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by Dan74-MkII
Fri May 24, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: View-Clinging
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: View-Clinging

Some people cling to the view that a set of sutta quotes is a topic. Others cling to the view that it isn't. :smile: :twothumbsup: Greetings Dylan, i knew this was gonna happen :computerproblem: You knew, because you've previously read the Terms of Service. The next step is to start topics that com...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed May 22, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 2414

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Hello manas ! :hello: Very happy for you!!! This letting go and embracing your practice in a joyful wholehearted way is a wonderful thing. A word of caution will probably sound somewhat tone-deaf at this stage, but anyway here it goes. I don't know how much experience you've had with longer retreat...
by Dan74-MkII
Wed May 22, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Coping with growing old
Replies: 33
Views: 1591

Re: Coping with growing old

Thank you to the OP for a thoughtful and heart-felt topic, a break from the usual fare. As a teacher I am constantly in contact with young people and this disconnect is something I come up against all the time, trying also to break past it. Mostly I try to listen and understand where the young peopl...
by Dan74-MkII
Tue May 21, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 2414

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Hello manas ! :hello: Very happy for you!!! This letting go and embracing your practice in a joyful wholehearted way is a wonderful thing. A word of caution will probably sound somewhat tone-deaf at this stage, but anyway here it goes. I don't know how much experience you've had with longer retreats...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 20, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Dhamma that triggers SJWs
Replies: 124
Views: 6563

Re: Dhamma that triggers SJWs

I don't know what your beef with Buddhists who don't share your opinions is, budo. This thread doesn't trigger me, but then I don't identify as an SJW. My experience has been that there is a great variety of women in the world. Some are kind and compassionate. Some are mean and selfish. Some are inc...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 20, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?
Replies: 13
Views: 708

Re: Muditā (joy) for unethical livelihood?

I think rather than judging people or even telling them what they do is bad kamma (because it will come across as judging anyway), what is most helpful is to simply do one's best - be there for them, be kind gentle and compassionate, especially when heart-felt rather than forced. That's what effects...
by Dan74-MkII
Sun May 19, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?
Replies: 9
Views: 440

Re: 4 elements = 4 fundamental forces ?

It seems to me that people with strong faith and devotion to the Triple Gem, sometimes overdo it and try to see in the Buddha, the perfect scientist, the omnipotent superman, etc etc., whereas the proper direction for faith and devotion is intense and consistent practice, not personality cult. But I...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat May 18, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How would you interpret this sutta? AN6.68
Replies: 17
Views: 707

Re: How would you interpret this sutta? AN6.68

Hi Srilankaputra :hello: Great sutta, thank you for posting it. :bow: :bow: :bow: I don't see anything highlighted on my screen. My general take is that the cultivation requires serious periods of solitude. Without it, sustained practice is either impossible or at least very hard. The sutta makes it...
by Dan74-MkII
Fri May 17, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 44
Views: 1784

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

This is one area where I think the Zen guys have good advice...."cultivate Great Doubt." Question all attainments, don't settle for achievements, keep pushing forward. As soon as you think you've attained the goal, you've lost the goal. Or as I've heard Ajahn Amaro say many times...asking "is that ...
by Dan74-MkII
Thu May 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma and Intent
Replies: 11
Views: 576

Re: Karma and Intent

I think even for deluded wordlings, the motivation for doing good is a mix, with some of it possibly true generosity with no self-cherishing. Especially in extreme situations, some people truly shine with selfless giving. And for practitioners, it seems to me that to the extent there is self-cherish...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 13, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 55
Views: 3775

Re: Gender Equality Poll

What is your understanding/explanation of Kanhasappa sutta-1/2 and Avenika dukkha sutta? Last one is about suffering, so what? First two ones are addressed to monks (men). I guess if the Buddha had spoken to nuns he might have said the same about men 8-) Also, there exists another explanation like ...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 13, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 5833

Re: Secular Buddhism

I confess to not entirely understanding Mike's distinction between Wright and Secular Buddhists, exept perhaps that the latter appear to be more assertive of their identity. The distinction I saw was that Mike interpreted the secular buddhists of demonstrating hubris, whereas Wright and co. did not...
by Dan74-MkII
Mon May 13, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 237
Views: 5833

Re: Secular Buddhism

Many good comments above and I am not sure how much I am adding.. To me Secular Buddhism is for those of us who are not not really capable of faith in the Dhamma and so take of the Dhamma whatever they can grok and process. I confess to not entirely understanding Mike's distinction between Wright an...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat May 11, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 1869

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

I DJ on Saturday nights. I play pop, dance, disco and retro music from the 70's, 80's and 90's. I know quite a lot of music from this era, and I know plenty of really good songs that no one has ever heard of. However, I need to play these songs very sparingly, otherwise people would be confused, le...
by Dan74-MkII
Sat May 11, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others
Replies: 46
Views: 1869

Re: will Buddhism finally ended up as a self-deceiving religion like others

Casting around and picking faults with others never got anyone very far. Buddhism urges us to look at our own mind, our own actions, rather than worrying where others may or may not be going wrong. If you are in a position to help, help, otherwise it's just papanca - unnecessary mental proliferators...