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by Laurens
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What are the scholarly views on agnosticism about the Pali Canon?
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: What are the scholarly views on agnosticism about the Pali Canon?

Saying scholars can only trace something back to a certain point doesn't mean it ends there, it means we run out of evidence for it's prior existence. One day they might find a cave with a sutta quote inside that dates to the time just after the Buddha. It doesn't prove anything, it just allows for ...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Atheistic Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 532

Re: Atheistic Buddhism

I'd say you are assuming atheistic Buddhism is the idea that the Buddha was an atheist. I think the interpretation would be that the Buddha was a person who discovered a system for bringing about the end of suffering, but was also a human and thus subscribed to the prevailing cultural beliefs of the...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Buddhas never joke?
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Why do Buddhas never joke?

I was hoping the post would contain a punchline... :lol: For all we know the Buddha did joke, but it probably wasn't recorded as it wasn't seen as part of the teachings. I find it hard to believe that he would have been completely humourless. Most spiritually advanced people are funny and or are kno...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Which is the best Ajahn Brahm book for his more recent meditation instructions?
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Which is the best Ajahn Brahm book for his more recent meditation instructions?

Hello, Having read Mindfulness; Bliss and Beyond some years ago, it is my understanding that the venerable Ajahn Brahm has updated his technique to focus more on letting go and loving awareness. It seems he has produced several more books since then, I was just wondering which, if any contains more ...
by Laurens
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: Rebirth question

I'm a bit perplexed by the posts about Canada and ghosts :lol: Let's get back to topic. Are there any resources (I prefer video/audio format, as it is easier to fit in my day while doing other things) that describe the mechanics of rebirth, and perhaps address the kinds of questions that I raised in...
by Laurens
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: Rebirth question

It would solve the 'problem' of population and rebirth if it were the case that "earth time" and "rebirth time" were both linear, but not dependent on each other. The path of rebirth time could cross over with earth time at different points or even at the same point. If that were true then we wouldn...
by Laurens
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Rebirth question

I was thinking about rebirth the other day. It's not something I find especially interesting, because it is rarely relevant to practise for me. However one question did occur to me: Is rebirth bound by time in the same way that our lives seem to be? Or to phrase it differently, is it possible to be ...
by Laurens
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Father question
Replies: 12
Views: 372

Re: Father question

Hi my father told me that i need medicine for mental illness (autism, and others) they had gone with psichologist and psychiatrics, and they had gave 2 times medicine to control the problem, i left them 3 years ago, and i was fine, but in the last days my father told me that i had to take them, the...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Observing the 5th Precept
Replies: 15
Views: 633

Re: Observing the 5th Precept

If your friends do not support your decision to stop drinking alcohol or taking any other intoxicants then you need to reassess your definition of 'friend'. A true friend when hearing that you want to stop will offer support, and perhaps advice. If they offer you alcohol then they are not your frien...
by Laurens
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.

Maybe over egging it is a good way to train yourself. It certainly worked for me. Much of my food addiction was cured by a month of going on a restrictive diet. Once I went back, regular meals were enough of a treat that I didn't crave anything else. Perhaps try fasting for a whole 24 hour period a ...
by Laurens
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does words have power?
Replies: 44
Views: 982

Re: Does words have power?

Yes words are profoundly powerful.

No, they cannot give you leprosy as far as I know.
by Laurens
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 249

Re: dream about alcohol

"if my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine," - Bob Dylan I don't think we can control the thoughts that sometimes pop into our heads let alone the dreams we have. We can choose whether or not we identify with them. I had a dream recently where I was trying to hi...
by Laurens
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 433

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

Rebirth and past kamma relate so little to day to day practise that you don't have to make analogies, and draw parallels in order to make yourself believe them. I think about the kamma, or intention of my actions in the present, but aside from that Buddhism works pretty well regardless of whether or...
by Laurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1546

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I think I probably come across on the doubt side with some aspects of Buddhism. I don't think having a sceptical mindset is antithetical to the Dhamma. I actually think its important, and I believe it is the mindset that is encouraged in the Kalama sutta. Its worth saying that I don't doubt that the...
by Laurens
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1900

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

I chose 'no' because I think that it is better to not believe anyone to be infallible, but rather explore for ourselves whether the teachings are true. When we hear the Four Noble Truths for instance, I don't think the correct response is to just become a Buddhist. The correct response is to think a...