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by retrofuturist
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Idiot-syncratic Ānāpānasati cheatsheet.
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Idiot-syncratic Ānāpānasati cheatsheet.

Greetings ToVincent, Samādhi: To direct (pro-actively) the citta, towards constant, right homogeneity", (& towards the internal). I disagree with the goal of "towards the internal"... here's a couple of extracts from Nanananda's Nibbana Sermons that explain why. The discrimination between an 'intern...
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings MP, Well said. That said, I think it's time we get back specifically to the topic of Mohammad, and the extent to which he may or may not be worthy of respect. :focus: Discussion about current and future Islamic threats etc. is best suited to the News, Current Events & Politics section. Met...
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings Garrib, Of course. "Birth makes no Brahmin, nor non-Brahmin, makes; it is life's doing that mold the Brahmin true. Their lives mold farmers, tradesmen, merchants, and serfs. Their lives mold robbers, soldiers, chaplains, and kings. By birth is not one an out-caste. By birth is not one a Br...
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings L.N., I believe this is the first mention of "hate speech." To clarify, any mention I've made in relation to hate speech and associated punishments, pertains to this example provided by Caodemarte... When bizarre figures like Robert Bruce Spencer, are quoted ( UK Home Office barred Spencer...
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings Alfa, Probably because most people who 'critique' Islam are not interested in critiquing Islam at all. That is just excuse to demonize Muslims. Have you actually asked them their motives, or have you just decided to be totally lacking in charity and cast this aspersion upon them? The proof...
by retrofuturist
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings, It is depressing that this forum has provided a platform for such bigotry and intolerance. Why is it bigotry and intolerance to make well-reasoned arguments for or against something? :shrug: What makes Islam so special and protected that its set of ideas, traditions, practices and beliefs...
by retrofuturist
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 106
Views: 1937

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Greetings, L.N. "Connections to Other Paths" to me suggests something better than this. Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies? Correct, learning what to avoid is helpful. Agreed. In this capacity, I think here about how ...
by retrofuturist
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?
Replies: 124
Views: 1786

Re: Phassa and the cessation of phassa?

Greetings ToVincent,

By all means critique "bare attention", but there's no need to label it or its adherents "fraudulent".

In this regard, please remain mindful of the Terms of Service.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Uncovered Misery
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Uncovered Misery

Greetings ToVincent,

By all means critique "bare attention", but there's no need to label it or its adherents "fraudulent".

In this regard, please remain mindful of the Terms of Service.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide
Replies: 14
Views: 241

Re: Arahants, Aversion and Suicide

Greetings, If someone can trust both: - They are a stream-entrant or higher - The Buddhist cosmology which states that a stream-enterer is en route to nibbana in seven lifetimes at most ...then I can understand a certain pragmatism behind suicide in certain situations which involve debilitating phys...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chan Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 355

Re: Chan Buddhism

Greetings, Has anyone here experience with practicing in the Chan tradition? Any recommended books? I feel Chan can be a complimentary to my meditation practice. I've read a book or two, and found them to be quite interesting... and what I found overlaps with your observations. The only thing that's...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Lurker, now creating account
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Lurker, now creating account

Greetings,

Welcome to the Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 374

Re: cheerios commercial

Greetings, acceptance of what is, and trying another tactic. i'm not a monk, there are lower standards for my behavior. Perhaps this sutta might give you seven tactics... MN 2: Sabbasava Sutta The Blessed One said, "Monks, the ending of the fermentations is for one who knows & sees, I tell you, not ...
by retrofuturist
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 374

Re: cheerios commercial

Greetings, I've never seen it, so I can't really say. I'm not even 100% certain whether Cheerios are sold in mainstream supermarkets here. (I must admit, I'm finding it slightly difficult to reconcile the Sovatthika who just days ago insisted we delete the music thread, and today's Sovatthika who st...
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 67
Views: 1008

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Greetings aflatun,

An excellent selection of quotes above... much appreciated.

:thanks:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 67
Views: 1008

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Greetings,

Please note, some recent posts have been moved to a new topic:

Advaya (undivided)

... located in the Connections to Other Paths section.

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?
Replies: 67
Views: 1008

Re: Nāma-rūpa is best rendered as...?

Greetings, Further to previous comments about "duality", here is Ven. Nanananda from Nibbana Sermon 30... In other religions systems the question of reality is resolved by having recourse to unity. Oneness is supposed to be the ultimate goal. In our analysis of the samsaric problem, we often referre...
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of affliction?
Replies: 46
Views: 470

Re: Is the self a defensive, illusory structure, constructed in response to an awareness of the omnipresence of afflicti

Greetings Kim, I have admitted (agreed to) that, and then said that it's not enough. In what sense is it not enough though? Do you mean this in the Buddhist sense, on the grounds that psychology does not lead to liberation? Or do you mean this in a progressive-leftist sense, where there's a tendency...
by retrofuturist
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Evola and Fascism continued.
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Evola and Fascism continued.

Greetings Garrib, I told her I get this weird vibe that some of these fascists seem to have an excessive interest in masculinity. She immediately agreed and said that Mussolini et al apparently favored phallic themes in their architecture. (Not speaking of 'fascists' per se, but just 'people on the ...