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by polarbear101
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History
Replies: 33
Views: 444

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

Would you call the British Empire the "Christian Empire"? If not, why not? Thanks Kim. Probably not because my impression is the British Empire started as a (Protestant) commercial empire, which then occasionally used Christianity to justify its ends. Is there any significant difference between thi...
by polarbear101
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Changes in attitudes towards global warming
Replies: 90
Views: 2667

Re: Changes in attitudes towards global warming

A new, dire "warning to humanity" about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world. The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts say the picture is far,...
by polarbear101
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Sam Harris and Robert Wright
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Sam Harris and Robert Wright

Cool, I'll have a listen at some point this evening :thanks:
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What is wisdom?
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: What is wisdom?

If by renouncing a lesser happiness one may realize a greater happiness, let the wise man renounce the lesser, having regard for the greater. - Dhammapada https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/dhp.21.budd.html I believe this principle, if adopted and made much of, will gradually lead one a...
by polarbear101
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in the restaurant
Replies: 46
Views: 864

Re: Eating in the restaurant

Buying meat is impure because you are supporting the worst, most cruel, environmentally damaging, and just generally unconscionable industry that has ever existed on earth. ... :rolleye: Wow! Slavery, prostitution, the arms trade, drug trafficking ... I like your second post much better. :namaste: ...
by polarbear101
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in the restaurant
Replies: 46
Views: 864

Re: Eating in the restaurant

Even so, this does not avoid killing; as has been frequently aired on DW in the past, veganism merely pushes the killing further away from the plate. It results in far less killing, it doesn't just remove it from the plate. Sure, ideally buying vegetables grown without biocides and harvested in a w...
by polarbear101
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eating in the restaurant
Replies: 46
Views: 864

Re: Eating in the restaurant

Buying meat is impure because you are supporting the worst, most cruel, environmentally damaging, and just generally unconscionable industry that has ever existed on earth. Eating roadkill, and meat that you had no part in buying, that would otherwise go to waste, is fine though. The roadkill might ...
by polarbear101
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Awesome Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Looking for Awesome Sutta

That's awfully close to what I was thinking, and I haven't read the sutta in years, so it seems exceedingly probable. So thanks! But I'm still holding out slightly in case there is a similar one but relating to Arahants.


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by polarbear101
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for Awesome Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Looking for Awesome Sutta

There is a sutta where someone goes to the Buddha and asks why a bunch of his followers seem to disagree about final knowledge. The questioner goes to one person who says he attained final knowledge by giving up clinging to the elements, and then to another who says he gave up clinging to the sense ...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1877

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

What does the actual physical/external world look like without the bias of how your own senses are? If your eyes have more red cones, you see more red, but what does the external world actually look like (think this one through a little)? The bolded part is basically meaningless. Looking implies vi...
by polarbear101
Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Internal / External - significance and meaning
Replies: 96
Views: 1877

Re: Internal / External - significance and meaning

Internal/external refers to the commonsense distinctions between self/other, internal environment/external environment, organism/ecosystem, one's own body-mind and anything outside of that. The elements are the things that when aggravated externally lead to earthquakes, floods, fires, and tornadoes....
by polarbear101
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1757
Views: 149009

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Nikhil Banerjee is a sitar god!

by polarbear101
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 343

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

As for strong health, this is essential for development of the jhānas, but not for insight development. What is the explanation for that, particularly in relation to the development of jhānas? Also, what text(s) is that notion found in? I would imagine the reasoning would be along the lines of bodi...
by polarbear101
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 343

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

A healthy body is certainly useful: "These are the five factors for exertion. Which five? "There is the case where a monk has conviction, is convinced of the Tathagata's Awakening: 'Indeed, the Blessed One is pure & rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, an expert with ...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Orthorexia
Replies: 12
Views: 336

Re: Orthorexia

Orthorexia nervosa seems to be a logical consequence of trying to find satisfactory reasons for eating solely within the worldly, secular domain of reasons for eating and living. Maybe she just read an article that we're frugivores: http://www.raw-food-health.net/Frugivores.html Here's a good post ...
by polarbear101
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A fingersnap of metta
Replies: 8
Views: 223

Re: A fingersnap of metta

I believe you are thinking of the sutta below. There, it's a whiff of metta (goodwill), the fingersnap is for impermanence: "If one were to develop even just one whiff of a heart of good will, that would be more fruitful than... if one with a confident mind were to undertake the training rules... "I...
by polarbear101
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 141
Views: 2645

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Greetings Spiny, Contact occurs when there is the volitional bifurcation of experience into "subject" and "object", and the "subject" becomes conscious of the "object". So, with that, two things, which are only regarded as distinct and separate due to ignorance, are said to come in contact with one...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 585

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

The points you raised about Kamma and Ahimsa is quite interesting. Maybe it shows that the Buddha's rejection of both Eternalism and Nihilism is not purely related to the moral consequences of those views. You can hold morally right view and still believe in eternalism and nihilism and vice versa. ...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 585

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

Basically only if you hold to the buddhist version of strong objectivism can you be said to have right view, i.e. those who follow the five precepts, are generous, respectful to their parents etc. will be fine, those who do not heap up future suffering now, in the next life, or in some life after th...
by polarbear101
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wrong view and Avici Hell
Replies: 28
Views: 585

Re: Wrong view and Avici Hell

This makes me wonder, why teaching nihilistic views ensures rebirth in hell but not eternalism? did not the Buddha reject both views? Eternalist views allow for moral objectivism in the strongest sense. Whereas annihilationist views either lead one to reject moral objectivism or to proffer a weaker...