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by Kim OHara
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nature Self Aware?
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Is Nature Self Aware?

Here's a good article which sees coronavirus as one symptom, among many, that we're over-stressing the environment and will suffer consequences. I don't think that's particularly controversial, but the headline invites readers to see nature as a self-aware entity, doesn't it? Coronavirus: 'Nature is...
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Nature Self Aware?
Replies: 20
Views: 692

Re: Is Nature Self Aware?

It's an interesting question with a very long history but its modern form was defined by Lovelock, who gets a mention in your linked article: These musings lead us to revisit James Lovelock and his Gaia Hypothesis of a "Conscious Earth" based on observable data demonstrating that the planet function...
by Kim OHara
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: my Dhamma Wheel is very slow - all day
Replies: 8
Views: 815

Re: my Dhamma Wheel is very slow - all day

It has been slower for me than Australian sites but some other US sites have been a bit slow, too. I just figured too many Aussies are streaming Netflix while they are stuck at home.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 1150

Re: Buddhist Pope

In thailand they already have a buddhist pope.....some people think it works our really well and some people find it horrendous. chownah More like an "Archbishop of Thailand", i.e., official leader of all Thai Buddhists, than a "Pope", i.e., official leader of all Theravadin Buddhists worldwide, su...
by Kim OHara
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 1150

Re: Buddhist Pope

Greetings everyone, As we all know, there are many interpretations and different traditions of Buddhism, some of which are directly contradictory. Would it have been better if the Buddha had appointed a successor, a Buddhist “pope” of sorts? Metta :) Lord Buddha in his last words to Ananda thero ad...
by Kim OHara
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Training in Aversion is wrong
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: Training in Aversion is wrong

... More from Bhikkhu Bodhi, this time from the section on the Intention of Good Will. The intention of good will opposes the intention of ill will, thoughts governed by anger and aversion. As in the case of desire, there are two ineffective ways of handling ill will. One is to yield to it, to expr...
by Kim OHara
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 153
Views: 9249

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

For decades, Theravadins have been upset about the name “Hinayana,” for decades, articles and threads have been raised about this, and “Hinayana” is always offensive. Some Theravadins get upset by the term. Others (the wiser ones, in my view) simply follow the Akkosa Sutta and decline the Mahayanis...
by Kim OHara
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist pain management books, web resources, suttas, Visuddhimagga, etc.?
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Buddhist pain management books, web resources, suttas, Visuddhimagga, etc.?

zan wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:34 am
Title says it all.

Have a friend with chronic pain. Looking for good resources to help them.

Suggestions?
The first place I would look would be Jon Kabat-Zinn's MBSR since that was his whole focus, but I haven't got any recommendations more specific than that.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 153
Views: 9249

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

If the Theravadins inform the Mahayanists of the self-existing dharma, the problem of the erroneous name "Hinayana" will be immediately resolved. LOL. Highly unlikely. What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana Burn all the books, other paper and other media, videotapes and fi...
by Kim OHara
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudvipa is India ?
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: Jambudvipa is India ?

The translation is non-literal, then, but it makes no difference in the context of the sutta.

:shrug:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the sand?
Replies: 34
Views: 2074

Re: How does one stay a good orthodox Theravadin and cope with modern scholarship while not sticking one's head in the s

... There are two immediately apparent ways one may approach these issues: 1.) Accept every scholars statements and decide most of Buddhism is inauthentic, not much goes back to the Buddha, and only practice the one or two teachings left that are purportedly authentic. 2. Stick one's head in the sa...
by Kim OHara
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: An account of Christian meditation
Replies: 10
Views: 1436

Re: An account of Christian meditation

I think this should be called "a kind of meditation that some christians do" as opposed to it being called "christian meditation". :thumbsup: Indeed. There are many other kinds of Christian meditation, and most Christians don't do anything resembling meditation anyway. ... I think that if one wants...
by Kim OHara
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Validating Mount Meru
Replies: 16
Views: 2274

Re: Validating Mount Meru

MrKoala wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:26 am
..."modern Therevadan buddhists" ...
Nearly all of them are Sri Lankan, Thai, etc., and have grown up with Mount Meru just as Westerners have grown up with the Garden of Eden.

That probably gives you a fairly accurate idea.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Christian Afterlife in Buddhist Context
Replies: 26
Views: 2823

Re: Christian Afterlife in Buddhist Context

confusedlayman wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:06 am
It’s impossible to know unless u see for urself.
and you can't go there as a tourist, so no-one posts selfies from the Pearly Gates.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Extirpating viruses ?
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: Extirpating viruses ?

... Thanks for that. I'm wondering why "sentience" is not included in the definition of sannin....seems like it would be a natural to be included there. I've looked around a bit trying to find a sutta containing this.....I googled for "sutta DN.i.31" ("DN.i.31 is the first reference in the list for...