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by mettafuture
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 8797

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

I noticed it seemed like there were a lot of or a lot of black buddhists were nichiren As I mentioned elsewhere, they seem to proselytize more overtly than other Buddhist sects. Speaking for myself, I’d be more inclined to visit a monastery or community gathering if I was personally invited. It wou...
by mettafuture
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 35
Views: 8797

Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

Most people who have spent time in American Buddhist communities would read my title as sarcastic. As numerous writers have noted, many Buddhist sanghas in the United States are largely white. Practicing in these spaces is often an isolating experience where people of color feel erased and invisibl...
by mettafuture
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s your practice routine?
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: What’s your practice routine?

OP why don't you get up, make a list of these distractions that you "have" to worry about for the day and then meditate? I've done this. I've even put them on a schedule. With my line of work, I have to constantly be on the search for ideas, or ways to improve them. In a sense, I get paid to be dis...
by mettafuture
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s your practice routine?
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: What’s your practice routine?

Thank you for your suggestions. Take it down to 30 minutes or even less. If you are having difficulty establishing a routine, forcing yourself to do an hour is not useful. Establish the routine for a month and only then extend the time to an hour. Great point. I'll likely start with 15 minutes sessi...
by mettafuture
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What’s your practice routine?
Replies: 6
Views: 944

What’s your practice routine?

Do you feel that it’s important to have one? I haven't made much progress reconciling my ideal practice routine with my current work schedule. As soon as I wake up, my mind is flooded with all the things I have to worry about for that day, so trying to meditate then hasn't panned out. And when I try...
by mettafuture
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 53
Views: 6597

Re: Why are you in this forum?

To "learn and share", for the most part. I want to learn more about the dhamma, and share what I've learned.
by mettafuture
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts

mikenz66 wrote: Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:39 pmAnd don't forget the full Dictionary of Pāli Proper Names
http://aimwell.org/DPPN/index.html

:heart:
Mike
Awesome!

Many thanks.

:namaste:
by mettafuture
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts

Wow, after all these years, how am I just now noticing the index of proper names on ATI?! Sutta Central has an index of names as well. I'm going to be combing through these for awhile.
by mettafuture
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts

I would like to see more organization of the suttas along those lines at least as a reference. Same. Indexes are one of my favorite things. And anthologies are often good for organization, too. It would be great if there were more biographical anthologies in this spirit of Great Disciples of the Bu...
by mettafuture
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: Navigating Buddhist Texts by Disciple

For when a Tathāgata is teaching dhamma to others it is for the sake of general instruction. Usually. But sometimes there are instances where the teaching addresses a particular need or lifestyle, such as SN 55.53 where the Buddha explains four-factors of stream-entry to a large group of lay follow...
by mettafuture
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts

Traditionally, the Buddha's teachings were transmitted orally. Today, thanks to the preservation efforts of the early Buddhist Councils, and the tireless work of translators, the majority of the teachings are available in modern languages for us to freely read and reflect on. With so much knowledge ...
by mettafuture
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Favourite or Inspiring Suttas Given to Commoners
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Favourite or Inspiring Suttas Given to Commoners

In the Anāthapiṇḍikovāda Sutta (MN 143), Sāriputta gives a dying Anāthapiṇḍika a deeply moving teaching on essentially letting go of everything. If possible, I'd like for this teaching to be read to me near the end of my life.
by mettafuture
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Favourite or Inspiring Suttas Given to Commoners
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Favourite or Inspiring Suttas Given to Commoners

By "commoner" I mean householder, lay follower, wanderer, unspecified, etc. While a lesson can undoubtedly be derived from every sutta, there are certain suttas that I often refer back to because they specifically address an issue pertaining to lay life. One such sutta is SN 55.7 (tr. Sujato ), wher...
by mettafuture
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 1800

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

I was only curious as to how others reconciled their belief in certain Buddhist concepts. I think one will probably end up very confused trying to reconcile kamma with natural selection because both concepts are not very well pinned down in general. I don't think I'm confused. As I said above, I'm n...
by mettafuture
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 1800

Re: Drawing parallels with nature to rationalize Buddhism

I have often seen people misrepresent and misunderstand the teachings by making false comparisons to nature. I don’t take these interpretations—or maybe they're better described as "analogies"—as definitive. They’re simply a soft ground to stand on, something to provide orientation. Otherwise, I'd ...