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by kc2dpt
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

If you're going to quote me....please do me the courtesy of making sire you're accurate? I did not quote you, nor did I claim I was quoting you. I said, "Here's my summary of this thread, how it looks to me". Then I said, "This kind of question is I think inherently rude". I stand by that. It is in...
by kc2dpt
Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Initiation of foreigners?
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Re: Initiation of foreigners?

Say that I want to get out of the country and live somewhere else and go to practice mostly unimpeded? Is there a place you can go to practice and work at the same time? Like a place to work for your living expenses and training that would be accepting of a foreigner? Why not ordain? How do you mea...
by kc2dpt
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Initiation of foreigners?
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Re: Initiation of foreigners?

teknix wrote:Say that I want to get out of the country and live somewhere else and go to practice mostly unimpeded? Is there a place you can go to practice and work at the same time? Like a place to work for your living expenses and training that would be accepting of a foreigner?
Why not ordain?
by kc2dpt
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

If it can be categorically proven that the Theravada is [X} then the Mahayana Schools will have to concede that they are [Y]. I think your (and my) spiritual life would be simpler if there was only one teacher to follow and all other teachers closed up shop and went home. Somehow I don't think that...
by kc2dpt
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 3520

Re: Rebirth

It may or may not be worthwhile to point out there is no such teaching of "rebirth". There is rather the teaching of "again birth". As in "after death there is once again birth". And we practice for the end of "birth". It's maybe a subtle thing, or perhaps no thing at all, but people tend to get con...
by kc2dpt
Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

Up until the point when Kusala posted that Venerable's video, people have been expressing their opinions. But once there is a public statement by a Venerable who dismisses an entire Buddhist tradition as having no taste of liberation... No where in that video does the monk "dismisses an entire Budd...
by kc2dpt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

Up until the point when Kusala posted that Venerable's video, people have been expressing their opinions. But once there is a public statement by a Venerable who dismisses an entire Buddhist tradition as having no taste of liberation... No where in that video does the monk "dismisses an entire Budd...
by kc2dpt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Shut-down
Replies: 44
Views: 4906

Re: Shut-down

:lol: :twothumbsup:
by kc2dpt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

This thread started out as asking "why Theravada". People have been giving their honest answers. This last day or so of posts, however, seems to include some people getting defensive about some of those answers and arguing the efficacy of non-Theravada schools. This would seem to me a] off-topic and...
by kc2dpt
Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15390

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

Buddhism is nothing other than practical things such as how do you reach Enlightenment. How do you know this? As someone told you so and you believed it? As from your personal experience? This is the strangest question I have heard in a while. This is so upside-down it is baffling to me. My earlier...
by kc2dpt
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Theravada?
Replies: 114
Views: 16243

Re: Why Theravada?

This Venerable is spreading his delusion. Could you be more specific as to which part are delusion? When he learned Theravada he was unhappy with what he had learned in Mahayana. Do you have reason to believe he is delusional about his own feelings on the matter? He wrote about Vinaya, the practice...
by kc2dpt
Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15390

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

He looked to me as he was very knowledged of many aspects of Buddhism, something theoretical of which I am not much interested about. When you discuss about practical things, such as, how do you reach Enlightenement, you basically get no straightforward answer. Buddhism is nothing other than practi...
by kc2dpt
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15390

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

For "evidence", I mean some lasting attainment You keep saying or suggesting nibbana is the only lasting attainment taught in Theravada. This is not so. Theravada teaches four levels of lasting attainment. The highest level is the arahant who has attained nibbana. The lowest level is called sotapan...
by kc2dpt
Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Recreational Use of Cannabis
Replies: 25
Views: 4087

Re: Recreational Use of Cannabis

What I would ideally like to come up with is an alternative to the puritanical reaction one receives when discussing this sort of drug use within a religious context (I'm pretty sure having wine over dinner isn't going to cause one to be reborn in Hell.) Such an alternative response would come in t...
by kc2dpt
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15390

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

I have looked back over this thread - the initial post, Matteo1972's various replies - and have a new answer. "What proof do we have that the teachings of Buddha actually bring you anywhere important?" There is no proof, Matteo1972, that you will accept. I'm sorry we don't have what you are looking ...