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by chownah
Tue May 22, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buying flowers online is a cheap and easy way to make merit.
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: Buying flowers online is a cheap and easy way to make merit.

The currency question is a good one. My opinion is that it's the gift that matters, and not necessarily its dollar value. So, for example, a pair of mid-quality flowers in The US that cost $15 may not be as valuable of a gift as a dozen high-quality flowers in Thailand that cost $10. If it is somet...
by chownah
Tue May 22, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eight Faceted Gem
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Eight Faceted Gem

the noble eightfold path?
chownah
by chownah
Mon May 21, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 84
Views: 718

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

The Buddha ordained untouchables. That's about as far away from exclusive as you can get. :smile: I'm not sure but I think that the concept of being untouchable did not arise until long after the buddha. If I am mistaken can you find a reference which shows the buddha ordaining untouchables? chownah
by chownah
Thu May 17, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How can you apply chariot simile to a shadow?
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: How can you apply chariot simile to a shadow?

I think that the chariot simile is not meant to show that the chariot does not exist. I think that the chariot simile is meant to show that the chariot does not have a self.
I think if you want to discuss a simile it would be good if you posted it here or at least gave a link to it.
chownah
by chownah
Tue May 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Labyrinths and Mazes
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: Labyrinths and Mazes

There is the thicket of views.....not quite the same....
chownah
by chownah
Tue May 15, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ruesi - Thai lay and Tantric practitioners
Replies: 10
Views: 277

Re: Ruesi - Thai lay and Tantric practitioners

Thank you for the links people! :anjali: I am off to Bangkok at the end of the month as the Greek representative to the annual UN Vesak conference and am looking to hook up with some people from these traditions. The lineage I practice in (Dudjom Tersar) is a uposattha based tradition with many ext...
by chownah
Sun May 13, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: On not caring
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: On not caring

I guess he must have been a great father and active community member and lecturer between the hours of 11pm and 6am between his sleeping, eating, and bathing activities (he did sleep, eat, and bathe I assume). I don't think that follows. "[He] often did not leave until 11 p.m." doesn't mean that he...
by chownah
Sun May 13, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: On not caring
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: On not caring

The writers and Oxford lexicographers were cited by me ... On account of their hard-earned authority, not their power. . Murray.jpg .............. ......... Throughout his time working on the Dictionary it was by no means unusual for him to put in 80 or 90 hours a week; he was often working in the ...
by chownah
Sat May 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

As I said, when you see that you are greedy and what that greediness is doing, you stop engaging it. The appropriate actions naturally come forth when the mind is not engaged with its conditioned responses. No pursuing anything. No agenda. No becoming. Perhaps you do not engage with conditioned res...
by chownah
Sat May 12, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about "My experience at 10 day Vipassana course"
Replies: 20
Views: 268

Re: My experience at 10 day Vipassana course

No one can give it or teach it to you. You determined to teach us all the one true path... Be well... :heart: Mike No, but you can infer that there is not one true path. This doesn't mean there are many true paths. All I am saying is that no one can teach 'Insight'. It is something that must be dis...
by chownah
Sat May 12, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

You can only think that you are replacing greed with compassion but it doesn't work that way. That is only the ego trying to be something it thinks it should be. Greed needs to be recognized and dismantled through 'seeing' the images that cause it within our minds. Once you see what greed does, you...
by chownah
Sat May 12, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

So the world's going to hell, and you're not the man with a plan. The buddha is the man with the plan......I'm just trying to show how I think his plan relates to greed and compassion......maybe I've got it all wrong.....I'll let each person decide for themselves if replacing greed with compassion ...
by chownah
Fri May 11, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

It's a personal thing. If one studies ones own intentions one might discover greed and find a way to replace it with compassion. It can be done but not everyone is aware of the fact that it can be done. I am not saying that there is any greed in you whatever and I am not saying that you should try ...
by chownah
Fri May 11, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

As one can see, living in this world , the lack of desire or greed will some how make us drop behind everything because money is devaluing and the cost of living is getting higher each year and at the end most probably one will suffer the lack of money and material . I think you are confusing greed...
by chownah
Fri May 11, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

If get out of the bed or eating food is a kind of greed, it is not about getting out of poverty and become rich with some wealth accrue to ensure one is no more living as a deprived vagrant . Getting out of bed and going to work is not greed to come out of poverty? What if one is in poverty and goe...
by chownah
Fri May 11, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

When we said greeds, we are talking about continuous desire across one's whole life and not merely when doing a certain jobs ! I don't think "we" actually stated what "we" are meaning when "we" talk about greed. It seems clear to me that "we" are not all using the same definition for greed. chownah...
by chownah
Thu May 10, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

When we said greeds, we are talking about continuous desire across one's whole life and not merely when doing a certain jobs ! I don't think "we" actually stated what "we" are meaning when "we" talk about greed. It seems clear to me that "we" are not all using the same definition for greed. chownah
by chownah
Thu May 10, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: On not caring
Replies: 50
Views: 906

Re: On not caring

Where I come from saying "I don't care if you care" is used by mostly young people who want to show how clever they are in arguement. It is used as a rebuke. I am not saying what dhammanando's intentions were when he used it.....but it inevitable (or seemingly so) that because of my history my first...
by chownah
Thu May 10, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Greed is an antidote to poverty .
Replies: 146
Views: 1807

Re: Greed is an antidote to poverty .

Humans don't seem to be a species which would by their nature practice solidarity. Secondly, it's easier to get a person out of poverty than it is to get the poverty out of their heads. It's not clear that the people who are currently poor would behave wisely once they would come into material well...
by chownah
Thu May 10, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings about Tantra...
Replies: 19
Views: 303

Re: Musings about Tantra...

"A wise man should avoid unchastity as (he would avoid falling into) a pit of glowing charcoal. If unable to lead a celibate life, he should not go to another's wife. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.2.14.irel.html this is not just talking about uposatha. I don't know anything ab...