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by Will
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 146
Views: 10072

Re: Theosophy

Deeply sensible of the Titanic struggle that is now in progress between materialism and the spiritual aspirations of mankind, our constant endeavor has been to gather into our several chapters, like weapons into armories, every fact and argument that can be used to aid the latter in defeating the f...
by Will
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 146
Views: 10072

Re: Theosophy

Learning and study via listening to a Sage is an ancient method which seems to be coming back into use, now that fewer folks like to read. Yet for that latter group, here is the text of Light on the Path:

https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/li ... e_path.pdf
by Will
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 42
Views: 6733

Re: paṇḍaka

Another good survey is chapter ten of Harvey's Introduction to Buddhist Ethics . His conclusion says: While close friendships have been accepted in monasteries, homosexual activity has not been, except in Japan and, in a moderated form, among irregular monks in Tibet. In the case of the type of sexu...
by Will
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Authenticity. From: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 33
Views: 631

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

How do we know if what we are reading is authentic or not? From the results shown by the noble virtues of kindness, wisdom, equanimity, joy, moral purity, etcetera, expressed in the lives of many bhikkhus known to history, even up to the present day. They all were steeped in the Dhamma taught in th...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Virtues are the Connection
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: Virtues are the Connection

Sam Vara wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:06 pm
Will wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:01 pm

You overthink Sam. The Connection is simply & only the existence of any virtue
Courage in battle, then?
When battling personal afflictions, you bet.
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Virtues are the Connection
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: Virtues are the Connection

Hi Will, I think that the point is that it is useful to briefly state what the connection is, not that a huge essary is required! Similarly, when members post quotes (even sutta quotes) it is helpful to explain what point is being made. :heart: Mike I have stated what the Connection is - the existe...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Virtues are the Connection
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: Virtues are the Connection

Sam, Clarity is why I am writing on this thread. Is it clear that no intellect is needed to meet a non-Buddhist person and see their kindness or temperate or happy characteristics? Thus focusing on the moral foundations of any Path will reveal ethical Connections with Theravada. To me, it's not cle...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Pythagoras

Hopefully the nexus between the moral foundations of other Paths with each other, Theravada included, is what is being understood now. For example, let liberty be taken with Hierocles' Proem and see the connection (allowing for differing motives etc.): Buddhism is a purification and perfection of hu...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Virtues are the Connection
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Re: Virtues are the Connection

Sam,

Clarity is why I am writing on this thread.

Is it clear that no intellect is needed to meet a non-Buddhist person and see their kindness or temperate or happy characteristics?

Thus focusing on the moral foundations of any Path will reveal ethical Connections with Theravada.
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Virtues are the Connection
Replies: 12
Views: 188

Virtues are the Connection

Since some here seem to be puzzled, even irritated, that Connections to Other Paths are not clear conceptual matches. Perhaps if we look at the common moral virtues shared by humanity - religious humanity & non-religious humanity - it will become obvious. The reasons & goals for ordinary civic virtu...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Pythagoras

Temperance was the next topic of Pythagoras' discourses. Since the desires are most flourishing during youth, this is the time when control must be effective. While temperance alone is universal in its application to all ages, boy, virgin, woman, or the aged, yet this special virtue is particularly...
by Will
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 146
Views: 10072

Re: Theosophy

Tim Boyd President of the Adyar Theosophical Society talking about theosophy at Singapore conference - he begins at 7 minutes:

by Will
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Pythagoras

Temperance was the next topic of Pythagoras' discourses. Since the desires are most flourishing during youth, this is the time when control must be effective. While temperance alone is universal in its application to all ages, boy, virgin, woman, or the aged, yet this special virtue is particularly...
by Will
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Pythagoras

Chapter X . On the four cardinal virtues, notably on practical wisdom as chief of the virtues. How practical wisdom and right reason are able to evaluate and bear misfortunes. On finding the cause of evils in ourselves and not blaming the superior beings. Chapter XI. On 'heaven-sent fortunes'. Prov...
by Will
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pythagoras
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Pythagoras

For the sake of an overview I [Schibli, the translator] summarize here Hierocles' Commentary chapter by chapter, indicating the main themes of each [of the 27]: Proem. Definition of philosophy, divided into the practical and contemplative. Introduction to the Golden Verses , which unveil the aim of...