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by genkaku
Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Germany
Replies: 18
Views: 2481

Re: Hello from Germany

Welcome Vardali. Hope you find something useful here.
by genkaku
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: test thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2511

Re: test thread

Individual wrote:
Ben wrote:Ben says: Blah blah blah!
This forum is for Theravada Buddhism. This thread is not about Theravada Buddhism.
I agree. This thread is about all of Buddhism and it is built specifically for Buddhists.

And that's all the blah I've got to blah.
by genkaku
Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: To whom was the dhammapada given? What is the context?
Replies: 16
Views: 2802

Re: To whom was the dhammapada given? What is the context?

Hi Mawkish -- Here come some words from the badly-informed: I always liked those verses, which, in the P. Lal translation that is falling apart on my bookshelf read: "If you find no better of equal on life's road, go alone./Loneliness is better than the friendship of a fool." I always liked the word...
by genkaku
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is my job interfering with my practice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2082

Re: Is my job interfering with my practice?

Dear US -- Not to detract from any good suggestions here, but I do hope you will consider your own (or others') views of what might constitute right livelihood. Is there some livelihood that is not open to error? If not, what is it that constitutes that error and how can it be corrected? On a guess,...
by genkaku
Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Help needed with an essay question.
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Re: Help needed with an essay question.

Strange to think: If you tell someone that there is a difference between reading books about playing the piano and actually playing the piano, most would agree like a shot; it would be a d'oh observation. But if you tell someone that there is a difference between an intellectual or emotional approac...
by genkaku
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: hijacking threads
Replies: 32
Views: 4358

Re: hijacking threads

I learned a long time ago not to put topics in the forum I thought was most appropriate. Since Buddhism, for my money, is wide and alive and recognizes no stop signs, I like it when a topic kind of flows from point to point according to the poster: Some love quoting scripture, some will tell you abo...
by genkaku
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Scary meditation experience - help!
Replies: 6
Views: 2708

Re: Scary meditation experience - help!

Good move, turning on the TV. I once had a similar scary experience and used a similar prescription that worked, as you say, pretty well. Sometimes, in practice, we find ourselves getting 'ahead' of where we have the strength to be. It's OK. 1. Practice builds the strength we need, so keep on practi...
by genkaku
Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selfishness
Replies: 12
Views: 1605

Re: Selfishness

Hi adosa -- Good for you! It's not everyone who notices what you have noticed. And fewer still resolve to see the matter through. "Selfishness" is a hot-button word that is likely to conger up contrasting and inviting notions like "virtue" and "selflessness." When a person notices his or her own sel...
by genkaku
Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4NT "Light" Version
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: 4NT "Light" Version

Ben -- Outside of "fuff" (love the word even if I'm not entirely sure what it means), what have we got to work with?

Best wishes.
by genkaku
Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4NT "Light" Version
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: 4NT "Light" Version

I also think that the Four Noble Truths are the Dhamma, in condensed form.
Kind of a 'Dharma Lite,' Ben? :tongue:
by genkaku
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4NT "Light" Version
Replies: 17
Views: 1980

Re: 4NT "Light" Version

Without derailing the conversation too much .... Isn't it interesting that no matter what words are used -- whether Gautama's or anyone else's -- the perception of the listener molds the meaning? Pretending there is a single meaning (something "authentic" perhaps) just doesn't compute in terms of hu...
by genkaku
Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?
Replies: 108
Views: 13423

Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

"Tolerance" is one of those yummy notions that everyone loves to love. More -- as regards others -- it is a good exercise, even when just faking it. But on a serious note, I think that if someone invents for themselves something called "religion," they will invariably come to a point where they have...
by genkaku
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Furrowed brow?
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Furrowed brow?

http://www.bogukarate.ca/Images/bodhidharma.jpg There are plenty of representations of Bodhidharma in which he is not scowling, but there are also plenty in which he looks as if he might bite your head off for a nickel. This ferocious aspect, I have always thought, relates to the wily forces of gre...
by genkaku
Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:18 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: How to handle stories that float around the internet...
Replies: 10
Views: 1174

Re: How to handle stories that float around the internet...

The people who believe in 'weird' stuff don't bother me so much as the ones who believe sane, sensible and profound stuff. With the 'weird,' the odds of pointing out contradictions seems to go up. But with the sensible and profound beliefs, the sense of virtue is aroused and runs the risk of never b...
by genkaku
Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A typical theravadin buddhist day?
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: A typical theravadin buddhist day?

Hi NB -- My understanding is that Buddhists do not include "aum" within their lexicon of discussions and texts. In a manner of speaking, therefore, they do not 'believe' in it. It's a Hindu thing. But as you go along deciding your route, perhaps you will want to consider: On the one hand "aum" might...