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by chownah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

If you are asking about me personally then the answer is that what I do or don't do has no bearing on the discussion and I will not go off topic with you by answering this question. It absolutely has everything to do with the discussion. Did you even read the title of this thread: "Paying taxes and...
by chownah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

You have put up an excerpt of my post and then made a reply which has nothing to do with the excerpt. What I said there is that there is no contract like the one you assert exists....noone at any time agrees to a contract between themselves and the gov't. The contract which you imagine exists (but ...
by chownah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

On the one hand, for bhikkhus the Vinaya makes it a defeating offence of theft to smuggle goods into a country in order to avoid payment of customs duties. I think we can infer from this that the Buddha acknowledges the right of rājās to impose taxes and the obligation of citizens to pay them. It s...
by chownah
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

in fact there is no contract.....what the gov't does is called "coercion"....which means you are made to do things by punishment or threat of punishment......and there is absolutely no kind of consent involved. Then I'll ask the question again: are you completely 100% exist on your own outside of t...
by chownah
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

Well, paying tax is part of the contract you sign up to live as a citizen of the land. ...... ..... If you can completely 100% exist on your own outside of the system ........ then yes, you can have the right not to pay any tax. I have never heard of anyone signing up a contract like this.....I hav...
by chownah
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?
Replies: 12
Views: 213

Re: Were there any secrets in the dhamma ?

is there such secrecy are not made aware of that is unknown to the public ? If there was we wouldn't know about it because we ARE the public.....if there was noone who knew it would come and tell it here because then it wouldn't be a secret. If the buddha was the kind of guy who would have secrets ...
by chownah
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

Some people like to talk about the "greed" of someone who avoids or evades paying taxes. In some/many/most/all governments the taking of taxes is planned, engineered, and implemented by "greedy" people. It breaks my heart to see some "greedy" people avoid and evade the attempts by other "greedy" pe...
by chownah
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying taxes and second precept
Replies: 34
Views: 370

Re: Paying taxes and second precept

Some people like to talk about the "greed" of someone who avoids or evades paying taxes. In some/many/most/all governments the taking of taxes is planned, engineered, and implemented by "greedy" people. It breaks my heart to see some "greedy" people avoid and evade the attempts by other "greedy" peo...
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 587

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

I do not deny that it is possible to define non-traditional terms in a way to make them applicable in the context of discussing the tradition's doctrine or find reasons for using them. But if these terms are the catchwords of other religious or philosophical traditions isn't the effect of such a pr...
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-duality and other ambiguities
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Non-duality and other ambiguities

From another thread: I do not deny that it is possible to define non-traditional terms in a way to make them applicable in the context of discussing the tradition's doctrine or find reasons for using them. But if these terms are the catchwords of other religious or philosophical traditions isn't the...
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:20 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 ...
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 42
Views: 516

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

As to unsafe work practices and dumping of hazardous chemicals......these should be reported to the legal authorities.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?
Replies: 25
Views: 320

Re: Bahiya sutras - what's the significance?

It can be interpreted differently in my opinion. I see the Bahiya sutta as shifting attention from "the self creating things" to the "dependent nature of phenomena". The problem with reducing reality to the second interpretation by describing it as "objective" is that it can be a form of clinging a...
by chownah
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 587

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

It's a can of worms! There doesn't seem to be a consensus on the meaning of either "phenomenology" or "non-duality", or whether these terms are applicable to what the suttas describe. Perhaps it's best not to introduce such ideas in the first place, given the difficulty involved. :shrug: I think yo...
by chownah
Sun Oct 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phenomenology is not non-duality
Replies: 41
Views: 587

Re: Phenomenology is not non-duality

Honestly, I find it confusing to read the terms 'phenomenology' and 'non-duality' in the General Theravāda discussion forum. I wouldn't have expected such terminology here. The term "phenomena" is found in the suttas and whether one agrees or not there seems to be a good case for the idea that "phe...