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by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 60
Views: 539

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

L.N., Given a HYPOTHETICAL example of a society where its moral attitude is derived from its religion and which espouses female genital mutilation, child brides, the stoning of rape victims, women being used as chattel and sex slaves, women being blown up and otherwise killed or dislocated through ...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 60
Views: 539

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

L.N., Given a HYPOTHETICAL example of a society where its moral attitude is derived from its religion and which espouses female genital mutilation, child brides, the stoning of rape victims, women being used as chattel and sex slaves, women being blown up and otherwise killed or dislocated through ...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 39
Views: 279

Re: Anger

Anger is a VERY VERY BIG PROBLEM IN THE WORLD. chownah I agree. Nevertheless, we have anger in the world, and we need to teach our children to deal with it in a healthy way. What do you make of the following? The Dhammapada mentions how anger can be a chariot. 222. He who checks rising anger as a c...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 60
Views: 539

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

L.N., Given a HYPOTHETICAL example of a society where its moral attitude is derived from its religion and which espouses female genital mutilation, child brides, the stoning of rape victims, women being used as chattel and sex slaves, women being blown up and otherwise killed or dislocated through a...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422311

Re: the great rebirth debate

This book is widely accepted. ........ His studies had been widely accepted ........ The book has also been widely rejected. His studies have also been widely rejected. chownah If you type "rebirth stories of sri lanka" one can get webs describing many proven or studied cases in Sri Lanka of re bir...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 39
Views: 279

Re: Anger

This may be true. In the case of a pupil, the long-term effect may be positive if it reinforces good behavior. See this discussion . Good behavior that comes at a great cost, as the child thus raised has learned that anger and hatred are not only acceptable, but even good. It depends on the circums...
by chownah
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?
Replies: 18
Views: 150

Re: Can one learn hiri and ottappa (as an adult)?

Are some people here of the view that the only way to make progress on the path is through shame, fear, and dread?
chownah
by chownah
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 561

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

The quotes appear to be about cultivating awareness of the sensation of taste. What is the problem with it? That would depend on who the reader is. For a follower of Aristippus of Cyrene I shouldn't think there would be any problem at all with it. The whole book would serve as a splendid guide on h...
by chownah
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way
Replies: 55
Views: 1024

Re: Dao De Jing or Tao Te Ching - Book of the way

Any teaching can be wrongly grasped.
chownah
by chownah
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 39
Views: 279

Re: Anger

Is it good then to teach students to act to molify anger? Is it good to use anger to motivate students? Doesn't this teach students that anger is good.....can a student that accepts anger as good be far from accepting that hate is good?

Isn't anger just temporary hatred?
chownah
by chownah
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 39
Views: 279

Re: Anger

Did the buddha ever mention anger as being useful on the path? Seem to me like always said to get rid of it. Is the opposite of anger good will (metta)? Should we forgoe metta and instead cultivate anger in some situations?
chownah
by chownah
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire
Replies: 17
Views: 159

Re: Asking for Help re: nutriment and sensual desire

I am naturally inclined towards a strong love of food and sensual pleasures. I grew up in an Epicurean household, with an emphasis on fine dining, sampling the foodstuffs of the world, fine wines, and decadent desserts. I know my mind's tendency towards this issue,.... ..... .... It is good that yo...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 561

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness mediation is not a philosophical principle....it is not a principle of any kind that I know of. It is a techniques which has been found beneficial by a broad sampling of humans across many cultures and in many settings. Similarly, the things kim ohara mentions are not philosophical prin...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: There is nothing to do

I think it goes more like: We are all constantly bathed in desire and intention. Effort directs our paths forward so if our effort is right effort then we will move forward and away from desire and intention.....if our effort is wrong effort then we will continue with desire and intention unabated. ...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Replies: 52
Views: 561

Re: Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn

That's being unfair, I think. To be fair, we should also ignore all those who weren't helped by Jungian analysis, primal scream therapy, Christian Science, reiki, laying on of hands, etc, etc. Why unfair? Some moral philosophers propose that if a principle is such that only some people can act on i...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Anger
Replies: 39
Views: 279

Re: Anger

Anger is a common emotion and people often feel that they need to express their anger. Does anger serve any purpose? I like that you have differentiated between the emotion and the expression. Anger(an emotion) is the fruition of past kamma (intention). Expressions of anger(an action) is kamma (int...
by chownah
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ideas, emptiness, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 125

Re: Ideas, emptiness, etc.

The suttas say 'speech' ceases in the 1st jhana therefore it seems the type of thinking (vaci sankhara) that creates speech also ceases in the 1st jhana: For one who has attained the first jhana, speech has ceased. https://suttacentral.net/en/sn36.11 Does 'vaci sankhara' mean actual external, lip f...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visit to Bangkok
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Visit to Bangkok

Ruud, In getting around bangkok I recommend using the water taxis whenever possible. They run on the Chao Phraya river and on some of the canals. They are cheap and often/usually faster than travel on the streets.....also fun. Most of them run fairly frequently so the wait time is not too long. You ...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Neurological vs Psychological
Replies: 13
Views: 167

Re: Neurological vs Psychological

The OP didn't ask about the Suttas, he asked about science. You presented this as an arguement to show that buddhism has more relevance than anything scientists have to say: all you need to do is ask a neuroscientist "what is consciousness" and "where" it is, in order to realize that the Buddha's t...
by chownah
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 175

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

I think that it is clear that if we blindly just use ordinary powers for personal/material gain that the results often detrimental......seems like with using supernormal powers the results would often be superdetrimental.......I guess.....don't know for sure.....
chownah