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by Sam Vara
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 36
Views: 389

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: 36
Views: 389

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: 12
Views: 174

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: 36
Views: 389

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: 36
Views: 389

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: 36
Views: 389

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: 36
Views: 389

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...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on nature as the support on this plane:

Many thanks, Paul. I think that's very fine and clear writing from Bhikkhu Bodhi.
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Buddhism in the West: How to lose friends and alienate people Become that nice enough weirdo that people at first believe to be a harmless, naive moron. Utter a few Pali words, don't swat mosquitoes, don't gossip, and if the cashier makes a mistake and gives you back too much change, return it: and...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

Agreed. But the things you mention happen owing to various laws of this world - gravity, atrophy, etc. Rebirth, otoh, is not limited to these laws or rules, so I am wondering if a simple desire not to come back would suffice. Good point. But the Buddha said that a particular type of rebirth is not ...
by Sam Vara
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - how does it work?
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: Rebirth - how does it work?

This isn't a debate on what rebirth is - whether it's moment to moment or actual transmigration sort of thing. Nor is it about 'what takes birth', 'is there a self' etc. etc. So please ......... Let's say there really is rebirth in the literal sense, that you come back to this world again and again...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Me and you came from different background. I live in a Muslim country, and this kind of behavior is not understood except among Sufists. Indeed. It's all relative, isn't it? Buddhism can look distinctly odd and counter-cultural in countries where people don't know about it. But so can any religion....
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Buddhism's focus on suffering makes it attractive to troubled people. While you can argue that all humanity is troubled, but to various degrees. Buddhism also challenges the common sense perspective of the world causing problems in the process in terms of relationship between the individual and soc...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Would it be possible to have a 10 pages dhamma lessons for beginner starting from introductory of 3 Gems, Refuge and 37 factors etc etc to Liberation ?! A simplified concise map. Sure, there are several on the market already, and on-line. And lots of organisations run introductory courses with hand...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

To live the teaching is most difficult and challenges always stop one from following the path . Agreed, but it is still the most important factor, I think. If we can't live the teaching then we look like hypocrites and nobody will be interested; and if it is impossible to live it, then there is no ...
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:01 pm
individuals around who can interpret the dhamma in line with modern needs and sensibilities, without losing the essence of the teaching.
How about this?
Yes, that guy is certainly Ajahn material. :smile:
by Sam Vara
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 499

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

Yes, I think dhamma marketing or propagation is very important and helps with one's own practice. Sites like this are an important resource, and there are some extremely talented individuals around who can interpret the dhamma in line with modern needs and sensibilities, without losing the essence o...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could sensual happiness be worked with?
Replies: 13
Views: 205

Re: Could sensual happiness be worked with?

I'm wondering if, rather than writing off sensual happiness as irredeemably impermanent and stressful and focusing only on the breath, could it be worked with through human effort toward skillful thoughts, words and actions that shape a better and better sensual reality until ultimately there is no...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mind lives on after death?
Replies: 40
Views: 1487

Re: Mind lives on after death?

How can it be self if one can point to it? 1) Is a self something that one cannot point to? 2) Can one point to the impersonal citta? Where is it? Or, by "pointing", do you mean "referring", as in "How can it be self if one can refer to it?" 3) If so, is a self something that one cannot refer to? A...
by Sam Vara
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 229
Views: 3138

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Yes, I agree. For practical purposes, though, I tend to see them as interchangeable and potentially as applying to all links. "Eliminate X if you can, because it is either currently supporting Y, or a Y will be along in a moment...". Idappaccayata seems to be a poetic summary of the fact that if so...