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Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby Sarnath » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:30 am

Namaste

I am happy to join this forum and look forward to learning more about Buddhism.
My interest is with Indian Buddhism from India.
An important subject for me is the false doctrine that the caste system ( jati ) is ordained by the Divine or by Nature.
Caste by birth concept must be reformed. Buddhism does not ordain caste by birth.

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Caste System is Not Karma, it is Man Made

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby BlackBird » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:39 am

Hi Sarnath.

I agree, the caste system in India is a horrible, unfair and archaic social system that has held back millions of people from achieving what they should be able to achieve in life. It's also held back India as a country, and is a system that India would be better off without. It's completely unfair that a person should be judged based upon something that is not their choice, but is applied to them from birth based upon their heritage. No person should be confined to career and job prospects that are confined to what society proscribes is their designated jobs for their caste.

The sooner it goes the way of the dinosaurs, the better.

Much metta
Jack
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:40 pm

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel!

One of the great things about Buddhism is that it is open to all; not taught to one nationality or specific ethnic group and not headed by a tribal leader, but by a universal teacher who encouraged the teachings to be spread far and wide.
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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:13 pm

Welcome Sarnath!
To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind — this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby Sarnath » Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:18 pm

Namaste

I feel welcome already! Yes, I can see that Lord Buddha taught that all can be accepted and open to teaching dharma including those with no caste or jati. I may tell my brief story in a later post, but I have been told that I should not be allowed to even hear or certainly not allowed to read sacred text or commentary (in this case Veda and other scripture) by the very ones who were proclaiming it truth, simply because I am no caste. Though I could prove myself a Hindu, and even demonstrate advanced understanding, I was denied entrance to some temples (Jaganath Puri for example) simply because I was of no caste.

But I was never denied entrance to a temple of Buddha's Dharma, ever.

This is His compassion that is why. I hope to learn more about Buddhism, I am familiar with India and Indian Buddhism, perhaps Theravada is this living Buddhism. I have been to Sarnath, this is my choice for my name. The Buddha seen in the avatar is a Buddha from there. I want to learn more of Him.

In your service ....
Caste System is Not Karma, it is Man Made

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby LG2V » Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:48 pm

Here are some excellent sites for giving free Dana (Click-Based Donation):
http://freerice.comhttp://greatergood.com/www.ripple.orgwww.thenonprofits.com

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby BlackBird » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:45 am

Hi Sarnath

Here is a link to some introductory resources that might help you learn some more about the Buddha's teachings.
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=148

The '' section of the forums is also a good place start, and somewhere were you can ask questions and have moderator reviewed responses.

with metta
Jack
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby Sarnath » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:25 am

Namaste Blackbird

Thank you for the links. I was very happy to notice in the "learn some more about the Buddha's teachings" (where I went to first), the very first reference came from Ven. S Dhammika! I had just started reading a book "Middle Land Middle Way A Pilgrim's Guide to Buddha's India"! There is a map in this wonderful book, which shows Nalanda. This brought back memories of learning and being instructed about this great center of learning by a beloved college Professor in my University days decades ago when I was young.

I have much to explore. Honestly, there will be adjustments in my experience. I notice that the Venerable Dhammika says that the Buddha was not a God. I am not saying He was, but there was special circumstances to His birth and the visions involved, His Mother, and so on. Honestly, it will be difficult for me not to have a concept which does not consider Him as having been gifted with Divine endowment even from the very beginning.

Besides Buddhism in India, I did visit a Korean Buddhist meditation temple decades ago in the US, and a Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple on several occasions also in the US. But I always connect back to India. I will be going to India again soon. But before I go, I am wondering about a Theravada Temple to visit. If someone can message me, I will let the kind person know where I will be in the next few weeks, as I am thinking of visiting such a temple. However, I fully admit, I am very much of a typical grihastya in that I participate but am not a philosopher.

I looked up the picture of Ven. S. Dhammika on the internet. I am surprised, he is a "Caucasian" from Australia, as I was expecting a Sri Lankan or a Thai, or an Indian or Singalese. He seems very, very nice. I noticed this book I am reading now, it was published in Kandy (Lanka) by the Buddhist Publication Society. This reminded me, when I was a teenager I wrote to a Kandy based Buddhist Society for books (well, actually these were almost always small books, almost pamphlets actually) and some had titles such as "Bodhi Leaves". I almost wonder if that was the very same Buddhist Publication Society. But perhaps not, that was long ago.

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby BlackBird » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:29 am

"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." -

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Re: Hello my name is Sarnath

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:30 am

Welcome Sarnath! :group:

with metta
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