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by pilgrim
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 40
Views: 395

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Suffering exists in every life in samsara. Being born as a human is extremely rare and of immense benefit. Only a human can attain to an Ariya. Just consider how much more precious is attaining a birth as a human to a parent who is practising the Dhamma. Denying a being that opportunity when you co...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 40
Views: 395

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Suffering exists in every life in samsara. Being born as a human is extremely rare and of immense benefit. Only a human can attain to an Ariya. Just consider how much more precious is attaining a birth as a human to a parent who is practising the Dhamma. Denying a being that opportunity when you cou...
by pilgrim
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 92
Views: 1962

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

SarathW wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:46 am
What is the big deal of getting an ordination?
Can't I just join a temple and be an Arahant?
How does one do that? It is like attending a university without enrolling as a student.
by pilgrim
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie
Replies: 49
Views: 1041

Re: The Truth About The Rohingya Lie

Our views about any issue is inevitably the result of what we read and our sources of information. The Western paints a narrative that the Rohingya are helpless and innocent victims of violence. The Asian press, in various languages catering to the billions of Indians, Chinese and Asians however giv...
by pilgrim
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 92
Views: 1962

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

I'm sorry to hear that James. Wish you all the best in your future and hope you will continue to support the sangha and growth of the Sasana. As a side point, can you advise how many monastics and anagarikas are currently in training at Bodhinyana, their nationalities, etc? There is no info on the r...
by pilgrim
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?
Replies: 15
Views: 298

Re: My heart stopped while meditating (seemingly). What happened?

Your heart didn't stop. If it did, you would have passed out immediately. What probably happened was that you attained a state of deeper calmness which reduced sensory input. This is good. Unfortunately, fear arose in your mind and you let that grow. The instruction was to continue observing the sen...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10354

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Thanks. None of the suttas states that the Buddha says he indeed has the marks! "These, brethren, are the Thirty-two Marks of the Superman, wherewith endowed he has two careers that lie open to him and none other: that of the Lord of the Wheel and that of Buddha Supreme" ~ Lakkhana sutta, DN30. See...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1474

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

The conversation here is probably similar to the conversations in the courtyards around Borobudur in Indonesia 700 years ago when the local Hindus and Buddhists noticed the large numbers of Arab traders in their midst. The nature of Islam is that it restricts conversion to other religions and cultu...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Muslims, Islam, U.S.A and Europe
Replies: 98
Views: 1474

Re: Muslims, Islam and Europe

The conversation here is probably similar to the conversations in the courtyards around Borobudur in Indonesia 700 years ago when the local Hindus and Buddhists noticed the large numbers of Arab traders in their midst. The nature of Islam is that it restricts conversion to other religions and cultur...
by pilgrim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10354

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Ven Metteya Sakyaputta of Lumbini, the last name means a Sakyan son
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by pilgrim
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10354

Re: Buddha's skin colour

People claiming to be Sakyas still live along the southern edge of Nepal and in small communities in India, around Sankasia for eg. But I think intermarriage down thru the centuries have largely diluted physical features of their ethnicity. Ven.Phra-Anil-Sakya.jpg Phra Anil Shakya, an ethnic Sakyan ...
by pilgrim
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10354

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Modern people are so fearful of being perceived as Racist ( there, I mentioned the elephant in the room), that any mention of skin colour is whispered only with extreme sensitivity. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with being curious of how the founder of our religion looked like. Yes, he's Asi...
by pilgrim
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:58 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Theravada in Vietnam
Replies: 26
Views: 4271

Re: Theravada in Vietnam

There is also a small but thriving bhkkhuni sangha in Vietnam.
https://www.facebook.com/Nivienvienkhong/
http://www.khemarama.com/
http://www.trungtamhotong.org/
by pilgrim
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?
Replies: 41
Views: 3422

Re: Is Buddhist cosmology disproved by science?

Opinions are beginning to change. http://www.newsweek.com/big-bang-physics-origins-universe-724849 "Neves’s group presents an alternative explanation. Challenging the idea that “time had a beginning,” they suggest that the state of expansion in the universe came after a state of contraction. “There ...
by pilgrim
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 35
Views: 612

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

Then there is Tejaniya Sayadaw/Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw who teaches a form of Cittanubhavana.
http://ashintejaniya.org/
by pilgrim
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Alternative Forms of Vipassana
Replies: 35
Views: 612

Re: Alternative Forms of Vipassana

Just to mention Mahasati here also known as Dynamic Meditation...a Thai innovation.
http://www.mahasati.org/learn_to_medita ... chor703866
by pilgrim
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing for Ordination
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Preparing for Ordination

The website which is a collection of links is probably a useful resources. However, it has not been updated for some time and a number of links no longer take you to the correct pages. Going Forth - A collection of links on personal reflections on life as a Theravada Buddhist monk. http://www.parami...
by pilgrim
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Avijja translated as "Insentience"
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Avijja translated as "Insentience"

Ven Punnaji is a fan of old school psychology and his translations of stock Pali terms are generally impractical, ambiguous and can be misleading. For eg sanna is experience, vicikicca is cognitive dissonance and so on.
by pilgrim
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3131

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

They self-identify as Buddhists. Does that make them Buddhists? Of course. A person may behave badly, he may break the precepts, he may not practise well. But that does not forfeit his refuge. The path is open to all. "Venerable sir, in what way is one a lay follower?" "Mahanama, inasmuch as one ha...
by pilgrim
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining when children leave home
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Ordaining when children leave home

I know a few people who ordained after their children grew up. Yes, they still have contact with their children even thru Facebook. I think any lack of contact in such cases is very often a result of the adult children being too busy with their lives and not from any monastic restriction. :thinking: