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by whynotme
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sentience & Insentience
Replies: 13
Views: 337

Re: Sentience & Insentience

This discussion is open to all Mahayana, Vajrayana, Theravada, Other Religious Frameworks, and Your Own Unique Perspectives. This is also a topic that has been arising lately in different forms and so I can imagine this will be a great discussion :anjali: I had an experience a few days ago that I w...
by whynotme
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sentience & Insentience
Replies: 13
Views: 337

Re: Sentience & Insentience

I happen to think that the division between sentience and Insentience is largely irrelevant. It is a clear Buddhist teaching that we all inter-are. That the whole point of practice is to get rid of ignorance, including the fundamentally wrong idea that we are a separate self. Once we go beyond the ...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)
Replies: 48
Views: 1737

Re: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)

I have no meditation teacher and even getting to First Jhana seems quite impossible. I have to wait for at very least another human birth. Maybe after a million years that will happen. :namaste: After practicing meditation for 2 years, nowhere near as consistently as I'd like, with NOWHERE NEAR the...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there is no God
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Why there is no God

II - The rant I am quite annoying, so I will try to bash religions. I've cut out the superfluous material from your post. Many thanks for sharing. So you want my attention? Here I give you my attention. Such a valuable knowledge I posted, and you still can find out the most useless thing. You did a...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there is no God
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Re: Why there is no God

Asokan Edicts Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, honors both ascetics and the householders of all religions, and he honors them with gifts and honors of various kinds.[22] But Beloved-of-the-Gods, King Piyadasi, does not value gifts and honors as much as he values this -- that there should be grow...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)
Replies: 48
Views: 1737

Re: Going to heaven and ending up in hell (Is kamma really this cruel?)

I'm referring to this passage: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an04/an04.123.than.html For those who can't go to the link, one of the relevant paragraphs is this: "There is the case where an individual, withdrawn from sensuality, withdrawn from unskillful qualities, enters & remains in t...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 'meditation' on Zen coans
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: 'meditation' on Zen coans

The process in samatha meditation involves focussing on a single object until you split it and then a whole new range of subtleties opens up and it's the same process with a koan. It's a method of strengthening concentration. This is far from truth. While meditation requires concentration, the jhan...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 'meditation' on Zen coans
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: 'meditation' on Zen coans

In Zen monasteries the monks 'meditate' on the coans given to them by the teacher. What does this 'meditation' mean? Is it thinking? It can't be vipassana? What technique do they use to work these coans? Also is it a good idea to practice on Zen coans? If so how should one go about doing this? Koan...
by whynotme
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there is no God
Replies: 22
Views: 1043

Why there is no God

This post I wrote for bashing religion on internet, but I think some of your Buddhists may benefit from it, so I post it here. ------------------ I have quite a bag of reasons to discard God, so I share some with you. Of course this is not about Christian, Muslim or religious God, as it can be seen ...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

Criticize Christianity is a good merit. For the enjoyment of several hundred milions in North America and EU, there are billions people that are victim of poor, uneducation, war... And only Christian nations have poverty, lack of education, war? Theravāda Buddhist countries do not have poverty, "un...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Good religions
Replies: 15
Views: 712

Re: Good religions

In Christianity your focus on God is a positive influence… Only if it leads to increase wholesome thoughts and decrease unwholesome thoughts. If people kill in God's name or it increases your ignorance it is unwholesome. It is hardly (impossible) to find a good god-based religion, that decreases un...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

Ajahn amaro has invited Christian monks to Abhayagiri, there's a video on YouTube of one giving a talk. I doubt he would knowingly invite agents of Mara to speak to the sangha if he believed this. Who is Ajahn Amaro? It seems he is an important figure. Oh, and a video on youtube, the way you talked...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

There is this saying in the Sutta, if one criticize a religion that teach its followers to be good in conduct, one is creating demerit for himself. After I read that, I do not dare to criticise other religions as long as they have some components that teaches kindness and love. Demerit my ass, you ...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

... For people come from Christian or other monotheistic traditions, this may be an insult, but this is just a view from Buddhism . ... English is not my language, but I will try my best to express my view... I hope that you would say that is your own view (Not the view from Buddhism ). I have prac...
by whynotme
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Re: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

Mara is real, both as our diabolic thoughts, words and deeds and also as external demonic forces. However I do not think Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Moses, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Jesus and other major founders were Mara's followers. (Not sure about Mohamet.) But over time many individual followers, like...
by whynotme
Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)
Replies: 32
Views: 2138

Monotheistic religions are the productions of Mara (Devil)

This is my theory, so enjoy it yourself. I did a quick google, but, it seems that no one know this fact, as people were blinded by Mara for too long (2500 years). The purpose of this is to warn people about the danger of phenomena that they maybe don't understand. I - Short version In the Cakkavatti...
by whynotme
Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Past Buddhas and Earth
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Past Buddhas and Earth

possibly even a different big bang.. Thanks. My understanding is that a kappa is the time between big bangs, so all four arose in this universe? According to canonical Nikaya, there are three kind of eons, where the world is destructed. At first the world is destructed by fire After 7 times that th...
by whynotme
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why we pay homage to Buddha?
Replies: 41
Views: 2103

Re: Why we pay homage to Buddha?

I just wonder why we pay homage to Buddha. I agree what Buddha thought was very profound even though I still have no idea what it is. But what he taught was some thing natural like say discovering splitting the atom. We do not pay homage to Albert Einstein. Then why we pay homage to Buddha? If Eins...
by whynotme
Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is good always win?
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Is good always win?

The good side lost because they did bad kamma in the past, while the winner side did good kamma in the past that leaded them to the pleasure of winning. Or they won because of good/bad/neutral kamma done in the present. Winning a war is more dependent on kamma done in the present (how you prepare t...
by whynotme
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why is Mindfulness So Difficult ??
Replies: 19
Views: 1955

Re: Why is Mindfulness So Difficult ??

Another explanation is that it is not difficult or easy, but made so by the ingrained habits of the mind. Remember the Buddha despairing because of all his wasted effort until he remembered easily falling into a jhana as a child? After that he got on the right path. Look at people diving into a poo...