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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: 4918

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: 4918

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
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Making sacrifices for our partners
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Making sacrifices for our partners

Isn't it the role of a partner to make the other happy and vice versa? I do not agree with you on society programming men to behave in a way that makes their partner happy, shouldn't they be doing it anyway, out of love for their partner? Don't try and victimise men, we are all responsible for our ...
by puppha
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Making sacrifices for our partners
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: Making sacrifices for our partners

Hi Anthony, I would suggest you take the red pill and read "No more Mr Nice Guy". From what you are saying, I think you feel obliged to do whatever your wife asks, just because you think (probably unconsciously) that it's your job as a husband to make your wife happy. It's not your fault, society pr...
by puppha
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: relationship advice
Replies: 10
Views: 146

Re: relationship advice

:goodpost:
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: 631

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: 3511

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: 663

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: 546

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: 5562

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: 1258

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: 1173

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: 1601

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: 2051

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: 2025

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: 826

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: 826

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: 6374

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: 1632

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: 1632

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...