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by retrofuturist
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "This life and life after this is one"
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: "This life and life after this is one"

Greetings Sarath, You see certain translators use a similar phrase when translating the suttas, but I believe there's a bit of interpolation going on when they do. Does anyone happen to know of the Pali used in such circumstances, and/or dare to translate it as literally as possible for us? Thanks. ...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 169
Views: 1722

Re: Slandering buddha

Greetings,
mikenz66 wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:32 am
Will it be beneficial to call them worthless? If not, it probably should not be said, as far as I understand the Buddha...
Well the Buddha did call people worthless, but it was never when they were making a genuine effort to understand him.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings,
rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:57 pm
This is my prediction.
Sounds like your papanca.

:focus:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings,
rightviewftw wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:49 pm
you are entitled to an opinion apparently and so am i. one of us is probably wrong tho.
Sure, I'm just giving context as to why things are as they are (see also my edit to my post, made after you quoted it) and not as you would rather them be.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings rightviewftw, I think it might be more worthwhile in this situation to apply principles that the Buddha taught to laypeople, rather than principles applied to monastics and the Sangha. This is not the Sangha, so the ways of the Sangha do not automatically apply. We operate under a Terms of...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings, So, a nice, clear answer to the question, 'are you Ariya?' No need to be shy now. Worry about your own attainments. True as that might be, you're the one stating that people's attainment should have any bearing on anything here... something which is not only prejudicial, totally impractic...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 115
Views: 1107

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Greetings Dylan,

What do I vote for if I think his word was infallible vis-a-vis the Dhamma and the four noble truths... but not necessarily infallible in other respects, such as geography, astronomy, history etc. which aren't directly connected to dukkha and nirodha?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Dylan, but what if we want to talk about a connection to other paths for example, yet under the assumptions of authority taken in classical theravāda this was one of the more recent problems Then frame the topic thusly, and moderators will do their best to keep people to it. And if people ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Dylan, So I can define the topic as excluding secularists/skeptics & if they involve themselves they will be subject to moderation? You cannot exclude people , but you can exclude certain types of views . The Classical Theravada section is a perfect example of this... you can't stop people...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Wizard, Has there ever been a time when reflection on whether we're bring compassionate enough or respectful enough to another person and that it has been a bad idea? No, but if others are being harangued and badgered into it, via the weaponized grievances of another, or via the exertion o...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Mike, We have to be sure not to develop a "Culture of Offense", where the priority is to be fake-nice and not offend anyone, at the expense of truth, freedom, and openness. I've seen this rising up western culture in the last 10 years or so, and it's dumb. I'm not sure what you mean by "fa...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Dylan, I don't think anyone is suggesting censorship. I think categorization is what's being suggested. Categorization of what, topics? That will be for the OP to do, via how they structure the topic, and which sub-forum they put it in. I've referenced this guide a few times lately but I'l...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings Wizard, Remember this is not about spiritual autonomy, it's about unprofitable quarreling. I gave why I think the reasons are. OK, but if you're complaining that others are not how you'd like them to be (even if they're operating within the bounds of Terms of Service) then what do you beli...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 61
Views: 795

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

Greetings, We have to be sure not to develop a "Culture of Offense", where the priority is to be fake-nice and not offend anyone, at the expense of truth, freedom, and openness. I've seen this rising up western culture in the last 10 years or so, and it's dumb. Well said... Moderators do a good job ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: sutta-sharing subforum
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: sutta-sharing subforum

Greetings Dylan , I think this is a good idea so that we can have individual threads for individual suttas, so people can just scroll through & read suttas they might not otherwise find, so we can have suttas presented in & of themselves - speaking for themselves - without any necessary external for...