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by Kusala
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Devas v Asuras
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Re: Devas v Asuras

You might want to take a look at this article http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroas ... igion2.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Kusala
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jaya Manggala and Jaya Paritta
Replies: 10
Views: 2923

Re: Jaya Manggala and Jaya Paritta

One of my favorite rendering of Jaya Manggala

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by Kusala
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?
Replies: 37
Views: 6578

Re: Which suttas do you consider as the most important?

Kalama sutta
Metta Sutta
Tittha Sutta

And a few others...
by Kusala
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What got left out of “meditation”?
Replies: 1
Views: 874

What got left out of “meditation”?

Hello Dhamma/Dharma friends. Here's an interesting article...

http://meaningness.wordpress.com/2011/0 ... ft-out-of-" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;“meditation”/
by Kusala
Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: American (Western) Folk Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 5614

Re: American (Western) Folk Buddhism

This thread reminded me of an article by Ajahn Geoff. "The news of the Buddha's Awakening sets the standards for judging the culture we were brought up in, and not the other way around. This is not a question of choosing Asian culture over American. The Buddha's Awakening challenged many of the pres...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to define the True Dhamma only last long 500 years?
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: How to define the True Dhamma only last long 500 years?

"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 which a peg is inserted, and then another crack, into whic...
by Kusala
Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Some doubts i would like help with...
Replies: 19
Views: 1477

Re: Some doubts i would like help with...

I have long grappled with this issue, and I would welcome (especially) evidences from sutta or from those knowledgeable in Dhamma, or both. Basically, there are two issues I cannot resolve as yet, and they are a bit related. One is that the Universe / World is described as impersonal, yet moral at ...
by Kusala
Wed May 30, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?
Replies: 26
Views: 19216

Re: Are ther any Buddhist rites for Exorcising Demons?

Has there ever been a demonic possession ever recorded in Buddhism? And if so has there ever been a Buddhist Exorcism that expelled the demon? I'm just curious as to why Christianity is so full of them, yet I have never heard of Buddhism ever having anything like it. I always concluded that maybe C...
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: inherent goodness
Replies: 20
Views: 1933

Re: inherent goodness

i was thinking that if when anyone does a wholsome action they feel a sense of well being afterwards. doing good deeds, does not make one feel neutral or negative. so wouldnt that make it that our nature is predisposed for goodness. so my point is that, if doing good equate with involuntarily feeli...
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Maitreya - What do you think?
Replies: 31
Views: 3009

Re: Maitreya - What do you think?

bodom wrote:Only one mention in the Nikayas, so I personally don't put much stock into it.

:anjali:

Same here.
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha
Replies: 10
Views: 3301

Re: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha

Thanks for the replies. Actually, the wikipedia entry gives some good information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Aryan_migration I'm not entirely happy with the tone of the wikipedia entry as it seeks to cast doubt on the overall theory. Unfortunately, in spite of the doubt, there is too much e...
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals


“To read a little Buddhism is to realize that the Buddhists knew, two thousand five hundred years ago, far more about our modem problems of psychology than they have yet been given credit for. They studied these problems long ago and found their answers too.”

Dr. Graham Howe
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 6:52 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals

“Buddhism would remain what it is even if it were proved that the Buddha never lived.”

Christmas Humphreys, "Buddhism"
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 6:50 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Re: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals

“A Buddhist is not a slave to a book or to any person. Nor does he sacrifice his freedom of thought by becoming a follower of the Buddha. He can exercise his own free will and develop his knowledge even to the extent of attaining Buddhahood himself, for all are potential Buddhas.” Ven. Narada Maha ...
by Kusala
Mon May 28, 2012 6:48 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhism In the Eyes of Intellectuals
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

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...