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by nibbuti
Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Core teachings
Replies: 20
Views: 2485

Re: Core teachings

What are the core teachings in Pali canon, which without will render the canon useless in terms of practice? Hi bachew There are many helpful formulas all over the suttas, like Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Dependent Origination, after the Buddha's 45 years of teaching, and it is easy fo...
by nibbuti
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?
Replies: 12
Views: 1488

Re: Is being a cook wrong livelihood?

Is being a cook wrong livelihood? Only if you're a bad cook. :stirthepot: But in order to graduate from culinary school, I would have to cook meat as well. Is this considered wrong livelihood to cook the meat? What if I can't find a job at a vegetarian restaurant and have to cook meet for a living?...
by nibbuti
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What would the Buddha teach today?
Replies: 16
Views: 1906

Re: What would the Buddha teach today?

kmath wrote:What would the Buddha teach today?
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by nibbuti
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reasonable involvement in "World Issues"
Replies: 49
Views: 4567

Re: Reasonable involvement in "World Issues"

Hi I like to be well informed what is going on around us, from various sources (like russian or middle-eastern too) as well as local ones. However, the best, most relieving meditation experience I had was when I completely and entirely switched off all in-fluences that could stir up the mind except ...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 6649

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

My main concern, is that old people who are very ill and close to dying, but not in pain nor wishing to end their lives before the natural term, might feel pressured into doing it, to ease the financial and other burdens on their families. That kind of pressure would be no doubt be legislated again...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 6649

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

Okay. So, there is never, ever a basis for euthanasia. The person who is in intractable pain, increasing out of control of his body, being subjected to mind numbing drugs, despite their wishes, must stay alive to die a natural, though prolonged, miserable death. No need to tilt. The question that c...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Voluntary Euthanasia
Replies: 50
Views: 6649

Re: Voluntary Euthanasia

what are your thoughts? How do you negotiate the ethical issues associated with either supporting or not supporting voluntary euthanasia? Hi. Not sure what 'voluntary' here is (and what involuntary euthanasia might look like). But everyone talks about euthanasia out of compassion. What about the po...
by nibbuti
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Global Warming: Recent Data
Replies: 1259
Views: 93779

Re: Global Warming: Recent Data

Hi. Environmental friendly thinking is a loaded topic, but so is socialism etc. Both look good at some point in history. But never underestimate the potential for 'good ideas' to turn into another facade for power & corruption, whenever they become mainstreamed. For example, there's a trend here for...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 938
Views: 117340

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

Today she went off to the Temple in Woking and just as we said goodbye she said today is a "big merit day" at the temple and as she said this she looked in the direction of my wallet on the table!! :jumping: My understanding of gaining merit was through general good deeds. :bow: For example, by giv...
by nibbuti
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 2382

Re: Rebirth

It means quite literally what it says: that rebirth ends, means there is no more next birth. Hi reflection I don't agree. There literalism seems to neglect the Buddha's teaching on Dependent Origination and on compassion toward people. The usual phrase is "no more coming to any state of being.". Ho...
by nibbuti
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 179
Views: 52150

Re: your home altar/shrine

Hickersonia wrote:Well, we've moved so my shrine has been relocated. Also, my father died a couple of days ago which prompted a couple of additional changes.

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Be well, friends.
I'm sorry about your father, Hickersonia.

Humble and lovely shrine there.

:bow:
by nibbuti
Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Because I love my sangha
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: Because I love my sangha

Nice instruction paul. Thanks.

:anjali:
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Very sick relative
Replies: 13
Views: 1408

Re: Very sick relative

Tom wrote: might not survive for for too much longer ... How do any of you think I should approach this situation?
Hi Tom. 1. Don't think/worry about it for him, 2. spend as much time with him as possible.
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?
Replies: 59
Views: 12041

Re: Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako leave the Buddhist monkhood?

As I understand it. If a person is sotapanna or sakadagami, will the person still leave monkhood? or is it only arahants who will never leave monkhood? Hi hermit. As I understand it. If a person is anagami (non-returner) he has abandoned the fetter of sensual desire (which is a main reason for disr...
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 11314

Re: Why Theravada?

Pre-sectarian texts are non-Mahayana because they pre-date Mahayana. Furthermore, the Nikayas/Agamas aren't used by any Mahayana practitioner that I've ever spoken with - they seem to prefer Mahayana Sutras exclusively, and when these two textual groups are in conflict they tend to interpret the ea...
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 11314

Re: Why Theravada?

As I recently discovered on the other DW, the mere hint that pre-sectarian texts predate & are not Mahayana texts is enough to drum up a defensive formation prior to clearing a room. Hi dave. Who says they're not Mahayana text? The Agamas/Nikayas are lost from the Tibetan Kangyur (canon) and hardly...
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 11314

Re: Why Theravada?

I am not saying he is wrong in everything, nor that he is a bad monk, etc. But on this point he is plain wrong I'm not sure "right or "wrong" does apply to taste . Mahayana Sutra, those I've read, had a taste of pomposity (like the Lotus Sutra) and well-meant confusion (Heart Sutra), rather than fr...
by nibbuti
Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theranamo sutta
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Theranamo sutta

think I've heard several Thanissaro talks where he tells the story of the Buddha telling a monk that this is one way to meditate, but he has a better way. (Would be grateful for any references to a Thanissaro talk where he tells this story, or to the sutta he's referring to. "But how do you live al...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rakhine Buddhists back in the news for the wrong reasons
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: Rakhine Buddhists back in the news for the wrong reasons

No unfortunately that is a conclusion also reached from living in the country... further, the people in these villages have limited if any access to mainstream media. Well, friend, obviously you do have access to mainstream media. Then you may have a glimpse of how much some Buddhists-by-birth actu...
by nibbuti
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 11314

Re: Why Theravada?

This Venerable is spreading his delusion. Because it does not agree with yours? ;) Sounds quite reasonable to me what Dhammavuddho said (in his other videos as well). Much unlike this: MR: Why do you think there is such a division between the Theravada and the Mahayana schools? Ajahn Sundara: I thi...