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by DNS
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: When a bhikkhu-to-be renounces worldly possessions
Replies: 11
Views: 1429

Re: When a bhikkhu-to-be renounces worldly possessions

In the U.S. there is no national health insurance and most people are on their own if their employer does not pay for it. The monks I know mostly go without health insurance because the cost is too high for the community / vihara. Usually there is at least one member of the community who is a physic...
by DNS
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Landmark Translation Conference at Deer Park
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Landmark Translation Conference at Deer Park

I've heard that there are over 5000 texts in over 100 volumes. That is a lot of texts and volumes. I see what some of you mean. In the Theravada Tipitaka we have about 40 volumes and with that, there is still some debate and controversy about the chronology and interpretation. Imagine how much more...
by DNS
Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Those good old light bulbs again ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: Those good old light bulbs again ...

There will probably be an English translation of it somewhere. In brief, it shows how laughter and joy gives good ethics and leads all the way through samadhi, satipatthana etc. to paramattham nibbanam, to the highes meaning, nibbana. Thanks. Yes there is an English translation, by the Pali Text So...
by DNS
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Those good old light bulbs again ...
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: Those good old light bulbs again ...

:jumping: That is great. I added that to the article Ven. Dhammika started and I added to at:
http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Humor" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by DNS
Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Landmark Translation Conference at Deer Park
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Landmark Translation Conference at Deer Park

I'm surprised that it has taken this long for the Rinpoches to get around to translating their texts to English, but better late, then never. I'm thankful for the many great translators we have in the Theravada who have already translated 99% of the Canon, including Bhikkhu Bodhi, T.W. Rhys Davids, ...
by DNS
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What colors do you see in meditation?
Replies: 12
Views: 2174

Re: What colors do you see in meditation?

Hmmm, I've been told that the colors are a distraction as we try to quiet our minds, and to try not to indulge. Even if it looks neat :mrgreen: Unless you do a colored kasina meditation. Typically a colored disc is used for samatha meditation where you intend to have the 'after-image' for your mind...
by DNS
Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What colors do you see in meditation?
Replies: 12
Views: 2174

Re: What colors do you see in meditation?

I see black. My eyes are closed. :jumping:

Unless I'm daydreaming instead of meditating or if using a kasina.
by DNS
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World
Replies: 11
Views: 4380

Re: Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World

Retro makes a good point about people being "sold" Buddhism as being "scientific", "having no beliefs", and, in particular "you don't need to worry about this talk of other lives and so on". There are some teachers and students who feel like that. But, at least for me, I see rebirth as at least com...
by DNS
Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Approaching traditional Theravada Commentaries with caution
Replies: 53
Views: 4961

Re: Approaching traditional Theravada Commentaries with caution

For example i like the teaching style of Bhante Vimalaramsi who de-emphasizes the commentaries and teaches straight from the Suttas themselves Thanks for that quote. That looks like a great quote to add to my Quotes from Venerables . He was trained in the Burmese tradition which is very much attune...
by DNS
Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: requesting help from devas
Replies: 9
Views: 1716

Re: requesting help from devas

retrofuturist wrote: But would they still be devas 2500ish years on?

They could have been George W Bush by now... :thinking:
Most deva realms include lifespans of around 9 million years or greater, so we are pretty safe that it is not George W. Bush. :tongue:
by DNS
Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: requesting help from devas
Replies: 9
Views: 1716

Re: requesting help from devas

Here is an interesting perspective from Ven. Dhammika, which happens to coincide with the timing of this thread and subject:

http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; March 22, 2009 blog post
by DNS
Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conversations with devas
Replies: 24
Views: 3336

Re: Conversations with devas

retrofuturist wrote: Does anyone know of any reports of anyone having done this in recent history?
Do you mean talk to the gods (devas)?

I imagine no one would believe him or her, if anyone even made such a claim (true or untrue).
by DNS
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Eight Fold Path
Replies: 19
Views: 2623

Re: The Eight Fold Path

Have you ever reflected on how beautiful and perfect the really simple teachings are? Yes. :buddha2: There may be lots of suttas to study :reading: , lots of discipline to learn in the Vinaya :popcorn: , lots of higher technical stuff in the Abhidhamma :sage: , but it all boils down to the 8-fold P...
by DNS
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kalamasutta
Replies: 17
Views: 2294

Re: Kalamasutta

Moreover, on my reading, the usual interpretation of the Kaalaamasutta is profoundly mistaken: the Kaalaama's do not ask //what// is true, but //who// is telling the truth. They want to know to which holy man they should give their devotion and their gifts I think there is a very good point made he...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World
Replies: 11
Views: 4380

Challenges facing Buddhism in the Modern World

As an off-shoot of the Asian Buddhism thread, here we can discuss any challenges to Buddhism in the modern world and here Buddhism can mean in the "West" or in Asia. “ Wander forth, O bhikkhus, for the welfare of the multitude, for the happiness of the multitude, out of compassion for the world, for...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fixin' to die
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Fixin' to die

Just my humble 2c but I don't think that is good enough - not knowing something is the same fault as having a view about it which is incorrect. I agree. I put the Zen story just for some humor. It is best to have the realizations and insights, so we will not have to worry about "what happens." :med...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fixin' to die
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Fixin' to die

There is a Zen story where some students asked the Zen master what he will be doing during his own dying process. The Zen master responded, "I'll be kicking and screaming for dear life." :tantrum: The students responded, "Whaa, I thought you were a Zen master?" The master responded, "Yes, but not a ...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fixin' to die
Replies: 16
Views: 1440

Re: Fixin' to die

The article is interesting because the study seems to go against the common sense that religion helps people die more peacefully. I believe that if in our mind there is still a desire to become, we will suffer in the end and try to prolong life. That is interesting. It perhaps shows that faith is n...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kalamasutta
Replies: 17
Views: 2294

Re: Kalamasutta

http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/5/c/3/5c3a07f9ca122ad98ab84084deb00bb3.png What happens between TT and EE ? There most likely would be investigation and observation. Popper's theories and scientific theories are not going to fit in exactly with the Kalama Sutta, but the emphasis in all of them is ...
by DNS
Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist gourmet cooking -- a contradiction in terms?
Replies: 3
Views: 908

Re: Buddhist gourmet cooking -- a contradiction in terms?

The blander, the holier? Or can cooking be seen as a mindful, wholesome activity (provided we don't get too caught up in chasing after exotic or fancy cuisine choices?) What do you think? And what is your own practice with regard to cooking and eating? Wholesome: Yes Mindful: Yes Taste: Well for Ar...