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by Jechbi
Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bodhisattva Path: Historical Aspects In Theravāda
Replies: 94
Views: 18661

A matter of personal practice

"Just like the Mahayana, the Theravada holds the Bodhisattva in the highest position." From Ven. Dr. W. Rahula . In any form of Buddhist practice, the approach we take only is beneficial to the extent that it inclines toward liberation. Each of us uses terms and ideas as part of our particular path ...
by Jechbi
Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Lovingkindness: Question.
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: Lovingkindness: Question.

Joseph, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Even though seven years have passed, this can be a difficult time of year. It might be helpful to think of it this way: Your memories of your wife, your feelings for her, all of that is a part of you. You can start Metta meditation with yourself, wishing yours...
by Jechbi
Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3334

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

If this thread is going to devolve into a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, then let's at least be clear about which "tail" we're trying to pin on a Christian's practice. If "the tail" is "its god," then I think it would be worthwhile to make sure everyone is using the term "god" to refer to exact...
by Jechbi
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Agree with this view on morality?
Replies: 15
Views: 2262

Re: Agree with this view on morality?

Hello modest, With respect to individual practice, one danger might be to view morality as something separate from and independent of oneself, something "out there." The reason this type of view can be counterproductive is because it reinforces the notion of a self in the first place, a self that st...
by Jechbi
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 6172

Re: Bad resources

I don't think it's about "points of view that challenge our own" that people are talking about... it's more the above criteria. I had a different impression, namely that it was about subjective criteria as well as these relatively objective ones that you list. Much of the thread seems to be about o...
by Jechbi
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 6172

Re: Bad resources

I just cannot bring myself to burn them or giving them away. Giving them away is actually kind of fun. I gave a bunch to the local public library a few years ago. That was an interesting experience, after having hoarded books since childhood. Then I gave away the bookshelves. Come to think of it, t...
by Jechbi
Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 6172

Re: Bad resources

tiltbillings wrote:Maybe being a doorstop, or balancing the wobbly table
Sure. Sometimes we're not yet capable of finding value in points of view that challenge our own. So we make the best use we can, and that might involve propping up wobbly things or making sure doors stay where they belong.
by Jechbi
Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bad resources
Replies: 45
Views: 6172

Re: Bad resources

Manapa wrote:I don't think I have any bad resources, they are all good for something.
:goodpost:
it's about how we relate to the words we encounter, and what practical use we make of it
by Jechbi
Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Karaniya Metta Sutta
Replies: 21
Views: 3384

Re: Karaniya Metta Sutta

related thread with yet another translation
by Jechbi
Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicāraṇaṃ
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: vicāraṇaṃ

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by Jechbi
Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicāraṇaṃ
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: vicāraṇaṃ

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by Jechbi
Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3334

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

tiltbillings wrote:Where it can be found, but there would be a recognition of the unwholesome aspects arising from the god notion grounded in the self.
Where it can be found.
by Jechbi
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3334

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

Thanks for your thoughts, Tilt. I'm not going to disagree with you.

My post was in resonse to this, from the OP:
Samvega wrote:I'd like to know what everyone thinks.
I understand that you disagree with my perspective, and I respect your point of view.
by Jechbi
Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3334

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

And with what are these Christians having a relationship? I'm not going to be able to provide you with an answer. As for addressing Christians, it depends upon what one is trying to do and to whom one is talking. If one is trying to answer a Christian polemical/apologetic critique of Buddhism for h...
by Jechbi
Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon
Replies: 27
Views: 3334

Re: A Buddhist Ontology of Christian Claims Using the Pali Canon

There is more than enough within the Buddha's teachings ... that can be used effectively to address and adequately critrique the Christian concept of a god, not just a bearded guy in the sky, but a god that is an omniscient, permanent, independent, unique cause of the cosmos that intervenes in hist...