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by manas
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: paṇḍaka
Replies: 24
Views: 5948

Re: paṇḍaka

I think we have to take it that such persons are in fact capable of awakening. Hi, I don't think sexual or gender orientation has anything to do with whether or not one is capable of awakening. We straight folks also identify as 'male' or as 'female' and our attraction to the opposite sex, is based...
by manas
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: family with 3rd eye and school mates
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: family with 3rd eye and school mates

Hello, I solve such issues, by keeping my faith and practice to myself. I only share it, if specifically asked. If you can respect their faith/s (or lack thereof), they can respect yours. It can be tempting to want to talk about something wonderful you have found, but over the years, I've learned it...
by manas
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?
Replies: 141
Views: 3096

Re: Poll - If you had to kill in self-defense would you?

Yes, but with a big 'DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION' added, which these polls don't allow for. If there is no less harmful way to stop an aggressor from harming my kids, yep I'm willing to kill that aggressor. I believe MOST fathers, even Buddhist ones, will understand how I feel. I hope the situation nev...
by manas
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging Position "Sotapanna Can break Five Precepts, it is possible, it can happen."
Replies: 50
Views: 1266

Re: Challenging Position "Sotapanna Can break Five Precepts, it is possible, it can happen."

I suspect that many of us know deep down, whether or not we still have even the slightest, most infinitesimal skeptical doubt regarding the truth of the Buddha's Teaching. I think that if we had absolutely no skeptical doubt at all, we would indeed be 'incapable' of performing any deed by which we c...
by manas
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 75
Views: 17962

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

I have not found many videos of Ajahn Thanissaro (there are many talks and writings, though). Here is one where you can see the man himself as he speaks.
:anjali:
by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 7542

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

Would this infringe upon the Second Amendment? 1. Firearms can only be owned by persons 18 years and older. 2. Applicant must pass a police and mental health check first. What would be wrong with that? I can't see what the big deal is. In my country, that's only the beginning...there are more hoops ...
by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?
Replies: 45
Views: 1495

Re: Is it okay to read buddhist text while i am using the toilet, having a smoke?

I would leave books (or audio) at the door; why miss this opportunity to practice? "Furthermore, when going forward & returning, he makes himself fully alert; when looking toward & looking away... when bending & extending his limbs... when carrying his outer cloak, his upper robe & his bowl... when ...
by manas
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Structuring lay life
Replies: 103
Views: 3918

Re: Structuring lay life

... A Buddhist man involved with a non-Buddhist can this way get pleasures that he couldn't get if he were with a Buddhist; and he can get away with it, as the non-Buddhist is the one who shoulders the risks and responsibilities (that a Buddhist would be unwilling to). What 'risks'? Since when is v...
by manas
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?

Dmytro wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:36 pm
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Thank you very much :anjali:
by manas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please post the Pali for this video?
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Could someone please post the Pali for this video?

Greetings all, I'm trying to memorize both the Pali and English for this video. I have the 'Chanting Book' downloaded but with the current state of my eyesight I cannot easily read the text, and to be honest just scrolling to the correct page / section can be a challenge. I've tried copying and past...
by manas
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Americans will never give up their guns.
Replies: 196
Views: 7542

Re: Americans will never give up their guns.

A more technical answer - There is no 'Bad' and 'Good' Karma. There is only 'Karma'. The best Karma for me/you, would be the one that succeeds in keeping me/you in a neutral (devoid of emotional upsurges) state of mind for as long as is possible (do not ask for sutta references .. it is not from su...
by manas
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: How will you conceive the world in thirty years?
Replies: 35
Views: 765

Re: How you conceived the world in thirty years?

When I was young, we were actually taught or encouraged to think for ourselves at school. But in recent years, I see authoritarianism; political correctness; fear; conformity; obedience; like I have never seen before in my life. Its frightening. In 30 years, unless something drastically changes, I ...
by manas
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Loneliness
Replies: 25
Views: 1168

Re: Loneliness

This very medium we are using right now - the Internet, and social media in particular - has contributed to increasing real-life isolation from other human beings, for many people.
by manas
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana
Replies: 22
Views: 746

Beautiful and inspiring words about Nibbana

As a counterbalance to all the debates about Nibbana here on DW, I would like to post something beautiful and inspiring, from the Buddha himself. It's from the Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta: An Analysis of the Properties. "'He has been stilled where the currents of construing do not flow. And when the curren...
by manas
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?
Replies: 17
Views: 853

Re: Is this considered a breach of the third precept?

If you think the third precept gives you the right to visit prostitutes, I think you're missing the point of sexual misconduct IMHO. I don't think I could enjoy having sex with a prostitute (who often despise their clients, how could that be fun?) but still, it would be more honourable to do that, ...