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by chownah
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 153
Views: 2316

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Surely you jest. Most wars have been fought over power and wealth....in fact wars are almost exclusivly fought over power and wealth......"give me this piece of land as my control of it is necessary for harmony"..... Tomayto, tomahto. Are you saying that "harmony" and "power and wealth" are the sam...
by chownah
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly
Replies: 23
Views: 265

Re: Zhuangzi and the Butterfly

In reading the tao te ching I think that referring to commentaries too much tends to blunt the meaning.....because a meaning which one finds through ones own thoughts and contemplations will benefit one best. The eternal tao brings forth the 10,000 things with names but is itself nameless.
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by chownah
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety
Replies: 328
Views: 33754

Re: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety

I love solar PV because I've lived off-grid and want to do it again ... but my batteries cost more than my solar panels. And they still would even with the latest tech batteries. It's not that different in utility scale. This is the most ridiculous arguement that you have attempted recently. What d...
by chownah
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 153
Views: 2316

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

You say "because harmony is valued above everything else" when speaking of eastern culture....I dispute that statement. If harmony was valued above everything else then there would be no wars in eastern culture. If harmony was valued above everything else then there would be no quarrels in eastern ...
by chownah
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 300

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

The most important precept is the one which at the time you are tempted to breach.
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by chownah
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1346
Views: 97129

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Here is an unscientific, unsupported, biased view: If you want to imagine the future of the middle east without some very sudden reduction of greenhouse gas emissions...think saudi arabia.....specifically the empty area. For an area to become empty like the empty area of saudi arabia you either have...
by chownah
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety
Replies: 328
Views: 33754

Re: Discussion of Nuclear Power and Safety

Problem: Refugee camp. Lots of people, all arrived recently and most arrived destitute, no infrastructure. What to do for electricity? Solution: cheap, quick, and can largely be build by unskilled labour. https://www.facebook.com/climatecouncil/videos/10157283632713438/ :twothumbsup: Kim Is there a...
by chownah
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

You are the only want who seems to be trying to limit the discussion.....you seem to want to limit the discussion to certain things and you seem to be specifically trying to avoid the actual topic of this thread as stated in the title and as expressed in the original post.... Have you read Ven. Dha...
by chownah
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

The title of the thread is asking for common sense explanations.....the original post asks for common sense explanations.....now do you understand why people gave common sense explanations?....do you understand how come they did that? This is a Buddhist forum. We don't have to limit ourselves to co...
by chownah
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

Because it is the topic of discussion for this thread....now do you understand how come they do that? As long as there exist alternative -- traditional, actually -- explanations of how come that bowl floated in the opposite direction, the scope of this topic is, obviously, wider than just trying to...
by chownah
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

I think the OP misunderstood the cleric and though that he was claiming that the river flowed "backward" here. A river flowing "backward" would carry the Buddha's bowl upstream. This still does not address the specification that the Buddha's bowl went against the stream of the river. It is an under...
by chownah
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

It is naive, lacking faith, asked in bad faith, dependent on the definition of "faith" in question. Perhaps this story is a parable. Some say this story is a symbol of Buddha going against the accepted practices on those days. Some would say that calling the story "a parable" is the same thing as s...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?
Replies: 21
Views: 252

Re: What does spirit mean in Buddhism?

May benevolent Devas rejoice and share in all of our merits, and may they protect us and help us to succeed in our lives and in our practice. I have no problem whatsoever mentally reciting this kind of "prayer", and I don't think anyone else should either! :) If one sees reciting this prayer as bei...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 153
Views: 2316

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

I'd like to add to my list of interesting and relevant (at least I feel are relevant) Suttas, basically all of the AN 4's (which is a lot of Suttas, sorry for that). There are many fiesty suttas there (every bit as fiesty as anything I've ever said on this forum), where the Buddha makes very direct...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?
Replies: 22
Views: 358

Re: Buddhism as a supra-national, supra-racial religion?

Greetings, I noted this elsewhere: I find it difficult to conceive of a Buddhism that is somehow separate from Asian cultures. I tend to think that Asians own the copyright to the Dhamma, so to speak. On the one hand, it seems silly to think so (and it makes Buddhism seem like just another tribal r...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 124
Views: 1439

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

From dn15 : Nama is Feeling, perception, volition, contact, attention: this is called nama From dn 15 : Rupa is The four great elements and the form derived from the four great elements: this is called rupa For me, most of what you wrote in your post sounds reasonable; apart from the above because ...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: What is my ancestry? who cares.
Replies: 20
Views: 273

Re: What is my ancestry? who cares.

A lot of the things which buddhists think of when they think of rebirth (beauty, ability, temperament, etc.) are explained by many as having a genetic component. If we accept that these things have a genetic component then it is possible/probable that dna plays a role in the transmission of kamma or...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

Some say that only by discarding falsehoods do we progress. Perhaps the Buddha, or more accurately "the Buddhisms", gives us a few extra falsehoods, like "the path" itself, to help us. But that's just holding up common sense realism as the highest and unassailable epistemic standard. If one is goin...
by chownah
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 885

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

No "the river was interfered with by a mountain" that can explain it. But why would one want to explain it in the first place? This is something you should ask sarathw. Sarathw asked for an explanation....not me. This thread was started as a request for an explanation....all I (and others) did was ...