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by pilgrim
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Abhayagiri Community is safe
Replies: 19
Views: 420

Re: Abhayagiri Community is safe

Dhamma protectors at work :bow: :bow: :bow: Ajahn Jotipālo recounted one experience talking with a firefighting crew from New Mexico: I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monaster...
by pilgrim
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 1811

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

As pointed out above, Sunlun's instruction for heavy breathing is not an end in itself but merely a strategy to gain concentration not unlike counting the breath or using the mantra Buddho. If this does not count as anapanasati, then it would still be within Satipatthana, just like Mahasi's use of t...
by pilgrim
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 1764

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

I shudder to think the direction some Buddhists might have taken when reading this Dhammapada verse without the guiding hand of the Commentaries. 294: Having killed mother, father, and the two kings, and having destroyed the kingdom together with its revenue officer , the brahmana goes free from duk...
by pilgrim
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 112
Views: 1764

Re: Why is the Visuddhimagga so influential, when it introduces teachings not sourced in the Pali Canon?

It is therefore rejected by some lineages within Theravada, like the Thai Forest Tradition. I don't think this is entirely accurate. The Thai Forest tradition does not have a homogenoeus practice and many Thai monks follow the practices described in the VM, probably without even knowing it. For eg,...
by pilgrim
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Server migration Sept 22
Replies: 95
Views: 1756

Re: Server migration Sept 22

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by pilgrim
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor
Replies: 22
Views: 324

Re: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor

This is the 3rd thread I've seen recently pertaining to abortion, an issue not emphasized in Buddhism nearly as much as in some sectors of Western Christianity. Given that, and the frequency of these threads, it makes me wonder, whether consciously or not, if some people have an ax to grind with wo...
by pilgrim
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor
Replies: 22
Views: 324

Abortion - who kills? Mother or doctor

In the context of Buddhism and the 1st precept, when a woman undergoes an abortion, who kills the fetus? The mother or the doctor? Commentaries say the 5 conditions must be fulfilled for the precept of killing to be broken. These are: 1. The being must be alive. 2. There must be the knowledge that i...
by pilgrim
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1713

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

Your argument may be valid in a Romanian context but not in the international arena. Imagine you are on a trip to the Far East and staying with a family. When inquiring about your new friends , are you going to ask "When were you civilly-united?"
by pilgrim
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1713

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

So when you say things like "gay people married" - this LABEL is disturbing a lot of people, people who by "marriage" (note: A LABEL) understand something different. They take it as a big insult to use this label in that way and find it confusing and lacking any kind of sense. And the truth is on t...
by pilgrim
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the point of gay marriage ?
Replies: 154
Views: 1713

Re: What's the point of gay marriage ?

So when you say things like "gay people married" - this LABEL is disturbing a lot of people, people who by "marriage" (note: A LABEL) understand something different. They take it as a big insult to use this label in that way and find it confusing and lacking any kind of sense. And the truth is on t...
by pilgrim
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?
Replies: 105
Views: 1914

Re: Muhammad - Worthy of respect?

Given the reputation on Mohd and Islam, if he was alive today, I would steer clear of him. Indeed, I would'nt dare criticise him for fear of my own safety.
by pilgrim
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha teach tolerance and missionary proselytism?
Replies: 22
Views: 323

Re: Did Buddha teach tolerance and missionary proselytism?

The Buddha also praised Anathapindika for refuting the wrong views of others. ( Anathapindika) On arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, he sat to one side. As he was seated there, he told the Blessed One the entirety of his conversation with the wanderers. [The Blessed One said:] "Well done...
by pilgrim
Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Convertion of muslims
Replies: 46
Views: 1034

Re: Convertion of muslims

There are many ex-Muslims who are active on Facebook and various forums, but they use a pseudonym or otherwise keep their identity secret. Just google the word Murtad , which is Arabic for apostate.
by pilgrim
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kalama sutta only for non Buddhists?
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Kalama sutta only for non Buddhists?

If the Kalama sutta is for non-Buddhists, what should the attitude of Buddhists be? The final verse of the Kitagiri sutta (MN 70) may be appropriate. "For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this: 'The Blessed One is the Tea...
by pilgrim
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Excellent presentation about the history of Bhikkhunis
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Excellent presentation about the history of Bhikkhunis

"I Will Not Pass Away Until... Reinstating the Buddha's Vision of the Four-fold Sangha" is about the history of Bhikkhunis (fully ordained Buddhist nuns) from the time of the Buddha until the present day. It uses the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery nuns of Placerville, California, as an example of a g...
by pilgrim
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Buddhism – The Golden Heritage of Bengal
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Buddhism – The Golden Heritage of Bengal

Buddhism – The Golden Heritage of Bengal
Some info on the history of Buddhism in Bangladesh
https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/b ... -of-bengal
by pilgrim
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: First Bangla Translation of the Entire Pali Tripitaka Presented in Bangladesh
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: First Bangla Translation of the Entire Pali Tripitaka Presented in Bangladesh

First Bangla Translation of the Entire Pali Tripitaka Presented in Bangladesh https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/first-bangla-translation-of-the-entire-pali-tripitaka-presented-in-bangladesh :anjali: It appears the link was edited. https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/bangla-translation-of-the-entire-p...
by pilgrim
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka
Replies: 13
Views: 687

Re: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka

The ten year thera designation was popularized, I believe, by the western Ajahn Cha tradition as a way to indicate elder monks. I think you may be referring to the practice of the western Ajahn Cha tradition monks calling ten vassa monks with the prefix Ajahn. Thero (Pali; also appearing in stem-fo...
by pilgrim
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka
Replies: 13
Views: 687

Re: Ordination in the Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka

Happy to tell that my ordination as a Buddhist monk took place April 8 at the Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Polgahawela in Sri Lanka. My new name is now Bhante Sudewa Thero. For more information on Mahamevnawa in Sri Lanka and other places in the world, please visit http://mahamevnawa.lk/ . It ...