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by Anagarika
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastery Recommendations?
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Re: Monastery Recommendations?

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by Anagarika
Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: the 6th precept
Replies: 28
Views: 3100

Re: the 6th precept

I observe the 8 precepts and truly choose to perceive them as the language of the precept acceptance states: " I undertake the training rule to..." In this sense, we are the owners of our actions, our kamma, and our adherence to these training rules influences our path of purification. Yet, I don't ...
by Anagarika
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: euthanasia
Replies: 158
Views: 8027

Re: euthanasia

The precepts are training rules. To violate the First Precept, one's intention is at issue. By any act (kamma) we are kammic owners and heirs of that action. So, it's difficult to say in any given case whether euthanasia is appropriate or ethical. The ethics of the act depend on the circumstances, I...
by Anagarika
Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 20
Views: 2414

Re: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi

I was reading a posting yesterday about "safe spaces," but decided not to contribute to the discussion. I will mention, on reading again this "Thanksgiving Reflections" section, on how all of us that read this posting, and all that posted on it, did so in a thoughtful, intelligent way. This forum is...
by Anagarika
Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 5656

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

Bhante's comment is excellent, and Ben's above is important, too. We're using the term "breach" here the way the word precept might be used as a "law." I usually don't think of the precepts in terms of them being laws or regulations. From the Pali, the taking of the precepts is the undertaking of tr...
by Anagarika
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 20
Views: 2414

Re: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi

...thus he is one who reunites those who are divided, a promoter of friendships, who enjoys concord, rejoices in concord, delights in concord, a speaker of words that promote concord. MN 41 Unfortunately Ven. Bodhi takes simplistic views on such serious and complex concerns: views more divisive and...
by Anagarika
Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday Alobha!
Replies: 13
Views: 977

Re: Happy Birthday Alobha!

A very Happy Birthday, Alobha, with wellness, happiness and peace in the coming years.
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The etymology of "sutta"
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Re: The etymology of "sutta"

I have absolutely no idea what the above sentence means, Don’t be overawed by it. It’s just philological shoptalk and notwithstanding the highfalutin jargon the underlying ideas are actually fairly simple. In fact when you next come to Thailand I can probably explain valency-reduction to you in les...
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The etymology of "sutta"
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Re: The etymology of "sutta"

" It’s true, of course, that in English we need to use a past participle to translate it, (“that which has been heard/listened to”), but this is only because like all modern languages in the Germanic family (excluding Icelandic and Faroese) English has lost the proto-Germanic feature of using bound ...
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 5656

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

When I was a samanera in Thailand, instant coffee at night was the difference between being distracted by hunger (having eaten last at 11 am) and not being hungry at night during the chanting and, later, interesting discussions that took place among the folks at the wat before retiring to sleep.
by Anagarika
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 7302

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Thank you for sharing the sutta quotes on what is good and who should be avoided - they are of interest and certainly have great applicability. You're welcome. I feel it's crucial to couch investigations such as these in the original teachings of the Buddha (or the closest thing we've got to "origi...
by Anagarika
Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 7302

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

I tend to see this the way Ven. Subharo does. I've met Ajahn Geoff as well. He reminded me at first of one of my graduate school professors: serious, uncompromising, and impatient with silly questions. In other words, I was intimidated, and I'm not easily intimidated. As time went on, I saw how he w...
by Anagarika
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2794

Re: Paris

Ben, you're so right. Environmental and economic violence are leading, disturbing causes.

Metta to you and your family.

AD
by Anagarika
Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2794

Re: Paris

It will be interesting to see the reactions from Buddhists as to these developments in France, and in general to the activities of ISIS around the world. I think of a talk that Ajahn Brahmali gave, when he described people that cause us anguish and engender feelings of aversion. His focus was to see...
by Anagarika
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Kalama Sutta Allow Doubt?
Replies: 10
Views: 670

Re: Does Kalama Sutta Allow Doubt?

It can also be helpful to note that the Buddha was speaking to the Kalamas, who were not monks/nuns, nor disciples of his. The Kalamas, as I recall this Sutta, were exposed to a number of teachers that passed through their city. I do believe that the Buddha encouraged them to doubt, to doubt in a he...