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by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Discord within the Sangha

Greetings Agarika, Did the monk disrobing (or alternatively changing monasteries) share the opinion that the Vinaya was adhered to and if yes, why did he still disapprove? Was there maybe additional personal animosity, so true adherence to rules was not the actual issue? Well, as I said from the out...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 26
Views: 320

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings James, Could you elaborate how those people with bodhisattva vow interfere in the affairs of all sentient beings ? Isn't making a vow does not necessarily in reality interfering in the affairs ? "The Bodhisattva vow is the vow taken by Mahayana Buddhists to liberate all sentient beings." (...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.

Greetings, In this narrative, should we consider it theft? No. As outlined in sutta instruction to householders, it is encumbent only on employers only to pay a fair wage and to provide fair working conditions. To offer Right Livelihood compatible employment that another is willing to accept, is act...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please

Greetings,
Mr.SeanStewart wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:45 am
I Find that the retreats are all booked months ahead and have so many limitations and restrictions on how long one can stay...
... and also on what they expect you to be doing, which may not be in accord with your intentions.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Discord within the Sangha

Greetings Volo,

Thank you, I appreciate you sharing your perspective.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Discord within the Sangha

Greetings Volo,

Thanks for the comments.

What about the variation on the scenario that you describe, where the second monk undertakes the less drastic measure of simply changing monasteries... would that change your assessment of fault and issue status?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Discord within the Sangha
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Discord within the Sangha

Greetings, I would like to put forward a hypothetical scenario, in the hope of exploring and better understanding how discord is managed within the "doctrine and the discipline"... Let's say that a certain monk was conducting themselves in a manner which, by and large, was in conformity with the Vin...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please

Greetings, If you are determined to do this, I would recommend either: 1. Stocking up on supplies and finding a free camping site that's isolated from others. 2. Finding a monastery that will have you (although you may be expected to adhere to certain conditions that may compromise your own requirem...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 635

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Greetings, I'm going to close this topic at this point, because Manopubbangama was included as part of the topic, and as such, there's very blurry lines about what's "on topic" versus what's a possible "personal attack" (ToS 2f). If anyone wishes to create a new topic to discuss Dhammaboard, or any ...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 26
Views: 269

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Greetings, Quite a blanket statement? Where is the suttanta support? :shrug: Not "support" per se, but there's some interesting comments in the commentary about the setting of this sutta. See here and search the word "Kuru". The Satipatthana Sutta certainly seems applicable for beginners, yet certai...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Re: Brahmaviharas as a main meditation Practice?

Greetings Akasha, Taking it as your main meditation object or as a vehicle to insight instead of the breath. How did you find it? Preferable, actually. The instructions I have used are found in AN 4.126 . "Monks, there are these four types of individuals to be found existing in the world. Which four...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 26
Views: 269

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Greetings,
Zolbec wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:50 am
Do you recommend any books to me before I start practicing the Anapanasati Sutra?
Personally, I would practice the sutta, as taught by the Buddha, over anapanasati, as taught by someone else... but each to their own.

Metta.
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 159

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

Greetings,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:12 am
Is nirvana an impossible dream, then? :shrug:
No.
However, we must be able to see the gratification, drawback, and escape of sensual pleasures.
:goodpost:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 678

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Greetings xofz, Why can't we change our vote? It's a checkbox when you create a poll... it's either checked, and re-voting can happen... or it's not. How about this... I didn't vote in this poll because I disagreed with the premise and definitions... maybe PM your "new vote" to me and I'll vote that...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 26
Views: 320

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings, Sure, but " forcefully interfering in the affairs of sentient beings, against their will doesn't accurately characterize Mahayana Buddhism's Bodhisattva Vow. The first line in your signature is evidence of that. Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Mahayana Buddhist and has taken and keeps the Bodhi...