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by pilgrim
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Does anyone know of a good critique of Abhidhamma/Commentaries in Burmese?

dylanj wrote:
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:51 am
I have a good friend from Burma, he holds very strongly to commentarial & abhidhammic views of the Dhamma...I try to explain the flaws but the language barrier is too much.
And you are of the view you know better?
by pilgrim
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invasive animal species and the first precept
Replies: 16
Views: 203

Invasive animal species and the first precept

If an invasive species is causing havoc to the natural environment how would you deal with it as a Buddhist? Would you break the precept ? If not, would you side-step the issue and let someone else deal with the problem? Or would you say it's not a problem and let the invasive animal species dominat...
by pilgrim
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4631

Re: Pa Auk In The West

I've observed that virtually all Ajahn Chah monks have earned their Independance/freedom from "Nissaya" at the 5-year mark of being a Bhikkhu (or shortly thereafter), such as myself, whereas the majority of Pa Auk/Galduwa monks have not (from what I've personally observed). Most of them (like 90 or...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4631

Re: Pa Auk In The West

Thank you Bhante Subharo for this informative post. I'm not sure how the Nissaya status of the Burmese and Sri Lankan monks play out in practice. Also it is unclear how extensive this practice is as I know quite a number of non-Burmese Pa-Auk monks who have been released from Nissaya and I am quite...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4631

Re: Pa Auk In The West

Thank you Bhante Subharo for this informative post. I'm not sure how the Nissaya status of the Burmese and Sri Lankan monks play out in practice. On the other hand, I feel that the Thai tradition adds unnecessary rules to the Vinaya such as the use of a cloth to accept items from women, non-touching...
by pilgrim
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 152
Views: 2306

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Westerners see buddhists as being idol worshipers.....and many buddists actually are idol worshipers. I know that many here will be up in arms at reading this. I live in thailand and I have seen idol worship first hand.....so don't get your knickers in a twist....instead just try to see the world a...
by pilgrim
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 152
Views: 2306

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

In the West, there is very little Buddhist infrastructure (temples, places where groups can meet) and community (very few Buddhist converts, and much fewer potentially like-minded ones). I agree with this to a great extent. In the entire west there is very little outreach. Only Ajahn Brahm makes th...
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge

Would anyone know the background behind this tragedy? For eg, the number of vassas, his monastery, if there are any reports regarding his meditation experiences. The intention is not to find faults but to identify any incidents that we could mark as red flags.
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?
Replies: 41
Views: 486

Re: What's the appeal of "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"?

Isn't there a limit to free speech? Would you, for example, defend the rights of ISIS to set up a recruiting station or a website calling for genocide?
by pilgrim
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge

This is tragic.
Practising Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge after pleas for help
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/loc ... aGt8P6w.99
by pilgrim
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Karli cave temple
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Karli cave temple

If the entire cave is carved out of rock, then the cetiya too is solid rock. It would not contain any remains.
by pilgrim
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4359
Views: 267630

Re: Meat consumption and first precept

Hi guys, Is there bad karma from eating meat, is eating meat breaking the first precept? Sorry if the question sounds silly. Thanks. Brief answer- No. One normally eats meat from dead animals. Thus whatever killing is already done. "Taking life, torture, mutilation too, binding, stealing, telling l...
by pilgrim
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 75
Views: 2304

Criticism of Islam

Nonsense? Rumours? Well , here's a case in point. Apparently she made some remarks to people outside the mosque regarding the prophet. Malaysian housewife handed jail term for insulting Islam https://www.news24.com/World/News/malaysian-housewife-handed-jail-term-for-insulting-islam-20171215 On the o...
by pilgrim
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 75
Views: 2304

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

Under Islam, the Buddha idols stood for 1,300 years. Only because they failed to demolish it entirely as the did not have modern tools and explosives. But they managed to remove the face and other identifying features with their crude tools. The Taliban finished the job with modern explosives. What...
by pilgrim
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 75
Views: 2304

Re: Buddhism and Islam in Asia: A Long and Complicated History

DooDoot wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:56 pm
Under Islam, the Buddha idols stood for 1,300 years.
Only because they failed to demolish it entirely as the did not have modern tools and explosives. But they managed to remove the face and other identifying features with their crude tools. The Taliban finished the job with modern explosives.
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: 42
Views: 779

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: 42
Views: 779

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: 96
Views: 3134

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: 101
Views: 2605

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: 96
Views: 3134

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...