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by Anagarika
Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Alobha!
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Happy Birthday Alobha!

A very Happy Birthday, Alobha, with wellness, happiness and peace in the coming years.
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The etymology of "sutta"
Replies: 8
Views: 1432

Re: The etymology of "sutta"

I have absolutely no idea what the above sentence means, Don’t be overawed by it. It’s just philological shoptalk and notwithstanding the highfalutin jargon the underlying ideas are actually fairly simple. In fact when you next come to Thailand I can probably explain valency-reduction to you in les...
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The etymology of "sutta"
Replies: 8
Views: 1432

Re: The etymology of "sutta"

" It’s true, of course, that in English we need to use a past participle to translate it, (“that which has been heard/listened to”), but this is only because like all modern languages in the Germanic family (excluding Icelandic and Faroese) English has lost the proto-Germanic feature of using bound ...
by Anagarika
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept
Replies: 66
Views: 4453

Re: Coffee, Chocolate and the 5th Precept

When I was a samanera in Thailand, instant coffee at night was the difference between being distracted by hunger (having eaten last at 11 am) and not being hungry at night during the chanting and, later, interesting discussions that took place among the folks at the wat before retiring to sleep.
by Anagarika
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 6021

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

Thank you for sharing the sutta quotes on what is good and who should be avoided - they are of interest and certainly have great applicability. You're welcome. I feel it's crucial to couch investigations such as these in the original teachings of the Buddha (or the closest thing we've got to "origi...
by Anagarika
Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?
Replies: 86
Views: 6021

Re: Should we modify the Buddha's teaching so it appeal to other religions and the western audience?

I tend to see this the way Ven. Subharo does. I've met Ajahn Geoff as well. He reminded me at first of one of my graduate school professors: serious, uncompromising, and impatient with silly questions. In other words, I was intimidated, and I'm not easily intimidated. As time went on, I saw how he w...
by Anagarika
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2513

Re: Paris

Ben, you're so right. Environmental and economic violence are leading, disturbing causes.

Metta to you and your family.

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by Anagarika
Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2513

Re: Paris

It will be interesting to see the reactions from Buddhists as to these developments in France, and in general to the activities of ISIS around the world. I think of a talk that Ajahn Brahmali gave, when he described people that cause us anguish and engender feelings of aversion. His focus was to see...
by Anagarika
Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Kalama Sutta Allow Doubt?
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Does Kalama Sutta Allow Doubt?

It can also be helpful to note that the Buddha was speaking to the Kalamas, who were not monks/nuns, nor disciples of his. The Kalamas, as I recall this Sutta, were exposed to a number of teachers that passed through their city. I do believe that the Buddha encouraged them to doubt, to doubt in a he...
by Anagarika
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43341

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

Will those members who are vociferous against illegal downloading and peer to peer sharing first stipulate that they have never photocopied books? :anjali: I wouldn't portray myself as "vociferous against illegal downloading". I just acknowledge what it is. Would copying part of a text book be cove...
by Anagarika
Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43341

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I sometimes feel that the precepts are seen as laws that practitioners, like good lawyers, try to find exceptions/defenses to their violation. All you said is well and good, but it's not stealing...it's copying... If I copy something I have no right to copy, have I then advanced myself along the pa...
by Anagarika
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 356
Views: 43341

Re: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?

I haven't read the entire thread but as I am tired and drinking coffee, I thought I'd punch out a few lines. Intellectual property law exists to recognize that ideas, forms, designs, music, and digital creations have value to the owners and creators, and simply because a digital image or copy is eas...
by Anagarika
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: It's Paul Davy's Birthday!
Replies: 15
Views: 905

It's Paul Davy's Birthday!

According to modern times' Encyclopaedia Britannica, aka Facebook ( :) ) I learned that today is Paul's birthday. He has been, and continues to be, one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable, and kindest people on this Board and I wish him and his family a very good day, and many years to come of hap...
by Anagarika
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1777
Views: 150533

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

I don't listen to music anymore...the 8 precept thing....but I just walked into a coffee shop to get a strong cuppa Joe, and some classic Queen was pounding from the soundstage speakers at the House Cafe in DeKalb, Illinois.....throwback Monday for me... Mustapha, Mustapha, Ist avil ahiln avil ahiln...
by Anagarika
Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evidence of reincarnation
Replies: 118
Views: 5861

Re: Evidence of reincarnation

My bias when looking at evidence comes from my lay training in law. In general, evidence is some thing or statement that meets certain tests of initial reliability (or, admissibility). Even if the fact cannot be proven to a certainty, the evidence can be accepted by the fact finder, who then determi...
by Anagarika
Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Live-Stream Discussion at Bodhi Institute (S. Batchelor, J. Peacock, Akincano Weber)
Replies: 15
Views: 1695

Re: Live-Stream Discussion at Bodhi Institute (S. Batchelor, J. Peacock, Akincano Weber)

I didn't read through the website carefully, but with Stephen Batchelor involved, and the claim of the focus on the early Pali texts, I wonder if there's something of a Trojan Horse being wheeled into one's living room: " Bodhi Institute aspires to recover core insights of early Buddhist teachings i...
by Anagarika
Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm on why he was excommunicated
Replies: 44
Views: 4326

Re: Ajahn Brahm on why he was excommunicated

Obviously we dont know how reliable this message is, however I will hazard an opinion. IMHO I greatly respect Sumedho and Viradhammo for taking pains to not be influenced by Brahavamso. I think if he indicated he wishes to rescind his unfortunate actions and stop his support for improper ordination...
by Anagarika
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday to Anagarika!
Replies: 10
Views: 481

Re: Happy Birthday to Anagarika!

Many thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes. May all on Dhamma Wheel be well, happy and peaceful. I'm a year older, but if wiser, only due to the spiritual friendship and learned guidance of the kalyana mitta here. And Bhante, my hope is that as I grow older, my aging, bespotted and gravity im...
by Anagarika
Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evidence of reincarnation
Replies: 118
Views: 5861

Re: Evidence of reincarnation

Anagarika, you seem determined to excommunicate. :smile: No, it's not that Mr. Man. At least I hope I don't come across that way. I think that reasonable people can disagree about reasonable interpretations of the Dhamma. We are all on the same "team," as it were. I usually take the view that there...
by Anagarika
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Evidence of reincarnation
Replies: 118
Views: 5861

Re: Evidence of reincarnation

[quote="daverupa"]But it does mean: 1. There is no evidence it does exist. 2. The burden of proof is on the one claiming it does exist. --- So, if you're suggesting that the Buddha can't meet his burden of proof, then you would not consider yourself a "Buddhist," or one that follows the Dhamma? I th...