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by Will
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 12
Views: 681

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: 681

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: 6199

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: 309
Views: 9990

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: 69

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: 127

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: 272

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: 69

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: 125
Views: 1672

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: 125
Views: 1672

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: 3033

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.
by Will
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3033

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

LN:
When I see injustice, I believe it is appropriate to speak out.
That is obvious; but do you have a passage from the suttas where Buddha taught to speak out against 'injustice'?

Kamma-phala suggests that injustice & justice are non sequiturs.
by Will
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3033

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

We moderns are far too ladylike & delicate. Recall the Saw Sutta where Buddha taught great tolerance & patience with uncomfortable, even painful conditions. And you want to justify Buddhists disparaging other faiths by implying that if adherents of other faiths can't take it, it is because they do ...
by Will
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 154
Views: 3033

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Perhaps some here have forgotten the old debate tradition between Asian religions. There were often acerbic & insulting words flying between the debaters. And if one loses the debate he has to convert to the winner's faith (at minimum). We moderns are far too ladylike & delicate. Recall the Saw Sutt...
by Will
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Euthanasia
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Re: Euthanasia

Focused only on Netherlands, but the pattern of abuse will follow in other places & nations: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2017/11/euthanasia-deaths-increasing-quickly-in.html?utm_source=Euthanasia+Prevention+Coalition+Newsletter&utm_campaign=65c81bbfbb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_15&utm_medium=emai...
by Will
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 214
Views: 11521

Re: Victims of Communism

US Congress forms Caucus for Victims:

http://victimsofcommunism.org/members-o ... sm-caucus/
by Will
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 214
Views: 11521

Re: Victims of Communism

A dark centennial, proclaimed by President Trump:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-of ... -communism
by Will
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Halloween, I will now remove my mask
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: Happy Halloween, I will now remove my mask

Being a lukewarm fan (is that even possible?) I support the local tepid Rams & Chargers.

I have watched some of the World Series - quite an event, two fine, competitive teams.
by Will
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Victims of Communism
Replies: 214
Views: 11521

Re: Victims of Communism

Thank you much Bhante - I've heard of that book but never read it - now I will!
by Will
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Taoism
Replies: 13
Views: 284

Re: Taoism

Slightly off-topic but anyway ... Ursula Le Guin is a great fantasy and SF writer and most of her work has a fundamentally Taoist core. If you don't know her work but like Taoism, you could do worse than check it out. Kim Not so off topic Kim, for she has her own Taoteching rendering too. http://ww...