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by retrofuturist
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?
Replies: 12
Views: 214

Re: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?

Greetings Sentinel, You appear to be missing the point of the "scam" here... Now at that time the Buddha was honored, respected, revered, venerated, and esteemed. And he received robes, alms-food, lodgings, and medicines and supplies for the sick. And the mendicant Saṅgha was also honored, respected...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team
Replies: 13
Views: 291

Re: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team

Greetings,
SarathW wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:07 pm
I am sure he still will be in Dhamma Wheel as a friend.
Yes, and I know he's looking forward to being a "normal member" once more, after all this time.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa
Replies: 15
Views: 180

Re: The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa

Greetings Keith, Which parts of The Path of Purification by Buddhaghosa are controversial? Which bits differ from the Pali Canon? Is it worth reading? Can a beginner use it as a starting text summarising the Dhamma? It depends what you are trying to achieve. If you've committed to a path of practici...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team
Replies: 13
Views: 291

Announcing a change of staff on the DW moderating team

Greetings all, A couple of announcements... Firstly, mikenz66 will be standing down as a moderator. Mike joined the Dhamma Wheel staff in 2010 in charge of the Study Group forum. Soon after, he joined the team as a Global Moderator and has been a regular contributor to the forum ever since. I would ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings,

One other possibility, would just be to leave them to their strange little commune, and seek surroundings more conducive to your personal and spiritual development.

When Buddha spoke in praise of the homeless life, I don't think he had this kind of dysfunction in mind.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

Greetings,

Agreed, well said.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, It's true but I am concerned on behalf of the lay residents who have no other means. I have met several who, apart from the monastery, have no way to earn a living. These people tend to be either elderly, have personality disorders, or are disabled in other ways. These people aren't "volu...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, Safety is not my #1 concern here, however, my #1 concern is the marginalization of the unpaid volunteers who live at monasteries and support them into a servant class whose well being is seen as less valuable than others' by the monastic community. If they're volunteering, that's their ch...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

Greetings cappuccino, You may "feel" that to be the case due to craving (tanha) for "being" (bhava), but the Buddha spoke against "being", aka "existence". "Just as a tiny bit of faeces has a bad smell, so I do not recommend even a tiny bit of existence, not even for so long as a fingersnap." ( AN 1...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, I have to point out here, for those who are not familiar, that Theravada monasteries in the West are strictly hierarchical. So, the monastery runs as a mini dictatorship where the abbot's rule is law, transcending every social rule, even the laws of the country. After this, the senior mon...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

Greetings chownah, I think that if one can achieve the state of "in the seeing only the seen" then phenomena can be more readily seen as being not self, impermanent, and unsatisfactory which are the bases of the arising of dispassion. Or better still, being aware of the actual arising of phenomena v...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 587

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings DooDoot, However, unlike Hinduism, the Buddha taught this non-dual consciousness of sense objects is impermanent. Therefore, it seems non-duality can only be temporary. Being merely temporary, it appears non-duality cannot represent liberation or Nibbana. :yingyang: All sankhata-dhamma ari...
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings,
cappuccino wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:29 am
Try harder to appreciate exactly what I'm saying
Try harder to appreciate that what you're saying has nothing to do with this topic.

If you wish to create a topic on the wit and wisdom of cappuccino, by all means do, but until then...

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Greetings, Do others hurt your feelings? One can refuse to feel Then no one can hurt your feelings This is a topic about structures, relationships and very real physical dangers in a monastic setting. That warrants more serious consideration than a facile response that boils it all down to "feelings...
by retrofuturist
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 587

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Greetings, it seems that some people want to act like nondual police and want to disrupt any discussion which does not coincide with their narrow definiton of the term EVEN when it is clearly defined as to what is meant by its use. Well, yes. Actually, that's why there was a separate Phenomenologica...