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by Dan74
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Against Nāgārjuna
Replies: 95
Views: 11874

Re: Against Nāgārjuna

Dan74 I could be reading you wrong, C, but it seems to me that your gripe with Nagarjuna is the old materialist vs idealist saw. You fault him for denying the reality of phenomena, which you see as an overreach, right? But Nagarjuna was not out there to proclaim a metaphysics, at least I don't take...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Against Nāgārjuna
Replies: 95
Views: 11874

Re: Against Nāgārjuna

Greetings, As we all know, Nāgārjuna is one of the most respected and followed Buddhist philosophers since the Blessed One himself. He is quite popular even among those who claim to follow Theravāda. It is said that he argued for a return to the Middle Way and a move away from the realist extremes ...
by Dan74
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 23094

Re: Gay and Buddhism

Real Buddhist Ordination rules on gender and sexuality only have to do with celibacy, morality, and honour. If one can maintain celibacy, Buddha would let them join, and celibacy can only be maintained through perfect sense control and compassion for oneself and others, not bigotry such as homophob...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Mr Man, I am sorry that I just went along with that assertion without checking it. Now that I google it, I see a statement of solidarity: https://www.faithintowerhamlets.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/here.pdf I think the statement is self-explanatory and I don't see anything that contradicts the D...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Greetings Dan, Throughout this topic, radical Marxist views rooted in identity, aversion and greed have been thoroughly refuted by sutta. If you can find anything venerable Dhammanando says here or elsewhere that can be refuted by suttas, then bring it forward. Otherwise, you are merely sullying hi...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Greetings Dan, Expecting the monastics to do the careful investigation of the facts in these complex matters is expecting even more activist involvement from them. Believe me, I neither want nor expect that. I'd rather them see for themselves the complete incompatibility of the monastic life outlin...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Right. When monastics, like Ajahn Amaro, who is very busy, say they support Black Lives Matter, I don't think we can assume that they are across all the public facts and details. Rather what they support, is the most public expression of that group, which is that it's high time that Black Americans ...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Yes, the issue is whether monks should involve themselves in these matters, not the merits of particular causes. From all that I've seen, monks who involve themselves in social justice, believe their causes to be just and noble, believe the facts to be on their side and the merit of this belief is ...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Yes, the issue is whether monks should involve themselves in these matters, not the merits of particular causes. From all that I've seen, monks who involve themselves in social justice, believe their causes to be just and noble, believe the facts to be on their side and the merit of this belief is s...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7257

Re: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'

And even for the rape victim - if broken down into moments it can't be all only akusala vipaka .. But then there's the legal system and the legal treatment of rape. At trial, the rapist's attorney can ask the rape victim whether she enjoyed it. They really do ask such things! The legal system is do...
by Dan74
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A Zen and Theravada monastic bridges traditions, languages, and worlds
Replies: 5
Views: 3265

Re: A Zen and Theravada monastic bridges traditions, languages, and worlds

Zen and Theravada are also hugely syncretic in Vietnam. Venerable Nhất Hạnh's double-focus on agama and prajnaparamita material is a product of this. Zen has a "true self" current that runs through some of it that would be inimical to Theravada, but Zen is also the "back-to-basics meditation school...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 11109

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

I guess it depends on how we approach the Dhamma. If one approaches the totality of it with reverence and faith, which are surely good qualities, then one doesn't examine it critically or start doubting whether there are latter accretions, etc. Religious Biddhism, broadly speaking. But if one approa...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Dan74... So the Dhamma is different when applied to high profile politicians? Seems a bit thin. Metta I think kamma is to do with intention, isn't it? When it comes to high-profile politicians, it is likely that the intention behind our speech is different to when we speak about our equals, say. Bu...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 05, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 86341

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Dan74 It is only a universal truth, if you define a SJW to be someone who fits the qualities you ascribe to them, but in that case it becomes a tautology. Someone who fights for social justice maybe a person who is trying to help the newly arrived refugees in their community, for example, or oppose...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about Evidence of Nibanna
Replies: 58
Views: 7811

Re: Question about Evidence of Nibanna

Hi konchy :hello: I think Buddhist cosmology teaches that there are different worlds, so we can't really keep tally of beings, since we only see our world, and very imprefectly at that! For me the evidence for Nibbana comes from practice. Even a very lazy and flawed human being like me can have a ta...