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by Bundokji
Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Should Alms round be banned in Western Countries?
Replies: 78
Views: 9857

Re: Should Alms round be banned in Western Countries?

It is undeniable that the laws of france violate the inalienable rights of individuals. chownah I wonder what the inalienable rights are in Saudi Arabia or Iran. The social contract in these countries is based on religion, hence the source of civil rights and duties is the word of God and prophet M...
by Bundokji
Sat Dec 27, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: Remembering past lives

My 2 cents :smile: I think this discussion wont go anywhere unless discussants agree on how to define: memory, time and knowledge. It seems that many Buddhists hold the view that our "experience" is not the outcome of our brains but limited by it, while others prefer to rely on the scientific explan...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Benefits of being a lay person
Replies: 46
Views: 6846

Re: Benefits of being a lay person

Hello Anagarika :smile: , Thank you for your comments. What do I think of Bondojki's answer? He made a number of different points. My own feeling is that his perception of monastic life, and the reasons men and women ordain, is slightly mistaken. Most of the monks and nuns I have met are not deluded...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

There was no message besides an extolling of your own wisdom in the first paragraph and disparagement of others in the second. So, contrary to your claim, I did respond to what paltry message that was there. Well, I started my post using the word "respectfully", and before I "disparage" others as y...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

I don't think you've thought far enough. To go further, "conventional reality," "ultimate reality," "the real world," "change," "the universe," "body," "mind," and "one unity movement" are all conventions as well. The outcome of this line of thinking is that everything becomes, as you say, equally ...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

I don't think you've thought far enough. To go further, "conventional reality," "ultimate reality," "the real world," "change," "the universe," "body," "mind," and "one unity movement" are all conventions as well. The outcome of this line of thinking is that everything becomes, as you say, equally ...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

After I learned about the Buddha's teachings, I start to understand that birth and death are mere conventions. What do you mean that "birth and death are mere conventions"? What causes suffering is the inability to distinguish the difference between conventional reality and ultimate reality. Conven...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

I'm not quite sure what you mean here. How do you interpret the contemplation of death? As far as I know, going to the cremation ground and contemplating death is a Buddhist practice, Ajahn Chah himself have done that. Edit: This sutta can be used as a reference http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6834
Views: 909822

Re: the great rebirth debate

Without rebirth (and its end), there is no motivation to follow the Dhamma. Until rebirth is seen, it has to be taken upon faith/trust in the Buddha. It seems to me there is some danger here of falling into a circular argument: Q. Why do you follow the Buddha's teachings? A. Because they will lead ...
by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mishandling the practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2482

Re: Mishandling the practice

I second what SarathW said, the practice is difficult and can be easily misunderstood, you are not alone :smile: Maybe what makes us struggle is our desire to achieve something! Yes, trying to achieve something is a huge problem in our practice. It's obviously rooted in desire and a mind gripped by...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mishandling the practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2482

Re: Mishandling the practice

Hello Digity, I second what SarathW said, the practice is difficult and can be easily misunderstood, you are not alone :smile: Maybe what makes us struggle is our desire to achieve something! There is one thing I try to be mindful of, which is the use of words like "defilements" , "bad", "wrong"...e...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: I'll Ride With You
Replies: 5
Views: 1267

Re: I'll Ride With You

Thanks retro,

Having people like you in the world we live in is a cause for optimism :anjali:
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do advertisements work?
Replies: 18
Views: 1751

Re: How do advertisements work?

Thanks for sharing the Video pondera! I remember watching an interesting documentary years ago called "The century of the self" which might provide answers to your question in relation to advertising and public relations in general (it does not discuss animal cruelty as far as I remember) http://top...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where do you guys fall along the MBTI scale?
Replies: 34
Views: 5662

Re: Where do you guys fall along the MBTI scale?

I found that I am an INFP :smile: I have not undertaken any personality test for many years, but I remember that answering the questions used to be a much easier task. Maybe practicing the Dhamma has an effect. Being aware of the constant change in myself made me less decisive regarding how should I...
by Bundokji
Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 4985

Re: Torturers go to Hell

In a typical Zen meditation hall, some senior monks will be walking around with a stick in their hand, and if they see anything wrong with the posture of any of the meditators, they use the stick to beat them up (inflict pain), does that make their actions wrong? Actually, I have been in five diffe...