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by Inedible
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say "All worldlings are mad'?
Replies: 25
Views: 509

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: 509

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: 509

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: 1058

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: 1058

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: 1058

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: 430

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: 430

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.
by Inedible
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Kalama Sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 6476

Re: Kalama Sutta

It is like taking math classes and watching the teacher work through problems at the front of the classroom. The people who do their homework learn to solve problems like that, but the people who just watch and don't struggle with the problems don't learn.
by Inedible
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sleeping create schism ?
Replies: 9
Views: 270

Re: Sleeping create schism ?

We are talking about the five actions of immediate effect. You have to have the Sangha of a living Buddha. You can't create that kind of schism any more than you can maliciously wound a living Buddha now. So now you will have to be content with killing one of your parents or killing a Bodhisattva. G...
by Inedible
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Interesting Q&A in Vimuttimagga
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: Interesting Q&A in Vimuttimagga

This one time I was reading about a meditator who had the ability to fly. He took regular flights over a nearby forest and was seen by a King. Being impressed by a flying person, the King started sending food offerings on a regular basis. Everything went well. One day the King sent his pretty young ...
by Inedible
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: giving beggars question
Replies: 19
Views: 583

Re: giving beggars question

If you want to keep your money, don't worry about it. It is your money. You don't have to work so hard to justify it by saying the money will not be used well and the recipients are not of good quality.
by Inedible
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: semen emitting addressed
Replies: 32
Views: 1439

Re: semen emitting addressed

Yep. Definitely beating a dead horse here. This theme has been whipped enough already.
by Inedible
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: This is the book where ordination candidates start. (in Sri Lanka)
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: This is the book where ordination candidates start. (in Sri Lanka)

It seems to be a Vinaya text. Rules, especially for monks. There are a few people here thinking of becoming monks, so that works. I'm just not one of them.