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by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)
Replies: 73
Views: 70348

Re: equanimity for non-mask wearers

The common medical knowledge: "There are no known medical conditions aside from a severe skin condition [like a very severe burn that needs medical attention] on your face that would prevent a person from wearing this type of mask,” David Kaufman, MD, pulmonologist and director of the medical ICU at...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: equanimity for non-mask wearers (personal experience)
Replies: 73
Views: 70348

Re: equanimity for non-mask wearers

our state just issued a mandate for everyone to wear a mask in public sounds like when the state forced people to believe in god. there is evidence masks can cause the user more harm. i doubt buddhist equanimity was taught to be used in relation to unproven state directives There is no scientific e...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 493
Views: 193507

Re: Coronavirus

Most airborne viruses adhere to microscopic or larger water or dust motes. If what it is adhering to is small enough the virus can linger in the air for an indefinite time, minutes, hours, days or longer. This is complicated by the fact that the dust mote or droplet can fall down and then be stirred...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is the beginning of Buddhism greatly influenced by Vedas?
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Is the beginning of Buddhism greatly influenced by Vedas?

Scholars point out that there is no evidence that the Buddha was ever influenced by the Vedas in whatever form they were then in, or even heard of them, although it is possible. Magadha, his birthplace, and the region where he preached were not part of Vedic or proto-Vedic culure. The area did appea...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 493
Views: 193507

Re: Coronavirus

Chiropractor/drug salesmen who post ads on Youtube are not remotely adequate sources of medical information.
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did the Buddha make mistakes?
Replies: 59
Views: 31689

Re: Did the Buddha make mistakes?

Before enlightenment the Buddha made many mistakes which he explains. After enlightenment the Buddha made the mistake of assuming he could not teach others, later corrected. His first meeting with the wanderer is a good example of bad communication and unskillful means (also hilarious when the Buddh...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Coronavirus (Wellness, Diet & Fitness)
Replies: 493
Views: 193507

Re: Coronavirus

It is strange to see how the number of deaths is starting to reduce in a place like Italy... Italy took standard public health measures (social distancing, stay at home rules, etc.) that predictably reduced the rate of transmission and reduced the pressure on their health system. Other countries to...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners
Replies: 29
Views: 18770

Re: Best Guide for Breath Meditation For Beginners

If you want to explore breath practice in early Buddhism "Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations" by Bhikkhu Anālayo is very good. However, as in any form of mediation, you need to maturely self monitor your practice. The accompanying mediation instruction audios are freely give...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: is slavery bad
Replies: 38
Views: 2400

Re: is slavery bad

The Americas had both chattel slavery (the slave is owned and children and children's children are automatically enslaved), other forms of slavery (where the person is owned) and the far better off bondsmen/bondswomen (whose labor is owned for a set period, say 20 years, and the bond may be sold). I...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 163
Views: 67259

Re: Nāgārjuna

.......Here is one more article i read that i think is good, relating to Nagarjuna and Zen, enjoy: http://www.thezensite.com/zenwritings/zenteachingsofnagarjuna.pdf From the article : To see the Mulamadhyamakakarika as a philosophical work would be, in my opinion, to misunderstand Nagarjuna’s purpo...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 163
Views: 67259

Re: Nāgārjuna

There is no Madhyamaka sect. The ideas articulated by Nagrajuna or the Perfection of Wisdom literature are basic to all sects or forms of existing mainstream Mahayana. They would argue that these ideas are inherent in basic Buddhism and so basic to all Buddhism. They do not conflict with Theravada a...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Short suttas = less editing
Replies: 7
Views: 614

Re: Short suttas = less editing

No. This is would be unreliable. Stories are sometimes added to, but usually are cut down in the re-telling. In linguistics, the earliest form of a language is more complicated and has more grammatical functions than a later version. The language is simplified though long use as a rock Is smoothed b...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nāgārjuna
Replies: 163
Views: 67259

Re: Nāgārjuna

.....How can Madhyamakas speak of "the real?" The Mūlamadhyamakakārikā contains within it a simile of the table. The Madhyamakas hold that an object, say a table, does not exist autonomously without causes and conditions and is therefore said to be empty of absolute existence, and this is the first...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules
Replies: 23
Views: 1788

Re: Buddha surely used Higher knowledge in framing vinaya rules

My understanding is that the Buddha may have set some basic rules and approved others, but the more complex, highly codified Vinaya was set up after the monastic community became settled and increased in number after his death. This required more regulation, mostly suggested by and agreed to by the ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Earliest text
Replies: 10
Views: 13061

Re: Earliest text

If you are looking for the oldest text, then you would probably find it in a Northern Indian language, probably translated into Gandhari. As asked (for the earliest Pali text) the question is an interesting one. Ghandari texts are written in Ghandari, of course, and I believe that all the texts tran...