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by seeker242
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 479

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

James Tan wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:56 pm
Greetings ,

Buddhism seems to be reserved for the Elite ?!
The Buddha ordained untouchables. That's pretty much the opposite of elite. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 278

Re: Suffering of others

No_Mind wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:07 am
Would he have asked his students to stop meditating and get all agitated? No.
No, but he did ask them to follow his example of alleviating the suffering of others by teaching them, like he himself taught.
by seeker242
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 776

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

Now, there are two destinations for a person with wrong view, I tell you: either hell or the animal womb. Talaputa Sutta https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ati/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.002.than.html Sure, but then there is also this to consider. MN 136 Maha Kammavibhanga Sutta: The Greater Analysis of Ac...
by seeker242
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I reborn, what is common thinng I find in next life?
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: If I reborn, what is common thinng I find in next life?

If I reborn, what is common thinng I find in next life?
Dukkha
by seeker242
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4366
Views: 284990

Re: the great vegetarian debate

An interesting read What If You Ate Only One Type of Food? Many thanks - that is informative. I sometimes think about the types of food required if I had to massively simplify my diet. What if I had to choose only, say, ten foodstuffs to eat from here on? It's informative but also contains some ina...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Distinction between cult and religion
Replies: 24
Views: 362

Re: Distinction between cult and religion

"A religion is an old cult. A cult is a new religious movement." Makes sense as Christianity was at one time considered a cult. Of course it depends on how you define cult. Religious scholars can't even agree on what that means. In the sociological classifications of religious movements, a cult is "...
by seeker242
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving for what, exactly?
Replies: 23
Views: 402

Re: Craving for what, exactly?

"There are these three cravings. Which three? Craving for sensuality, craving for becoming, craving for non-becoming. These are the three cravings." — Iti 58 https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/iti/iti.3.050-099.than.html#iti-058 Craving for sensuality would be "craving for forms, craving f...
by seeker242
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is stealing always wrong?
Replies: 62
Views: 1194

Re: Is stealing always wrong?

I do think it is always wrong, in the sense that stealing of any kind will always qualify as a violation of the precept, but there are degrees of seriousness when it comes to action. Stealing the retirement investments of thousands of people is far worse than stealing a pack of gum from a store. It...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 535

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

Assume he had a deep and true understanding of Dhamma and then turned a scoundrel. IIRC the Buddha stated that faith in a teacher is what leads you to learn from that teacher. The fact that he is a scoundrel is alone proof that he doesn't have a deep true understanding. Hard to have faith in someon...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 1781

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

Can it be we have a soul .. but not one that is permanent (in a different way) .. The soul disappears when we attain Nibbana Does not this explanation fit all the questions .. from how are we reborn, what is reborn, to what is Nibbana (what is snuffed out) The model I am proposing is .. God/Nature/...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?
Replies: 116
Views: 1781

Re: Do we have a soul till Nibbana?

Can it be we have a soul .. but not one that is permanent (in a different way) .. The soul disappears when we attain Nibbana Does not this explanation fit all the questions .. from how are we reborn, what is reborn, to what is Nibbana (what is snuffed out) The model I am proposing is .. God/Nature/...
by seeker242
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Does negative thinking matter?
Replies: 37
Views: 679

Re: Does negative thinking matter?

Negative thinking matters a great deal as negative thinking amounts to "inappropriate attention". The Blessed One said, "Monks, the ending of the fermentations is for one who knows & sees, I tell you, not for one who does not know & does not see. For one who knows what & sees what? Appropriate atten...
by seeker242
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's an American to do?
Replies: 25
Views: 511

Re: What's an American to do?

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:37 pm

The problem is that I am unable to feel at ease with any form of my nationality
I think a good question to ask is: Why the need to feel at ease with some particular nationality?
by seeker242
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to learn true dhamma without Pali ?
Replies: 42
Views: 509

Re: Is it possible to learn true dhamma without Pali ?

Dhammapada Verse 282 "Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation; without meditation wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain and loss of wisdom, one should conduct oneself so that wisdom may increase." "The knowledge and vision of things as they really are, monks, also has a supporting condition...
by seeker242
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 125
Views: 2878

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

No_Mind wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:13 pm
Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Probably because it doesn't actually matter. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Survivalism and Dhamma
Replies: 18
Views: 464

Re: Survivalism and Dhamma

It's all about why you are prepping; If you are worried Good thing I’m not Buddhist then. I eat everyday to prevent death, I even do this crazy thing called shopping, where I go out and collect food to eat in the future. Non buddhists store this food in a mechanical cold box so it won’t spoil. Craz...
by seeker242
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how do you do mettā
Replies: 20
Views: 583

Re: how do you do mettā

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:42 am
the suttas say imbue the world successively in four quarters with loving kindness. the self mettā in particular is an addition
"May all beings be happy", by default, includes oneself since oneself is part of "all".
by seeker242
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 51
Views: 1034

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

It's easy to forgive the perp when random strangers have been killed/wronged. But when the victim is someone closer to you, then everything changes. Probably why the cultivation of metta and karuna is a dedicated practice that one needs to make an effort to cultivate. If it was easy, it wouldn't re...
by seeker242
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Please explain Kalaka Sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Please explain Kalaka Sutta

Tathagata sees things as they actually are.
by seeker242
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?
Replies: 51
Views: 1034

Re: Do you have compassion for Nikolas Cruz?

"Monks, even if bandits were to carve you up savagely, limb by limb, with a two-handled saw, he among you who let his heart get angered even at that would not be doing my bidding. Even then you should train yourselves: 'Our minds will be unaffected and we will say no evil words. We will remain symp...