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by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: NAMO TASSA BHAGAVATO ARAHATO SAMMĀSAMBUDDHASSA
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: NAMO TASSA BHAGAVATO ARAHATO SAMMĀSAMBUDDHASSA

The suttas here have a theme, and that theme is how conviction is necessary to become a disciple and succeed. I feel this is relevant to my discussion about faith and doubt. Just as before, the importance of faith in the tiratana is immeasurable. Faith in the three jewels is good.
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 133
Views: 6304

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

This is twice that people have mentioned Bible Thumping in this subject. We aren't Christians. We're Buddhists. I get you might have an unfavorable background with Christianity and their fundamentalism but this is like comparing apples and a canary. Our confidence and faith in the Buddha grows with ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 133
Views: 6304

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Svākkhāto bhagavatā dhammo: sandiṭṭhiko akāliko ehipassiko opaneyyiko paccattaṃ veditabbo viññūhī ti. The Dhamma is well declared by the Blessed One: visible here and now, immediate, inviting to come and see, effective, to be individually ascertained by the wise. The best way to find out, Sarath sp...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 83
Views: 8912

Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I wish to express a bit of concern with regard to how the forum has been filled with a lot of quarreling of late. I think there is a very large culture clash hitting back and forth in the forums and I think a specific change or discussion might need to be had. I feel like Skeptical Buddhists and Dev...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: how do you do mettā
Replies: 23
Views: 2843

Re: how do you do mettā

The thing about Metta is we have to make a quick observation of our existing emotions before we do it, and this requires a little bit of housekeeping before doing it. So quickly to imagine the issues that might come up, examine the things that make up your practice. First examine your environment, s...
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 7159

Re: Slandering buddha

I don't disagree, Samvara, let me repeat myself. This happens too few times for me to have noticed and by "our own board" I mean people who are Theravada Buddhists without hangups. I reinforce the point that we should try to be kind with those who disagree and those who are new, but the issue here i...
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Guilt and Shame
Replies: 24
Views: 3508

Re: Guilt and Shame

Hiri Ottappa is often misunderstood. Hiri is self respect. It's the understanding that one hurts one's self by doing an immoral act. Understanding guilt as the desire to have a happy and moral mind, there is no limit to guilt we should want to have capacity for. In this case it is good. Ottappa is r...
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 7159

Re: Slandering buddha

I have noticed too few heretical views expressed without someone calling them out but frankly I think we shouldn't have to defend the Dhamma on our own board. I am open to and get being gentle to non Buddhists, or to be kind to new converts, and being open to interpretation but saying, "the Buddha t...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering

The issue is it's not canon so it's essentially the fanfiction of the Buddha's teachings. :stirthepot: But seriously you can take whatever nonsense words and put them together, and the Buddha's teachings are still going to be the teachings of how to recognize dukkha, it's origin, it's cessation, and...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 68
Views: 4552

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Yes. They certainly have faith in the three jewels and adhere to the teachings,it's many of the metaphysics that we disagree on but even those are not worth disagreeing on because ultimately the Mahayana practicioner has more to worry about with the ariyupavadantaraya when they call Theravada the le...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Gender and the Sakyadhita
Replies: 30
Views: 3632

Re: Gender and the Sakyadhita

1. Yes.

2. I'm in favor of ordinations and female education.

What specifically are you asking about with regard to gender roles as described by the Buddha or by Buddhists?
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 752

Re: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

The Naga King Mucalinda wanted to do a selfless act of kindness for the Buddha, and did so by bodily sheilding him from the elements, and he also by paying homage, and here is offering encouragement to the Buddha by praising the life of solitude and the removal of the afflictions. Just like Brahma S...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What murderers do next human life
Replies: 3
Views: 765

Re: What murderers do next human life

Niganthas here refer to the Jains who were the disciples of Nigantha Nataputta.
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 2538

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

@ Auto A Bodhisatta is an unenlightened being. One who can become a Buddha, it is not a guarantee unless someone develops the parami to become one. To say it is anything other than an unenlightened being is doing yourself and many others a disservice. We live in the dispensation of the Buddha, and w...