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by kc2dpt
Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

It is apparent that you have no interest in pursuing Buddhism, in my opinion and you are just here to try and debunk it Respectfully, I disagree. I'm familiar with the worry of "I don't want to invest time and energy into something if I can't be sure it's going to bear fruit" and I think that's wha...
by kc2dpt
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

By the way, according to Theravada no bhikkhu who attained sotapanna as a bhikkhu would go back to the low life of a layman. I believe you are mistaken on this point. If I recall correctly, it is said an arahant could not live as a layman. I do not recall if an anagami could. A sakadagami or sottap...
by kc2dpt
Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

If I go to a Theravada temple and practice for 3 months or three years, how can I know or hope that they will not be 3 years not wasted? Maybe they will be wasted. Maybe they will bear fruit. You can always hope. Ven. Pesala himself said that there are good teachers and bad teachers. How can you di...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma is anatta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1482

Re: Kamma is anatta?

Somehow I didn't see Bhante's responses before I posted my own.
Also, I've clearly forgotten lots of Pali in the past few years. :lol:
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma is anatta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1482

Re: Kamma is anatta?

There are many places in the suttas wherein the Buddha says the five aggregates are anatta. Mental formations comprise the fourth aggregate. Intention is one kind of mental formation. "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect." - AN 6.63 This is ...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

according to many only few few people will be able to see any strong evidence at all Strong evidence = Nirvana or close to it Well then it seems you've backed yourself into a corner. You won't do the work without evidence, the only evidence you'll accept is "Nirvana or close to it", it is highly un...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Love, Monks, Attachment & Heartbreak
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: I'm in love and confused and need advice

"Can I pursue both romantic love and monasticism at the same time?" No. "Is is right that I pursue monasticism even though I have such strong feeling of romantic love?" Yes. I would guess that most people who ordain do so while still carrying strong attachments. Hopefully your time ordained will ser...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

I am not questioning if your 30 years of practice are worth more or less than his 20 years of study But on which basis should I believe you instead of him? There is a discourse in which the Buddha says one can observe a person, see whether what they say and do seems to come from greed, hatred, or d...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Faith-based against evidence-based
Replies: 173
Views: 15421

Re: Faith-based against evidence-based

which point do we have that the teachings of Buddha actually bring you anywhere important? You try something out and see where it leads. That's it. That's what "evidence-based" means. But I suspect you know this already. ;) Yes, you can get some peace, yes, you can get same good feelings, but you c...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Love, Monks, Attachment & Heartbreak
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: I'm in love and confused and need advice

I thought monks or nuns stay single. Yes, they do. most monks or nuns have no romantic contact with the opposite or same sex as far as I've seen and because I wish to be ordained, that's why I find the situation difficult. We're almost to a question. :) "Should I pursue romantic love or monasticism...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Recommendations for my study?
Replies: 11
Views: 2021

Re: Recommendations for my study?

I'm wondering what my next step should be. I suppose it depends on what your goal is. What is your goal? Should I reread In the Buddha's Words? Couldn't hurt. Honestly, if I had this book before I had already purchased all his Nikaya books I don't know if I would've have bought the Nikaya books at ...
by kc2dpt
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Love, Monks, Attachment & Heartbreak
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: I'm in love and confused and need advice

I'm serious about the ordain which is why I'm worried. Worried about what? You still haven't said what you are worried or confused about. :thinking: I know the consequences and once one is ordained "he/she" will struggle to turn back time. I don't know what "struggle to turn back time" means. :shru...
by kc2dpt
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Love, Monks, Attachment & Heartbreak
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: I'm in love and confused and need advice

Thanks. I can read it now. I still don't see a question though. You are in love with someone but a] she's your employee and b] you want to ordain. What are you confused about? I'm just shooting in the dark here but... I don't believe it is typical for a person to shed all desires first and then orda...
by kc2dpt
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Love, Monks, Attachment & Heartbreak
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: AJ's in love and is confused and needs help!

Could you retype that? It appears some words are missing and I can't understand what you're asking.
by kc2dpt
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Should I take the Refuge?
Replies: 9
Views: 2417

Re: Should I take the Refuge?

I would have problem living up to the third percept on sexual morality. What do you think the third precept is? Why do you think you'd have a problem with it? Why do you want to take a 5 precepts ceremony if you don't want to adhere to the precepts? I am asking seriously. I think the answers to the...