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by Mkoll
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhism & Amulets?
Replies: 9
Views: 228

Re: Buddhism & Amulets?

A scam is deliberate, fraudulent, scheming behavior. It's possible you were scammed, but I think it's more likely that he believed in some magical power of the amulet and wanted to share it with you for your benefit, in which case he had good intentions despite his mistaken views. And more on charms...
by Mkoll
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Reference on "clinging to thought characteristics"?
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Reference on "clinging to thought characteristics"?

The first thing that comes to mind is the stock formula for sense-restraint. Venerable Bodhi: “On seeing a form with the eye, he does not grasp at its signs and features. Since, if he left the eye faculty unguarded, evil unwholesome states of covetousness and grief might invade him, he practises the...
by Mkoll
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is stealing always wrong?
Replies: 62
Views: 1598

Re: Is stealing always wrong?

And I require a clarification from someone well read in suttas - did Buddha urge us to attain "Nibbana asap" or to begin following the path that will eventually lead us out of samsara (probably after a million years) without wasting a day of precious human life? He certainly encouraged his renuncia...
by Mkoll
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Wat Chaimongkol? Gyuto? Theravada?
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Wat Chaimongkol? Gyuto? Theravada?

I've been to the Gyuto foundation once to see Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's longtime translator, give a talk. It felt like a peaceful place from what I remember. Its essentially a Tibetan monastery in a nice residential neighborhood in the hills of Richmond.
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Dunning–Kruger effect
Replies: 24
Views: 675

Re: Dunning–Kruger effect

Dunning–Kruger effect From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory su...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Repulsiveness in food (excerpts from Vsm & Sutta)
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Repulsiveness in food (excerpts from Vsm & Sutta)

Reflecting on the living beings killed for food, whether deliberately or inadvertently, can be productive of disenchantment toward food. If you think of it on an atomic level, some of the atoms we're eating were once the bodies and then the corpses of beings: human, animal, and what have you. When t...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding two sutta references
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: Finding two sutta references

Another for your first sutta from MN 61, the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta (Venerable Thanissaro's translation), a very important and practically useful sutta: I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Rajagaha, at the Bamboo Grove, the Squirrels' Feeding Ground. At that tim...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Acting is wrong livelihood?
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Acting is wrong livelihood?

By the way the sutta is framed .. Reading the sutta, I don't read it as saying that "those who induce sensual states in others will be reborn in purgatory." It is specifically talking about actors (Venerable Thanissaro's translation): "Thus the actor — himself intoxicated & heedless, having made ot...
by Mkoll
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Acting is wrong livelihood?
Replies: 29
Views: 484

Re: Acting is wrong livelihood?

Till now I had only considered trading in meat or weapons or alcohol as wrong livelihood. It is those in addition to trading in human beings or poison. So 5 total. By the way the sutta is framed .. A natagāmani (stage-manager) of Rājagaha. With a company of five hundred men, he gave dramatic perfor...
by Mkoll
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 805

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

As they say, "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
by Mkoll
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 805

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

If a non-Dhammic person (should it be adhammic?) gave fantastic Dhamma talks would you visit him to learn from him or listen to him on YouTube? Imagine he is good, so good that he is a dazzling teacher .. makes it all seem so easy and takes away all your doubts and hesitation .. but you know (and e...
by Mkoll
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 724

Re: New to Buddhism

Glad to hear it, I'm sure they'll be able to accommodate you. There's also Aloka Vihara monastery. I haven't been myself, but I've seen their abbess give a talk and she's inspiring. If you're near Berkeley, some of the Abhayagiri monks come down on the first Tuesday of every month and some of the Al...
by Mkoll
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 11
Views: 724

Re: New to Buddhism

Hey Doug, welcome. Sounds like you're in the Bay Area. I highly recommend going up to Abhayagiri Monastery up north, especially if you can stay for a few days or longer. The abbot there is very kind, wise and experienced in answering all kinds of questions from folks, Buddhist, non-Buddhist or anyth...
by Mkoll
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?
Replies: 137
Views: 4096

Re: Why do Americans not have to announce which country they are from?

If somebody has never heard of California and has no idea where it is they also probably don't have internet access. Also, I identify more as a Californian than an American. I'd almost consider voting to secede from the union but I'd be concerned about the fate of the world if the US was not at all...