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by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 18
Views: 264

Re: respecting sangha

I respect monks for their knowledge of the suttas and meditation experiences but every so often when I get to know them better, I am disappointed when I realise that many of them would also believe in all manner of pseudo-science and quack cancer cures (and sometimes include them in their talks). :r...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: In your opinion what are the most awesome things about Buddhism?

It does not explain away the hard realities of life with bullshit mythologies but teaches one how to deal with it.
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Practicing both Theravada and Nichiren Buddhism

It depends how far or deep one is practising each . Theravada is Sila , Samadhi, Panna. The Sila part has much overlap with other religions and philosophies. The Samadhi less and when it comes to Panna, none.
by pilgrim
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?
Replies: 48
Views: 496

Re: Does Buddhism needs marketing ?

We here in the States could use some additional Buddhist marketing. I feel like millennials are agnostic and atheist in surprisingly high numbers, and are ready for something new to take hold in their hearts. I'm looking forward to helping spread it. Don't look to the Asian immigrant temples to do ...
by pilgrim
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 217
Views: 2862

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Be that as it may, can you show me the sutta you are talking about where it says, "volitional formations to be the cause for consciousness to descend into the womb". I think I know what you are referring to, but I would like to see it in context. One sutta will do. No need to clutter up the thread....
by pilgrim
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 217
Views: 2862

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

arising and ceasing isn't DO Exactly...ppl confuse Causation with DO. When it is the principle of Causation that is a prerequisite to accepting DO. This is made clear in the Assutava sutta. "'When this is, that is. "'From the arising of this comes the arising of that. "'When this isn't, that isn't....
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 217
Views: 2862

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

Buddhaghosa (Theravada) and Vasubandhu (Mahayana) both discussed a 3 life model. Either they both came up with the 3 life model on their own or extrapolated it from the teachings, thus the controversy ever since. And the Abhidhamma discusses momentary mental events in detail, which makes sense from...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 217
Views: 2862

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

For a pretty good summary of the main views on DO; pros and cons, see: http://www.leighb.com/deporg1.htm#2 I find Leigh's "Problems with the 3 Lives model" to be silly. He says : "But look what happens when you lay the "cessation chain" on top of the 3 Lives Model: With the ceasing of Ignorance in ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Informations about Ajahn Kevali
Replies: 25
Views: 3109

Re: Informations about Ajahn Kevali

There were earlier remarks that Ajahn Kevali was reluctant to ordain new monks but it seems he was only recently authorised to do so. "Having passed the examinations required by the Mahatherasamakom, on Sunday 28th January 2018, Ajahn Kevali, abbot of Wat Nanachat, was appointed as a Preceptor (Upaj...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 217
Views: 2862

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

How are the one-life model and the moment to moment models compatible with the Maha-Nidana sutta , DN 15 which gives a definition of the links? in particular the 2 links where a new Life occurs, quoted below. Namarupa/Name and Form - 'From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.'...
by pilgrim
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Cambodia's 10 precept nuns
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Cambodia's 10 precept nuns

This article describing the present conditions of the Daun Chi, also underlines the importance of bringing back the Bhikkhuni sangha.
http://sea-globe.com/praying-for-equali ... ale-monks/
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: What is Facebook?
Replies: 43
Views: 945

Re: What is Facebook?

Why we, as human beings, are so concerned about privacy? If our actions are praiseworthy, why do we worry if others know about us? Because there are morons who post their nudie pics and criminal activities on FB. Personally I approve of FB's use of my data. It's like having a free personal secretar...
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Renunciation of family life
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Renunciation of family life

Off the top of my head, there's Bhikkhu Cintita. There was also a US mother and son who both ordained ( not sure if both are still in robes though). I remember coming across others but the memory didn't stick. :)
by pilgrim
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest
Replies: 11
Views: 158

Re: Indians converting to Buddhism as political protest

History clearly indicates that the fortunes of religions are closely intertwined with politics. It is quite likely that none of us would be Buddhist today if not for the political actions of Asoka. The millions of Dalit Buddhists may be neo-Buddhists today but who is to say that they would not produ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Cambodia - a strange sangha experiment
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Cambodia - a strange sangha experiment

Taiwanese nuns in Cambodia practising a hybrid of Mahayana and Theravada. https://www.cambodiadaily.com/features/the-sisterhood-106083/ Also see this blog post. The first generation of bhikkhunis are Mahayana nuns, while the next generation have been accepted into the Theravada sangha. "The younger ...
by pilgrim
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire
Replies: 3
Views: 129

SN Goenka - Theravada Dhammaduta extraordinaire

I was reading the bios of monastics at Abhayagiri, USA and was struck by the large number of monastics there whose introduction to the Dhamma was thru Goenka retreats. I found this is also true of many western monastics who encountered the Dhamma outside SE Asia (another eg, both the founders of the...
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening
Replies: 23
Views: 1507

Re: Question about Theravāda buddhism and Kundalini awakening

You may find Goenka's answer to a related question useful. 1. What is the effect of Vipassana on the chakras ? Chakras are nothing but nerve centres on the spinal cord. Vipassana takes you to the stage where you can feel activity in every little atom of your body. Chakras are just a part of that. Th...
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1698

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

It's very difficult to disentangle where this idea that "Ajahn Brahm claims he started Bhikkhuni ordination" comes from. I don't see AB claiming that in the interview linked in the OP. He seems to be simply responding to specific questions. :heart: Mike To be fair, he never claimed that and I am su...
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1698

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Considered - that is the word here. All this "bhikkhuni" theme is about "status", not about living a certain way of life. Mae chis, Thilashin, Siladharas - they all live like true renunciates and have all conditions to do so. However, those, who want "status" won't join them, ofc... This is called ...
by pilgrim
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1698

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

How does it undermine the arguments against the validity of bhikkuni ordinations? OK, I take that back as it wasn't worded correctly. What I meant was that the WPN sangha refused to recognise the validity of the Perth bhikkhuni ordinations for whatever reason. But it cannot be on the validity of th...