Why are you in this forum?

Exploring modern Theravāda interpretations of the Buddha's teaching.

Why are you in this forum?

1 Attain any stages of Nibbana
13
18%
2 Attain higher consciousness
6
8%
3 Seeking peace in the mind
7
9%
4 General interest in religion
6
8%
5 Comparative study of religion
0
No votes
6 Prove Buddhism is wrong
0
No votes
7 Socialising
5
7%
8 Pass time
5
7%
9 Learn and share
26
35%
10 Other specify
6
8%
 
Total votes: 74

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Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:45 am

Why are you on this forum?
I am in this forum for attaining any stages of Nibbana and learn&share.
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:55 am

Greetings,

I selected a few options, including "Other", and since you've asked me to specify, it's to oversee the forum to ensure it's in good order, and is operating in alignment with the Terms of Service etc.

Metta,
Paul. :)
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by dylanj » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:58 am

Pass time & other

My goal with regard to the Dhamma is nibbana but I can't really say that's what i come here for because my conduct on here is not completely wholesome @_@
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:09 am

my conduct on here is not completely wholesome @_@
The most important thing is that you are aware and mindful of your mental state.
Please note you can vote up to five choices and you can change your vote if you wish in a latter time.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:21 am

Sorry.
I did not it re-set the previous vote when I change the content of the topic.
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by DNS » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:06 am

For me it's:

1. Discuss Dhamma with kalyana-mittas. That wasn't on the list, but I suppose #9 is pretty close to that, so chose that.
2. Dhamma propagation; provide a place for people to learn about Buddhism and to help them come out of dukkha (I suppose #9 is also close to this).

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by padmini » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:11 am

I chose #9 because I see this forum as an opportunity to learn from more experienced members and to share my experience, concerns and successes in the path.
Not having a physical sanga close by, I regard this forum as my virtual sanga. :)
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by Dinsdale » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:55 am

Number 9 is nearest for me. And there are some interesting and knowledgeable people on this forum.

PS Who is going to admit to number 6? :tongue:
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by chownah » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:21 pm


chownah

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by dylanj » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:46 pm

Oh, I didn't see "learn & share". That's my answer.
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:47 pm

The results so far are very close to the result of SC.
I surprised why so few want to attain Nibbana.


https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/wh ... forum/7957
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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by Sam Vara » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:04 pm

SarathW wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:47 pm
The results so far are very close to the result of SC.
I surprised why so few want to attain Nibbana.


https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/wh ... forum/7957
To be fair, the results don't say that people don't want to attain nibbana. They say that there are more compelling reasons for being in this forum.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by Bundokji » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:25 pm

I choose 1,2,3,4,7,8 and 9 :juggling:

I believe that the best thing that can happen to a human being is to realize the Buddha Dhamma, but as someone who is not realized and at the same time holds this belief, this puts me in a dilemma in the sense that every thing becomes a waste of time. For example, i have to go to work to make a living, and i have duties towards my family which i can justify to myself that these are worldly duties which i have to do, but other than that, what else to do?

One of the few guilty pleasure that remain which i can rationalize is spending time on this forum. At least talking about the Dhamma or read what others say about it becomes the least harmful activity, but even this does not go without the sting of guilt.
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:39 pm

They say that there are more compelling reasons for being in this forum.
Agree.
I think most of us are here to learn.
You can't practice in a forum, perhaps except right conversation.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by SarathW » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:41 pm

what else to do?
I think the same sometimes.
Then I think to myself that you can't do more than following the Noble Eightfold Path.
If you become an Arahant what else to do except teaching.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by dylanj » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:49 pm

Bundokji wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:25 pm
I choose 1,2,3,4,7,8 and 9 :juggling:

I believe that the best thing that can happen to a human being is to realize the Buddha Dhamma, but as someone who is not realized and at the same time holds this belief, this puts me in a dilemma in the sense that every thing becomes a waste of time. For example, i have to go to work to make a living, and i have duties towards my family which i can justify to myself that these are worldly duties which i have to do, but other than that, what else to do?

One of the few guilty pleasure that remain which i can rationalize is spending time on this forum. At least talking about the Dhamma or read what others say about it becomes the least harmful activity, but even this does not go without the sting of guilt.
what does your bio say? r u doing taqqiya
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by Bundokji » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:43 am

dylanj wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:49 pm
what does your bio say? r u doing taqqiya
Your questions are not clear. Care to elaborate?
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by dylanj » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:12 am

Bundokji wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:43 am
dylanj wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:49 pm
what does your bio say? r u doing taqqiya
Your questions are not clear. Care to elaborate?
What does the Arabic text under your posts say?
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by Bundokji » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:46 am

dylanj wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:12 am
Bundokji wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:43 am
dylanj wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:49 pm
what does your bio say? r u doing taqqiya
Your questions are not clear. Care to elaborate?
What does the Arabic text under your posts say?
Its difficult to translate poetry, but it talks about patience and how when things really get worse it is usually the beginning of them starting to get better. Or as they say, everything starts small and gets bigger except problems which start big and become smaller.

But why? and how this is relevant?
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"

This was the last word of the Tathagata.

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Re: Why are you in this forum?

Post by No_Mind » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:31 pm

4, 7, 9, 10

The reason I am here is not listed. I believe that both Dhammic faiths (Hinduism and Buddhism) studied together provide better understanding than when studied in isolation. They complete each other.
SarathW wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:47 pm
The results so far are very close to the result of SC.
I surprised why so few want to attain Nibbana.
Although I theoretically believe in Nibbana, I believe in this day and age it is not very possible because of lack of good teachers. Most one can hope for is to have a well rounded idea of Dhamma, lead a Dhammic life, be a decent and good person.

I have tried all three and see little scope for further progress unless my circumstances change dramatically.

Let me explain .. assume it is 1992, and I live in Maldives, I am a married man .. an illiterate Muslim fisherman .. with five kids. There is no internet (it being 1992), no Buddhist monastery, no Hindu temples, no college or university courses on religion, no library .. my scope for learning about the Dhamma would have been nil.

But I live in India .. where a Dhammic religion is predominant, it is 2018, I have limitless access to internet, large number of free pdfs and YouTube videos and podcasts describe what is Buddhism; I am single, a middle aged person with very little interest in shopping malls and accepted definition of socialising and have at least 500 hours a year to spare to learn Buddhism/meditate etc .. my scope for learning about the Dhamma is enormous and I have utilized it fully.

If I was born in early 20th century Thailand and was a student of Ajahn Sao Kantasilo I would have aimed at Nibbana. Similarly in India there were great yogis till about 1940s or so.

What a person can attain is limited by the era he is born in and his circumstances.

:namaste:
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