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by OcTavO
Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?
Replies: 55
Views: 6405

Re: What's wrong with living a "normal" life?

But, throughout the suttas, the Buddha repeatedly tells us to renounce this life for the spiritual life. Yes, there are suttas directed toward householders that don't emphasize renunciation as much, but they're like little ants next to the other suttas. In all fairness, the Buddha didn't tell every...
by OcTavO
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: A sotapanna
Replies: 84
Views: 14643

Re: A sotapanna

tiltbillings wrote:Then there is the question of why in the name of the Dhamma do you feel a need to tell anyone. That is a red flag.
:goodpost:
by OcTavO
Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do we skillfully reply to others, esp. beginners?
Replies: 26
Views: 2540

Re: How do we skillfully reply to others, esp. beginners?

In my day-to-day experience, I find that no amount of good intention on my behalf will make someone receptive to my words unless I speak them politely and gently.
by OcTavO
Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: When Karma strikes back...
Replies: 45
Views: 4226

Re: When Kharma strikes back...

Admiral, this may be an interesting read for you: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/volition.pdf As other have mentioned, the Buddha's advice was to not get too tied up in trying to determine the workings of Kamma... "The [precise working out of the] results of kamma is an unconjecturable that is no...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The Town That Gave Up Bottled Water
Replies: 1
Views: 244

The Town That Gave Up Bottled Water

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10444394.stm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A town meeting in Concord, Massachusetts recently voted in favour of banning bottled water from 1 January. Here Huw Kingston from Bundanoon, Australia - the first town in the world to go bottle...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Suggested Readings
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Suggested Readings

I second "What the Buddha Taught" by Walpola Rahula, great book! My copy is falling apart though... ah impermanence. Also "In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon" by Bhikku Bodhi has been perhaps the most helpful and in-depth overview of Theravada for me. I would highl...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhist view on this song?
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Buddhist view on this song?

I don't really see any aspects of Buddhism in there... just very vague deity focused lyrics. You could also replace "Good God" with Brahma, Pangu, Zeus, Odin etc. and have the same effect. Actually, I would suggest Buddha is the worst fit of any of the figures because he did not particularly teach "...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Urge to Believe in God
Replies: 26
Views: 1992

Re: The Urge to Believe in God

Incidentally, there was an interesting episode of "Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole" on the science channel the other day, where a neuroscientist (I forget which institute) has created a helmet which focuses a weak magnetic field on a particular area of the temporal lobe. When the helmet is tur...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Hearing our voices - VICTORY ON WHALES
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Hearing our voices - VICTORY ON WHALES

Yes, I got the email notification from Avaaz yesterday. Great news! :clap:
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self vs Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 3313

Re: Self vs Kamma

Why not? I thought it was his take on nibbana that was deemed problematic in certain quarters. Hi Retro, I can't say I'm well read enough to convincingly argue why not, but I remember lauding his view a few years ago back on Esangha (when it particularly appealed to me), and Dhammanando stepped in ...
by OcTavO
Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self vs Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 3313

Re: Self vs Kamma

Not self should be seen as a process of enquiry, not a doctrine that should be believed. The point is that clinging to this or that as evidence that one is a distinct and seperate self is the cause of much of our suffering, wheras realising as each experience arises that this is not me/mine release...
by OcTavO
Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self vs Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 3313

Re: Self vs Kamma

I think the problem here is that you seem to be positing a "self" in this life and another different "self" in a future rebirth. This is not really what the doctrine of Anatta states... perhaps this link will help:

http://www.katinkahesselink.net/tibet/a ... agaro.html
by OcTavO
Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Self vs Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 3313

Re: Self vs Kamma

In my understanding, Kamma does no such thing as "keeping track" of ethical decisions. Kamma is action itself and Vipaka is the result (or fruit) that follows. There's no force of judgement involved, simply cause and effect. I try to act skillfully because I don't have to look to the next life to se...
by OcTavO
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Loss and sadness
Replies: 10
Views: 912

Re: Loss and sadness

Annapurna wrote:Thank you. Do you have a link to Pema Chodron?
You can purchase any of her writings on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pema-Chodron/e/B0 ... r_dp_pel_1

The one that affected me most was "When Things Fall Apart". It was very helpful in a difficult time of my life.
by OcTavO
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: Hi

Hi! :hello: