Cittasanto wrote:Hi All,
although I have seen this sentiment befor, it is raising its head again, and I am curious
to quote the postoriginal post of inspiration wrote:would somebody who have no more doubt, doubt that we live 2500 years after the Buddha with other conditions?
I am curious as to what the Buddha Taught and how it is no longer relevant today?
I personally see no difference on the practical level and the level of the teaching, sure externally we have different means of distracting, pleasuring, & harming ourselves and others, but on the level of practice it is the same from my perspective. Even on the more metaphysical level of rebirth, heavens... these have not been disproved to my knowledge either, ``so those of you who believe there are different conditions... than 2600 years ago please clarify what they are and why.
so here are the questions
what are these other conditions?
Knowledge and information.
Cittasanto wrote:why are they different to causes in the time of the Buddha?
Because poeple were not educated the way they are today. Scientific knowledge is readily available for everyone. More skills in critical analysis.
Cittasanto wrote:how are the teachings disproved, irrelevant, not appropriate to them; and why?
Due to information and knowledge and education people today are in a better position to "see through" all these teachings, to see the intent behind them without having to take them literally. This does not necessarily disprove the teachings in a didactic sense however.
Cittasanto wrote:how is this outside world more materialistic or worse for practice or what ever else you believe it to be, and how does that change things in regard to the teachings & practice?
It may not support blind faith in the same way but that is an advantage.
Cittasanto wrote:how are we any different (in relation to the Buddhas teachings of what the problem is & its cause) to people back when the teachings took place? and why does this matter?
Cittasanto wrote:how & why is it more complicated/difficult to see today than then? how do we proliferate, ignore the obvious, fool ourselves any more than then?
Actually it is easier to see today due to knowledge and information.