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by Inedible
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Relying on the suttas over modern monastics
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: Relying on the suttas over modern monastics

After too many years of thinking I wouldn't be able to understand Suttas, I finally gave it a try and wished I had started sooner. The Mahayana Sutras really didn't help with that, like the Diamond Cutter Sutra, because I was always left confused about what to do with them for practice. Recently I s...
by Inedible
Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Medical card and life insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Medical card and life insurance

To keep it short, I absolutely agree about Obamacare. Although if I could have a wish it would have been for the Democrats to have done a better job of working with President Nixon when he tried to reform healthcare.
by Inedible
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana. Are we chasing a mirage?
Replies: 35
Views: 622

Re: Nibbana. Are we chasing a mirage?

I thought the problem was that we are starting with the mirage and looking for something more reliable.
by Inedible
Sun Apr 25, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Medical card and life insurance
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Medical card and life insurance

There are a lot of different levels of having insurance. Many of them aren't worth paying for.
by Inedible
Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for a book recommendation
Replies: 56
Views: 721

Re: Request for a book recommendation

Thanks for the answers so far. I want to be more consistent about practicing Dhamma in daily life, but it isn't easy to match up descriptions from texts with my actual experiences. It seems like being able to sort out the five aggregates is an important part of the path.
by Inedible
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Request for a book recommendation
Replies: 56
Views: 721

Request for a book recommendation

Is there a book that you might suggest for identifying the five aggregates in daily life? As concepts, it seems like they make sense. When I try to sort my daily experiences into these categories it gets to be difficult quickly. I think my main problem is in identifying which experiences or aspects ...
by Inedible
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Do you like Sāriputta? :-)

What will be the kamma result if any random user voted for the last option for whatever reason? There was a story in the connected suttas about someone who said it three times. That person died a painful death and went to hell. Buddha said not to say such things, but the person insisted on saying i...
by Inedible
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?
Replies: 25
Views: 480

Re: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?

Not using toilet paper would be a big benefit for the environment. Sometimes people manage to contaminate all four rolls in the dispenser at the same time. And not only with urine. Big industrial rolls with no cardboard core in the center. Getting people to change is really difficult. Even when it ...
by Inedible
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?
Replies: 25
Views: 480

Re: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?

There will be a day when toilet papers are banned! Then you will think that man is not so crazy. :tongue: When that happens I guess I can stop picking up used toilet paper from the floor, too. It will take a lot of years for toilet paper to be replaced with a better system. By then I hope to have a...
by Inedible
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?
Replies: 25
Views: 480

Re: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?

If you spend any time watching people it does seem very believable that all of them are crazy. It is only a question of how crazy they are individually. Before I had a job cleaning bathrooms I had no idea how difficult it could be for normal adults to use toilets and trash cans. Just as an example, ...
by Inedible
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 962

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

plabit wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:30 am Didn't they used to call it "initiation"? "Empowerment" seems to indicate a shift into femenism or something. Was that word used by the Tibetans prior to the 2nd or 3rd wave of femenism?
It is empowerment because it is a transfer of power and authority.
by Inedible
Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 962

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

What is empowerment if you do not mind me asking? Is it a recitation of sacred or secret mantras that is believed to have magical powers? An empowerment is a ritual involving tools and mantras. They come at different levels and can be based on a specific Buddha or Bodhisattva or text. Unless you ge...
by Inedible
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Gurus in Vajrayana
Replies: 41
Views: 962

Re: Gurus in Vajrayana

The trouble with Vajrayana is that even if you get the books and somehow learn to practice and start getting results, without the right empowerment it is all cause to go to hell. It can be expensive to get the right empowerment. Expect your teacher to string you along for a long time and give you st...
by Inedible
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history

A theory I read was that Buddha taught reincarnation because it motivated his audience and Jesus taught immediate reward in Heaven for the same reason. The important thing is to work your path now to the best of your ability without giving up.
by Inedible
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: How to reconcile time spans in the canon with history

One of the numbers I recall is 13.82 billion years for the age of the universe and 4.5 billion for our home world. I think the scales in Buddhism might be billions or even trillions of years.