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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 33
Views: 3119

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Those who have confidence in the Buddha have confidence in the foremost, and for those who have confidence in the foremost, the result is foremost.
AN 4:34
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 33
Views: 3119

Re: In Praise of Virtue

If, however, fear or uncertainty should arise, we know the refuge where it can be allayed: our good deeds. By taking this refuge, confidence and courage will grow within us — confidence in the protecting power of our good deeds done in the past; courage to perform more good deeds right now, despite...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 33
Views: 3119

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Moral courage is a virtue of higher cast and nobler origin than physical. It springs from a consciousness of virtue, and renders a man in the pursuit or defence of right, superior to the fear of reproach, opposition, or contempt.
S. G. Goodrich
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 33
Views: 3119

Re: In Praise of Virtue

The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity, and patient courage in adversity.
Seneca
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which came first?
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Which came first?

DNS wrote:
Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:23 pm
It appears Patanjali lived after the Buddha's parinibbana, so that would mean Patanjali most likely copied from Buddhist teachings.
Somewhere between 2nd century BCE to 4th century CE
Many thanks David.

As to Buddha's parinibbana, is that still placed by traditionalists circa 580 BC?
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which came first?
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Which came first?

The brahmaviharas are in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras also. Granted that ancient Indian dates are hard to pin down exactly, but did Buddha adapt the four from Patanjali or vice versa? The related question is the date of Buddha. It used to be circa 640-580 BC, but scholars keep moving it forward in time. ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Wisdom and Compassion

More from the Maha Thera on the Roots of Good & Evil - Introduction: The Buddha has taught that there are three roots of evil: greed, hatred and delusion. These three states comprise the entire range of evil, whether of lesser or greater intensity, from a faint mental tendency to the coarsest manife...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Wisdom and Compassion

Returning to topic: As I read it again, this paragraph may be my favorite: Self-protection and protection of others correspond to the great twin virtues of Buddhism, wisdom and compassion. Right self-protection is the expression of wisdom, right protection of others the expression of compassion. Wi...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Wisdom and Compassion

Returning to topic: As I read it again, this paragraph may be my favorite: Self-protection and protection of others correspond to the great twin virtues of Buddhism, wisdom and compassion. Right self-protection is the expression of wisdom, right protection of others the expression of compassion. Wis...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Wisdom and Compassion

SDC wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:18 pm

Not an unwarranted assumption..........it was a joke....... :D
If you have to explain a joke, it was not funny.

Unlike my last sentence - clearly a knee slapper. :tongue:
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Wisdom and Compassion

Bout dang time you embraced the far superior engine and transmission of the less [colorful] vehicle! Unwarranted assumption - have always admired the ideas & practices he mentions - which are not unique. Now if he only vowed to do that for the benefit of endless beings during endless lives... :anja...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Given names vs screen names
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Given names vs screen names

Not a big deal, but even though I have been on this site for years, I am careless about real names that are sometimes shared. I would like to give a little personal touch by 'naming' so and so. But if the given name is rarely used and my memory is porous... well, you see the "torment" I suffer. I bi...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom and Compassion
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Wisdom and Compassion

Not sure where this inspiring teaching should be put. It is probably familiar to many here, but the sutta (SN 47:19) is brand new to me. Nyanaponika Maha Thera was a most worthy one! :bow: :bow: :bow: http://bps.lk/olib/bl/bl034_Nyanaponika_Protection-Through-Satipatthana.pdf EDIT - couple of clarif...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 953

Re: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma

This snip from MN 123 suggests to me that some mothers, not only Buddha's mother, are 'virtuous' when with child: 9. “I heard and learned this from the Blessed One’s own lips: ‘When the Bodhisatta had descended into his mother’s womb, she became intrinsically virtuous, refraining from killing living...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 953

Re: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma

Sex is always unwholesome. "Always"? Piffle and nonsense. Rahula, son of the Prince, became an Arhat. Even that Prince who became Buddha had parents whose sexual contact resulted in the One who gave us the Dhamma. Buddha also gave us the Sangha most of whom are a blessing to we worldly ones. They d...