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by mettafuture
Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?
Replies: 70
Views: 14699

Re: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?

I don't think there needs to be special thought given to the "hell" interpretation of words like this. What can hell be, physically, anyways? I choose to just leave it at that: wrong actions leave us worse off, in a worse destination or existence. This can happen before death, and I don't know what...
by mettafuture
Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?
Replies: 70
Views: 14699

Re: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?

I think I know where my problem lies... Instead of looking at the Buddha as an ordinary man, I try to see him as being infallible. If I can look at the Buddha as a regular person, who had some good ideas, and some flawed ideas, it would be a lot easier for me to relax and continue my studies and pr...
by mettafuture
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?
Replies: 70
Views: 14699

Re: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?

Thank you for the replies. Yes, but he'll get considerable backlash from "real buddhists" who will point out that he's not a "real buddhist". :tongue: I would be wary of the kalama sutta. It's too often misinterpreted and misunderstood, and doesn't really say what most people think it says. This is ...
by mettafuture
Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?
Replies: 70
Views: 14699

Re: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?

Thank you for the reply. I take comfort in the fact that both the heaven and hell realms are said to be impermanent. My brain won't let me believe in heavens and hells. I think I have 2 main questions: - If you're like me, and don't believe in literal heavens / hells, do you believe these concepts h...
by mettafuture
Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?
Replies: 70
Views: 14699

Do the heaven/hell realms hurt credibility of the dhamma?

In both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhisms, there are heavenly and hell realms. I can believe in karma, and I can almost believe in rebirth, but my rational mind will not let me believe in heavens or hells. The Buddha was an insightful man, and his following continues to give brilliant life advice to ...
by mettafuture
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Chicago
Replies: 14
Views: 2630

Re: Hello from Chicago

Thank yous.

:group:
Orbiting-Awareness wrote:Hello MettaFuture! Nice to see a fellow Chicagoan on the board! :woohoo:
Chicago represent!

:guns:
by mettafuture
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:18 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Chicago
Replies: 14
Views: 2630

Re: Hello from Chicago

What made you decide to come back to Buddhism? If I remember correctly, you were dissatisfied with it when you posted on a non Buddhist forum. I wasn't dissatisfied with Buddhism... I was VERY dissatisfied with it. :lol: After 3 years of study and practice, I left the Theravada. I didn't want to de...
by mettafuture
Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:54 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Chicago
Replies: 14
Views: 2630

Re: Hello from Chicago

Thank you for the encouraging words and warm welcome. :)
by mettafuture
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Satipatthana: the direct path to realization
Replies: 51
Views: 14682

Re: Satipatthana: the direct path to realization

This is the most in depth commentary on this sutta available in the english language. This might be the best most in depth commentary on any sutta for that matter. I have read this book a half dozen times and find new insights every time i pick it up. I completely agree. To those considering this b...
by mettafuture
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Chicago
Replies: 14
Views: 2630

Re: Hello from Chicago

Hello again, Mr. Futurist.

:meditate:


i'm lovin' these smilies. lol
by mettafuture
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Chicago
Replies: 14
Views: 2630

Hello from Chicago

I'm known as SecularFuture and MettaFuture on the handful of message boards that I frequent. I've experimented with many religions and philosophies over the years: atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, transhumanism, pantheism, theravada buddhism, taoism, and now soto zen buddhism. I join this her...