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by rolling_boulder
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Invitation to a Virtual Retreat (May 1)
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Invitation to a Virtual Retreat (May 1)

Ajahn Sona's hosting a virtual pandemic meditation retreat, if you want to participate, starting may 1!

by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A little Inspiration for renunciation
Replies: 0
Views: 100

A little Inspiration for renunciation

From the Buddhacarita by Asvaghosa (the Bodhisattvas' servant is trying to convince him to seduce a woman) 85. ‘I do not despise worldly objects, I know that all mankind are bound up therein; but remembering that the world is transitory, my mind cannot find pleasure in them. 86. ‘Old age, disease, a...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 1622

Re: Is Buddhism a death cult?

So something in my world that holds out an offer of a reality free from these things is going to grab my attention. It makes me want to explore, to take advice on what this might be and how it might be obtained. To use similes from the suttas, it's a bit like being swept away or threatened by water...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 1622

Re: Is Buddhism a death cult?

In the suttas, though, there is repeated emphasis upon "the deathless", amata , as the goal of the practice. Forgive me that I like to poke and question. What's the deathless? Of course it's the age old question. But why are we so sure that we want it? So many Buddhists say we practice for the sake...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism a death cult?
Replies: 35
Views: 1622

Is Buddhism a death cult?

:thinking: "Dismiss this life, worship death. " -Death Grips "The noblest of people are those despising wealth, learning, pleasure, and death, esteeming above them poverty, hardship, ignorance, and death." -Diogenes, quoted by Stobaeus Hi, talking to some traditional Buddhists I hear them referring ...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science
Replies: 172
Views: 6514

Re: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science

What stream-enterers have to lose (let alone Arhants) to violate the Vinaya? They would still achieve Nibbana no matter what. Sotapannas don't neccesarily recall their past lives, and if Theravada orthodoxy holds, monastic arahants would never breach the Vinaya out of respect for the Dhamma. Lay ar...
by rolling_boulder
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science
Replies: 172
Views: 6514

Re: Rebirth admission would collapse modern science

But not even this was even tried. Arhants or monks at the highest levels of realization should have at least tried to verify their own claims by providing evidence to the general public but, as far as I know, no one even really seriously tried. Which is a puzzle, if I may say. They aren't allowed t...
by rolling_boulder
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?
Replies: 24
Views: 1612

Re: How do Buddhists get rid of ants and other pests and insects?

binocular wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:40 pm
(I heard from some Hindus that fleas, mosquitos, worms, etc. don't go anywhere near spiritually advanced people. This might be a general Asian/dharmic theme.)
Well then given how much mosquitoes seem to love me, I have a long way to go...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 3212

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

This could be your 1000th lifetime where you encountered the Dhamma, and 1000 times before it you could've settled for, "It's not such a big deal." How do you know either way? You don't. So what's your best bet? Yeah you're right, I should have phrased it differently. But it is something hard to ph...
by rolling_boulder
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli
Replies: 64
Views: 3212

Re: A short talk for laypeople by Ajahn Nyanamoli

I have always found in my practice that it is better not to focus on all-or-nothing binaries. As I see it, there are practices that the Buddha recommended which are skillful. Each of these practices that we can do will be for our benefit and for the benefit of all beings. There is such a thing as ta...
by rolling_boulder
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anything worthwhile in SR Vietnam?
Replies: 0
Views: 1289

Anything worthwhile in SR Vietnam?

Hi The more i hear from the expat community and experienced tourists, the more that Vietnam sounds like a cool place to go. I have never really heard much about Vietnam's particular strain of Buddhism. I know it's mahayana, but their bhikkhus wear orange robes? Is there anything worthwhile there in ...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 8645

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

Ok, but we are looking for what the Buddha was actually trying to tell us!
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 8645

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

[ In Buddhist terms this would be equivalent to saying that there is an Atman "beneath" the five aggregates, which doesn't appear to be what the Buddha taught - unless you argue that Nibbana is some sort of "true self". :shrug: The thing that really gets me about all these doctrinal issues at this ...
by rolling_boulder
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?
Replies: 144
Views: 8645

Re: Does the advaita conception of anatta precede Buddhism?

:heart: Mike Dear Mr Mikenz I'm listening to the third talk and i agree with the conception of anatta expressed therein but i dont see how he's addressing the issue of the background mind or knower being Nibbana or not. Edit; ah, think i see now, in the second talk he explains about the preceding U...