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by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 5169

Re: Guanyin

Thanks, chownah. That does add another kind of complexity to the issue. I'm now wondering whether it's more accurate to say your Theravada is narrower than your wife's (and the Theravada of most people in your community), or to say that Theravadin wats tolerate irreligious elements, as you seem to b...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 5169

Re: Guanyin

I think this should be in the Connections to Other Paths subforum.....unless guanyin is mentioned in the pali tipitaka. chownah That's an astonishingly narrow view of Theravada, coming from someone who can visit dozens of very definitely Theravadin wats within a day's travel from home (unless I'm o...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Garlic and Onion in diet?
Replies: 11
Views: 7287

Re: Garlic and Onion in diet?

seeker242 wrote: Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:47 am It's allowed. The only prohibition really is just eating the garlic by itself. The prohibition against the "five pungent spices" is a Mahayana prohibition.
And Jain and Hindu.

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 45120

Re: People are ...?

In Buddhism, what are the default assumptions about people as such? Just to be contrary... That seems to be an invitation to debate... okay, I will bite. :smile: It seems most prudent to me to assume that every new person you meet is evil (and perhaps incorrigibly so) unless or until they prove the...
by Kim OHara
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga
Replies: 16
Views: 2370

Re: Mahāyāna Ideas in the Visuddhimagga

Greetings everyone, I was reading the Visuddhimagga today when I came across this passage: Or again, that motivated by craving, the purpose of which is to enjoy continued existence, is inferior; that practiced for the purpose of one’s own deliverance is medium; the virtue of the perfections practic...
by Kim OHara
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and Monastics
Replies: 18
Views: 1593

Re: Buddhism, Krishnamurti, and Monastics

There have been several threads about Krishnamurti here over the years. Have you searched for them? Read them?

:coffee:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 45120

Re: People are ...?

So I'm going to go one step further than dharmacorps and say that the skilful default assumption is that people are basically good. How about this refinement: choosing to see the good in people is skillful without making a ultimate conclusion about what category (good, bad, in between) they fall in...
by Kim OHara
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

Like confusedlayman said, it is not my intention to kill these insects but at the same time I know that we would inevitably be killing some of them while playing for an hour or two. Having said that, you can also say that a monk would walk outdoor and they too are aware that they might be killing b...
by Kim OHara
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: People are ...?
Replies: 64
Views: 45120

Re: People are ...?

Too varied to make any general statement about, so this type of approach is unskillful. :thumbsup: Why have any underlying assumptions? Just wait and see and you can decide based on their character, actions. People are too varied for any assumptions to be particularly reliable, but our assumptions ...
by Kim OHara
Fri May 29, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1215

Re: Do western philosophies have anything similar to precepts or Vinaya?

Everyone seems to be going back hundreds of years for their examples but there are some which are far more recent. Gurdjieff's community in France comes to mind, but there were also "intentional communities" in America including the Shakers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakers - and other Christi...
by Kim OHara
Thu May 28, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth is ended
Replies: 29
Views: 1599

Re: Rebirth is ended

sentinel wrote: Thu May 28, 2020 6:39 am What does it means by rebirth is ended ?
After aggregates dissolution and it does not re-arise and no future birth ?
That's right. Go where the candle flame goes when it's blown out.

:candle:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Tue May 19, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Loving kindness same as agape?
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Loving kindness same as agape?

It's very similar - Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē[1]) means "love: esp. charity; the love of God for man and of man for a good God."[2] Agape is used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one's children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast.[3] Agape is used by Christia...
by Kim OHara
Sun May 17, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Unintentionally killing insects when playing sports and running

.........because intention is the heart of the precept.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim OHara
Sat May 09, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 3599

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

... Some mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless humans also pass the Turing test. Evidence? Does this mean some humans are not in fact sentient beings? Throughout human history, this is exactly the idea that people have operated with: declaring some categories or populations of humans as subhuman...
by Kim OHara
Sat May 09, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: AI: What is a sentient being?
Replies: 49
Views: 3599

Re: AI: What is a sentient being?

AI probably already has, and IMO definitely will, be able to pass some version of the turing test with flying colors - meaning computers will be able to convince people that they are in fact sentient beings, when in reality they are mindless, feelingless, consciousnessless, non-living, etc... Some ...