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by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 485

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Greetings,
Zolbec wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:50 am
Do you recommend any books to me before I start practicing the Anapanasati Sutra?
Personally, I would practice the sutta, as taught by the Buddha, over anapanasati, as taught by someone else... but each to their own.

Metta.
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is nirvana an impossible dream?
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: Is nirvana an impossible dream?

Greetings,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:12 am
Is nirvana an impossible dream, then? :shrug:
No.
However, we must be able to see the gratification, drawback, and escape of sensual pleasures.
:goodpost:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 743

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Greetings xofz, Why can't we change our vote? It's a checkbox when you create a poll... it's either checked, and re-voting can happen... or it's not. How about this... I didn't vote in this poll because I disagreed with the premise and definitions... maybe PM your "new vote" to me and I'll vote that...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings, Sure, but " forcefully interfering in the affairs of sentient beings, against their will doesn't accurately characterize Mahayana Buddhism's Bodhisattva Vow. The first line in your signature is evidence of that. Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Mahayana Buddhist and has taken and keeps the Bodhi...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings Seeker, Every teaching of dhamma, regardless of who it's from, can be characterized as "interfering in the affairs of sentient beings". That's the whole point of it to begin with. Sure, but not every teaching of dhamma, regardless of who it's from, can be characterized as " forcefully inte...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings David, Upali lived during the time of Buddha and was the follower of another religion and went to the Buddha in order to argue with him and try to convert him. But after talking to the Buddha, he was so impressed that he decided to become a follower of the Buddha. But the Buddha said: “Mak...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings bhante, This notion of "elites" that I think you are referring to has more to do with opinions in a modern worldview. Personally I don't believe these "elites" even exist today, let alone would be relevant to a discussion about the Buddha's time. But clearly we have different opinions on t...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings, Isn't Kalyanamitta should point out the draw backs to his friend? True, but let's take a real-life example where a rather presumptuous kalayana-mitta once took it upon himself to forcefully voice his opinion about what I should and should not do in relation to a certain matter. However, I...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings Sarath, Another occasion is Buddha try to stop the massacre of Sakyan unsuccessfully. I think he tried to save people if it was in his disposal. For instance he could not save Devadatta. I think you may be missing part of the subtlety of this topic. It's not simply about a willingness to h...
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings Sarath,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:55 am
Didn't Buddha interfere with Angulimala?
Could you elaborate further, and explain in what way he may have done so?

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 495

Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

Greetings, I have created this topic to explore whether and to what extent the Theravāda tradition, as measured by either the Tipitaka, the commentarial tradition, and/or by lived cultural experience, avoids the temptation to intervene, interfere and impose itself upon the affairs of others. I think...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 712

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Greetings Sarath, Currently I am in three Dhamma forums. Sutta Central and Stack Exchange are the other two. I've got a pretty good sense of Sutta Central, how it works, its value proposition and its approach... but I've never used Stack Exchange before. How would you describe it as a place to discu...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 712

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Greetings James,
JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:07 pm
(Is un-impartial a proper word? Not biased, but just strongly invested in a particular view.)
I think if you drop the double-negative, you'll just be left with 'partial'.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 712

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

Greetings,

Link: Dhammaboard - Retracing the steps

sabba danam dhamma danam jinati

:candle:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?
Replies: 48
Views: 743

Re: Can you see Dependent Origination instantly at this (thought) moment?

Greetings,
SkillfulA wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:21 pm
BTW what is PS?
Shorthand for paticcasamuppada, aka dependent origination, aka DO.

Metta,
Paul. :)