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by retrofuturist
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 87992

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 outline...
by retrofuturist
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 13582

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

Greetings thepea, Well that’s part of the frustration, as these matters are interconnected. Believe me, I understand they're connected. See this post for an example of the interconnection. And I did like your comment about "the awakened saints among the sleepy masses are Inclined to rise up for the ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Imperfect morality and sotapanna
Replies: 153
Views: 13582

Re: Imperfect morality and sotapanna

Greetings, I am frustrated with moderation at DW, and being censored and unable to discuss current events. You've been told countless times that that's outside of the scope of this forum, and relevant only at Dharma Wheel Engaged. Your insistence on trying to discuss these matters here (at a forum w...
by retrofuturist
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 87992

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Greetings Dan, 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 t...
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7320

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

Greetings, A person is responsible for being subject to another's actions , but not responsible for another's choices. Being subject to rape is ones vipaka , but one is not responsible for the rapist's choice to rape you. Do you have anything from the suttas to substantiate this convolution? https:/...
by retrofuturist
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is being a victim of rape 'kamma vipaka'
Replies: 67
Views: 7320

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

Greetings,

One person's kamma is not another's vipaka.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Problems with the board - password reset, captcha, mails as spam
Replies: 3
Views: 11480

Re: Problems with the board - password reset, captcha, mails as spam

Greetings,
SDC wrote: Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:49 pm Probably would be best to send a PM to retrofuturist or DNS.
It would be DNS - he looks after all the back-end technical configuration.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: question criticizing
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

Re: question criticizing

Greetings, No, it's not a breach of the precepts, but the kammic potency of the criticism is associated with the blameworthiness (or otherwise) or what is being criticized, as we see below. “Endowed with four things, monks, one arises in hell as surely as if taken and put there. What four? Without h...
by retrofuturist
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we Alt-Buddhists?
Replies: 37
Views: 8488

Re: Are we Alt-Buddhists?

Greetings,

I think there's been enough said on the topic, as tenuous as it was to begin with.

To prevent further proliferation of off-topic and off-forum postings, we're going to close it.

:thanks:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)
Replies: 47
Views: 7603

Re: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)

Greetings, Paul, Meanings is finally out in paperback. And that is one such text that I would prioritise over this one. Or at least, get that first, and then if you want more in that vein, get this one. I believe they're also making their books available digitally, recognizing that the postage costs...
by retrofuturist
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)
Replies: 47
Views: 7603

Re: Bhikkhu Akiñcano - "With the Right Understanding" (Phenomenological Explorations of the Pāli Suttas)

Greetings,

I haven't actually finished it to be honest (it's hard to progress with books when I'm working at home and have a 2yo & a 4yo)... but what I read was good.

However, there are Path Press Publications I would prioritise over this.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Monastics protesting social injustice
Replies: 692
Views: 87992

Re: Monastics protesting social injustice

Greetings,
Ceisiwr wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:14 am I can’t remember if this was posted in here, but I quite liked this video on the topic:
Accords with the Pali Canon nicely. Thanks for sharing.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in (your) two words
Replies: 119
Views: 23719

Re: Buddhism in (your) two words

Knowing release
by retrofuturist
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 12108

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

Greetings, I post about flying because I recalled my monk friend telling me once how Chinese believed Bodhidharma came to China, he said they believe by flying. I cannot remember where I heard this (possibly in one of Ven. Sujato's books?) but in the Chinese Agamas, the Buddha does a lot more flying...
by retrofuturist
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?
Replies: 91
Views: 12108

Re: Did the Buddha Ever Visit Sri Lanka?

Greetings bhante, The only evidence that he did not, is the lack of reliable sources showing that he did. This accords with my understanding. I asked the initial question because I do not wish to make any claims that are contradicted by reliable sources. I do not regard the Mahāvaṃsa as a reliable s...