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by TRobinson465
Fri May 14, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: White clad followers
Replies: 1
Views: 15

White clad followers

Hello all, I recall in a few texts the Lord Buddha refers to lay followers as "white clad" followers. I am wondering if there are any suttas, or commentaries (ancient or modern) that explain why the lay disciples wear white. Ive only ever seen the wearing white thing be a real policy at just one of ...
by TRobinson465
Wed May 12, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: 10 Paramis vs. 6 Perfections
Replies: 12
Views: 314

Re: 10 Paramis vs. 6 Perfections

Can these lists be reconciled as different ways to categorize the same good conduct? Yes. The 6 paramitas is the same as one of the ways to classify the 10 paramis. Sacca is classified under Sīla and Pañña, Mettā and Upekkhā are classified as jhāna, and Adhiṭṭhāna is considered part of all 6 parami...
by TRobinson465
Sun May 09, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: what are your thoughts on taking psychotropic medications for mood disorders?
Replies: 47
Views: 895

Re: what are your thoughts on taking psychotropic medications for mood disorders?

Mood disorders are real. just like autism and adhd are real, its not just "all in their head". These kinds disorders are real and real people suffer from them. And just like with all illness, as we unenlightened beings "have not gone beyond illness", you sometimes have to take medicine to cure or ma...
by TRobinson465
Sun May 09, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Risk of taking vaccine jab
Replies: 28
Views: 432

Re: Risk of taking vaccine jab

Thats like saying airbags in cars kill people in extremely rare cases so you shouldnt drive a car with an air bag because of those extreme rarities even tho not having an airbag in ur car is far more dangerous than having one. You are far more likely to die from COVID then the vaccine. idk where you...
by TRobinson465
Sun May 02, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'
Replies: 59
Views: 1730

Re: 'drink and drugs that cause carelessness'

I dont think its wise to focus strictly on the literal words as it is to ascertain the reasonable meaning. The Buddha also said women are a distraction of the senses for men and vice versa, despite the fact that he probably knew homosexual people existed. That does not mean men can never be a sensua...
by TRobinson465
Sat May 01, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?
Replies: 17
Views: 720

Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

I was just curious. Buddha never said to bow to statues. Bible says something like, "Sorrow/Pity to those who bow to idols which cannot speak and cannot hear and do nothing for you in return. The lord is in his temple." :meditate: Again this is just a cultural difference. In israel bowing was more ...
by TRobinson465
Sat May 01, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?
Replies: 17
Views: 720

Re: Where to find a monastery that does not bow to statues?

Some secular meditation groups maybe. Of the various temples ive visited the closest is the Dharma Bum Temple in San Diego. The teacher bows but not the students in the intro class. Problem is they are pretty one of a kind so unless you move there or happen to live there you're out of luck since you...
by TRobinson465
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 71
Views: 74105

Re: Gender Equality Poll

It depends what you mean by superior. I think they are equal in terms of personal qualities overall. In terms of strength men are generally superior. In terms of social skills women are generally superior. Overall I'd say it balances it out. In terms of spiritual progress both are capable of the hig...
by TRobinson465
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Are women evil?

This Jataka was taught to a group of monks who were discontented with the celibacy side of the homeless life. To make matters worse, the monks' evil ex-wives were constantly sending them messages cajoling them to come back home. This is actually a good point. it depends on how you define "evil". Ex...
by TRobinson465
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Are women evil?

To be fair, the OP asked for Buddhist texts that say women are evil and jatakas are still Buddhist texts and I greatly enjoy reading them. Ignoring some of the things about the jatakas that make ppl skeptical of them as legitimate words of the historic Buddha, such as many jatakas having people spea...
by TRobinson465
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Are women evil?

Are there any Buddhist texts which specifically address ... women? Mātugāmasaṁyutta Linked Discourses on Females Mātugāmasaṁyutta SN 37 The “Linked Discourses on Females” contains 34 discourses regarding various qualities of women. Note that the Pali texts use two distinct terms for women, itthī an...
by TRobinson465
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Are women evil?

Ever wonder why the Buddha thought if the Bhikkhunis lineage was allowed, the existence of true dhamma will be shortened? I do not know why exactly. He gives analogies in the sutta where he says it will be shortened. It’s like those families with many women and few men. They’re easy prey for bandit...
by TRobinson465
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1085

Re: Are women evil?

No. The Buddha does however describe women as being obstructions/distractions to spiritual progress tho. He also describes men as obstructions/distractions as well, depending on who you are. So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in Jeta’s Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery....
by TRobinson465
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Masks: Yes or No
Replies: 19
Views: 785

Re: Masks: Yes or No

Yeah. Cuz its easy to do and because ahimsa.
by TRobinson465
Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhist Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 18190

Re: Buddhist Schools

In premodern thailand all the schools were Buddhist schools cuz they were run by the temples. I think it depends. In the US i think its very hard to open a Buddhist primary school due to lack of population. And even among the Buddhists here the population is far less zealous than Catholics or Jews w...