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by chownah
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma
Replies: 24
Views: 382

Re: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma

Before you asked about how a judicial system was justified.....now you are asking whether every single judgement made by that system is justified......you are moving the goal post from way over there to way over here. I gave an example of the unreliable nature of the justice system (ie. the justice...
by chownah
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 433

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

Sometimes I have feelings which I notice which do not arise from any sensual stimulation that I can discern and which do not lead me in any direction as to whether I intend to indulge or reject them. When they arise and are first noticed I do not indentify with them but not long after the first noti...
by chownah
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma
Replies: 24
Views: 382

Re: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma

An example: You properly park your car in a public parking lot. A rich person parks their big car next to yours, and dents it. They sue you. Because they are rich, they can do that, and win. Where is the rehabilitation for you in that? Should you just die, because you're poor and you can't fight th...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Lao Tzeu, Socrate,... and The Buddha
Replies: 8
Views: 269

Re: Lao Tzeu, Socrate,... and The Buddha

I think that the story goes that the tao de ching was given by lao tsu because it was a requirement made by some guards at a mountain pass to allow him to continue down the other side of the mountain......there has been some rumors (unsubstantitated I guess) spread that this was the buddha journeyin...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma
Replies: 24
Views: 382

Re: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma

While the masses of people often demand retribution but that is not the only aspect of punishment.....for instance....some people see administering of punishment to be a deterant....and if they are right (probably sometimes it acts that way I guess) then it is a way to less suffering by reducing som...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?
Replies: 23
Views: 433

Re: What is "the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling"?

He does not understand as it really is the origin and the passing away, the gratification, the danger, and the escape in the case of these feelings. When he does not understand these things, the underlying tendency to ignorance in regard to neither-painful-nor-pleasant feeling lies behind this . Ca...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)
Replies: 48
Views: 894

Re: What you will do after Stream Entry ? (Poll)

Maybe I would rob a bank to enhance my ability to be generous.....seriously though as to plans to celebrate attaining stream entry....for me it was too long ago to remember..... :tongue:
chownah
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara worshipper
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Mara worshipper

If we take "mara" and "worship" as being metaphoric we could say that people who are obsessed with and delight in obtaining sensual pleasures are worshiping mara.......with "obsessing and delighting" corresponding to "worship" and "sensual pleasures" corresponging to "mara". chownah That is one way...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mara worshipper
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Mara worshipper

If we take "mara" and "worship" as being metaphoric we could say that people who are obsessed with and delight in obtaining sensual pleasures are worshiping mara.......with "obsessing and delighting" corresponding to "worship" and "sensual pleasures" corresponging to "mara".
chownah
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma
Replies: 24
Views: 382

Re: Justification of the penal system, in light of karma

Greetings. In traditionally Buddhist countries, how do they justify the existence of a legal penal system, given that the people there believe in karma (or are supposed to believe in karma)? Why have courts of law and prisons, if karma is going to "take care of things"? Thank you for your discussio...
by chownah
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 241
Views: 9065

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Chownah wrote Unsubstantiated allegation Yes we talked about this before. Is there a sutta in Sutta nipata that refers to a special set of 4 arupas? Can you explain why this set is missing in DN 2 Samannaphala Sutta? yet the practitioner has attained cessation? Rhys Davids points out the expression...
by chownah
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.
Replies: 241
Views: 9065

Re: Jhanas, Misconceptions that have arisen regarding the Four Rupa Jhanas.

Pulsar wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:14 pm

Four steps called Arupas get inserted much later, after Buddha passed away, so naturally reasons for confusion arise right there in the canon.
Unsubstantiated allegation.
chownah
by chownah
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity
Replies: 49
Views: 756

Re: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity

10 years has passed since they had it , we don't know if the donor aware of this situation ? Or if the donor is still alive or the donor is still as wealthy as before . I have seen people donate hundred thousand dollars , but some only 1 dollar . Yes you are right. And we should be thankful for all...
by chownah
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity
Replies: 49
Views: 756

Re: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity

Qinghai is the location of the monastery and here is something about that area: Located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the province is home to headwaters of three major rivers: the Yellow, Yangtze and Lancang (Mekong). The province has abundant hydropower, solar and wind energy. Based on its resource...
by chownah
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity
Replies: 49
Views: 756

Re: Temple in remote areas needs some suggestions in acquiring electricity

I'm wondering what percentage of the population of tibet has 2,500 watts of electricity.....it is probably a very very small percent....I'm wondering (assuming that the percent is very very small) why a monastery should be provided with such an extravagence (relatively speaking)?
chownah