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by Bundokji
Wed May 05, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fake Speech
Replies: 16
Views: 230

Re: Fake Speech

I had similar thoughts in the past. I had incidents when a colleague asking me "how are you" and me finding the question completely meaningless. Polite speech is better not to be interpreted literally. This is also helpful to understand rituals and how to engage with them in a non-ritualistic way. F...
by Bundokji
Tue May 04, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One, Two, Three and Four (Week of May 2, 2021)
Replies: 68
Views: 712

Re: Therīgāthā, The Verses of the Elder Bhikkhunīs, Book One and Two (Week of May 2, 2021)

I think the act of grouping these verses as said by elder Bhikkhunis reflect that the nature of the task and what constitutes wisdom has nothing to do with gender issues. This is in stark contrast with modern solutions to suffering.
by Bundokji
Mon May 03, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and the oral tradition
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Early Buddhism and the oral tradition

Interesting reflections by Plato on the invention of writing: And so it is that you by reason of your tender regard for the writing that is your offspring have declared the very opposite of its true effect. If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls. They will cease to exercise ...
by Bundokji
Mon May 03, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and the oral tradition
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Early Buddhism and the oral tradition

The early Buddhist discourses begin with the standard introduction "Thus have i heard". Even though i do not know pali at all, when i look at "Evaṃ me suttaṃ ", the meaning of the suttas seem inseparable from the oral tradition. I do not know when the act of writing the suttas began, but i am intere...
by Bundokji
Sun May 02, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do arhants thought generate painful feeling ?
Replies: 77
Views: 783

Re: Do arhants thought generate painful feeling ?

I think arahants do not crave permanence. Craving permanence is rooted in ignorance and a major cause of stress. Many understand ending dukkha to be a permanent state where how one feels is of great importance and a major criteria. Any positive outcomes from the spiritual life in terms of knowledge ...
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If human is the best realm
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: If human is the best realm

Are you using longevity as the main criteria to what constitutes best?
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gender Equality Poll
Replies: 71
Views: 73835

Re: Gender Equality Poll

retrofuturist wrote: Thu May 09, 2019 8:55 pm Greetings,

Regarding someone as better, worse or equal is mana, conceit.

On that basis, this poll appears ill-advised.

Metta,
Paul. :)
This.
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?
Replies: 11
Views: 235

Re: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?

On the other hand, people have the habit to build bridges. Going against the grain is cutting off the bridge:
"This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. With regard to sexual intercourse, the Buddha declares the cutting off of the bridge.
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?
Replies: 11
Views: 235

Re: Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood?

Why Buddha did not ask us to make a grand boat and cross the flood? What is the meaning of making a boat from grass, branches, and leaves? Why did he asked us to use hands and feet why not using a boat paddle? It could be because of the nature of the problem that we are supposed to solve: "I, frien...
by Bundokji
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Breakoff from "Gurus in Vajrayana"
Replies: 12
Views: 403

Re: Breakoff from "Gurus in Vajrayana"

As i tried to indicate on the other thread, the issue of secrecy is universal in the human realm, not only amongst the religious, but also amongst the secular type as well. This issue of secrecy can be approached in many different ways. At the most basic level, life itself appears to be a mystery. W...
by Bundokji
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1037

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. Did the Buddha say that the true dhamma will be shortened? I thought the true dhamma is timeless, so how can it be shortened? Maybe he was referring t...
by Bundokji
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Are women evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 1037

Re: Are women evil?

Quiet asocial men are marginalised in social situations before finally being excluded altogether (and sometimes suffer even worse privations at the behest of women and their favoured thugs). Human interaction and evolution have been entirely shaped by sexual selection , more so than natural selecti...
by Bundokji
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It depends what you mean by rebirth
Replies: 82
Views: 1325

Re: It depends what you mean by rebirth

rebirth in infinite consciousness is from identifying with consciousness which is what Advaita teaches alternatively they identify with infinite nothingness sometimes with infinite space also they expect these are forever states of mind however, these states of mind will cease This must be cappucci...