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by Mr Man
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 23
Views: 454

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

In the spring of 1978, one of those small miracles happened that stop the mind's rational expectations. Keeping to the apparently pointless routine of going out for alms every day, as prescribed by Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho encountered a lone jogger on Hampstead Heath whose attention was arrested b...
by Mr Man
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Best books on Samatha Meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Best books on Samatha Meditation

Keeping the Breath in Mind - Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/tha ... nmind.html
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 242

Re: dream about alcohol

I know I didn't break the precept but what I am concerned about is whether this indicates I have the potential to do so. Why wouldn't you have the potential? ethical restraint, i'd hope I don't think ethical restraint removes the potential. Restraint is an on-going thing. Even if one is free from d...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 242

Re: dream about alcohol

If I had a dream in which I voluntarily drank alcohol with awareness that it was unethical does that mean I haven't properly fulfilled the 5th precept? I felt guilty while doing it & was 'aware' it was a breach of the precept, I chose to do it anyway. No. It was a dream! You did not drink alcohol. ...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 242

Re: dream about alcohol

If I had a dream in which I voluntarily drank alcohol with awareness that it was unethical does that mean I haven't properly fulfilled the 5th precept? I felt guilty while doing it & was 'aware' it was a breach of the precept, I chose to do it anyway. No. It was a dream! You did not drink alcohol.
by Mr Man
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 27
Views: 498

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

I think it is better to consider my longer explanation, as I am not sure what your sentence exactly means. Hi robertk Vipaka (result) is conditioned by kamma (action). What is experienced is not just vipaka. Is that any clearer? I noticed that you wrote However, even that vipaka is not conditioned ...
by Mr Man
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 27
Views: 498

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

The corollary is that it is impossible for an undesirable, unenjoyable, displeasing result to be caused by anything other than bodily, verbal, or mental misconduct. If that misconduct was not done in this very life, which is usual in cases of child abuse, then it must have been done in a previous l...
by Mr Man
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Belief in the infallibility of the Buddha's word along with disbelief is impermanent, unsatisfactory and not-self. "Any kind of form whatever... "Any kind of feeling whatever... "Any kind of perception whatever... "Any kind of determination whatever... "Any kind of consciousness whatever, whether pa...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1400

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

So who are the devout Buddhists? To my mind a devout lay Buddhist is one who visits the temple often. Makes offering of food and requisites to monastics. Upholds the precepts observes the uposhatha. Is that correct? My definition of a devout Buddhist would be those who are Ariya including Faith-Fol...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1400

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

As i see it; With such a variety of opinions being presented as general theravada it kind of forces one to point out disinformation. It requires effort to point out the errors as one has to substatiate the claims preferably with both logic and textual authority. When someone points out flaws in peo...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I am trying to be like Kondañña. Why don't you address the relevance of the quotes I provided to your belief that the Buddha suggested we should not view him as infallible? Perhaps you could do one quote at a time and explain how dylanj feels the quote is relevant to the comment. I don't think dyla...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Yes biblethumping. You are a Buddhist biblethumper :smile: What are you trying to do? Why not be like Kondañña? I am trying to be like Kondañña. "Go forth, o bhikkhus, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the benefit, for the good, for the ha...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I think the interesting question related to the OP would be whether the Buddha (for as much as we know him through our 'fallible' scriptures) would want us to take him as infallible. Based on for example the Kalama Sutta, I believe the answer to that is no. We can learn extremely much from the Budd...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I think the interesting question related to the OP would be whether the Buddha (for as much as we know him through our 'fallible' scriptures) would want us to take him as infallible. Based on for example the Kalama Sutta, I believe the answer to that is no. We can learn extremely much from the Budd...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1852

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:28 am
The only way to test the infallibility of the Buddha's word is to practice his teaching.
That's right. The Buddha taught so that we could be like Kondañña not so we could believe in the infallibility of every word.