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by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello !!
Replies: 10
Views: 1023

Re: Hello !!

Hi everyone, Just read my first book- buddhism for beginners by Thubten Chodron! It was a great basic insight into buddhism , but I'm left with a few question..... How do I know which tradition is best for me to follow? I was told on another forum to read up and a few and that's the only way I will...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I'd rather be reborn
Replies: 188
Views: 15345

Re: I'd rather be reborn

Why not focus on the suffering in your life and how best to be free of it, instead of worrying about concepts like existence or non-existence? I find it so irksome when people just write off a question like that. I mean, if you don't want to discuss it then just don't post on this topic. Interestin...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta about sowing seeds
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Sutta about sowing seeds

This sounds like SN42.7: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.007.wlsh.html "I will reply to this question, headman, with another. Answer as seems proper to you. What do you think? Suppose a peasant farmer has three fields, one excellent, one middling, and one poor, sandy, salty, wit...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: W. Buddhism is based more on Atheism-materialism than Dhamma
Replies: 198
Views: 16290

Re: W. Buddhism is based more on Atheism-materialism than Dh

Sinhala Buddhism has assimilated Vishnu into its cosmology, only that it doesn't take him to be eternal. But I wonder a bit whether that really matters. If there is a god that rules over you -- as well as a whole host of lesser gods who have influence over your life -- a god with a lifespan beyond ...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?
Replies: 52
Views: 10492

Re: Is It Possible to Be a Lay Theravada Buddhist?

Also, further to the OP question (apologies for the slight hijack), but how does one find the "middle path" when relating to attachment ? I have to work for a living, so on the grand scheme of things, I am personally attached to my job, as I need a house and money live on. Now how do I find a balan...
by culaavuso
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Buddhist attitude towards politics
Replies: 49
Views: 4382

Re: Buddhist attitude towards politics

Natural cooperation is only possible in a small group - hunter gatherers come to mind. As numbers of people increase and personal knowledge of others is no longer possible, collectivism has to be imposed just like any other control system. The sham democracies of the West have managed successfully ...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Violence in order to do good for someone in the long-run?
Replies: 10
Views: 1263

Re: Violence in order to do good for someone in the long-run

The Abhaya Sutta (the relevant part was quoted in the previous post) combined with an honest evaluation of alternative courses of action and one's intentions seems appropriate. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn45/sn45.008.than.html And what is right resolve? Being resolved on renunciatio...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: W. Buddhism is based more on Atheism-materialism than Dhamma
Replies: 198
Views: 16290

Re: W. Buddhism is based more on Atheism-materialism than Dh

Out of sensitivity to this, I've always been hesitant to vocally identify myself as an "atheist" when I am in mixed company. I'll usually settle for just calling myself a Buddhist, explaining that my tradition is not-all-that-interested in metaphysical debate, and leaving it at that. If pressed, I ...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism/Brahmanism/Hinduism discussion
Replies: 125
Views: 6769

Re: Buddhism/Brahmanism/Hinduism discussion

How are we to know that the theists are in fact holding the belief that there is God eternal? What if they are not merely in the business of holding beliefs, what if they've realized it? What if they are beyond holding beliefs? As external observers, we cannot know what goes on in their minds. What...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Suffering and self-deception
Replies: 39
Views: 1956

Re: Suffering and self-deception

It seems to me that much of the pessimistic writing simply comes from the perspective of being bewildered by stress and not having the confidence of a clear path to its cessation. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an06/an06.063.than.html "And what is the cause by which stress comes into pla...
by culaavuso
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Whats the problem with lay sex?
Replies: 210
Views: 8669

Re: Whats the problem with lay sex?

My desire isn't to judge Buddhists or to come up with some objective assessment of Buddhists. My point is simply that I am frustrated because I don't fit in, nor do I have any hope anymore to ever fit in. There is no need to "fit in". If you are confident that the basis of your choices will reduce ...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Request for buddhism outline/summary
Replies: 8
Views: 755

Re: Request for buddhism outline/summary

Two sets of summaries from the suttas, and one from a more recent teacher: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.082.than.html "'The world is swept away. It does not endure': This is the first Dhamma summary stated by the Blessed One who knows & sees, worthy & rightly self-awakened. Having k...
by culaavuso
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism/Brahmanism/Hinduism discussion
Replies: 125
Views: 6769

Re: Why did Buddha say that he was not a human being?

What I find far more interesting is that there seems to be no major conflict between what is taught in the Pali Canon and in some of the Hindu scriptures. Many Hindus and Buddhists seem to hold the stance that Buddhism and Hindu theism are mutually exclusive, but I didn't get the impression that th...