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by NDat
Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Peaceful protest
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Peaceful protest

We protest because we are getting what we do not want or getting what we don't want (dukkha). So we want to end this dukkha by protest. Is this the teaching of the Buddha? I am getting more confuse. If you got a terrible disease, and would die without going to the doctor, you should go to the docto...
by NDat
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Peaceful protest
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Peaceful protest

Why the five sustaining-aggregates are dukkha? Is this because of the impermanence of conditional phenomena/nature? If conditional phenomena are impermanent, then are they dukkha? Is life a conditional phenomenon? If so, then is life is dukkha? If we can change the world to support for a good cause ...
by NDat
Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Peaceful protest
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Peaceful protest

We protest because we are getting what we do not want or getting what we don't want (dukkha). So we want to end this dukkha by protest. Is this the teaching of the Buddha? I am getting more confuse.
by NDat
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Peaceful protest
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Re: Peaceful protest

Yes, why not, if it is for a good purpose and with a good intention. We protest because we disagree or want to change what is going on or to support a cause. However, the Buddha teaches us to be "free from desire and discontent to the world", and the first noble truth clearly states that "life is d...
by NDat
Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Peaceful protest
Replies: 10
Views: 700

Peaceful protest

Should a Buddhist join a peaceful protest?
by NDat
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it against the dhamma to protect yourself and others ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1281

Re: Is it against the dhamma to protect yourself and others ?

Look deeply into the Four Noble Truths. The answer is in there.
by NDat
Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine
Replies: 54
Views: 4629

Re: Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

The first lesson from the Buddha is the Fourth Noble Truths. However, we often forget it when something "wrong" happen. How sad!
by NDat
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For a curious mind
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: For a curious mind

How does Right Speech and action lead to suffering? The Eight Fold path is for overcoming suffering. What I really mean is Speech and Action will cause suffering if they are not 'Right". I can revise the above as: 1NT is related to View, Intention (If in View and intention, we understand/apply 1NT ...
by NDat
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For a curious mind
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: For a curious mind

Thanks, My brain will blow up soon :-)
by NDat
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What did the Buddha have to say about The Mac vs The PC?
Replies: 32
Views: 2490

Re: What did the Buddha have to say about The Mac vs The PC?

Jhana4 wrote: So, what did the Buddha have to say choosing a Mac over a PC? :)
I think the Buddha may say "Let go all of them! Mac and PC. They all are impermanent, suffering, and not self"
by NDat
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: For a curious mind
Replies: 4
Views: 439

For a curious mind

I have a curious mind, so I often have many silly questions that may not relate to the practice, but they are sometimes bother me. 1. Why the Fourth Noble Truths has 4 not 3 or 5..? 2. Why the Noble Eightfold path has 8, not 7 or 10..? Here is what I have come up so far ... ( all from my silly logic...
by NDat
Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Emptiness of time and others
Replies: 28
Views: 6570

Re: Emptiness of time and others

If we always stay at present, here and now then there is no past and future. Therefore, there is no time.
by NDat
Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Noble Eightfold Path

In my opinion, we do not need to realize “how right view is right”. All we need is to be aware and accept. I will try to make an example to clarify my point. However, it is hard to make a point in a short example, so please bear with me and ignore my bad English. First, let me explain what I think a...
by NDat
Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Noble Eightfold Path

Thanks for your insights. However as you said " some people might find it easy to have right action but not right speech (it is probably easier to refrain from stealing, killing and sexual misconduct than from idle chatter in modern society, for example)." I think we do not have right speech because...
by NDat
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Teacher or no Teacher?
Replies: 9
Views: 1676

Re: Teacher or no Teacher?

I think we can practice without a teacher if we understand properly what we should do, and why we are doing what we are doing. I have learnt the Dharma by myself without any teacher so far. I do not want to be influenced by only a teacher. With the Internet, I can learn from several teachers at the ...
by NDat
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Noble Eightfold Path

Another point I'd like to make is if you read my above explanation of the eight fold path, you will see that each sub-sequence step in the Noble Eight Fold path is folded onto the previous ones when the wheel is rolling. Is that the reason that we call it Eight Fold Path or just my delusion? I see t...
by NDat
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: Noble Eightfold Path

Thanks for your explanations. However, I am still a little bit confused. If Satipatthana Sutta teaches Mindfulness and Concentration only, then it may not be the direct path to liberation because we still need other steps in the Eightfold Path (Right Speech, Right Action ...). I have a feeling that ...
by NDat
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Noble Eightfold Path

I am new to Theravada Buddhism, and I am not a English speaker, so please bear with me. My questions are: 1. Noble Eightfold Path is the path to liberation. To end suffering, we will need to practice this Noble Eightfold Path. However, the mindfulness practice in Satipatthana Sutta is also the direc...