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by Will
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How much happy are you?
Replies: 33
Views: 490

Re: How much happy are you?

For whatever reason, perhaps lacking ambition or too stolid a character, contentment seems an adequate attitude.

So I did not vote.
by Will
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 140
Views: 4195

Re: Theosophy

A blog by contemporary theosophist, Vic Hao Chin:

https://insightsonlife.net
by Will
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Epoch Times
Replies: 0
Views: 42

Epoch Times

Now both a weekly print newspaper and an online full coverage news source:

https://www.theepochtimes.com
by Will
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37129

Re: 'The illusion of free will' by Sam Harris is a dangerous idea, but can anyone disprove it?

It runs counter to what the Buddha taught, and furthermore, it could lead some people to stop making an effort to improve themselves, since according to Harris that effort, too, is predetermined, and whether you try or not, won't change what is already preordained to occur. Yet despite my revulsion...
by Will
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 140
Views: 4195

Re: Theosophy

Thanks Will for sharing. By the way, are the teachings from prominent thesophy figures totally consistent with each other, was there instances when their insights contradict with each other and they went seperate ways or debate with one another? Your questions sound rhetorical. Do a little online s...
by Will
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 140
Views: 4195

Re: Theosophy

form wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:08 pm
Will wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:05 pm
form wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:27 am
Did Madame Blavatsky taught chakras?
Not really - she mentioned their existence, but not much else.
Is it correct to say that leadbeater is the one expanded on it?
Yes
by Will
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 140
Views: 4195

Re: Theosophy

form wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:27 am
Did Madame Blavatsky taught chakras?
Not really - she mentioned their existence, but not much else.
by Will
Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Charity
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Charity

This time of year giving is emphasized. Here is a little from the Jewish tradition on Giving:

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_c ... ter-10.htm
by Will
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 140
Views: 4195

Re: Theosophy

Theosophy teaches, as foremost of all virtues, altruism and self-sacrifice, brotherhood and compassion for every living creature, without, for all that, worshipping Man or Humanity.
Blavatsky
by Will
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: Happy Thanksgiving

Even more grateful would I be if he would revisit this thread and put in a working link or give the section of the book. Here it is at another site: http://www.beyondthenet.net/thedway/nyanadassana-ebooks/gratitude%20in%20the%20buddhas%20teaching.pdf Good find Bino - the Buddhist e-library has one ...
by Will
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: Happy Thanksgiving

Yes, expressing gratitude is a help in reducing our self-cherishing.

I am grateful that Paul posted a link (above) on the subject. Even more grateful would I be if he would revisit this thread and put in a working link or give the section of the book. :anjali:
by Will
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The path of the Bodhisattva in Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 61
Views: 6316

Re: The path of the Bodhisattva in Theravada Buddhism

But is there an inherent different between an Arahant and a Samma Sam Buddha in terms of quality and skill? Because I originally thought they did even back when I was a Theravada Buddhist. In the commentarial treatment of the Sammāsamuddha, Paccekabuddha and Arahant, there are differences regarding...
by Will
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Contemporary threats to free speech
Replies: 379
Views: 11442

Re: Contemporary threats to free speech

Dharamasherab -It appears to me that puritans in our society have appropriated the term 'liberal'. Sometimes the notion of Neo-Victorians occurs to me. Just as back then there was a definite standard of proper behavior that the upper classes enforced eagerly as their righteous duty, so today anothe...
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sawing our Personality
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: Sawing our Personality

Bhikkhus, there are these five courses of speech that others use when they address you: their speech may be timely or untimely, true or untrue, gentle or harsh, connected with good or with harm, spoken with a mind of loving-kindness or with inner hate. When others address you, their speech may be t...
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: 8 conditions for samma-sam-buddha

Another translation of the eight conditions, from Manual of the Excellent Man page 14: 1. The aspirant must be a human being (manussattaṃ). 2. He must be a man (liṅgasampatti). 3. His spiritual maturity must be sufficient to attain Arahantship if he chose to (root-condition, hetu). 4. He must have m...
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Bodhisattva Path of Theravada

Yes Theravada does have a bodhisatta path, just not much attention is paid to it. Here is Ven. Ledi Sayadaw from his Manual of the Excellent Man: What is meant by “the Noblest Aspiration”? It is the verbal and mental undertaking that the bodhisatta had made at some point of time aeons before taking ...
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sawing our Personality
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Sawing our Personality

Although this sutta is aimed at monastics, lay folk can take to heart Buddha's advice. We in the West often prefer to adjust or alter people & conditions to make us comfortable or at least less irritated. Buddha goes against that stream of seeking personal protection and advocates putting up with pr...
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3195

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

I wonder if our great, ancient King would still say 'mild criticism' regarding Xtianity & Islam, which came after his time?
by Will
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3195

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

LN: I believe it is not our place to dismiss all the the teachings of Islam as "very unfortunate." Will you tolerate "dismissing most of the teachings of Islam as very unfortunate?" Or maybe some of the teachings... or perhaps very icky or...? Please let us know what our 'place' is, for you seem to...
by Will
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3388

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

LN - Do you have suttas where the Buddha taught that it is better to remain silent when there is injustice?
Yes, too bad you have not read the Kakacupama Sutta (or Saw). If one considers physical or verbal assault "injustice", then study the Buddha's advice.