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by puppha
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?
Replies: 180
Views: 4495

Re: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?

The historical evidence for Jesus is only the Gospels (those that made it into the new testament and a few others). There are no other historical evidence discovered so far apart for the gospels, despite what Christian apologists would like us to believe. Flavius Josephus? Pliny? Tacitus? Apologies...
by puppha
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?
Replies: 180
Views: 4495

Re: The Historical Jesus or the Historical Buddha?

The historical evidence for Jesus is only the Gospels (those that made it into the new testament and a few others). There are no other historical evidence discovered so far apart for the gospels, despite what Christian apologists would like us to believe. One should get oneself informed about the va...
by puppha
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I think the issue with the article is that the author implicitly assumes that the goal of practising mindfulness is to make you happier. Then when you realised you haven't achieved happiness, you think that this mindfulness thing is rubbish. The goal of practising mindfulness is to see things as the...
by puppha
Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Bhikkhu Analayo's Lectures on the Madhyama-āgama
Replies: 16
Views: 3380

Re: Bhikkhu Analayo's Lectures on the Madhyama-āgama

Thanks for the link, Mike! Really appreciated!
:anjali:
by puppha
Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sri Lanka: Bill To Control Monks Divides Buddhists
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: Sri Lanka: Bill To Control Monks Divides Buddhists

My 2p take is that the secular law of the land is meant to deal with criminal or otherwise wrong behaviours. There is no need for the state to interfere with religious organisations to enforce their own rules. If a monk/nun transgresses the pattimokkha, this should be dealt by the community (s)he is...
by puppha
Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Meditation at my workplace
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Meditation at my workplace

Very good, Paul!
That's inspiring, thanks for sharing that experience!
:anjali:
by puppha
Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Petition Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 5522

Re: The Petition Thread

Excellent thread! The TIPP is totally anti-democratic. It's a trade US/EU agreement currently negotiated between closed doors. It would lower EU safety standards to US ones and would allow corporations to sue governments for loss of profits. So say an EU country finds out that a certain pesticide in...
by puppha
Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Camping retreat Aug. 22-29
Replies: 3
Views: 1249

Re: Camping retreat Aug. 22-29

Shame I am based in Europe!
Any contact details for similar EU-based events most welcome!
:group:
by puppha
Sat Apr 11, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Advice from a Christian friend (video)
Replies: 12
Views: 1165

Re: Advice from a Christian friend (video)

Hi Mawkish1983, Your friend is likely to be an evangelical/born-again. If that is the case, he is deep into delusion, just the same as the man in the video. You will find thousands of such "witnessings" on youtube and elsewhere. That's because witnessing is one of the mandates of such Christians. I ...
by puppha
Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Skillful means: teaching non-buddhists
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: Skillful means: teaching non-buddhists

Sometimes you need to :hug: and other times you need to :popcorn: . But people usually don't like you to :soap: That's a nice and graphic way to put it! I fully agree with it. For a discussion to be useful, both participants must be ready to listen a lot. Very few people would be happy when someone...
by puppha
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Samatha Trust
Replies: 16
Views: 1949

Re: Samatha Trust

Hi Upasaka Sumana, Just my share of experience with them. I went twice to their weekend retreat. I found they have a pretty complicated system for focusing the mind. The emphasis appeared to be completely on samatha/samadhi, with nothing in terms of vipassana/insight... In the end I decided it was n...
by puppha
Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My parents are deathly afraid
Replies: 19
Views: 1999

Re: My parents are deathly afraid

Hi Ryan, Abandoning my parents would be really selfish thing to do. The natural course of a child to move away from the parents and build his/her own life. There is nothing selfish in leaving home, I would even argue it is selfish to stay for too long. There are many things people do without thinkin...
by puppha
Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for DN, MN, SN & AN ebooks
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Re: Looking for DN, MN, SN & AN ebooks

Hi Mike,
mikenz66 wrote:Doesn't Amazon have them all? I have a kindle version of the AN on my phone from Amazon...
You're absolutely right! I don't know how I managed to miss them!
Thanks a lot for the pointer! :thumbsup:

With Metta
by puppha
Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for DN, MN, SN & AN ebooks
Replies: 4
Views: 816

Looking for DN, MN, SN & AN ebooks

Dear Dhamma friends! I am looking for ebooks of the first 4 nikayas, specifically the Wisdowm Publications translations from Maurice Walsh and Bhikkhu Bodhi. I am perfectly fine paying for them, that's no problem at all. So far, I have not been able to find anything... The reason is that I would lik...
by puppha
Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Gym or no gym
Replies: 26
Views: 6289

Re: Gym or no gym

Hi daviddasanka,

I stopped going to the gym and exercise at home now. I do a mix of "fitnessblender" on youtube and this book: "you are your own gym".
That's pretty exhaustive, saves time and money, and I don't have to bear with annoying pop music at the gym.

All the best!

Metta.
by puppha
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1598

Re: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

Here's an example of the kind of beliefs you're talking about. http://vimeo.com/98851925 Freaky... And unfortunately very real... However, there is a difference here in the sense that they actively support evil actions. In my situation, the guy was not taking action either way. I think I can formul...
by puppha
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1598

Re: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

Hi Mike, I'd be wary of general statements attributed to "X Buddhist Monks", without any detail or context. A slightly different telling of the story would give a completely different impression. I have seen similar stories many times. You can just have a look at "Broken Buddha" from Ven Dhammika; w...
by puppha
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1598

Re: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

Hi Viscid, Religions don't require your respect. If you can provide a good argument for taking action, then do so, confidently. Offend people, if necessary. Reason trumps dogma and shallow superstition. I have to say I agree with you. I think staying silent for the sake of political correctness is u...
by puppha
Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1598

Re: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

@SarathW: Yes, I agree with you. @manas: That also reminded me of Thai buddhist monks saying that prostitutes deserve their situation because of some bad kamma they accumulated in previous lives. And they even gladly accepts donations from brothels, as it will help these poor girls accumulate some m...
by puppha
Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1598

Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

Dear All, I have a dilema and I would like to know what's your take on it. The story is the following (without entering it too much details). A certain agreement is being negotiated which would give very significant powers to private companies against a country's governement and its people. Big comp...