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by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Liberation: Striving & Urgency
Replies: 13
Views: 136

Re: Liberation: Striving & Urgency

Thanks, everyone, for the posts. What u guys are basically saying is this: liberation does not just happen. We need to create the right conditions under which it happens. But is it even possible to create the right conditions, since we are products of certain conditions ourselves? The Inuit, for ex...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Sweden
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: Hello from Sweden

Hi VipassanaSwede!

It's good to see you here. Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Are these traditional Buddha images?
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: Are these traditional Buddha images?

I'm a bit confused now. I read in another thread that the Buddha explicitly said that no images of him were to be made (if I recall correctly). Why is it then that there are always Buddha images even in orthodox Theravadin monasteries? I think this is the thread that I had read: https://dhammawheel...
by Sam Vara
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: New Suttta Central Site is Live
Replies: 36
Views: 1723

Re: New Suttta Central Site is Live

In view of the above post, and the fact that the new version of SC has been open for some time now, this thread will be locked. If there is a need for a new DW thread on SC, then people are of course at liberty to start one. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 93
Views: 1025

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

... Thang, you quoted David Reynolds as saying that Americans lack respect. I reminded you that he was talking in a particular context; that there are many ways in which Americans show respect; and that they also show a huge variety of other virtues. You then asked me for some examples of Americans...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 93
Views: 1025

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

The late Ajahn Chah said (I'm paraphrasing) that Buddhism has two trees. One tree is Eastern and one tree is Western. The tree of the East is big but the fruits are small. The tree of the west is still in its sapling stage but one day it grows to bear large fruit. Good point. Here is that idea from...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 93
Views: 1025

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Are you quoting this as part of the claim that Westerners do not or cannot understand Buddhism? We can never say "some human beings do not or cannot understand Buddhism". This was about the general behavior of the majority of Buddhists in the West. (Majority of both Asians and Westerners are either...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

You say censorship i say exclusion. Is there an overlap in meaning, yes but I am not interested in discussing it with you. You dont like what i suggest, that's fine, i don't really care. Just keep doing your thing and leave me the f*** alone. You asked a question, evidently prompted by a comment I ...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I am not asking to have people censored i am asking to have people be restrained from harassing me. You were asking whether a person could be prevented by the moderators from posting in your threads or commenting on your posts. That's censorship. Anyway you dont have to reply, I think we have estab...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

What is this talk about taking responsibility and a lack of maturity? I have no clue what it is you are referring to. From the ToS: At Dhamma Wheel, we respect your intellectual and spiritual autonomy. As such, the staff here will not enforce reverence to anyone or anything, nor censor speech gratu...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

IRL this is a common practice called a restraining order, this is not something unheard of. If someone harasses me, makes unsubstantiated claims etc, why not force segragation? IRL the solution I suggested (i.e. ignoring them) is called common sense, or being an adult. If you dont want moderate per...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

There have been times where i was asked to stay away from certain members and mutual avoidance has worked well in those cases, No_Mind is an example. Well, if it worked, then try the same tactic if the same problem arises. I would definitely like to have the option to impose segregation between mys...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 2259

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

So if i don't want certain people to post in my threads or comment on my posts i can express it in the OP and expect it to be enforced? A simpler solution would be to use the "add foe" facility. I've never used it, but I believe it blocks you seeing that person's posts. Check it and see what happen...
by Sam Vara
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 93
Views: 1025

Re: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?

Last year when I was in Bali I was asked to give a talk about Respect. I started the talk by pointing out that an American teaching Asians about respect is like a turtle teaching birds about flying. But, we do the best we can, which is really all we can do. With All Due Respect Are you quoting this...
by Sam Vara
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will Westerners ever catch Buddhism ?
Replies: 93
Views: 1025

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...