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by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

I hear what you are saying, brother, and I get it, but I don't think we have the cultural background to accept ideas like "heaven" "hell" "World King" "patriarchy" "Devil (Mara)" "spirits (yakkas)" "gods (devas)" etc, etc. I see the Slavic posters on this board and they seem 1000% times more advanc...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

cappuccino wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:02 pm
skepticism results in ignorance
Maybe, but unwarranted beliefs is definitely not the answer.
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

I think "Westerners" believe quite a bit of metaphysical assumptions, such as: 1. "Evolution" 2. "Equality" 3. "Democracy" More mob violence, and crusades have been waged in the name of these three ideas than all of the corpses that migrated into the Hand of Christ during the crusades and Inquisiti...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

Hopefully the stream will do better than Bollywood. Because while Goa is Christ-ian, Europeans on vacation may eat curry and take selfies with corpses in the Ganges, thats about it for now. That and Steve Jobs, but imo, they could have kept him in the subcontinent for all I care. Plus the Christian...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 25
Views: 350

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

I think it is growing - I think more will ordain. I am optimistic about the future. I share your sentiment. The following is what Arthur Schopenhauer predicted over a century ago: We, on the contrary, now send the Brahmans English clergymen and evangelical linen-weavers to set them right out of sym...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom vs will
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Wisdom vs will

There is a subtle difference between power and control. The aim of the practice is to be in control. The Buddha said "the wise control themselves". The problem with using words such as 'power' or "will" implies the existence of a free agent who is exercising his own will or power, whereas control is...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 467

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Difficult to answer. What constitutes Theravada? It is a gradual training, and progress on the path do not seem to be linear. We also have a mundane and supra-mundane understanding of the teachings. The teachings do not focus only on the action, but the intention behind it. There is also the notion ...
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: Sam Vara is stepping down as moderator

Thank you for your service and generosity. Please continue to share your wisdom with us whenever you can :heart:
by Bundokji
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does the self view arises ?
Replies: 47
Views: 694

Re: How does the self view arises ?

I find the function of self view through an evolutionary explanation to be convincing and inline with my personal observations. Self view seem to be more developed in homo sapiens than other animals. When you examine what we can do and what other animals cannot, you would see why humans are the most...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 738

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Agree. That is the whole point. What we experience is an illusion. The phenomena arise and pass away. But we give them a meaning and suffer. Seems to me like a fallacy of composition, which is assuming that what is true of a member of a group is true for the group as a whole. If a letter has no mea...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 738

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 am
Even if there are seventeen thought moments they are distinctive and independent according to Abhidhamma.
It is like the letters in a word. Each letter is distinct but we make some sense of the word.
And we don't make sense of the letter through its ability to take part in forming words?
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 738

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

In simple terms say you think first about an apple and nex about a banana. There are two distinctive thoughts. If you look carefully this each thought has many steps. =============== A complete thought process, occurring through the physical sense doors, is made up of seventeen thought moments (cit...
by Bundokji
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 738

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

What does a "single thought moment" mean? Is it a solution to the problem of "self continuity" which implies single thought moments connected by ignorance? How does this idea solve the problem?
by Bundokji
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can 2nd noble truth be realised without comprehending 1st noble truth?
Replies: 15
Views: 294

Re: Can 2nd noble truth be realised without comprehending 1st noble truth?

Understanding suffering includes its origin and cessation, and to understand it the practitioner must also understand impermanence, which contributes to it. “Is it the case that whoever sees stress also sees the origination of stress, the cessation of stress, & the path of practice leading to the c...
by Bundokji
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paccaya Sutta: Requisite Conditions
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Paccaya Sutta: Requisite Conditions

Thanks DooDoot! Your contribution, to me, is always beneficial :anjali: What you described is exactly what i was thinking of when i raised the question about the possible contradiction, thinking in terms of phenomenology. The laws of Dhamma is known to me as phenomena that equally appears and disapp...