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by Will
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:22 am
These sound like duties best performed upon request, not imposed upon another.

Metta,
Paul. :)
Of course, there is no suggestion by the Tulku of any imposition. If one, as a chaplin or helper of same, would like other beneficial methods, the chapter is full of them.
by Will
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

So bino, what you are saying is that a good Theravadin cannot help a dying non-Buddhist and may even harm?

Wonder what percentage of lay & monastic Theravadins agree?
by Will
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

Buddhism has many methods to assist the dying Buddhist. Here is one for non-Buddhists that Tulku Thondup suggests. He has an entire chapter in his Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth on helping the dying. /.../ Do you know any non-Buddhist who would be happy if their loved ones would think thoughts like...
by Will
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

So far, I notice no interest, much less guidance, in helping the dying person who is not a Buddhist. One would be crossing a fundamental boundary by giving religiously specific instructions to a person who is not a member of said religion, even more so at the time of their death. The quote from the...
by Will
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

So far, I notice no interest, much less guidance, in helping the dying person who is not a Buddhist.
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 19
Views: 249

Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

Buddhism has many methods to assist the dying Buddhist. Here is one for non-Buddhists that Tulku Thondup suggests. He has an entire chapter in his Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth on helping the dying. Even if the dying or dead person is not a Buddhist or not even open to Buddhism, the following formu...
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 157
Views: 19582

Re: Theosophy

His first chapter begins: In studying the Perennial Philosophy we can begin either at the bottom, with practice and morality; or at the top, with a consideration of metaphysical truths; or, finally, in the middle, at the focal point where mind and matter, action and thought have their meeting place ...
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 157
Views: 19582

Re: Theosophy

The first 19 chapters of Huxley's work which was his commentary on many old or ancient sources: Chapter i That Art Thou 7 ii The Nature of the Ground 29 in Personality, Sanctity, Divine Incarnation 45 iv God in the World 69 v Charity 95 vi Mortification, Non-Attachment, Right Livelihood 113 vii Trut...
by Will
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 157
Views: 19582

Re: Theosophy

There is an offshoot of Blavatsky's theosophy........... It is called the Perennial Philosophy. I think this is a misrepresentation. chownah Rene Guenon Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-Religion (Le Théosophisme – Histoire d'une pseudo-religion, 1921) The ground covered by Blavatsky is the same (yet ...
by Will
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 157
Views: 19582

Re: Theosophy

There is an offshoot of Blavatsky's theosophy, which is scholarly, proper & scorns Blavatsky. It is called the Perennial Philosophy. The self-validating certainty of direct awareness cannot in the very nature of things be achieved except by those equipped with the moral 'astrolabe of God's mysteries...
by Will
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a ‘western sangha’?
Replies: 14
Views: 292

Re: Is there a ‘western sangha’?

There is an annual gathering of Western monks & nuns held in the USA. My porous memory cannot recall what this group is called, maybe it will pop into mind later.
by Will
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

A related query: There is a list of kappas by number of buddhas - one appears, two appear etc. It would be nice & tidy if the chronological sequence of the kappas was the same, but I doubt it - or is it so?
by Will
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

As I wrote over at Dharma Wheel:
Neither the Buddhavamsa nor the Mahavastu name any Buddhas before Tanhankara. Since he was the first in the Saramanda kappa, one needs at least to know the name of the previous kappa, which I do not.
by Will
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 98
Views: 1320

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

OK, so why and how stress [or suffering] is the best way to reach certainty or truth? Because humans are so body fixated: We know pain hurts, that the pain has cause(s), there are healing regimens to reduce the pain, and finally the pain is gone. These four truths were also in the air of ancient In...
by Will
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Buddhism and Abortion

There have been a few threads concerning Abortion - here is one:

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