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by Anagarika
Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 20
Views: 2336

Re: Thanksgiving Reflections by Bhikkhu Bodhi

...thus he is one who reunites those who are divided, a promoter of friendships, who enjoys concord, rejoices in concord, delights in concord, a speaker of words that promote concord. MN 41 Unfortunately Ven. Bodhi takes simplistic views on such serious and complex concerns: views more divisive and...
by Anagarika
Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Happy Birthday Alobha!
Replies: 13
Views: 880

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: 1855

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: 1855

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: 5103

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: 6711

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: 6711

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 (Archive)
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2638

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 (Archive)
Topic: Paris
Replies: 39
Views: 2638

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: 573

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: 376
Views: 51013

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: 376
Views: 51013

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: 376
Views: 51013

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 (Archive)
Topic: It's Paul Davy's Birthday!
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

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 (Archive)
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 2011
Views: 181206

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...