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by chownah
Wed May 24, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 147
Views: 3524

Re: POTUS 2017

Remember the big stink about the clinton foundation receiving money from the saudi's after a big arms deal was approved? Also, remember about how it was asserted that if clinton really cared about women's issue then the clinton foundation would have turned down the dontation? Well, now the shoe is o...
by chownah
Wed May 24, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2020, part 1
Replies: 126
Views: 6558

Re: POTUS 2020, part 1

Google recently had (maybe is still having) its yearly get together to discuss its directions and what's new: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/important-announcements-googles-big-developers-conference-220408370.html The talking head in the video (david pogue) reported that google said that they are de...
by chownah
Tue May 23, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2038

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

Conflating two different understandings of the term "upaya," to justify a sense of superiority for one's own Buddhist sect , is not what the Buddha intended. It's false speech. You are projecting this into other people's minds, you are psychoanalyzing them. This is against the TOS. I don'...
by chownah
Sun May 21, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 117
Views: 5339

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

When someone offers me a cigarette I start coughing and between the coughs I say no thank you....it ususally gets smiles all around.
chownah
by chownah
Sun May 21, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2038

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

Thanks for the link about secondary bodhisatva vows. I had a difficult time finding the section you refer to. To help others find it you need to go to the Nine Faulty Actions Detrimental to Training in Far-Reaching Ethical Self-Discipline" and there is a small down pointing arrow head on the ri...
by chownah
Sat May 20, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

For Dogen, attaining enlightenment, coming to the realization of Buddha-nature, is simply........... Dogen may hold this view but I don't think there is anything in the pali which indicates that coming to the realization of anything much less the realization of a fabrication like "buddha natur...
by chownah
Sat May 20, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2038

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

binocular wrote:
Santi253 wrote:Who said anything in favor of lying, stealing and killing?

The Secondary Bodhisattva Vows.


I really would like to hear more about these vows.....do they say something in favor of lying , stealing, and killing?
chownah
by chownah
Thu May 18, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: My monkey mind...
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: My monkey mind...

The monkey mind is not so much of a problem unless you make the mistake of thinking that it is you.
chownah
by chownah
Tue May 16, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Letting go of merit.
Replies: 23
Views: 528

Re: Letting go of merit.

Hopefully this experience can be helpful for you guys. I have realised that at one point you also have to let go of merit. I'm not saying that everyone should stop making merit, merit making was good for me to get rid of selfishness but from now one it has actually become a BIG problem. The example...
by chownah
Tue May 16, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2038

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

As my Master said "If you need water, then dig your well deeply in one place, do not dig impatiently many shallow holes."
I think this is good advise.....if it is tempered with "the deeper the rut the harder it is to get out of".
chownah
by chownah
Tue May 16, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism
Replies: 29
Views: 594

Re: Differentiating Buddhism from Hinduism

In another thread I suggested that, crudely put, Buddhism = Hinduism minus Atman and Brahman. Do you think this is basically accurate, and if not, why not? Why would anyone want to identify religions this way? I think it is not so much that people want to do this it is just that people are pretty m...
by chownah
Mon May 15, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sharing an experience and...
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Sharing an experience and...

Nibbana wrote:What can I do other than to ignore such language?

You can take the buddha's advise in the dhatu vibhanga sutta and "train only for calm".
chownah
by chownah
Mon May 15, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 59
Views: 849

Re: The Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana Buddhism

Nowhere does Mahayana Buddhism teach that the Bodhisattva is required to postpone their enlightenment until all other beings are enlightened. Good. In the future if the topic should ever come up I will say that someone who I think is well versed in mahayana buddhist doctrine says that bodhisattvas ...
by chownah
Mon May 15, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we bridge the two vehicles?
Replies: 42
Views: 1011

Re: Can we bridge the two vehicles?

I think that on the path to the goal that both vehicles must be abandoned.
chownah
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 135
Views: 2038

Re: Should I be a Theravada Buddhist?

The only thing I dislike about a forum like this is that, even though it's entitled "Connections to Other Paths," it's composed of certain people who seemingly aren't really interested in understanding what other paths actually teach, and would rather perpetuate their misunderstanding and...
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2020, part 1
Replies: 126
Views: 6558

Re: POTUS 2020, part 1

Another aspect of societal changes which are coming with advances in technology and artificial intelligence: https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/05/14/0440228/microsoft-wants-to-monitor-your-workplace-with-ai-computer-vision-and-the-cloud But the system is also very Big Brother -- an AI is monitoring ...
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the true cause of rebirth?
Replies: 30
Views: 461

Re: What is the true cause of rebirth?

Just a reminder that in the pali texts they do not describe a Pure Land....at least not that I have seen. chownah Yes, that is true, but the traditional Pure Land teaching is the same as the traditional Theravada teaching, in the basic sense that our thoughts and actions condition our destination f...
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 268

Re: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind

I'm wondering what this topic is about. What is the topic to discuss. I seem to have slipped off the page somehow.
chownah
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the true cause of rebirth?
Replies: 30
Views: 461

Re: What is the true cause of rebirth?

The insights I've gained from this thread have been very helpful in how I understand the Buddha's teachings in relation to my daily life. Thank you very much for your help. This is what I have learned: Wherever we go after death, whether a Pure Land or a hell, is unknowable in the present because i...
by chownah
Sun May 14, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind
Replies: 17
Views: 268

Re: The Pure Land is the Pure Mind

Is this perspective held by the majority of those who hold to Pure Land? (Thinking of the millions of relatively uneducated practicioners whow might have never studied this as doctrine at all) One could ask the same question about people in Theravada countries, or of western converts who may or may...

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