the majority. If someone fails to understand even such a thing, means that he is in a hurry. Likewise, any Buddhist should be wise enough to understand that if they go to a...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 56
Views: 357

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

It depends on how infectious the strain is.
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trusting Precedence of Texts
Replies: 10
Views: 82

Re: Trusting Precedence of Texts

Even if we read the suttas direct, we inevitably filter the meaning through the views we have. Most practitioners, especially in the West, acquired their views a long time before they acquired copies of the suttas, so it's hard to set views aside. Rather than seeing four sources of teaching which ca...
by Sam Vara
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Has anyone ordered / seen in person Three Hands Buddha statues?
Replies: 3
Views: 35

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 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?
Replies: 25
Views: 457

Re: Do you like or dislike devotional practices?

What are some examples of devotional practices that one might do at home? I must be a very typical Western Buddhist, because I don't even know what this entails. Chanting? Lighting incense in front of a Buddha image? Yes, many Westerners that I know do both on a regular basis, and also make offerin...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 28
Views: 272

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

The way I understand all the Puthujana Sila is Silabbataparamsa. However, there may be wholesome and unwholesome Silbbataparamasa. For instance, observing five precepts are wholesome. The five precepts observe by Sotapanna is a higher grade. The five precepts observe by an Arahant is even a higher ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 28
Views: 272

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

I haven't got a clue as to what sillybatho'parmesan is or what it does but it sure does sound silly. Sīlabbata-parāmāsa: and Sīlabbata-upādāna: 'attachment or clinging to mere rules and ritual', is the 3rd of the 10 mental chains samyojana, and one of the 4 kinds of clinging upādāna. It disappears ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 28
Views: 272

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

Hi Bundokji, Thanks for a very interesting post. I can relate to everything you say here. Just to share a few non-critical comments, if I may, which occurred to me on reading it. I originally became interested in Buddhism because i thought i finally found a doctrine that does not include much non-se...
by Sam Vara
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?
Replies: 28
Views: 272

Re: Buddhism is radically diffrent from other relegions is a wishful thnking?

There is no Sutta as far as I know. But we can inference it from knowing that SilabbathaParamasa is eliminated only by becoming Sotapanna. Which means all Puthujana observe Sila based on Silabbathaparamasa. Thanks, Sarath. Do you think this means that all the Puthujjana's sila is (maybe to some ext...