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by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Greetings Robbie, So long as you make clear that you're relaying your own personal experiences, it should be fine. Do try however to avoid hearsay and gossip, sticking only to what you know first-hand to be so. This may help... "There is the case where a certain person, abandoning false speech, abst...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?
Replies: 10
Views: 68

Re: Should abusive behaviour by monks and nuns towards lay people be public ally discussed on these forums?

Greetings Robbie,

From a Terms of Service perspective, just be mindful of not making "Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions".

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 123
Views: 1716

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings Sarath, Some times we all have the tendency to carry away with our feelings so we end up with falling on our own swards. Hopefully less so if we practice the brahma-vihara of equanimity, and aspects of the path such as Right Effort, and Right Mindfulness. That said, we don't expect anyone ...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: Hello

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 123
Views: 1716

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings, Just to clarify a couple of points, since these matters have come up in the conversation: - No, there has been no disciplinary action against Alan in recent times. - No one is discriminated against by staff on account of their political views. Once upon a time this would have happened (as...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 61

Re: Greetings

Greetings,
halden wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Is there a particular forum in which to post questions/thoughts on readings?
Not specifically. Just pick the section that looks most relevant to the subject matter of your question. :)

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 16
Views: 122

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

Greetings

I just assembled a low and not particularly luxurious bed... Does that count?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 7
Views: 61

Re: Greetings

Greetings Halden,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

If you ever wish to discuss something you come across during your readings, by all means initiate a new topic, and you'll be sure to get an array of different perspectives in return!

:reading:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: All dhammas are personal, not public
Replies: 225
Views: 3635

Re: All dhammas are personal, not public

Greetings C,

To be honest, I wouldn't know, because I am not au fait with the Mahayana Buddhists of old. It could be the same, it could be different, but I would know either way.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 123
Views: 1716

Re: Diversity among mods

Greetings Lyndon, Well an exclusively white? Western group of Buddhists could greatly learn from the majority of Therevada Buddhists who are overwhelmingly brown and Asian Out of interest... do you recognise any of the following people? https://littlebang.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ajahn-sujin2.jpg...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Greetings, Personally, I think non-killing is the most important. A person could lie to me, steal from me; but at least I'd still be alive. True, but as the precept could be interpreted to extend to "small creatures & parasites", as per the OP, this is a really hard one to assess... If it relates to...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Greetings, I selected lying, because Dhamma is the truth, and lying and falsehood is the polar opposite of the truth. Yes, all the others are bad, and are manifestations of ignorance, greed, and aversion... but since lying takes you in the polar opposite direction to the Dhamma, lying and a lack of ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 426
Views: 13606

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Greetings, Terrifying and amusing in equal measure. Beware the thought police! https://img00.deviantart.net/b702/i/2006/228/d/5/thought_police_by_satansgoalie.jpg What I do find amusing about this Google case is James Damore's t-shirt. https://heartiste.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/damore.jpeg Metta,...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

Greetings Sarath, My understanding is they both contain Buddha's teaching. (say 99%) Do you mean that 99% of what is said in these sources was literally said by the Buddha, and that the elders compiled additional content from the Blessed One which had been omitted from the suttas, for whatever reaso...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 195

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

Greetings, Internally, the creation of the Abhdhamma Pitaka is unattributed to any author. Attribution for the creation of the Abhidhamma teaching was made in subsequent commentary. The Visuddhimagga was either authored and/or compiled by ven. Buddhaghosa. Given this elder lived roughly one millenni...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

Greetings Dinsdale,
Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:01 am
I have noticed a practical difference between "seeing" ( an activity ) and "sights" ( visible objects ).
Using the scale above, attention on the activity of seeing is one notch closer to emptiness than attention on objectified sights.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?

Greetings, friends don't led friends drive drunk. friends don't let friends hold wrong views? As I see it... If someone is Burmese, and has access to Burmese Buddhism, I'd be wary of blitzing holes in something of theirs, especially if I didn't have something which was both better and understandable...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?

Greetings,

Maybe best just to leave it?

I'm sure you appreciate your friend not making efforts to convert you to Burmese Buddhism?...

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2544

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Robert, Are the suttas actually saying this is the case though, or just "the ancients"? Because if being a " monk in Sri Lanka " is regarded as no particular grounds for authority, then I wonder how (other than playing favourites) why the weight of authority attributable on that basis is a...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 12
Views: 232

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

Greetings Mike, However, I don't think that affects the basic principle of focussing on the "less conceptual"... I agree, and thank you for expanding upon what ven. Nanananda's said by bringing attention to the possibility of a continuum of conceptualization. This is a much better platform for discu...