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by Will
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

markandeya,

I am not dismissing you, so go on and tell us what you know and clarify what you wish.

Just recall that this is a public forum, not you & I alone swapping views. Others are here and they deserve to learn from you as much as I.

So carry on - on this thread or any other you like.
by Will
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Yet all is not dark in Kali Yuga for those who forth just a little aspiration toward virtue. As the Great One Vyasa explains in the Vishnu Purana , book 6, ch. 2: We [Munis] heard you say, 'Excellent is the Kali age! Well done, Súdra! Well done, women!' Now we are desirous to know why this was said,...
by Will
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

markandeya,

I am no authority and you do not need to wait for me to discuss your insights into whatever.

Simply start a new thread in this Connections forum and type away.
by Will
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

-If "Kali Yuga" began roughly 5.000 years ago, it means the Buddha Gotama arose in a "Dark period". So its far from being entirely dark. Regards. The Axial Age not only produced Buddha, but Moses, Plato, Pythagoras, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Adi Shankara, Jesus & others. It is only dark for the masses wh...
by Will
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

The yugas as presented in the Bhagavatam, for example, give specific numbers of years for each of the four. So while an time-less psychological interpretation is possible, blaming bad translations & bad motives of same, is too speculative for me. Here is a detailed look at the subject from the Greek...
by Will
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Re: Signs of Kali Yuga

Meezer77 wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:54 am
Is Kali Yuga mentioned in the Suttas or only in Hindu scriptures?
Probably only in Indian texts; Buddhism & Jainism use a repeating series of four kappas (kalpas). But the time span differs from the Yugas.
by Will
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Signs of Kali Yuga
Replies: 18
Views: 256

Signs of Kali Yuga

This world has cycles of degeneration as well as Golden Ages. It is plain we are now not in a Golden Age as Plato called it. Here is a little list from the Indian tradition, giving the vice-ridden character that is growing in power over many. Kali Yuga began roughly 5000 years ago & is supposed to l...
by Will
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Abhidhamma Resources
Replies: 52
Views: 28994

Re: Abhidhamma Resources

Here is an almost identical translation (by the late Gelongma) of the Abhidharmasamuccaya of Rahula-Boin. http://www.fairfun.net/my3/panna_my/b%20buddhism/PDFe-Books/Abhidharmasamuccaya-Col-Asanga_WalpolaRahula.pdf I like Asanga's approach with short definitions. The section on the Four Truths is al...
by Will
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple Seating
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Temple Seating

Yeah the monks are looking at the Buddha's back or quarter profile. The talk was aimed primarily at the other people. The monks will probably have their eyes closed anyway, listening carefully to everything the Buddha says. I wonder if that arrangement is still practiced in some Theravada temples? ...
by Will
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 10
Views: 257

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

I have not read the book, so may be too harsh. But if one believes in only one lifetime and meditation makes life bearable, what would motivate them to "delve more into the Buddhist - religion concepts and practices."? I suppose there could be a myriad of ways. Here's some I just thought of: 1. One...
by Will
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple Seating
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Temple Seating

Having read both Walshe's & Story's translations of this passage, ( Mahaparinibbana ) I am still puzzled: 22. And the Blessed One got ready, and taking his bowl and robe, went to the council hall together with the company of bhikkhus. After rinsing his feet, the Blessed One entered the council hall ...
by Will
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Nation's Welfare
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: A Nation's Welfare

For example, the first two conditions - adapted to the USA: 4. At that time... the Blessed One addressed the Venerable Ananda thus: “What have you heard, do the Americans have frequent gatherings, and are their meetings well attended?” “I have heard, Lord, that this is so.” “So long as this is the c...
by Will
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Nation's Welfare
Replies: 1
Views: 67

A Nation's Welfare

In the first section of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta (and book of Sevens in AN) are seven conditions that cause a nation to have prosperity & protection from enemies. Of course these qualities must be adapted to our times, but that is not impossible. I wonder how often we think if only our nation & oth...
by Will
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 10
Views: 257

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

Thanks for the feedback posts, so far. I'm not a secular Buddhist so don't need that convincing to practice. However, some do need that convincing, so I suppose some might need this secular packaging and perhaps at some later time, they might delve more into the Buddhist - religion concepts and pra...
by Will
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
Replies: 10
Views: 257

Re: Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright

Theraputic paths using meditation to reduce suffering are available everywhere. In that regard, there is nothing special about Wright's 'Truth'. With this emphasis he could just have easily written Why fill-in-the-blank is True. The permanent removal of all suffering is the unique offering of the Dh...