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by Mkoll
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"
Replies: 84
Views: 992

Re: "Why secular Buddhism is Not True"

Kamma and rebirth are inextricably intertwined. When kamma is taught in the suttas, it is usually mentioned along with rebirth and/or other realms. You can't explain rebirth without explaining kamma and you can't explain kamma without explaining rebirth. I agree with Ven. Sujato: rebirth is absolute...
by Mkoll
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: Nature in the Suttas and it's appreciation. Scary, delightful, both?

I have heard that on one occasion a certain monk was dwelling among the Kosalans in a forest thicket. Now at that time, after his meal, returning from his almsround, he went down to a lotus pond and sniffed a red lotus. Then the devata inhabiting the forest thicket, feeling sympathy for the monk, d...
by Mkoll
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If you could meet the Buddha
Replies: 26
Views: 236

Re: If you could meet the Buddha

Interesting question. After some thought, I'm quite sure I would ask along the lines of this stock passage: “Venerable sir, it would be good if the Blessed One would teach me the Dhamma in brief, so that, having heard the Dhamma from the Blessed One, I might dwell alone, withdrawn, diligent, ardent,...
by Mkoll
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1701
Views: 143885

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

A beautiful piano piece. Amazing what can be done with a piano as the only instrument. Makes me want to re-learn to play.

Ludovico Einaudi - Nuvole bianche

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by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā
Replies: 56
Views: 1096

Re: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā

Hi Mohammad,

I'd say so, unless the philosophical discussion's direction and purpose is Dhammic, e.g. it is talk on the 4 Noble Truths, fulfills the 8 qualities of Dhamma, etc. And one could argue that's not philosophical discussion, but talk on Dhamma.
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā
Replies: 56
Views: 1096

Re: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā

But, given the Sabba Sutta, I suspect this is an artificial distinction. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.023.than.html I agree: the idea of a "personal not-self" and "phenomenal not-self" is artificial, it's a contrivance. The Sunna Sutta makes the same poin...
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 39
Views: 933

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Amazon has the release date at September 26. Where did you get a copy, Will? Its already available from Wisdom Publications. http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/suttanipata :namaste: Thanks. I see it's about $30 more than Amazon so I'll wait. Actually, I'm too busy to read it now so I may wait for used ...
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā
Replies: 56
Views: 1096

Re: "Two Emptinesses", śūnyatā & anattā

Looks like a sectarian expression saying pretty much what the Buddha phrased below. "Monks, do not wage wordy warfare, saying: 'You don't understand this Dhamma and discipline, I understand this Dhamma and discipline'; 'How could you understand it? You have fallen into wrong practices: I have t...
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 39
Views: 933

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

Amazon has the release date at September 26. Where did you get a copy, Will?
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The worst of both worlds
Replies: 23
Views: 423

Re: The worst of both worlds

For the vast majority of people, I'd agree with Ven. Sona. There are the rare individual laypersons for whom renunciation within lay life comes pretty naturally and is consistent. The only people I've met who are like this already have the desire to enter the monastic order anyway. I can't recall ha...
by Mkoll
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sexual Misconduct
Replies: 75
Views: 12004

Re: Sexual Misconduct

Only list I can think of has 9. It's a stock list describing what constitutes sexual misconduct. “And how, householders, are there three kinds of bodily conduct not in accordance with the Dhamma, unrighteous conduct? Here someone kills living beings; he is murderous, bloody-handed, given to blows an...
by Mkoll
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Did you know Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?
Replies: 33
Views: 600

Re: Did you know Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka?

Nationalism is a helluva drug.
by Mkoll
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta references to the mind
Replies: 36
Views: 738

Re: Sutta references to the mind

“I don’t envision a single thing that is as quick to reverse itself as the mind—so much so that there is no feasible simile for how quick to reverse itself it is.” https://suttacentral.net/en/an1.48 Pithy, directly observable, points the mind to impermanence. Good stuff. Yes, the mind is very chang...
by Mkoll
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta references to the mind
Replies: 36
Views: 738

Re: Sutta references to the mind

“I don’t envision a single thing that is as quick to reverse itself as the mind—so much so that there is no feasible simile for how quick to reverse itself it is.”

https://suttacentral.net/en/an1.48


Pithy, directly observable, points the mind to impermanence. Good stuff.
by Mkoll
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Detox
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Detox

Yes I think so. Jokes always lose their humor when explained. :sage:
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Detox
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Detox

Disciple wrote:
Circle5 wrote:They tried to make me go to rehab
But I said, no, no, no

You should. It will be good for you.

Those are some lyrics from the Amy Winehouse song, Rehab. She had serious substance abuse problems and died young because of them.
by Mkoll
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Detox
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Detox

What chemicals exactly? Regardless, general rules. #1, stop exposing yourself to them. Drink lots of water, eat a clean diet and make sure you're meeting your nutritional requirements. Stay away from alcohol and drugs. I wouldn't pay money for supplements. Keep it simple and give it time...unless yo...
by Mkoll
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Home Weightlifting Workouts Without a Bench
Replies: 9
Views: 220

Re: Home Weightlifting Workouts Without a Bench

I am thinking about ordering some dumbells that are 20 pounds total for each dumbbell. That seems good for a beginner. Depends on how big a guy you are, your condition, rep ranges, exercise choices, etc. If you get into home workouts, you might want to check out adjustable dumbbells like Powerblocks.
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4203
Views: 250295

Re: Vegetarian

B12 is easy, just take a supplement. I take a multivitamin everyday that includes 100% daily value of B12. When it comes to supplements, however, is the B12 absorbed by the body as well as the B12 found in dairy products? Following the restrictions you've set for yourself long-term is. Since the Bu...
by Mkoll
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1701
Views: 143885

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

How have I not heard this before? I had no idea that MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys was a Buddhist! Beastie Boys - Bodhisattva Vow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF__e1-LI80 Lyrics As I develop the awakening mind I praise the Buddhas as they shine I bow before you as I travel my path To join ...

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