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by cookiemonster
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.
Replies: 18
Views: 537

Re: SN 16.12 Tathāgata parammaraṇa sutta. After Death.

DooDoot wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:06 pm
seeker242 wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:20 pm
But what if both yes and no, are both wrong answers?
Explain why "no" is a wrong answer? Thanks :mrgreen:
Because "no" is a view that involves attachment?
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Confused how buddhism affects me.
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Confused how buddhism affects me.

Try to minimize as much as you can, and learn & practice all parts of the Eightfold Path equally (and not just meditation)?
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Greetings, the part where it breaks down, unfortunately, is where the system requires ever increasing taxes and fees, devalues currency, etc. The worker is forced to work harder just to stay even. The solution to this is to stop voting in big-spending leftists, and vote instead for "small governmen...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Greetings Cookie Monster, I just suppose I am frustrated at the whole Western system itself which inherently places ever-increasing demands on the worker. I would challenge you to reframe the situation in a more positive way, by shifting from a macro to a micro view. (I'm not saying this is how you...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Does anyone else face difficulties trying to find a balance between seriously living minimally in a Buddhist way, while living in Western society/the Western economic system...? I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used Gotta stay awake, gotta t...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Besides the proscribed livelihoods mentioned in the Suttas, I am sure there are some professions which would also be unwholesome, for example hedge funds, betting on companies' failures. In some 'investment strategies' they actually wish for the companies (they bet against and/or short sell) to do ...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Some people find a way not to be an employee -- they work for themselves -- of course that brings its own challenges, but if you are okay "living minimally" maybe you don't have to get crazy -- only take on as much work (and the type of work) as you can handle. Aren't we all working for others, e.g...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

Greetings, There are many different workplaces, with many different cultures. When looking for a new job, don't just consider the role, title, salary etc... also take note of the culture. If you can't determine the culture from the outside, you can to some extent infer it on account of the goods an...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Re: Western economic system & Buddhism

My concern is less from a consumer perspective (I think I have a good handle on that by living minimally), and more from a worker/employee perspective. The pressure is always on the employee to do more, accomplish more, becoming "more valuable", standing out from others, becoming "more" - at the ex...
by cookiemonster
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion in Theravada
Replies: 30
Views: 756

Re: Compassion in Theravada

(sorry for the post being long) I am Theravādin because I believe it to be the authentic tradition that keeps most firmly to what the Buddha actually taught than the other schools of Buddhism whose sutras I doubt the authenticity of, to whatever extent. However, earlier this year I dipped my toes i...
by cookiemonster
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Western economic system & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 638

Western economic system & Buddhism

Metta, Does anyone else face difficulties trying to find a balance between seriously living minimally in a Buddhist way, while living in Western society/the Western economic system which extols and demands ever-increasing effort & consumption? My concern is less from a consumer perspective (I think ...
by cookiemonster
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarikas ...
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Anagarikas ...

Do lay people bow to anagarikas in Theravada?
by cookiemonster
Wed May 25, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ranks of SammasamBuddhas
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Ranks of SammasamBuddhas

It is said that there are three levels or grades of samma-sambuddhas: 1. Viriyadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma-samBuddha-hood after 16 world cycles of (mainly) effort; 2. Saddhadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma-samBuddha-hood after 8 world cycles of faith; or 3. Pannadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma...
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?

OK, I answered my own question ... Mayadevi (Buddha's mother) is a deva/devi ... is anyone aware of any others? Thanks!
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?

I understand that there are male devas which are specifically named (e.g. Sakka, Brahma Sahampati, etc.), but does anyone know if there any named female devas in the canon? Note that I am specifically excluding any later developments, such as those found in the Mahayana and Vajrayana (e.g. Tara, fem...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 40
Views: 4523

Re: Arhats and Bodhisattvas

Perhaps it's time for those on the receiving end of being labelled "hinayana-ists" to transform and embrace the term. The "small" vehicle is for the few who are willing to do the hard work involved with training for awakening. Or, the "poor" vehicle is that which should be esteemed, just as Lord Bud...
by cookiemonster
Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 40
Views: 4523

Re: Arhats and Bodhisattvas

Is the alleged "bodhisattva" path even viable or legitimate, without committing oneself to that path before a samma-sambuddha and receiving a prophecy of success at future Buddhahood in return?

I do not consider Gotama to have been a bodhisattva until receiving those prophecies from former Buddhas.
by cookiemonster
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: As a meditator in Burma, should I bow to statues?
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: As a meditator in Burma, should I bow to statues?

Good post.

I bow, not because I believe there is someone or some spirit in the statue to receive the honor, but because respecting it in such a manner is self-transformative.
by cookiemonster
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3850

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

:anjali: OK, let's consider short-lived and long-lived people, ugly and beautiful people, stupid and discerning people as "sub-classes of human beings." That raises no concern whatsoever. However, you have taken what you term as "sub-classes" and applied it to "men, women, ethnic groups, and breeds...