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by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying Respect or Veneration - the unknown very first Sila
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Paying Respect or Veneration - the unknown very first Sila

. If there are places which causes uncertainty, let my person know, to possible give further into. Well, that's good. Because, and I don't mean to give offense, most of your posts are very hard to understand, to the point of incomprehensibility. Compared to other people's writings, It takes me abou...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Paying Respect or Veneration - the unknown very first Sila
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Paying Respect or Veneration - the unknown very first Sila

Greetings Venerable, and may I pay my respex and venerationz to you.
I am curious, are you using Google Translate to post here?
:anjali:
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: keep liberalism out of buddhism
Replies: 126
Views: 5069

Re: keep liberalism out of buddhism

Hi Dylan. I replaced the word Women with Black people. Interesting eh. Black people are fine but to grasp at one's race & take personally the disparity between races that will inevitably arise due to the instability of the world is to be enmeshed in identity The suffering of black people would be mo...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you could ask the Buddha one question
Replies: 47
Views: 2062

Re: If you could ask the Buddha one question

binocular wrote:
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:36 pm
Under those terms od engagement, I would not ask him any questions, or even just have any conversation with him, because I reject those terms of engagement.
I don't think the Buddha would set such terms of engagament.
Of course he would not. This is just a thought-experiment, on an internet forum.
by JamesTheGiant
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Religious miracles and the Buddhist view
Replies: 8
Views: 709

Re: Religious miracles and the Buddhist view

Sure, there are lots of miracles and amazing things that happen in the Buddhist scriptures. Some powerful monks had supernormal powers and could do things like flying. One young monk had a finger that glowed, just like in the old movie E.T., and he would use his finger at night to guide visitors to ...
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If you could ask the Buddha one question
Replies: 47
Views: 2062

Re: If you could ask the Buddha one question

I'd ask "What's the very best teaching to suit me?" Because he can read minds he'd look at my mind and tell me the absolute perfect teaching to fit my mind and personality. And I'd get enlightened there and then!
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pronunciation of 't'
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Pronunciation of 't'

I know a monk of 20 years seniority, who alway, always says it wrong. He says "Th" like "Thick", in public Dhamma-talks where he speaks about Theravada. Theravada this, Theravada that, and wrong every time. 20 years! I cringe every time he says it.
by JamesTheGiant
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are you already the Buddha?
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Are you already the Buddha?

An enlightened person could eat a disgusting dog shit, as easily as they would eat a bit of chocolate. An enlightened person could be tortured, with fire and cutting, and eventually have all their leg and arms cut off, and the enlightened person would not suffer or be angry. Enlightenment is that f...
by JamesTheGiant
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are you already the Buddha?
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Are you already the Buddha?

So how does one know that one isn't already the Buddha? An enlightened person could eat a disgusting dog shit, as easily as they would eat a bit of chocolate. An enlightened person could be tortured, with fire and cutting, and eventually have all their leg and arms cut off, and the enlightened pers...
by JamesTheGiant
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Treatment of Dhamma Texts - especially on electronic devices
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Treatment of Dhamma Texts - especially on electronic devices

At my monastery we treat texts nicely; don't throw them around or sit on them, but we know they're just books. Books full of wisdom and the dhamma, but just books, in the end. If we are sitting on the floor, and there's nothing to put the book of suttas on, we put it on the floor. If there's a place...
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Confessions subforum
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: Confessions subforum

Just go and DO IT if you want to, and stop arguing about it. Make a thread, and confess to your heart's content.
by JamesTheGiant
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Confessions subforum
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: Confessions subforum

How about you start your own thread for that purpose. You could call it "Confessions thread" There's no need for a subforum. By the way, I find the idea quite strange. Confessions are for monks, and Catholics, and they are always done in private. I've not heard of laypeople being encouraged to make ...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Re: Refuge

Upeksha wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:14 am

:anjali:
Well I thought it was a good question. :hug:
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Re: Refuge

Some seem to be proposing that there is only a double gem. "I take refuge in the Dhamma, the Dhamma and the sangha." It seems that way, because he's gone, and doesn't help us today like a God or deity would. When I take the refuges I do it this way, as explained to me by some Ajahn or other. I forg...
by JamesTheGiant
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Headaches from bhavana
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Headaches from bhavana

My view of Buddhist practise is the effort involved is the effort to let go . At the end of the Anapanasati Sutta, it is said each factor of enlightenment, including mindfulness, should have the quality of ' letting go ' (sometimes translated as 'relinquishment'). This means no special effort is re...