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by Mkoll
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is special about ordination?
Replies: 32
Views: 2363

Re: What is special about ordination?

I have a friend who seems to insist that ordaining is kind of superficial and that you can live like a monk without ordaining and you would not be missing out on anything and may even have an advantage. I don't share this opinion but I don't have hard evidence on hand to refute. There are also so m...
by Mkoll
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Theravada
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: New to Theravada

Welcome.
I'm currently reading In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Excellent choice! :)
by Mkoll
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does all rupa experience dukkha?
Replies: 9
Views: 266

Re: Does all rupa experience dukkha?

This, bhikkhus, is the Noble Truth of dukkha. Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha. Sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair are dukkha. Association with the disliked is dukkha. Separation from the liked is dukkha. Not to get what one wants is dukkha. In brief, the five clinging-ag...
by Mkoll
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus
Replies: 30
Views: 1314

Re: Anonymous (online) Bikkhus

A very good question. IMO, a monastic should make known that they are a monastic. In real life, this is obvious as they are wearing robes, as you mentioned, and have a certain demeanor. Online, they must take the initiative to make this known. And indeed, they should IMO. In my experience, all of th...
by Mkoll
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Books/resources on Buddhist Philosophy/Terminology for beginners
Replies: 9
Views: 322

Re: Books/resources on Buddhist Philosophy/Terminology for beginners

The Buddhist Dictionary by Venerable Nyanatiloka is a great resource. You can buy a book and read it online, such as here . A good structured introduction to the Buddha's teachings in general is In the Buddha's Words by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. You can buy the book and read much of it online. There ...
by Mkoll
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda
Replies: 38
Views: 1327

Re: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda

To be honest with you I do not think that Stephen Hawking is the smartest guy on earth. He might not for there's another obvious candidate for the "smartest guy on earth" title whose famous equation starts with the same letter as his last name. But there's no dispute that those 2 guys are in a leag...
by Mkoll
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Recurrent Clostridium Difficile. Any advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 935

Re: Recurrent Clostridium Difficile. Any advice?

Were I in your shoes, I'd stick with antibiotics for treatment before trying alternative/complementary medicine. If one antibiotic doesn't work, another may because their mechanisms of attacking the bacteria are different. There are almost certainly stronger oral antibiotics than what you're taking ...
by Mkoll
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Picking up the threads of Theravada again
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Picking up the threads of Theravada again

The anthology from Bhikkhu Bodhi is a great place to start. The paper book can be purchased or see this discussion: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=14640 I second this. There are many good places you could start to learn about the Buddha's teachings in the Pali suttas. Of all of them, this ...
by Mkoll
Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 3177

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

A lot of heated discussions start off discussing a topic but reach a point where it's no longer about the topic, but more about winning the argument. I have noticed that I have done this in the past as well. It occurred to me one day, "Why is it so important to prove to the other person, that I am ...
by Mkoll
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website

Another suggestion would be to put the sutta numbers in the file name metadata. For example, instead of "All the Taints" it could be "MN 2 - All the Taints." This makes it easier to keep the files in order when downloaded and having the sutta number linked with the name is good information anyway.
by Mkoll
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website

I listened to a few recordings from MN in full on my walk today. Some points: • The gong is a nice touch - keep it! • The repetition format is great, not too much and not too little - keep that up! • The sound quality is excellent - keep that up too! • The reader, Roland Kitchen, is excellent, very ...
by Mkoll
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: paliaudio.com—New Sutta Recordings Website

Very clean appearing website and good design. A brief listening-skim tells me they sound like good recordings read by a pleasant and professional voice. A good selection too and I'm sure more will be added.

Many thanks for providing this resource.

:anjali:
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: bad knees. want to ordain. is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: bad knees. want to ordain. is it possible?

For those experienced with yoga, could you list those poses you know of that lead to knee pain?

:thanks:
by Mkoll
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you train for Sila?
Replies: 16
Views: 713

Re: How do you train for Sila?

The foundation for sila for laypeople is the 5 precepts. Upholding the precepts and being mindful of them is training for sila. If they are easy for someone personally, that is great. But being easy doesn't diminish their worth, importance, and the respect we should afford to them. This is especiall...