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by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 58
Views: 899

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: 58
Views: 899

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: 209

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: 701

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?

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by Sam Vara
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 209

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: 469

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: 209

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: 58
Views: 899

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: 58
Views: 899

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...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 58
Views: 899

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

I don't personally see it as patriarchal. (And I checked this with my wife, who said that she doesn't see it as patriarchal either, and that's just as well, or else she would stop me practising... :tongue: ) I think one of the problems with finding evidence of patriarchy in suttas is that we need to...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 438

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Hi Zolbec, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! My advice is to start with whatever feels right for you. The suttas are a good idea, but take it easy and don't plough on through them if they don't resonate with you. The Satipatthana Sutta is certainly suitable for beginners, because lots of practitioners th...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

I think the issue is more complex than it seems at first sight. AN 7.32 Hirima Sutta: A Sense of Shame Agreed, but this in one aspect of the complexity which Reynolds seems to be aware of. The "shame" referred to in the sutta quoted is hiri , which he discusses in the article and differentiates fro...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

I think the translation is not accurate. The last line should be not "But cannot wash the woeful script away", but rather "But I do not wash the woeful script away." Although he cries and laments "reading" his life "with disgust", still he choses to keep "woeful lines", which have been "written". M...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

My impression is that he has some muddled thinking around this particular episode, but that he wishes to distinguish between a resolve to refrain from committing certain acts again, and falling into regret (i.e. wishing that they hadn't happened in the first place). Personally, I sensed he was gett...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...
Replies: 15
Views: 252

Re: I've had a few...but then again...too few to mention...

A striking example can be found in the comments to my notorious post “ Let This Be a Lesson ” on the old blog. Even though I had freely acknowledged that I had learned my lesson and had no intention of repeating the experiment (which involved breaking a few relatively very serious rules... But I di...