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by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries
Replies: 24
Views: 831

Re: Trustworthiness of Early Commentaries

''Oh! I hear a noise from the bedroom.'' ''Appreciated. Now the man doesn't come to my home to meet my wife. Nevertheless, he'll meet her at the toilet. Anyway, Appreciated.'' Yesterday there was a post asking for advice on how not to ejaculate during sleep -- now the above? What is going on? Or am ...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Yes, I know he's back in UK -- I am not sure why you infer I thought otherwise. In my posts I was broadly commenting on Sangha and their relation to protest, and -- whilst acknowledging Sumedho's undeniable place within the ultra-conservative and state-establishment Thai Sangha -- I was taking care ...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

"(Sumedho) said they should encourage morality in all political structures and not create division and emnity." Well, it sounds good. Sumedho is good with diplomatic words sometimes -- but it's a tough call and I am sure he knows it, since he's such a mainstream conservative figure in the Thai Sangh...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Perhaps by presenting such a radically different example to humanity, a radical going against the material flow of modernity, that already IS the Sangha's protest against injustice. Speaking personally, going back decades now, the sight of a monk gliding across a lawn in his robes, gaze averted, loo...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Monastics protesting social injustice

Bones said, "Good monks, bad monks, left wing, conservative etc etc. The basic advice to 'Buddhist' monks is... don't get involved... it's not your job... you're not doing the laity or yourself any favours by entangling yourself in worldly affairs. Monks need to operate in whatever system they find ...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

As for protesting -- Koreans generally protest against more Buddhism!

See here --

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180725000853
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Monastics protesting social injustice

In South Korea, monks very rarely get involved in social protest, but the reasons why are complex -- Buddhism and Daoism has been marginalised for centuries in Korea and treated with suspicion and it still is : Buddhism in Korea reached its peak when it dominated culture with great heights of intell...
by GnosticMind
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:58 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

One of the main problems of course, is that Theravada monks -- when they do get involved -- they are pretty much always at the ultra-conservative, ultra-nationalist end of the spectrum (unlike the Vietnamese liberation-resistance monks and nuns who campaigned with the people when American bombs and ...
by GnosticMind
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: semen emitting addressed
Replies: 32
Views: 565

Re: semen emitting addressed

OP wrote-- ''So there is possible/normal that one can stop semen emitting during nocturnal events.'' With all respect - we are lay people -- why should it matter to us? If we are ordained, then it may ( or may not ) be an issue; I have no idea -- but as lay people? Why worry about something so natur...
by GnosticMind
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Anarchism matches Buddhism and Dao-ism most beautifully -- read Tolstoy's 'Confessions' and a glimpse of such prisms on worldliness and world weariness in 'After the Dance' http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2728/ Connections between Buddhism and Nihilism and world engagement and world wearine...
by GnosticMind
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Poem: Please Call Me By My True Names #37 Autumn 2004 By Thich Nhat Hanh Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow— even today I am still arriving. Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, learning to sing in my new nest, to be ...
by GnosticMind
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 722
Views: 162208

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Over thirty years ago, I read the following on Buddhism and social awareness -- it influenced me at the time -- https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41YNJEBYH9L._SX306_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg I found there was a definite problem -- politicised people I knew had almost zero spiritual conscio...
by GnosticMind
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?
Replies: 68
Views: 1268

Re: Is it appropriate (relevant) to teach the Dhamma to laypeople which are mainly meant for Buddhist Monks?

You can't keep knowledge from people once it is out there in the public realm -- if organisations do so, they quickly become corrupt or irrelevant or cults. See what happened to Christianity once the masses could actually read The Bible and it was made accessible to everyone through the cheap Gutten...
by GnosticMind
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information
Replies: 33
Views: 1083

Re: Requesting Sri Lanka Ordination information

PS - I understand what you said about not wanting to be in London, for sure -- but bear in mind that once you are in a temple there, it's a silent space -- even in London.