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by drifting cloud
Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide
Replies: 61
Views: 12350

Re: Buddhism, rebirth and suicide

Suppose, though, that there is no rebirth. Following the overall Buddhist perspective on things, would suicide be a desirable and logical choice? Hi Lazy Eye, If there is no rebirth, a lot of Buddhist teachings and the reasoning behind them no longer make sense; this includes the teaching on suicid...
by drifting cloud
Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What continues from one life to another?
Replies: 28
Views: 7366

Re: What continues from one life to another?

Somebody once asked this of Chogyam Trungpa, and he is reported to have replied, "Your bad habits!" I think that actually works well as "the short answer". Instead of "bad habits" we might say "karmic/volitional formations" or sankharas . For the "long answer", see the following: http://bhikkhucinti...
by drifting cloud
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants still experiencing pain AND suffering ?
Replies: 28
Views: 5492

Re: Arahants still experiencing pain AND suffering ?

At risk of sounding trollish, maybe the best answer to this question is to become an arahant and see what happens?

:anjali:
by drifting cloud
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In need of a mentor.
Replies: 38
Views: 5091

Re: In need of a mentor.

Drifting Cloud - Then are you saying things can happen to me not due to karma ? Yes. Karma is intentional action and the fruits of intentional action . Many things can befall us that have nothing to do with karma. The Buddha specifically says that to attribute all experiences to previous karma in p...
by drifting cloud
Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
Replies: 75
Views: 17094

Re: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?

Hello Dmytro, I have read some of these reports, and they are strongly biased and lop-sided. Even the language of reports is often farfetched, presenting accusations as if they were facts. Can you please elaborate? Which "accusations" are being presented as facts? There has certainly been distortion...
by drifting cloud
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
Replies: 75
Views: 17094

Re: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?

I am a little disappointed that this thread has garnered so little interest - I had thought that orders of ordained monks advocating ethnic cleansing in Burma's Arakan State might have evoked some kind of reaction - I realize, of course, there are finer points of Pali translation to be endlessly deb...
by drifting cloud
Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In need of a mentor.
Replies: 38
Views: 5091

Re: In need of a mentor.

Hello Waimengwan, I would say if we understand karma, we know there is no one to blame but ourselves , we have created the causes for us to be harmed.n. With the deepest of respect to you and your teacher, I think this is an immense distortion of the teaching of karma. I think this amounts to blamin...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Sexuality?
Replies: 32
Views: 6918

Re: Buddhism and Sexuality?

There are no easy answers to these questions, as a householder. The fact is that Buddhism has always regarded celibate monastic life as the ideal. And in practice most Mahayana Buddhist schools are just as strict as the Theravada on this factor - certainly the sect of Chan Buddhism I studied under w...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
Replies: 75
Views: 17094

Re: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?

This was discussed over at our sister forum, Dharma Wheel and it quickly degenerated into attacks on Islam and the thread was closed. It appears that the incident in the OP is an isolated incident of Buddhist-Islamic violence? From all google searches I have done related to the internal strife, all...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: which path too take?
Replies: 9
Views: 2405

Re: which path too take?

there are so many different things too do, trying too do them all would mean you would never get very good at one as you would be doing each one only a little because you would constantly be trying too make time too do the next one on your list.. This is simply untrue. If this were the case, the Bu...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?
Replies: 75
Views: 17094

Rohingya Massacres, Theravada Complicity?

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/picture/upload/noroh.JPG After seeing images such as the one above, I am forced to ask the uncomfortable question - to what extent are Burmese Buddhists, and the Buddhist establishment in Burma, complicit with or even encouraging the on-going atrocities against the min...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: web of views
Replies: 19
Views: 3889

Re: web of views

after you have right mindfulness does right view happen automatically like the mind judges by itself? will the mind naturally know right from wrong, or must it be learned. Speaking for myself, I have noticed that the more mindful I become, the more aware I am of getting caught up in unhelpful thoug...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In need of a mentor.
Replies: 38
Views: 5091

Re: In need of a mentor.

Hi echograph, I am Persian, too. Thanissaro Bikhus talks at dhammatalks.org. is almost like having a personal meditation teacher, since much of what he says I have experienced during meditation and it seems as if he were speaking directly to me :) Yes, I am in a very remote part of the world withou...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Satipatana vs Anapanasati
Replies: 28
Views: 7344

Re: Satipatana vs Anapanasati

I have heard some people say that anapanasati is basically a samatha only practice and only satipatanna is vipassana (with the implications that anapanasati might be good for calming thing and developing concentration, but that satipatanna is the "real deal"). On the other hand Buddhadhasa Bhikku's...
by drifting cloud
Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drugs and equanimity
Replies: 10
Views: 1881

Re: Drugs and equanimity

from my expereince it isnt so dangerous to take a snuff from time to time.. :) No, it's not "dangerous" (although FYI, it raises your risk of developing oral and nasal cancers). But it's not conducive to ending suffering. You are basically using the drug to avoid facing reality in that particular m...