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by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 193
Views: 2743

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

Nicholas Weeks wrote This thread is way beyond me, yet I do wonder if there were native Theravadins who refuted Abhidhamma way before Western influence - say before 1500 or even earlier? What do you mean by Native Theravadins that were living before 1500 years ago? No, I meant living before our yea...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma
Replies: 193
Views: 2743

Re: Retrofuturist's Brief Sutta-Based Refutation of Abhidhamma

This thread is way beyond me, yet I do wonder if there were native Theravadins who refuted Abhidhamma way before Western influence - say before 1500 or even earlier? I wonder, because we Occidentals often tend to ignore, toss aside or revise beyond recognition any Eastern thought scheme that cannot ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confession in Buddhism and the confessions in Communism?
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Confession in Buddhism and the confessions in Communism?

Chinese spirituality has an ancient practice called Repentance & Reform. One admits to all karmic vices from past & present and vows to Buddhas or Heaven or Devas etc. to stop doing them. However the Communist vows to the Communist Party to reform their mind according to the CCP requirements. Hardly...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependent origination???
Replies: 27
Views: 521

Re: Dependent origination = Kamma

Whether this will clarify or complicate, not sure, but this quote seems to say that the heart of DO is cetana = kamma. So our self is a complex of energies. A. VI, 13: "Volition is action (kamma), thus I say, o monks; for as soon as volition arises, one does the action, be it by body, speech or mind...
by Nicholas Weeks
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Dharma Paths
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Dharma Paths

This site is an interfaith place where folks can see the connections, distinctions, doctrines & practices of all sorts of traditional (& less so) spiritual paths. Even lurkers are welcome!

https://www.dharmapaths.com/
by Nicholas Weeks
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Chapter on Medicines
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Chapter on Medicines

A large sutra, some 900 pages that is from the 84000 translation project. https://read.84000.co/translation/toh1-6.html The Bhaiṣajyavastu , “The Chapter on Medicines,” is a part of the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya, the corpus of monastic law of one of the most influential Buddhist schools in India. This...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Confucianism just an ethical system?
Replies: 4
Views: 3558

Re: Is Confucianism just an ethical system?

Master Hua describes the ideal society of Confucius: http://www.cttbusa.org/other/greatunity.htm When the Great Way prevails, every person is a part of society, and society belongs to everyone. The virtuous and the able are chosen for public office. Trustworthiness and friendliness are valued by all...
by Nicholas Weeks
Sun Jun 06, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: How does the "Manage draft" in user control works?
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: How does the "Manage draft" in user control works?

mjaviem wrote: Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:43 am It shows up when you are actively replying. I use Firefox and I see it while I'm writing this
Only see Submit and Preview on Dissenter & Safari. Nothing else here.

Using DWE or DP the Save Draft button is there.
by Nicholas Weeks
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: In Praise of Virtue
Replies: 108
Views: 101204

Re: In Praise of Virtue

What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a cooperative business, pos...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 74
Views: 20631

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)

Thanks to Bhikkhu Pesala many of Ledi Sayadaw's works are available in print & PDF formats:

http://aimwell.org/ledi.html
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 74
Views: 20631

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)

Ledi Sayadaw continues to exhort us: This great opportunity of living in the era of the Buddha’s teaching is the time for quenching the fires within. This is the opportune moment to extinguish the eleven fires that have been burning since time immemorial. It is the time to leave behind human affairs...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The nature of human is evil?
Replies: 22
Views: 399

Re: The nature of human is evil?

Long before Xtianity, around 260 BC, these Chinese Sages debated human nature: Most posters here are not Chinese nor know anything about Chinese philosophy. The common Western saying: "I'm/its only human,” obviously does not come from China. It is wise to learn from the ancients, wherever they were...
by Nicholas Weeks
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The nature of human is evil?
Replies: 22
Views: 399

Re: The nature of human is evil?

The OP appears to be confusing Christianity for Buddhism. The common saying for evil of "its only human" comes from Christianity. Long before Xtianity, around 260 BC, these Chinese Sages debated human nature: By teaching the doctrine of the original evil nature of man and the necessity for its cont...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 31, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 74
Views: 20631

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)

In the final chapter the Sayadaw gives us five Great Opportunities: 1) human rebirth, 2) meeting a Buddha's teaching, 3) becoming a Bhikkhu, 4) having confidence, 5) hearing the Dhamma. Here is some of the Great Opportunity of confidence: 4. The Great Opportunity of Having Confidence There are four ...
by Nicholas Weeks
Mon May 31, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)
Replies: 74
Views: 20631

Re: A Manual of the Excellent Man (bodhisatta path)

Just bumping up this old thread because of the wonderful value of the text! “Virtue observed out of craving for glorious existences and material well-being is inferior; virtue observed for one’s own release is moderate; virtue observed to liberate all beings, which is the perfection of virtue, is su...