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by Dan74
Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism speaking of Theravada
Replies: 29
Views: 2577

Re: Tibetan "Buddhism" speaking of Theravada

There are different takes on the Vows. If I understand correctly, some take it to mean no full enlightenment until every one else is liberated. Others, as indicated in the 10 Ox Herding Pictures, say that after liberation, one can serve others and vow to be reborn to continue serving others. So that...
by Dan74
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism speaking of Theravada
Replies: 29
Views: 2577

Re: Tibetan "Buddhism" speaking of Theravada

That's Ok, Ben. I have no idea who is going to be standing where in the queue, truth be told, I just hope we are all in it somewhere.
by Dan74
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tibetan Buddhism speaking of Theravada
Replies: 29
Views: 2577

Re: Tibetan "Buddhism" speaking of Theravada

I think this has a precedent in the Buddhavamsa, on which I've actually just created a thread (that I wouldn't mind seeing merged with this one, since the topics are essentially the same). The Buddhavamsa lists one of the conditions of becoming a samma-sambuddha as being a man and not a woman or in...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 04, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Tiramisu and precept breaking
Replies: 85
Views: 5739

Re: Tiramisu and precept breaking

I guess it depends if you want to honour the precepts by making completely sure that you are not in breach or look more at the intent and work with that. There is an argument that can be made that a strict legalistic reading is actually less onerous, because it concerns itself with the outward manif...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm
Replies: 86
Views: 8147

Re: Lifespan of beings in the hell realm

You really don't know what you're talking about. Dear Ben, I accept your criticism. I'm not a scholarly person, but I have faith in the Sutta that hell is physical realm where beings can take rebirth. As mentioned previously, the Sutta leaves no room for interpretation, or even debate. If the Buddh...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Aung San Suu Kyi to Lead Peace Effort in Rakhine Against Backdrop of Political Complications
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: Aung San Suu Kyi to Lead Peace Effort in Rakhine Against Backdrop of Political Complications

It's truly heartening to see these moves from the Sangha and Aung San Suu Kyi. I hope there is real progress towards peaceful coexistence and the rebuilding of bridges. I spend a few weeks in Myanmar back in 1996 and it left an indelible impression. I hold its people in my heart and really hope to r...
by Dan74
Mon May 30, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 2
Replies: 75
Views: 6899

Re: POTUS 2016, part 2

I wouldn't call David Horowitz, a reliable source, and certainly with his own agenda.
by Dan74
Sun May 29, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 2
Replies: 75
Views: 6899

Re: POTUS 2016, part 2

Only if you want to fill your head full of angry drivel. Reading Hitchens I don't get the impression that he was an angry man. The book was highly recommended by Edward Said: "By far the best of all the books on the Clinton era."―Edward Said, Al-Ahram Weekly Though Said did admit that he himself wa...
by Dan74
Sun May 29, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: POTUS 2016, part 2
Replies: 75
Views: 6899

Re: POTUS 2016, part 2

The thing is, it's all just an act to get votes. He is a member of the plutocracy and he hasn't defected. He wants massive tax breaks for the rich and corporate America. So the wall and the Muslim ban aren’t going anywhere. But on taxes and the minimum wage, Trump flipped and he flipped hard. Salon...
by Dan74
Fri May 27, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Alan Watts videos/talks etc
Replies: 9
Views: 1325

Re: Alan Watts videos/talks etc

Alan Watts denied that he was a Buddhist (I have a talk where he says so) but he was a very clever guy and an excellent speaker.
by Dan74
Fri May 27, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 19
Views: 4479

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

Thank you very much, Mike!!! :bow: :bow: :bow:
by Dan74
Fri May 27, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 19
Views: 4479

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

Thank you, James. I will definitely check it out. I just saw a free copy online - does anyone know if it's OK with Bhikkhu Bodhi? Some authors are happy if their writings are disseminated in this way and others are not. I don't want to read it if Bhikkhu Bodhi is not happy with it.
by Dan74
Fri May 27, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Why Read the Suttas?
Replies: 19
Views: 4479

Re: Why Read the Suttas?

Are there materials out there that suggest the mental attitudes and approaches to reading and processing the Suttas? I've looked through the above links but didn't find any details in this regard. I think it's very easy to take the Suttas the wrong way, develop a rigid doctrinaire attitude or reinfo...
by Dan74
Tue May 17, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?
Replies: 197
Views: 11674

Re: Why Buddha did not say that the world is round?

It's not that it's weird, but that it's not necessarily true - recalling countless past life in different realms doesn't guarrantee all this knowledge. Besides "countless' could be a word for 'very many'.
by Dan74
Tue May 17, 2016 5:02 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest
Replies: 55
Views: 4864

Re: Pictures that prove Australia is the Craziest

Yes, most big cities don't have much to be concerned about. Mind you, funnelwebs are pretty common in and around Sydney and visiting a friend in Canberra once I found a huge one in his fancy web in the backyard. Canberra (the capital city) also has quite a lot of emus and kangaroos even in some leaf...