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by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Metta bhavana with Kanye West
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Metta bhavana with Kanye West

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet

(Rudyard Kipling)
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Metta bhavana with Kanye West
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Metta bhavana with Kanye West

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:56 pm
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He's deep! Apparently.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-43836275
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 63

Re: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!

dylanj wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:08 am
aging is suffering
Correct, but it does have its advantages. One of them is that we learn what is appropriate to say on people's birthdays.
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 63

Re: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!

dylanj wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:49 am
birth is suffering


As Ajahn Chah might have said, "True but not right!"

Birth might well be suffering, but this is a birthday. :heart:
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!
Replies: 9
Views: 63

Re: Happy Birthday Bhikkhu Jayasara !!!

Happy Birthday Bhante! :bow:
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feels intends perceives.............
Replies: 19
Views: 189

Re: Feels intends perceives.............

For me, a lot of contact is neither unpleasant nor pleasant UNTIL I perceive "what it is.") It may be interesting to investigate that. I think this is often the case, but occasionally, especially on retreat, I am able to sense the "pleasant/unpleasant" aspect of objects before recognising them. Thi...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Looking for resources on particularly Islamic Meditation techniques
Replies: 9
Views: 135

Re: lLooking for resources on Islamic Meditation techniques

You might want to try PM'ing aflatun if he doesn't see this. He might know of something.
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 207
Views: 26494

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

I think the question should be seen as asking whether a Buddhist is permitted to drink alcohol, not whether it is a factual possibility. I think there is nobody giving permissions, one is permitted to even go to hell if one wants, how about that. Indeed. Perhaps you should try to see the OP in cont...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?
Replies: 207
Views: 26494

Re: Can a Buddhist drink alcohol in moderation?

Imo the question should be asked thus; can a human drink alcohol in moderation? and the answer is yes, it can happen, it is not impossible. saying that a buddhist can not drink is just sadfunny to me The logic of "A devout Buddhist can never break the 5th precept" is some weird Arahantification of ...
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Metta
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Metta

Why not start a discussion in one of the currently existing sections, and see how it goes?
by Sam Vara
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

Indeed. It seems to be a situation which is hypothetical (i.e. highly unlikely to arise) as well as based on a misconception. Whether it's a rule in the folk vinaya, or the actual Vinaya, my point was that there is a culture of an absence of any real-world concern among religious/spiritual people. ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

Which monk? How do you know what qualms he has or has not got? Are monks actively forbidden from saving me from drowning? It's been addressed earlier in the thread: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=31727&start=20#p469033 Indeed. It seems to be a situation which is hypothetical (i.e. hig...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 299

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

I think I'll still go to the meetings from time to time, but I won't be praying the silent prayer that calls Nichiren "the Buddha of the Latter Day of the Law". Would already having done so invalidate one's refuge, though? No, I don't think anything done in the past can "invalidate one's refuge". T...
by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

:goodpost: :thumbsup: A monk has no qualms about letting you die, even if he could help you; for example, if you're drowning and he could save you. Are you okay with that? Can you respect him all the same, knowing that he could let you die, given that the monk's rules make that allowance for him? W...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

Basically the best way to respect the Sangha is to ensure that the Sangha is helpful at producing the best conditions for liberation for everyone involved. Layfolk should be able to acquire merit by willingly offering requisites to the Sangha, providing gifts, hospitality, and reverential salutatio...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 17
Views: 299

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

I apologise, I only did the SGI thing for two months, and that's what I learned. We were encouraged to chant for a new car, and a girlfriend. Back in the 1980s, I had a friend called Clive who worked in a day centre for people with mental health problems. He used to talk about a female colleague wh...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

Well, in sociological terms (i.e. Erving Goffman, etc.) a monastery is a classic "total institution". It's meant to be. Outside of that, certain forms of Buddhism retain elements of "traditional authority", but I have heard that even that is fading in the countries where monastic authority was once...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

Yes, that's a good point. I suppose the Catholic Church would represent the last remnants of this type of authority in parts of Europe. It looks like some Buddhists are aspiring to that type as well, making Buddhism a total institution. Well, in sociological terms (i.e. Erving Goffman, etc.) a mona...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

1) Traditional authority. Applied to the sangha, this is when people offer them respect and tend to accept their advice because it is the customary way of doing things; people cannot or are reluctant to do things differently because it is what they are used to. I have known Sri Lankans and Thais to...
by Sam Vara
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 46
Views: 627

Re: respecting sangha

The concept of authority (i.e. the legitimate or socially-approved use of power) might also be useful here. "Does the Sangha, or do monks in particular, have the right to control or alter our behaviour, at least more than other people do?" The German sociologist Max Weber came up with a typology whi...