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by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

Perhaps, but I always have questions, just my questions become more complex and more advanced, and I will always have questions until I become enlightened Maybe. I've noticed an odd phenomenon when visiting the monastery. I might have a question or an issue which is perplexing me, and then that iss...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Natural Pest Control
Replies: 9
Views: 119

Re: Natural Pest Control

a dog can stop a tiger from attacking novices? While the tiger is eating the dog, the novice has time to run away... ohhhhh. That sounds awful.... It's a very old joke. We were camping in the woods, and my friend, who had gone to the toilet pit, came running screaming back to the main camp. "What's...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

Whenever I stay at monasteries it seems like the monks spend more time attending to people who know nothing about buddhism moreso than the lay people who live there and have pretty good knowledge and are closer to enlightenment. The monks love spending hours debating with people who don't know anyt...
by Sam Vara
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Natural Pest Control
Replies: 9
Views: 119

Re: Natural Pest Control

TRobinson465 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:11 am
a dog can stop a tiger from attacking novices?
While the tiger is eating the dog, the novice has time to run away...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?
Replies: 41
Views: 672

Re: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?

That's all a later edited standardisation. The later councils went through all the suttas and changed all of the them to be the same ending, with minor differences for context. A few years ago Bhante Sujato put all the suttas into a computer, and found that hundreds of the endings were identical, w...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: Greetings from Canada

Hi Osaka. Welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?
Replies: 41
Views: 672

Re: Arguments against the Pali Canon being authentic?

What are the arguments that suppose that the Pali Canon is not the literal word of The Buddha? It was compiled by monks for memorization. There are a lot of stock phrases and it is impossible that Buddha repeats himself those so many times in exactly the same way. Some suttas are compiled in a way ...
by Sam Vara
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 32
Views: 712

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

From what I have heard from and known of monks in the West, it very much depends on context: where the alms round is done, and what the surrounding culture thinks of it. Monks from my local monastery are a regular feature in local towns, and they get plenty to eat. Lay supporters such as myself wait...
by Sam Vara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Rai from UK
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: Rai from UK

Hello Rai, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 33
Views: 505

Re: Rebirth question

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:43 pm
If i die in Canada can I be reborn in another country or will i be reborn in Canada?
Human rebirth is reckoned to be exceptionally rare. Even if you were reborn in Canada, you might be reborn as a moose.
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is consciousness the problem
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Is consciousness the problem

There are beings only the body is present but no mind. So the consciousness is not the only problem. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html Do these asaññasatta , if they exist, have any problems? Will they have problems in the future, in the sense that their existence now would...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is consciousness the problem
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Is consciousness the problem

I agree with the above: it is, I think, possible to have a problem-free consciousness.

But on the other hand, consciousness is a necessary precondition for there to be any problem in the first place. To paraphrase Uncle Joe Stalin, "No consciousness, no problem!"
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhammakaya Movement
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Dhammakaya Movement

Hi Kiwi, Here is an enormous thread starting nine or so years back. I can't believe that many aspects would have been left unexamined! https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=339 You might also want to use the search function above to see if it turns up anything else. Dhammakaya has often been discu...
by Sam Vara
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 33
Views: 505

Re: Rebirth question

Yes, I think this is a good question. I asked it here some years ago, but didn't get a reply. In the suttas, rebirth is always said to be in the future, as if time were a universal absolute; there doesn't seem to be the possibility of time being relative to each life, such that one could be reborn i...
by Sam Vara
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada Art
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: Theravada Art

LuisR wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:55 pm
I would like to find art like this for my home. Is owning art like this discouraged? Is it wrong to sell or buy images of Buddha?
No, it's not discouraged or wrong. It's good to beautify one's home, and if it involves inspirational images, then so much the better!