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  • One the hand, Buddhism doesn't point to a God but rather at ourselves, asking us to look at our actions and intentions with an eye to training ourselves to think and do what's skillful for the long-term welfare and happiness of ourselves and those a…
  • This is just from Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation of the Anguttara Nikaya. I don't always prefer his translations as I think he often relies too heavily on the commentarial tradition, but his research is impeccable and his notes are full of insightful i…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @Jason said: This is based on the commentarial literature, which explains: "Ammaka (or ambaka) means women (lit., the class of mothers). This is a metaphorical term. That is, mothers, the class of mothers, maternal…
  • So, just for comparison, Bhikkhu Bodhi translates this line as: "Who, indeed, is the female lay-follower Migasala, a foolish, incompetent woman with a woman's intellect?" (911). This is based on the commentarial literature, which explains: "Ammaka (…
  • Re: some of the biases found in Buddhism, I think they exist due to the same cultural norms prejudices, and institutions that give rise to them today. Reviewing the story of the first council after the Buddha's death that's recorded in Cullavagga of…
  • It can, yes. Mindfulness meditation can make you more attentive to an object without losing focus as easily. You can also use the opportunity itself as a meditation, focusing on their words as your object of mindfulness, or try to use your awareness…
  • The new Ghost album is so damn good.
  • Sexism, classism, racism, etc. are to be found in many places and times. Even amazing men are products of their times and surroundings. Perhaps the Buddha had a harsh attitude towards women despite being one of the first to institute a female monast…
  • After Germany's huge flop, I'm rooting for Mexico. Impressive start, but Brazil will be tough to beat. Too bad I have to work and won't be able to watch the game.
  • @Jason said: @David said: Sounds like a loaded question to me. One to which you already know the answer. You are human right now so why not practice as if you are aiming for nothing but to be of help? What mo…
    in Query on rebirth Comment by Jason July 1
  • @David said: Sounds like a loaded question to me. One to which you already know the answer. You are human right now so why not practice as if you are aiming for nothing but to be of help? What more is there? This.
    in Query on rebirth Comment by Jason July 1
  • Yes, of course I think we should. Only social darwinists think otherwise, likely confusing struggle with luck and blaming those who are without for not being fit/smart/industrious enough. To look at it the other way, without having to spend so much …
  • I think you're right. What's happening here in the US is resembling fascism more and more with each passing day. Our president is emboldening racists and bigots and praising dictators while bashing the press, alienating our allies, and treating non-…
  • Capitalism ruins everything, even spirituality.
  • @federica said: @Jason said: No, not that I'm aware of. That said, I definitely think that civil disobedience can be part of right action when it's done to confront injustice and harm. The civil rights movement in the US and the fig…
  • No, not that I'm aware of. That said, I definitely think that civil disobedience can be part of right action when it's done to confront injustice and harm. The civil rights movement in the US and the fight against British rule in India are both exce…
  • Again, withholding something isn't equivalent to false speech, so if there's a good reason to withhold information or keep a secret, it doesn't violate the fourth precept. Unless, of course, you really want to refrain from keeping people's confidenc…
  • I'm rooting for Germany. I think Brazil, Belgium, and Denmark will do well. I think France will flop. And I hope Iran will be the dark horse to surprise everyone.
  • The fourth precept concerns truthfulness, i.e., not lying to yourself or others. But truthfulness isn't the same thing as keeping someone's confidence or keeping things to yourself. Moreover, the precepts are things we voluntarily take on because th…
  • @Vimalajāti said: @ScottPen said: I really don't want to imagine the death and loss of my loved ones. It reminds me of when Rāhula taught disillusionment with the body, and the monks promptly began to kill themselves. …
  • Anthony Bourdain seemed like a cool guy. But this world often takes the best before their time, leaving the worst to have their way with it. The world we've created can be cruel and make us feel so terribly alone, sad, confused, tired and drained, o…
    in Anthony Bourdain Comment by Jason June 8
  • Yes, there are many ways to be more aware of the inconstant nature of phenomena, like focusing on the arising and ceasing of thoughts or physical sensations and their constant changeability. For example, see this excerpt from a talk by Gil Fronsdal:…
  • @ScottPen said: I've read that nowhere in the Pali Canon does the Buddha identify himself by name. Is this correct? If so, where did people get the idea that it was Siddhartha Gautama? Well, nowhere in the first four nikayas is the name …
  • @federica said: Yes, @Dhammika , it has been mentioned before on this forum... Here and here, for starters.
    in Counterintuitive Comment by Jason June 4
  • @Frankj said: Hello everyone. I am new to Buddhism and I have a lot to learn and discover and in realizing this I also have a lot of questions. My first one is about the 5 Precepts. What happens or what could happen if we do not follow the 5 P…
    in The 5 Precepts Comment by Jason June 2
  • On the one hand, I lean towards the side of the Dhamma being freely given and teachers/centers being dana-based. On the other, we live in a capitalist society, where money is king. Centers require money to operate, and teachers have bills to pay. My…
  • It's difficult to say as the roots can vary. They can come from biology or upbringing. From things we've been taught to things we've picked up through repetition or example and constant exposure. And in Buddhism, there's the idea that our actions in…
    in Birth of Beliefs Comment by Jason May 31
  • @Tsultrim Yes, and i'm a Vajrayanist and i'm taught to work with the world's energies, and i have been provided with a tool box as well from the Buddha up through enlightened teachers of my Vajrayana lineage to my teacher. I too incline my min…
  • @Tsultrim said: @Jason said: @Tsultrim said: At a certain point, Mind is all the pleasure, joy, gladness etc. we need. Directing it elsewhere is to lose the pleasure, joy, gladness etc it provides. Lookin…
  • @Vimalajāti said: I'm not sure what the policy for citations here is. My apologies for this metadiscussion. The above discourse is from the Mahāparinirvāṇasūtra. In the Pali Canon, this story can be found at DN 16. The Pali …
  • @Tsultrim said: At a certain point, Mind is all the pleasure, joy, gladness etc. we need. Directing it elsewhere is to lose the pleasure, joy, gladness etc it provides. Looking for pleasure, joy, gladness etc outside of Mind is like, "Riding …
  • I'd just add that pleasure, joy, gladness, etc. isn't verboten in Buddhism. And sometimes, directing the mind towards something pleasant or inspiring can be beneficial to one's meditation, as suttas like SN 47.10 illustrate: The Blessed One wa…
  • I suppose one can be mindful doing anything, including drinking alcohol, but I wouldn't recommend it in general. Intoxicants can make meditation difficult and unpleasant, as well as impair mindfulness itself. That said, I'm not a hardliner on the fi…