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by Mr Man
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada and patriotism
Replies: 67
Views: 1558

Re: Theravada and patriotism

Yes but it’s part of living in the world and isn’t necessarily black kamma. It can be mixed. Killing is allowed for bodhisattvas in Mahayana, but there are no exceptions in Theravada ( definitely not). Some actions are grey: “These four types of kamma have been understood, realized, & made known by...
by Mr Man
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is...
Replies: 51
Views: 1718

Re: Theravada is...

How a lay person establishes a relationship with sangha is through dana and sila. For a layperson to practice in the Theravada interaction with sangha is fundamental. Sangha is the vehicle of the Theravada. Yes, I don't think anyone wants to downplay the importance of Sangha, but what happens when ...
by Mr Man
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is...
Replies: 51
Views: 1718

Re: Theravada is...

what I find most perplexing about Theravada is this common insistence that 'all you need is the suttas', no participation in a Sangha, no teacher needed. Some even reduce it down to meditation, so chuck out sila and the Right View and focus on samadhi. Of course this could even work for some rare p...
by Mr Man
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Twitter boss Jack Dorsey 'resets' with 10 days of silence
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey 'resets' with 10 days of silence

The social network he runs is defined by its constant, frenzied babble, but Twitter's chief executive has embraced the total opposite, going on a 10-day silent retreat at the end of 2017. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/02/twitter-boss-jack-dorsey-resets-10-day-vow-silence/ His tweet...
by Mr Man
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: From Ven. Ayya Suddhama
Replies: 1
Views: 683

From Ven. Ayya Suddhama

A woman I know in California bought a large tract of forest land about half a mile from the ocean. On her new property, she discovered a spot on a hill that offered a phenomenal view of the distant waves crashing on the shore, so she cleared some trees and built her house there to enjoy the view. W...
by Mr Man
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who or what is being mindful?
Replies: 38
Views: 2454

Re: Who or what is being mindful?

Who or what does the "I" and "he" refer to in the Satipatthana Sutta? "Furthermore, when walking, the monk discerns, 'I am walking.' When standing, he discerns, 'I am standing.' When sitting, he discerns, 'I am sitting.' When lying down, he discerns, 'I am lying down.' Or however his body is dispos...
by Mr Man
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances
Replies: 23
Views: 2586

Re: Vinaya Comparison of Monastery Allowances

Hi Bhante I think it is incorrect to say that the Dhammayut Nikaya "Rejects Abhidhamma" and "Believes Buddha Lives in Nibbana". Possibly some monks with Dhammayut ordination do. Is smoking allowed in all "Dhammayut" monesteries? Do all branch monasteries of Wat Pa Pong exclude non Wat Pa Pong Monks ...
by Mr Man
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Shravasti Dhammika
Replies: 69
Views: 2955

Re: Shravasti Dhammika

Seems like Godwin Samararatne's meditation moved him away from Goenka, here's what I found https://www.godwin-home-page.net/ https://www.godwin-home-page.net/Gentle-Way-HK-97/Gentle-Way.htm I did my first retreat with Ven. Dhammika back in the early 1980's. That was at Nilambe http://nilambe.net/ G...
by Mr Man
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 33
Views: 4112

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Once upon a time I memorised the Bhikku Patimokha. It takes a fair bit of effort. Listening to others chanting is helpful. You need to establish the rhythm in you mind. Start with small chunks and then extend and extend. In the end it becomes all about remembering the next couple of words. One phras...
by Mr Man
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: The right to cause offense
Replies: 26
Views: 3200

Re: The right to cause offense

Greetings Mr.Man, The idea that "one cannot cause offense in others" is not an idea that I believe to be supported by the Buddha's teaching. Really? One need do no more than start to read the Dhammapada... 1. Mind precedes all mental states . Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with ...
by Mr Man
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: The right to cause offense
Replies: 26
Views: 3200

Re: The right to cause offense

Are you saying that the results of action is incidental? What is the relationship between your quote and what I have written? I'm saying that though no offence can be taken if none is given, even if offence is given, none need be taken. Okay but this, in my opinion, is not relevant to the point tha...
by Mr Man
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: The right to cause offense
Replies: 26
Views: 3200

Re: The right to cause offense

The idea that the results of action is incidental is not consistent with the Buddha's teaching. For example Parajika 3 is dependant on the end result that murder is completed. "In the same way, brahman, that with which you have insulted me, who is not insulting; that with which you have taunted me,...
by Mr Man
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: The right to cause offense
Replies: 26
Views: 3200

Re: The right to cause offense

The idea that the results of action is incidental is not consistent with the Buddha's teaching.

For example Parajika 3 is dependant on the end result that murder is completed.
by Mr Man
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: The right to cause offense
Replies: 26
Views: 3200

Re: The right to cause offense

I would say one cannot cause offense in others, as people are usually looking to be offended, thus causing themselves to be offended. If someone says something wrong or foolish, I'm not offended as what they're saying has nothing to do with me, even if they make comments about my person. All I can ...