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by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20734

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Within reason the initial reason for practice is less important than the continuing thereof. It usually boils down to dukkha. Our personal preferences including which commentators/translators we prefer are more or less arbitrary, or are dependent on factors of culture and temperament which are event...
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Nature
Replies: 15
Views: 2240

Re: Nature

And do you suppose that all those furry and winged fellow denizens of this planet as they hunt and are hunted are also recharging their batteries ? Or is that a luxury afforded only to humans who find it all terribly romantic ...?
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Nature
Replies: 15
Views: 2240

Re: Nature

" We sit by a lake on a warm summers day and and project feelings of peacefulness...meanwhile below the surface everything is engaged in a struggle to simply survive...everything is hunting or hunted by everything else...its the nature of Dukkha "

Ajahn Munindo.
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Craving while being mindful?
Replies: 42
Views: 1886

Re: Craving while being mindful?

However in the next moment of becoming aware of this very craving craving is dissolved and mindfulness re-established. That is how one might think it works. Probably one would... I would suggest that this kind of assumption is a result of DIY practice sans instruction...with the latter things are s...
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20734

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Good for you. Open minds are of course defined by being open all round. That being the case I will leave judging the route by which other people arrive at empirical knowledge... I see no evidence that holding either belief or disbelief results in saddha per se. Over the years I have seen many who we...
by Sanghamitta
Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse
Replies: 148
Views: 11338

Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

At least one person I know will disagree... but I think it probably contains a very accurate pen portrait of what the Buddha was actually about, stripped of subsequent deification and hyperbole. When they [poets/Hermann Hesse] make a highly misleading pen portrait of the Buddha ? Precisely Ben.... ...
by Sanghamitta
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20734

Re: The Secular Buddhist

Apparently so.
by Sanghamitta
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20734

Re: The Secular Buddhist

tiltbillings wrote:
Sanghamitta wrote: In the absence of personal direct knowledge we have belief masquerading as saddha.
But fortunately that can, with insight, change to real saddha.
Absolutely...with Insight. In the meantime it is provisional.
by Sanghamitta
Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Secular Buddhist
Replies: 289
Views: 20734

Re: The Secular Buddhist

So what's Secular Buddhism about? I think it's just another thicket of views, where the problem is not belief but disbelief. ;) Spiny Disbelief is dependent on belief. Both are part of the thicket of views. The opposite if belief is not disbelief..its knowledge. In the absence of personal direct kn...
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse
Replies: 148
Views: 11338

Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

At least one person I know will disagree... but I think it probably contains a very accurate pen portrait of what the Buddha was actually about, stripped of subsequent deification and hyperbole.
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sam Harris Talking About Vipassana
Replies: 16
Views: 3025

Re: Sam Harris Talking About Vipassana

Surely a good example of a Secular Buddhist...not that I think the term means much. And not that he would apply it to himself I would imagine, but I think you know what I mean.
by Sanghamitta
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation
Replies: 98
Views: 5803

Re: The Dalai Lama's Solution to Overpopulation

Gosh all the worlds problems solved at a stroke.
by Sanghamitta
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Your favourite contemporary teachers
Replies: 89
Views: 24230

Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Buddhadasa
Stephen Batchelor
Martine Batchelor.
by Sanghamitta
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge in the Sangha
Replies: 14
Views: 687

Re: Refuge in the Sangha

I think what you have outlined is a very valuable skillful means, for me one which is in in fact of the utmost value.
by Sanghamitta
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can we have compassion for child abusers?
Replies: 99
Views: 5370

Re: How can we have compassion for child abusers?

Then you are also not the Buddha, nor the stars shining in the sky, nor the bird winging across the field, nor the mother reaching out to protect her child. That sounds very similar to Thich Nhat Hahn's 'Call me by my true names' http://www.quietspaces.com/poemHanh.html To be honest I find his poem...
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Enlightenment

greggorious, I think that Sanghamitta is saying that by calling it Mumbo Jumbo, you have ensured that nobody will want to answer the question because by answering it either way, yes or no, would acknowledge that it is "mumbo jumbo." Maybe, I could be wrong. with Metta, pung S You are correct. :smile:
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Enlightenment

I believe thats called a closed question. Along the lines of " When did you stop beating your wife ? "
by Sanghamitta
Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How can we have compassion for child abusers?
Replies: 99
Views: 5370

Re: How can we have compassion for child abusers?

I have no knowledge of any other birth...This is my birth. The only one I can know.
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Help! How to raise a child in an inter-faith marriage?
Replies: 72
Views: 6769

Re: Help! How to raise a child in an inter-faith marriage?

I have heard Luang Por Sumedho say several times when talking to parents.." it is important to remember that there are no born Buddhists, its always a fresh Going For Refuge "
by Sanghamitta
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Success of Buddhism in the Western World
Replies: 11
Views: 1296

Re: The Success of Buddhism in the Western World

And in what proportion of those immigrants is it a living reality rather than a social group indicator.