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by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals
Replies: 8
Views: 1236

Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Budd...
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: A Serial Killer Finds Dharma
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: A Serial Killer Finds Dharma

Then Ven. Angulimala, having gone alone into seclusion, experienced the bliss of release. At that time he exclaimed: Who once was heedless, but later is not, brightens the world like the moon set free from a cloud. His evil-done deed is replaced with skillfulness: he brightens the world like the mo...
by Kusala
Sun May 27, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: A Serial Killer Finds Dharma
Replies: 3
Views: 741

A Serial Killer Finds Dharma

http://i45.tinypic.com/303a3ab.jpg ...One fateful day, when he had 999 fingers around his neck, there was a convergence of events. The local king, tired of the murderer in the forest, organized his troops to sweep their forest and put an end to Angulimala. At the same time, Angulimala's mother real...
by Kusala
Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is Buddhism Anti-Life?
Replies: 18
Views: 4854

Re: Is Buddhism Anti-Life?

Sorry to start with a provocative title, but I have wrestled with this for a long time. In my "search" for the best way to live, no "path" makes as much immediate and practical sense to me as that of Buddhism, and particularly Theravada. I have studied it alongside many other traditions, Eastern an...
by Kusala
Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma-ending age
Replies: 19
Views: 5241

Re: Dharma-ending age

According to Theravada, are we in the dharma-ending age? "The Buddha foresaw that people would introduce what he called “synthetic Dhamma”—and when that happened, he said, the true Dhamma would disappear (SN 16:13). He compared the process to what happens when a wooden drum develops a crack, into w...
by Kusala
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's View on Negroes
Replies: 42
Views: 6444

Re: Buddha's View on Negroes

Could be that such a one wouldn't be likely to get almsfood, and this was the practical reasoning behind the prohibition. Apparently Ven. Baddiya the Dwarf was able to feed himself. From reading the Vinaya I get the impression that Buddhist monasticism in the Buddha's day was coenobitic enough that...
by Kusala
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:39 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Pali term Ariyan
Replies: 23
Views: 9390

Re: The Pali term Ariyan

Personally, I prefer to translate it as "holy", rather than "noble" (or anything similar, like "aristocrat", etc.) because these latter senses are social, which is quite irrelevant to how the Dhamma uses the term. I suspect that this very early decision amongst western buddhology to use the term "n...
by Kusala
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Who Were the Tocharians?
Replies: 3
Views: 1660

Re: Who Were the Tocharians?

cooran wrote:Hello Kusala,

This might be of interest:

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Thank you.
by Kusala
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's View on Negroes
Replies: 42
Views: 6444

Re: Buddha's Viewon Negroes

Actually according to the Vinaya it is considered wrong for a monk to give anyone with a social stigma Pabbaja. Buddhaghosa in the Samantapásádiká provides a long list of stigmas, one of which is having too dark of skin -- but then another is having too light of skin. Just as the waters of the four...
by Kusala
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Who Were the Tocharians?
Replies: 3
Views: 1660

Who Were the Tocharians?

Hello Dhamma friends. Some say they were ancient Celts. Some say they were ancient Iranians. Who were these people?

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by Kusala
Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Buddha Film?
Replies: 1
Views: 684

New Buddha Film?

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by Kusala
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Photograph" of the Buddha?
Replies: 13
Views: 2816

Re: "Photograph" of the Buddha?

zavk wrote:Heh... doesn't match the 32 signs of the great man. But I'm sure Stefan posted this for a laugh. :smile:
Here's the Buddha from Nepal. Well...he does have Blue eyes. :D

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by Kusala
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Buddha As Prince Siddhartha
Replies: 1
Views: 1358

Buddha As Prince Siddhartha

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by Kusala
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Upagupta: The Buddhist Monk
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Upagupta: The Buddhist Monk

Beautiful Dhamma story... http://www.indolink.com/kidz/upagupta.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Kusala
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Dhamma Poetry
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Dhamma Poetry

From Ven. Dhammika's blog http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2008/05/chariots-of-dhamma.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Chariots of Dhamma "There is also several fine verses where the Buddha compares the parts of a chariot to the spiritual journey. The road it goes on is ‘Straight.’ ‘...