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by Bundokji
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 25
Views: 504

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

In my opinion, a structured way of practice makes understanding the four noble truths more difficult and can easily turn into a distraction. The distraction happens by focusing on and being too involved into the necessary steps that one should take to reach the goal, overlooking the underlying proce...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: Is there such a thing as Right Desire?

Some desires are wholesome from a Buddhist perspective such as the desire to be good, or the desire for wisdom. So, not all desires are suffering. What is suffering though is clinging to desire even if this desire is wholesome.
by Bundokji
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fear and Animosity
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Fear and Animosity

I don't really see that fear and hatred are necessarily closely coupled except that prolonged fear often leads to hatred.......I hate watching thai soap operas on tv but I don't fear it.....I might hate my noisy neighbor but I dont' fear him....I might fear losing a friend but I don't have any hatr...
by Bundokji
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “No Sex” or “Right Sex”?
Replies: 19
Views: 491

Re: “No Sex” or “Right Sex”?

I think the Dhamma can be approached in many different ways. One approach i personally try to avoid is to view the path as a set of rules or even recommendations. While some aspects of the teachings can function as a set of rules, especially for monastics, linking these rules to "wisdom" is a misund...
by Bundokji
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: alcohol
Replies: 24
Views: 1142

Re: alcohol

Why don't the people who are bothered by this sotapanna conjecture just go ask some if they are able to drink alcohol or not? If you can't find a sotapanna then I guess the only way to find out is to become one. chownah because that would be getting distracted by a label that means different things...
by Bundokji
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: alcohol
Replies: 24
Views: 1142

Re: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?

Iam not sure that Sotapanna's mind can be "drunk". And it's logic from 8NP point of view, Sotapanna has Arya sila, and there is no about drinking, so it's logical that he is capable of drinking. He is incapable of killing, stealing, lying, cheating but capable of drinking, as capable of other sensu...
by Bundokji
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: Interest in Dhamma - growing or slowing ?

I would answer yes, especially in the west, and my answer has to do with analyzing the conditions that led to it. It is not a coincidence that modernism, which is associated with scientific explanations of the world, left very little room for superstitions to explain phenomena. All of the sudden, th...
by Bundokji
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

The "validity of the question" is one thing, an "invalid question" another. That it is invalid can be difficult to see, else it wouldn’t have been replied to the way it was and still is. I don’t mind discussing the reasoning, maybe it was unclear, seen as invalid, illogic, pure nonsense, etc. But t...
by Bundokji
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

The view ‘what would you do if there is no rebirth’ is a invalid question. It is not a matter of belief. You can belief there is rebirth or not, people belief a lot of things, but that is a different thing. The way this question was framed showed it was about eternalism vs nihilism (and not the kin...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

Its worth noting that rebirth would come as a good news to the bulk of humans, not the opposite.
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

Yes, brahman, so it is. It's not easy to endure isolated forest or wilderness dwellings. It's not easy to maintain seclusion, not easy to enjoy being alone. The forests, as it were, plunder the mind of a monk who has not attained concentration. Before my Awakening, when I was still an unawakened Bo...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:14 pm
well, Buddha was afraid, for a while

that's OK, existence couldn't be more dangerous

the strange thing is, people couldn't be less concerned
I don't recall the Buddha was afraid. When he left the world, he took enormous risks. Do not seem to be the action of someone who was afraid.
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

I always thought, never mind your reason, I would say it relates to rebirth I appreciate your insights about rebirth deduced from my avatar :tongue: By the way, i am neither denying Kama nor rebirth. I am saying that if the whole aim of your practice is to end rebirth, then you are driven by fear a...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

But that was the main Buddha's goal - to end rebirth .) As for "knowledge" - there is absolutely no sense in any kind of knowledge if it can't be used somehow in this very life. I don't think this was the main Buddha's goal. When the Buddha, before his enlightenment, left the world, he did to searc...
by Bundokji
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1648

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

The question should be: is believing in rebirth the only reason that makes the teachings of the Buddha worth following? How about leaving the world without regrets? or leaving the world as someone who understood, or as someone who is fulfilled? If we happen to be in the world as knowing entities, an...