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by pilgrim
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using Buddha's name commercially
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Using Buddha's name commercially

dharmacorps wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 6:37 pm
I think I've only seen Lo hon Jai (Buddha's delight) in Chinese restaraunts-- usually an assembly of miscellaneous vegetables in my experience.
Lo Han = Arahant
Jai = Vegetarian
Literally Arahant's Vegetarian dish
by pilgrim
Thu May 30, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jews in Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 671

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Jews tend to be overrepresented in virtually all intellectual areas. Firefighters and carpenters? Not so much. :tongue: Carpenters? Don't forget Jesus; he was a carpenter. Oh, wait a minute; he's only Jewish on his mother's side. :tongue: Perhaps early in his career but not only did Jesus become a ...
by pilgrim
Wed May 29, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism is not growing?
Replies: 50
Views: 1705

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Thus, the only ones who would do such a thing, are those who are not yet wise, those who are 'tangled' and 'enmeshed', and see some benefit in evangelical expansionism. Arguably, this logic accounts for why only Dhammakaya is the only "Theravada tradition" (loosely defined) that does this kind of a...
by pilgrim
Tue May 28, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Buddhism is not growing?
Replies: 50
Views: 1705

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Buddhists tend to think small, to do things slowly, to think things over and let things unfold naturally. If Buddhism is to grow, we need to think BIG. Like Dhammakaya, leaving its teachings aside, it's outreach is impressive. Everything is conducted on a mega scale. They invest in technology and pr...
by pilgrim
Mon May 20, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Western teachers - Burmese ordination/traditions
Replies: 30
Views: 5171

Re: Western teachers - Burmese ordination/traditions

It makes sense not to mix traditions when one is attending a retreat. A lot of grief and frustration arises when students mix traditions and then bring their problems and questions to the teachers. However, neither Anapanasati nor Vedananupassana which are the mainstay of Goenka's technique is uniqu...
by pilgrim
Fri May 03, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello from Riverside California
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: hello from Riverside California

You might be interested to know that Riverside California has produced a fairly well known monk - Bhante Yogavacara Rahula. :anjali:
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas

I don't think it is necessarily a contradiction. SN 53.34 Nadi sutta states that a person who habitually cultivates the jhanas can be expected not to disrobe. AN 6.60 Hatthi sutta is more of a warning that a person with jhanas can backslide if he starts to mix with laity and eventually neglects his ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 17
Views: 1596

Re: Insomnia

Light meditation (i.e avoiding strong concentrated effort) is useful to rein in the mind from overthinking so that it settles down. But when one is close to sleep, one has to decrease the effort further so that the mind naturally rambles before it slips into unconsciousness. I usually prefer to use ...
by pilgrim
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 553

Re: Chanting and Bowing

Among the last 5 fetters to overcome before one attains Arahantship is Mana; Conceit. Bowing to the Buddha is just beginning to scratch this monster which must eventually be destroyed.
by pilgrim
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?
Replies: 16
Views: 581

Re: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?

I wouldn't want to sit in an airplane piloted by a Buddhist pilot who hasn't read the plane manual.
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Webu Sayadaw
Replies: 21
Views: 5528

Re: Venerable Webu Sayadaw

Although Webu Sayadaw's practice was primarily Anapanasati, he had a very close relationship with U Ba Khin and inspired him to teach. U Ba Khin also ordained under Webu Sayadaw for a short period.
https://www.vridhamma.org/Venerable-Webu-Sayadaw
by pilgrim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 61
Views: 2144

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

ihrjordan wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:32 pm
How so? The Buddha never said he wasn't an avatar of lord vishnu
Poor reasoning.
I never said I'm Jesus Christ either. So am I him?
Those who make claims have to present their evidence.
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

Re: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia

Buddhism is going to die, it's already nearly dead from within due to splintering/counterfeit Buddhism, how many self-proclaimed Buddhists actually read the suttas? Most of them are Mahayana and Zen and from other traditions. Buddhism is going to die from the outside as well. The Buddha already sai...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

Re: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia

Buddha said the biggest threat to Buddhism come from within. This. Buddhists historically have an incredible knack for routing Mohammadanism. Its aggressive inroads into Burma are not even making waves against a Nobel-Peace-Prize winning Pacifist. .... On the other side of the coin, I highly doubt ...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 527

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

This article indicates it is possible that Rebirth has not occurred up to 30 minutes after the heart stops beating on its own. In the US there was a recent case where a toddler was revived 2 hours after drowning.
https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h418