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by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 56
Views: 652

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: 56
Views: 652

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: 96
Views: 787

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: 96
Views: 787

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: 96
Views: 787

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: 96
Views: 787

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: 96
Views: 787

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.
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 96
Views: 787

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

Personally I do not think is an important question.

I think it might even be a counterproductive question?

Belief changes.
by Mr Man
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 15
Views: 390

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

Having worked with both Westerners and Asians alike for many years, I have observed a great degree of self-hatred and lack of empathy among Westerners generally. However, that is now changing, perhaps due to the flooding of Asian societies by the Western media/social media hence the cultural garbag...
by Mr Man
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 115

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
The way I understand Vitakka and Vicara is the mind talking (speech).
The English word "speech" does not mean the mind talking.
by Mr Man
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 389

Re: What is merit?

Merit is good kamma. Bright kamma with bright results. Thank you. I have concluded that merit is the fruit of wholesome kama, not spiritual currency, and it is personal not transferable Merit is not the fruit. It is the actual wholesome action, as I understand it. Merit is something that you do. Wh...
by Mr Man
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one observe Anatta ?
Replies: 108
Views: 1602

Re: How does one observe Anatta ?

James Tan wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:54 am
According to my understanding , one can't observe not self , but , the five aggregates .
And are the five aggregates self or not self?
by Mr Man
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Do away with admins
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Do away with admins

What is the role of Admins and is it possible that that are not needed?

Couldn't decisions be made collectively by the moderation team and all moderators have an equal standing.

What are the benefits of having designated admins?

How about a collective admin account, managed by the moderation team?
by Mr Man
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tantric Theravada?
Replies: 133
Views: 36361

Re: Tantric Theravada?

There are practices which Buddhists in Thailand take part that are distinct from "Theravada" Buddhism. And in my experience most Thais would see them as such. This would include spirit and ancestor worship, as well as Hindu deity worship. There are also aspects of Thai Theravada and what is accepted...
by Mr Man
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1261

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

There is another article in relating to this in todays Bangkok Post
Buddha's path must guide reform of clergy
https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opi ... -of-clergy