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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma

Sex is always unwholesome. "Always"? Piffle and nonsense. Rahula, son of the Prince, became an Arhat. Even that Prince who became Buddha had parents whose sexual contact resulted in the One who gave us the Dhamma. Buddha also gave us the Sangha most of whom are a blessing to we worldly ones. They d...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: Contraception, Abortion and the Dhamma

Whether the gandhabba is a being, stream or point of consciousness, preventing it from rebirth will surely scramble kamma. It may not be as bad as killing, but does not appear to be in harmony with rebirth kamma and thus unskillful.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

So my basic point is that even when words seemingly align with the Dhamma, if they are spoken in a heated political climate, they are charged with the contextual meaning and therefore controversial. Are we ignoring or forgetting the Mind? There is no 'heated political climate' nor does 'contextual ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

Gad, like pulling teeth is understanding with words on a screen. Last effort - supplying supportive ideas, concepts or notions suggested by Pali text quotes is what I (& Paul?) mean. You seem to want explicit Dhamma words linked to a Buddhist person's Dhamma words. This is close to impossible and si...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

What? Trump’s words absolutely cannot be traced back to the scriptures. He does not base his words on Buddhist Scripture. The idea that anything Trump says can be explicitly traced back to the Pali Scriptures is ridiculous. Whereas every single English word written or spoken by anyone nowadays also...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

What? Trump’s words absolutely cannot be traced back to the scriptures. He does not base his words on Buddhist Scripture. The idea that anything Trump says can be explicitly traced back to the Pali Scriptures is ridiculous. Whereas every single English word written or spoken by anyone nowadays also...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

Nothing broken here is USA, looks fine on Chrome & Safari.
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters
Replies: 35
Views: 3383

Re: Important Terms of Service update regarding political matters

For #1, do not forget poor old Dharma Paths for a third option.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 4848

Re: People are ...?

"basic, default assumptions" are fine for personal pondering on what human nature is or if it is.

However it is better not to assume or presume when meeting an individual. Just be empathetic & harmless toward them, even helpful if possible.
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga
Replies: 16
Views: 1178

Re: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga

An old thread about the same notions - see my Jan 18 2009 posts in particular:

https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f ... n&start=15
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Forest of Pearls
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: Forest of Pearls

In addition to all the Dharma quotations compiled, there are 47 or so 'miracle' stories in volume one. A mix of spiritual, psychic & other realm events, this sort of literature was popular in ancient China.
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is there someone who has a satisfying lay life
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: is there someone who has a satisfying lay life

salayatananirodha:

Many lives behind you that condition your present one. Focus on contentment, gratitude and helping others.

It takes time...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 40
Views: 5517

Re: In Praise of Virtue

Because those who have faith in the right Dharma and those who damage it are constantly in competition, and good and evil people are in conflict with each other, ignorant and deluded people easily become shallow admirers of the heterodox teachings and those who follow the pure and correct teaching ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Forest of Pearls
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: Forest of Pearls

Although only two volumes are in print now, the third is forthcoming soon. Yet many more fascicles, 80 in fact, will be translated in time. This major collection offers a comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon at the time of its composition (Seventh century CE). Because the work...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Forest of Pearls
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: Forest of Pearls

Effects from following precepts, page 79: By following the seven precepts of not killing, not stealing, not engaging in immoral sexual conduct, not telling lies, not engaging in insincere flattery, not uttering slanderous words, and not speaking harshly one can be reborn in the heaven of the four he...