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by Cassandra
Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkuni rules
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Re: Bhikkuni rules

Wow thank you all. I think I remember there was a sutta where the Buddha said Ananda that bhikkuni will spoil the dhamma like a disease spreading to rice plants or something. :shrug:
by Cassandra
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkuni rules
Replies: 8
Views: 1038

Bhikkuni rules

Do the 8 heavy duty bhikkuni rules appear in a sutta or is it in vinaya?

Also please tell me what sutta the buddha said Bhikkuni have the potential to destroy the religion.

Thanks
by Cassandra
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This quote on consciousness
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

Re: This quote on consciousness

The comparison seems off, since there is no consciousness "out there" in a mystical broadcast studio, sending signals to the radio-brain. Yea I agree. But there is no need to go to that extent of detail. Just focus only on the radio, without extending the analogy to the broadcast studio. Within the...
by Cassandra
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This quote on consciousness
Replies: 24
Views: 2882

This quote on consciousness

Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking inside a radio for the announcer
I just saw this on the Web. I feel there is an element of truth in it. Isn't consciousness just a product of senses functioning rather than a real entity on its own?
by Cassandra
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is intentionally causing pain always akusala?
Replies: 7
Views: 1100

Re: Is intentionally causing pain always akusala?

If the intention to cause pain is to teach a student something, then it cannot be an ill intention. I don't see how it is akusala
by Cassandra
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

This is why I think that activism is to be avoided in Buddhism. Even that type of activism taught by Tich Nat Hahn back in the 1960s. I know this is very controversial, but The Individual Practice has to be our focus, not trying to change the world (others). In my estimation the whole Bodhisattvah ...
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Training to get rid of the you?
Replies: 13
Views: 1407

Re: Training to get rid of the you?

“Looking at a visible object, a meditator just sees it and just feels that he sees it, without conceptualising it. With this, suffering ceases. One who practises in this way is said to be near to nibbāna.” Isn't nibbana supposed to be arising with wisdom and direct experience rather than bare aware...
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha's Mom
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: The Buddha's Mom

chris98e wrote: in an introduction book to buddhism.
There you go :tongue:
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

BlackBird wrote: but they slaughtered ~ 100,000 civilians in the process (UN estimate)
http://www.genocidewatch.org/srilanka.html
Majority either denies it or believes it was inevitable. Anyway, I'm glad I'll be out of here soon.
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

No no I'm white. I just spent a few months over there in 2009 when I was considering ordaining. I only know what I read in the newspapers. There is a lot of poverty in Sri Lanka for sure, always has been (probably always will). Maybe things are not getting better - I don't know. You're there on the...
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

Are you Sri Lankan BlackBird?

I don't see how you think the economy here has grown because a lot of people here struggle to go to the west for better lives. The country cannot even retain its talent pool.
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

I think calling it a living hell is perhaps a step too far. Honestly I don't think it's going down hill economically, if anything there are more jobs and opportunities today than ever before in Sri Lanka - Their economy grew a whopping 6.7% IIRC last year - One of the top rates of growth in the who...
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

What on earth is happening to Asian Buddhist regions which were once living in peace with other races and religions is beyond me.
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

Are there any others here who are currently in Sri Lanka by the way? Wondering if a meetup is possible for coffee or something. :smile:
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka
Replies: 30
Views: 3894

Re: Killing and Corruption in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is quite corrupt. I noticed a lot of it when I was there, and a few Singhalese told me some quite heart rending stories resulting from such corruption. Surely the government is run by a pseudo dictator, the cronyism in the government is rife, with Mahinda Rajapaksa putting a variety of hi...
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

convivium wrote:
Isn't "justice" a highly personalized view?
we can commonly agree on what is just and unjust on the grounds of whether or not basic needs or primary goods are being met or fairly distributed.
Yes I think I agree with you on that
by Cassandra
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

Okay so speaking out against injustice is fine. But what exactly is injustice? Isn't "justice" :quote: a highly personalized view? I don't think most political activities in society are black and white so that the side a person has to take is clear. When you are on this side, it may seem like you ar...
by Cassandra
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Re: Political involvement of the Sangha

I think idle gossip about politics is quite different from speaking out against wrong-doings.. Would this be considered political action? http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/29133 Exactly my question. Is it proper (or restricted by vinaya) for a monk to be involved with matters of the lay life such a...
by Cassandra
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Political involvement of the Sangha
Replies: 40
Views: 3660

Political involvement of the Sangha

Hi folks, are there statements in sangha vinaya which say that monks should not be politically involved in lay life matters?

Thanks
by Cassandra
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Religious Harmony
Replies: 22
Views: 2215

Re: Religious Harmony

All the more respect to the Buddha's wisdom when He taught not to cling to those "jungles" or "thickets" of view. This is the true message of religious harmony. One could preach messages of harmony all they want, and if at the end of the day, one still clings to the idea of my God is bigger and bet...