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by Hoo
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why teaching fear?
Replies: 44
Views: 2947

Re: Why teaching fear?

I guess Thanissaro Bhikkhu did wrote the meaning very well in this words: Freedom From Fear For what it's worth, I think Thanissaro hit the nail on th head. the Dhamma is about freedom from fear. How does this not answer your questions on what did the Buddha teach? Dear PeterB, those word from Trun...
by Hoo
Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to overcome love of debate?
Replies: 44
Views: 2911

Re: How to overcome love of debate?

Here are some things I do (or try to do - chuckle) 1. Ask myself why I am picking up this particular topic or post. (What is my motiation,? to show off my superior knowledge, "save he world from misleading information" - chuckle, or to advocate my own view of what is right or best?? a)Many times it ...
by Hoo
Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?
Replies: 40
Views: 1800

Re: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?

....I am afraid there is serious naivete about mental illness and a lot of wishful thinking when it comes to one's religion. Well said, Tilt. Thanks for sharing your work experience in the field. Thanks Peter for sharing your education, experience and perspective. It took me six years to finish my ...
by Hoo
Sat Dec 25, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?
Replies: 40
Views: 1800

Re: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?

....No medicals school, but I've taken intro to psych, social psych, abnormal psych, and I was about halfway through educational psych before I got kicked out. Academic stuff isn't that deep. You can walk into a university library, pick up the relevant texts for a course, and without having the mon...
by Hoo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?
Replies: 40
Views: 1800

Re: The legitimacy of western psychiatry?

As my wisdom has grown (or so I think), western psychiatry seems less and less valid. . . . It is all probably just demons. Actually, that was a problem we sometimes faced. A well-meaning pastor would be advising someone that they didn't need doctors and medicine and counselors. They should just to...
by Hoo
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 16639

Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

And who are you serving? Myself, and you, Tilt, of course :) My background is philosophy, psychology and related research. I see less than thorough positions taken and presented as 'truth,' and my disagreement helps me to not laugh at times, not feel quite sad at others. I serve you, too, Tilt, in ...
by Hoo
Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 16639

Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

....There is simply no motivation to spread Theravada (without a Bodhisattva motivation) except the save the existing (keeping an tradition and its follower alive). Would a "real" theravada travel to other countries to proclaim "his" dhamma?.... ....Those people protecting the simple teachings give...
by Hoo
Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 16639

Re: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda

I'm glad this discussion hasn't fallen to the level of name-calling. In my experience in other forums, it usually does when this topic arises. IMHO, after reading 4 pages of this stuff, however, it strikes me as no more important than arguments about which team is best. "I like the Packers...I like ...
by Hoo
Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Actors go to Hell?
Replies: 100
Views: 9890

Re: Actors go to Hell?

No one asked for my view, so here it is anyway - chuckle. I did years as a musician, did a tiny bit of acting, and eventually grew to be a media artist as my preferred expression of the "artistic compulsion." :) So I guess I get to pick my hells out of the many that are available to me.?? It's been ...
by Hoo
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The fetter of pride
Replies: 25
Views: 2110

Re: The fetter of pride

....1. How does one cultivate faith and energy without letting it spin out of control into pride? 2. How does one subdue pride without letting faith wither away into despair? Thanks for posting this, Individual. It speaks to a couple of things that have been going on for me, as well. Hope you'll pa...
by Hoo
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The fetter of pride
Replies: 25
Views: 2110

Re: The fetter of pride

But I put in a discalimer, Tilt. Can't win, aye! Hehe! It's my current opinion. Take it or leave it. ;) "If a person has conviction, his statement, 'This is my conviction,' safeguards the truth. But he doesn't yet come to the definite conclusion that 'Only this is true; anything else is worthless.'...
by Hoo
Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: American Politics
Replies: 89
Views: 5402

Re: American Politics

I don't often bother with politics and economics arguments, but this one deserves comment... "When the businesses grow, they create jobs, not send people to the unemployment line for more handouts." That was true until the era when jobs and manufacturing could exported. Now when businesses grow they...
by Hoo
Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Looking for Source
Replies: 13
Views: 1694

Re: Looking for Source

Hi Bodom, I googled and found the quote in 6 or 8 places on the internet but no source reference but this: Buddho by Phra Ajaan Thate Desaransi (Phra Nirodharansi Gambhirapaññacariya) Translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Copyright © 1994 The Abbot, Metta Forest Monastery Metta Forest Monas...
by Hoo
Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Strategies for the Householder
Replies: 23
Views: 1540

Re: Strategies for the Householder

I have adopted a practice of going last, or going second, but not first. I found that my anger was fueled by "me first, The King, What I want and MY way." Chosing to not go first has helped me weaken my ego demands and left room for new ways. I like to keep it simple so I now ask myself just which o...
by Hoo
Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Kindness higher than noble friendship?
Replies: 16
Views: 1256

Re: Kindness higher than noble friendship?

What about the kindness that uses harsh words to set someone off on the right path? I guess to push one is not possible from a theravada view :-) But a good quote! That kind of "kindness" I would call an act of karuna :-) Just my opinions! JMO, but chosing harshness is an act of "I," deciding that ...
by Hoo
Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Must one "believe" in the Four Noble Truths?
Replies: 43
Views: 2805

Re: Must one "believe" in the Four Noble Truths?

Belief is, however, where one has to start In my experience, Tilt, that isn't true. I began in disbelief, distrust, suffering, etc. If it weren't for the Buddha's advice to the Kalamas, I wouldn't have undertaken to "test the system" to see if it worked. I'd already had decades of what I'll kindly ...
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why isn’t dana included in the training of monastics?
Replies: 15
Views: 1056

Re: Why isn’t dana included in the training of monastics?

Everyman's Ethics http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/narada/wheel014.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; To live as a householder and try to practice as a monastic is to place unrealistic expectations on oneself. In SN 17:23, the Buddha advises lay disciples to "Try to becom...
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hey everyone
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Hey everyone

Hi Dhammakid,

Nice to see you again :)

Hoo
by Hoo
Sun Nov 28, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Goodbye...for now
Replies: 28
Views: 3212

Re: Goodbye...for now

Best wishes, Ben.

Hoo
by Hoo
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How could you cut fetter of conceit?
Replies: 9
Views: 915

Re: How could you cut fetter of conceit?

I've found that there are some kind of fun ways to go at it :) I haven't mastered these, mind you, but I have made some inroads - chuckle. These are just things that I have done "on the spot" when arrogance or conceit crop up. Deal with it as if it's real: Don't deny or excuse it, acknowledge that y...