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by Dan74
Thu May 07, 2009 3:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 52
Views: 9802

Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Greetings, Actually, I think it would be easier to be a lay Theravada Buddhist than a lay Mahayana Buddhist. Why? In the Pali Canon there are many suttas aimed at householders... but how many Mahayana Suttas will you find sutras aimed at householders? Metta, Retro. :) Well, there is a sutra spoken ...
by Dan74
Thu May 07, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

To our Dhamma Wheel members who practice Mahayana, in what ways have Theravadan teachings/teachers been useful to you? It's just a thought. Thank you for this, Drolma! Looking forward to your reply to your own question... As for me, I have found both the teachings and teachers very useful. The usef...
by Dan74
Wed May 06, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

On the subject of Zen, which I'm seeing some people cite as more useful than Vajrayana/Shingon or Pure Land, I would respond with what Sumanasara Mahathero pointed out to me: Dogen and other Zen masters wanted to return to the truth of Buddhism, but they did not have access to the true dhamma in th...
by Dan74
Mon May 04, 2009 11:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

The statement about Vajrayana being unnecessary and potentially dangerous comes across as simply a sectarian slur showing disrespect and a lack of understanding. I agree it can come across that way. Frankly I think some of the fault lies with the question, though, rather than the answer. If one ask...
by Dan74
Mon May 04, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

I view vajrayana as mostly unnecessary and potentially dangerous, but most vajrayana Buddhism still has at root the noble truths, noble path, dependent arising, anatta, and self-effort. the quote above would have some justification if you have crossed to the other shore and have helped others do li...
by Dan74
Mon May 04, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

Zen has many of the same problems that Tibetan Buddhism does, in terms of encouraging unethical behavior and promoting teachings the Buddha specifically spoke against, in the name of an esoteric doctrine. Zen Buddhism is Buddhism and therefore morality (sila) is essential. It is present in the vows...
by Dan74
Sun May 03, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

Certainly it sounds like it's not Mexicali's personal path. Yes. But saying it is not my path is not the same as confidently dismissing it as unnecessary and potentially dangerous without even giving any justification. That was all I was trying to say, but I guess it fell on deaf ears. It is sad to...
by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Fixed Views
Replies: 15
Views: 2370

Re: Fixed Views

A double-doze of the blood-pressure pills did the job - no worries! :hug: Just a question - is one allowed to post one's own understanding of the texts? Like the second one Chris posted involving Ananda and the understanding of the arising of views? I assume, yes, since others are doing so... from A...
by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?
Replies: 98
Views: 13539

Re: Is Mahayana perspective useful for Theravada practitioners?

I view vajrayana as mostly unnecessary and potentially dangerous, but most vajrayana Buddhism still has at root the noble truths, noble path, dependent arising, anatta, and self-effort. This is going to take the thread off-corse, but the quote above would have some justification if you have crossed...
by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Fixed Views
Replies: 15
Views: 2370

Re: Fixed Views

Ben wrote:Dear all
A reminder that posts that do not comply with the guidelines for the Classical forum will attract moderator review and maybe removed without warning.
Kind regards

Ben
:oops: I thought I was quoting from Pali Tipitaka...

Is that not allowed? :shrug:

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by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Fixed Views
Replies: 15
Views: 2370

Re: Fixed Views

Perhaps this is relevant: "Bhikkkhus, as purified and bright as this view is, if you covet, cherish, treasure and take pride in it, do you understand this Dhamma as comparable to a raft, taught for the purpose of giving up [i.e. crossing over] and not for the purpose of grasping?" "No, venerable sir...
by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6109
Views: 514863

Re: the great rebirth debate

One weird thing: My 7-year-old often talks about things that he did in the past that I know he has not done. For example, he has talked about the wife he used to have. I think he's mostly joking about this, but the first time I asked him what he was talking about, he looked puzzled, as if he wasn't...
by Dan74
Fri May 01, 2009 5:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: (The failure to) Go West
Replies: 53
Views: 6619

Re: (The failure to) Go West

From the very little reading that I've done the above does not accord with historical evidence. The reasons for the Dharma's failure to spread were a lot more complex than a supposedly militant attitude of Christians and Muslims. There is some relevant discussion here: http://www.lioncity.net/buddhi...
by Dan74
Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dhamma Books in Melbourne
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Dhamma Books in Melbourne

salmon wrote: Dan: whereabouts are you?

Thanks for the websites, I'll check them out.

metta.
Hi! :hello:

I am in Mentone, but I can get them off you in the city.

Send me a PM when you are here and we will connect!

The books will be much appreciated!!!


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by Dan74
Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The fear of death
Replies: 38
Views: 4998

Re: The fear of death

Wonderful thread - deep bows to everyone. Thank you.

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