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by No_Mind
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 45
Views: 870

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

All these are good points, but they won't apply in Prabupada's case because the man was abusive even towards fellow Indians. He would say very bad things even about great Indian sages and thinkers. This is obviously NOT Indian culture. We debate but we never abuse. But Prabupada wouldn't just debat...
by No_Mind
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 45
Views: 870

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

I was once a member of the movement. I recall reading in one of his books, clearly, the line "women are generally less intelligent" (ie, than men), but I can't recall the context, or the book. But I'm not mistaken about it, I clearly read it. But you are correct, retro, although he did not regard B...
by No_Mind
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 45
Views: 870

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

There's a lot of pretty significant accusations going on here. They are common knowledge in ISKCON; go to their meetings for a couple of weeks and you can hear them yourself. Since they've taken down some old sites of theirs, it will take me a while to locate the exact quotes from other sites. But ...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

/../ Show an example of a person who attained Nibbana/cessation of suffering, purely by reading pdfs, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos, without having a good teacher at some point of their practice. Walk your talk or confess that you are putting forth hypothesis and conjecture and ...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

/../ Show an example of a person who attained Nibbana/cessation of suffering, purely by reading pdfs, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos, without having a good teacher at some point of their practice. Walk your talk or confess that you are putting forth hypothesis and conjecture and ...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:03 am
No_Mind wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:50 am
bedouin
A bedouin is a wanderer, such as yourself, i.e., one not quoting suttas similar to a non-Buddhist.
You are quoting random pieces of sutta which do not pertain to the topic at hand. Am I supposed to compete with your bizarreness?

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

I can read: Thank God for small mercies. No intermediary, such as the guru, Brahma, Vishnu, Krishna, Hanuman or Jesus Christ mentioned. Wrong. Buddha and his Nibbana takes the place of Christ and crucifixation as intermediary. Almost exactly parallel preconditions set .. no Nibbana unless there is ...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:43 am
No_Mind wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:41 am
It is like trying to explain what is snow to a bedouin. One should not even try. Not being patronising.
Sounds Hindu. Are you from India, by chance?
I suppose you can read or is that off the table too?

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:20 am
/../
It is like trying to explain what is snowstorm to a bedouin. One should not even try. Not being patronising.

Image

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 45
Views: 870

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

Srila Prabhupada (the founder of the Hare Krishna movement from India), for example, believed that all trouble in marriage is the wife's fault. I can recall, he once said "women are generally less intelligent" [ie, than men], but to say what you quoted above, would take his culturally acquired sexi...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

thepea wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:02 am
I wasn’t discussing teachers at all.
Okay. But we are discussing need of a good teacher in this post.

:namaste:
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

Not only possible but expected within some traditions. Which ones? I imagine most of the traditions which came from Burma mahasi, Goenka, ims. The Sri Lanken group who I began practice with seemed split on this matter the head monk in his own way lead me to believe this very possible at least. also...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

You cannot learn maths by yourself or yoga or ballet or tailoring .. how can you attain something as rare as Nibbana without a teacher in beginning stages (say first 5-8 years of practice) Sure, but you also can not learn ballet by having a mechanic as your teacher, or learn mechanics having a pain...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

Sure, why spend a ton of time reading and contemplating thousands of pages of suttas. Who wants to do that ? You can just ask an asian monk to tell you everything about what Buddha taught, while 99.99% cases he hasn't read more than a couple of pages of suttas himself. :anjali: The question being d...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

They should go to one of those asian therevada collages, where you spend 8 years reading zero suttas. :juggling: Whoever said a college .. I said a teacher. For lack of a better word a "guru". You cannot learn maths by yourself or yoga or ballet or tailoring .. how can you attain something as rare ...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

Not only possible but expected within some traditions. Which ones? Yes. Lack of good teachers? What problem is that? and How does dropping craving & clinging require a teacher? A teacher may tell you what task to do but a teacher cannot do the task for you. The Buddhas only point the way. If one go...
by No_Mind
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 64
Views: 627

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

From another post: "Although I theoretically believe in Nibbana, I believe in this day and age it is not very possible because of lack of good teachers. The most one can hope for is to have a well-rounded idea of Dhamma, lead a Dhammic life, be a decent and good person." ============ What is your o...
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump - One Year
Replies: 31
Views: 443

Re: Trump - One Year

Not entirely related to Trump one year but relevant .. what Democrats are doing right now is downright wrong .. holding spending bill hostage to DACA negotiations. If it was Republicans who did this (2013 was very different .. Republicans stalled spending bill accusing Democrats of spending too much...
by No_Mind
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 24
Views: 352

Re: Why are you in this forum?

4, 7, 9, 10 The reason I am here is not listed. I believe that both Dhammic faiths (Hinduism and Buddhism) studied together provide better understanding than when studied in isolation. They complete each other. The results so far are very close to the result of SC. I surprised why so few want to att...