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by chris98e
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a question concerning bowing to monks
Replies: 8
Views: 627

Re: I have a question concerning bowing to monks

Thank You all for your insights and thoughts. :thanks: :popcorn:
by chris98e
Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a question concerning bowing to monks
Replies: 8
Views: 627

I have a question concerning bowing to monks

My question is when giving salutations to a monk are you supposed to bow with an Anjali, give an Anjali and not bow, or is either one acceptable?
by chris98e
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: I have a question regarding IQ and mental stability
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: I have a question regarding IQ and mental stability

Thank you all for your insights and thoughts :buddha2:
by chris98e
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: I have a question regarding IQ and mental stability
Replies: 7
Views: 693

I have a question regarding IQ and mental stability

Can an enlightened being be stupid? What I'm trying to say is it possible for a stupid person to reach Nirvana in the lifetime in which he or she is stupid? :buddha1: Also, if an enlightened being is taking psychiatric medicine, is that person really considered enlightened? After all that person is ...
by chris98e
Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 130
Views: 8150

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

As for the monks who smoke they probably do it to get rid of the pain that techonology is always growing and the people who create the technology have no problem with crushing them with it if they want to. This statement can be argued so actually to put it in more reasonable terms I think the monks...
by chris98e
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 130
Views: 8150

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

This is an interesting discussion to me. Out of all the monks that I have come across in the city I live in [Philadelphia PA], I have seen one monk smoking out of about 20 monks. I thought he was one out of many, but after reading this thread I realized he is not the only monk who smokes. I smoke my...
by chris98e
Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a real world out there?...
Replies: 124
Views: 11469

Re: Is there a real world out there?...

Is this thread based on are there other worlds out there? If so yes, for example mars. If this thread is based on do we exist and do other planets we know are out there exist that's right up there with when did time begin. The dali lama says we exist and don't exist at the same time. I guess there a...
by chris98e
Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?
Replies: 24
Views: 9360

Re: Buddha Statues: Hairstyle?

This topic intrigued me too when I first read about it. But the Buddha it is well know cut off some of his hair after he left his luxurious palace/home. And now that he is a Buddha he has a crown of hair which is one of the marks of a great being. :buddha2: :anjali: :bow:
by chris98e
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the most popular Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: the most popular Sutta

I'd guess: Ratana Sutta - Sn 2.1 paritta (protective) sutta, often chanted; for those coming to Buddhism with a more faith emphasis Kalama Sutta - AN 3.65 for those coming to Buddhism with a more inquisitive, skeptical mind Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta - DN 22 for those coming to Buddhism from / with a m...
by chris98e
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the most popular Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 360

the most popular Sutta

What is the most popular Sutta? I say it has to be the "What the teaching is not" Sutta, the very first Sutta of the Long discourses Nikaya, for example Mathew is the first part of the Gospel out of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. So, it's no surprise that it's the most popular part of the Gospel. So,...
by chris98e
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Scripture that is well known to those raised Buddhist
Replies: 13
Views: 766

Re: Scripture that is well known to those raised Buddhist

interestingly enough if you ever heard of the phrase "one hand washes the other" I heard it in the movie Malcom X, that phrase is in the 4th Sutta of the Long Discourses Nikaya, which I read I couple days ago, I think, for the first time. I think it's something like the Suddhanna Sutta. I probably g...
by chris98e
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do I stop wanting attention & acknowledgment?
Replies: 20
Views: 1016

Re: How do I stop wanting attention & acknowledgment?

First of all I might be the only one saying this but positive attention and acknowledgement can be a good thing. Those two things give people the will to live, for example doing a great deed or helping out a friend or even being good at something like bowling or chess. Second of all I don't believe ...
by chris98e
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What tradition do you follow?
Replies: 81
Views: 23750

Re: What tradition do you follow?

Because I just read the Nikayas and go to a Buddhist Temple once in a while I guess I follow general Theravada.
I didn't even know there was a difference between Thai Forest Buddhism and just Thai Buddhism. :reading: :bow: :thumbsup:
by chris98e
Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Etiquette & How to Address a Monk
Replies: 10
Views: 1773

Re: Etiquette & How to Address a Monk

Thanks for letting me know to address a monk as Bhante. An interesting story, I brought a friend to a Buddhist Temple. And after we both got done bowing to the Buddha a monk came out and my friend started talking to the monk about a dream he had or visions he had or something like that. After the mo...
by chris98e
Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purification of Mind
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: Purification of Mind

Perhaps the entire eightfold path is purification of mind. Morality leads to concentration leads to wisdom which is another term for purity. Sorry that I left this thread hanging for about a year. But recently I took out the long discourses Nikaya and here I am. To tell you the truth to say that ju...
by chris98e
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purification of Mind
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: Purification of Mind

gdgraebner wrote:So chris98e, it would be right effort, right speech, and right action?
For which number? Number 1 or number 2?
:buddha1:
by chris98e
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Purification of Mind
Replies: 15
Views: 1205

Re: Purification of Mind

Two questions: 1) How does one properly purify the mind? 2) How does one assess progress in that effort? Many thanks, Glen The answer to the first question is simple: by refraining from doing evil. The answer to the second quesion is difficult. I won't give an answer to the second question becuase ...
by chris98e
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Devadatta
Replies: 5
Views: 671

Devadatta

Did the Buddha have a disciple named Devadatta who tried to kill the Buddha?
:coffee:
by chris98e
Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Energy(?) in the Temple
Replies: 14
Views: 919

Re: Energy(?) in the Temple

Hello again guys, One quick question. I'm wondering what makes you feel uplifted and recharged when you are in the temple (I'm talking about Buddhist temple)? But do you notice that not all temples have that quality? Why is this so? Is that because some temples are set up differently than the other...
by chris98e
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha can't help
Replies: 26
Views: 2929

Re: Buddha can't help

Buddha himself was a Hindu. I don't think that the Buddha was Hindu. He might have been affected by Hinduism but I believe that the religion that the Buddha grew up with was of the samana (I hope I'm spelling it right) realigion. A religion based on going into the woods and finding yourself. At lea...