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by DNS
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: More People Trained in Metta to Promote Peace

There is a web site similar to what you are describing: https://www.theofferingbowl.com/ People post their petition/wish for funds for participating in upcoming Buddhist retreats and events and donors can send them donations. It is sort of like gofundme or kiva, except that it is strictly for Buddhi...
by DNS
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10400

Re: Buddha's skin colour

People who don't believe in the 32 Marks don't believe that any arahant lied, they believe the suttas or the portions of suttas mentioning the Marks to be inauthentic or non-literal. Sovatthika was referring to another topic, the 4th precept and was posting off-topic when he made that remark. He wa...
by DNS
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: There is nothing to do
Replies: 11
Views: 267

Re: There is nothing to do

If you look at the frequently found qualities in the 37 factors of enlightenment, Energy / Effort is listed 9 times; more than any other factor, even more than wisdom and concentration.

https://dhammawiki.com/index.php/37_fac ... _qualities
by DNS
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordaining when children leave home
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Ordaining when children leave home

I believe many do still have contact with their adult children, not on a daily basis, but once in a while visits.

The topic title reminded me of this joke:
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by DNS
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 266

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

Is there even a Sutta reference that Iddhi powers could be used in such a way? Not in the Pali suttas. :thumbsup: There is, however, a German translation of a Tibetan gterma called Die Große Rumpelstilzchen Sūtra . It was discovered in the mid-19th century by a pair of Hessian tertöns called the Br...
by DNS
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 63
Views: 10400

Re: Buddha's skin colour

why is there personal exegesis being offered on the dhammawiki site? I understand you have a very traditionalist view and there is nothing wrong with that. However, there are other views within Buddhism and within Theravada. The exegesis you are referring to is not limited to me. It is not a sole v...
by DNS
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain
Replies: 12
Views: 266

Re: Using Iddhi for Personal Gain

Is there even a Sutta reference that Iddhi powers could be used in such a way?

I would think kamma-vipaka would prevent it from happening (according to Buddhism), even if one wished for it.
by DNS
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Understanding the fourth precept
Replies: 405
Views: 10033

Re: Understanding the fourth precept

Mod note:
I have merged some of the very similar topics on the 4th precept into this one big one. And reminder once again to keep the posts to the issues, no name calling of one side as fundamentalists, etc or the other side as slanderers of the Buddha, etc.
by DNS
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 62
Views: 1051

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

oncereturner wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:17 am
Question is, to live with pain, mental illness, or die young with some joy?
Option 3: get treatment, enter an alcohol recovery program like AA and live long with joy.
by DNS
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello! I am back
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Hello! I am back

Welcome to DW!
Dharmasherab wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:31 pm
I am particularly interested in the Bodhisattva path within Theravada Buddhism and will be happy if people can direct me towards such threads/posts.
The Bodhisatta path of Theravada Buddhism to become a future samma-sam-buddha? That's quite an ambitious endeavor!
by DNS
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Controlling blood pressure at will?
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Controlling blood pressure at will?

I had one of those sport heart rate monitors and would track my heart rates during exercise and after and then later started using it for checking heart rates after meditation. I noticed that it does lower the heart rate some. When I've gone for some check ups the medical staff has commented on my l...
by DNS
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - So many human beings
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Rebirth - So many human beings

In Germany, the number (or rather mass) of insects, has reduced by approx. 75% since 1989 (sorry, no English source ready at hand), according to some curious measurements(*). I assume this is not restricted to Germany. So yes, I think one can definitely speak of dwindling, at quite an alarming rate...
by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are your favorite spectator team sports?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: What are your favorite spectator team sports?

I'm a hockey fan. I realize it may be the most violent sport on here. Do I lose Dhamma points? :jumping: I've only watched a few bits and parts of a hockey game, never from start to finish. From googling sports violence, apparently hockey is rather violent. I would have thought NFL (American footba...
by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth - So many human beings
Replies: 14
Views: 341

Re: Rebirth - So many human beings

Dwindling animal populations? Not on earth there is no dwindling, just some species, but not the total animal population. There are plenty of animals, gazillions actually. I read that there are approximately 250 million insects for every human being. That's a lot of animals, just in insects! Insects...
by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is masturbation the same thing as killing?
Replies: 35
Views: 690

Re: Is masturbation the same thing as killing?

I think I heard that when a male (mammal) has sex, even when he impregnates the female, there are some one million sperm that race toward the egg and it is only one sperm that fertilizes the egg, so if it were killing, then even when pregnancy occurs, it would be the "killing" of about 999,999 sperm.
by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is masturbation the same thing as killing?
Replies: 35
Views: 690

Re: Is masturbation the same thing as killing?

It is not fertilized without the egg. In the same way, a woman's cycle is not killing anyone either. And neither is eating eggs (non-fertilized ones), which is why vegetarians eat eggs.
by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: dank buddhist memes
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: dank buddhist memes

I posted this one I made over at DWM the other day:
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by DNS
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: original buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 1773

Re: original buddhism

I feel the need to clarify that my suggestions were not meant to add to the "pile up" on that chart. Just to offer some suggestions that are quite fallible and human. For instance, many Pure Landers would be very upset and fiercely argue with how far back I would have pushed back the date on Pure L...
by DNS
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness
Replies: 47
Views: 1290

Re: Bikkhu Bodhi on the errors of modern mindfulness

Pleasurable feelings ‘of the flesh’ and ‘not of the flesh’: not that one should renounce the impermanent in favour of the imperishable nibbana, but that one should learn to live in the world with an open mind and loving heart, capable of experiencing everything with awe and wonder. The practice of ...
by DNS
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Animal Rebirth
Replies: 20
Views: 334

Re: Animal Rebirth

I believe Hinduism has a concept like that of a soul splitting into many different beings. It doesn't sound compatible with Buddhism, because that concept would imply a soul that could be split. In Buddhism it is some sort of individual mind stream, no-self or not-self that is reborn, not something ...