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  • @Bunks said: I was speaking to a Pali speaking Sri Lankan Buddhist last weekend who did comment on how much we lose in the translation from Pali to English. And how it makes the path seem so much more serious and dour than it is (or words …
  • My Theravadan temple here is pretty much open any time. They welcome with open arms...literally. Once a week I join them for their evening chanting and meditation.
  • @Carlita said: With McDonalds, I guess in one view you can view it as if you're working for McDonalds, you're working for an industry that promotes eating of animal products. Then again, I think only monks are bound by those restrictions. I'l…
  • @Carlita said: ...I know we learn from Bodhisattvas and their individual vows. What do you mean by that?
  • @federica said: Science alone, is not responsible for those revelations. Better education, the expansion of society, and the evolution of thought also play a role. And Science (broad umbrella, isn't it?) itself is making new discoveries and r…
  • @Kerome said: My own experience has been that believing in spirits stands in the way of understanding your own mind. If you have a certain experience in meditation and you chalk it up to playful spirits you may be missing significant opportun…
  • @Kannon said: Religiosity is declining at a rapid pace. Especially with technology as it is nowadays. But do the two have to be mutually exclusive? I read the Scientific American, the Astronomy magazine, and watch tons of documentaries. I lik…
  • Does he have an equavalent to any of the Pali manifestations? Im not familar with Japan, Im assuming China, Japan, and other country's manifestations have a equavelent to manefistation or dieties in India? Or are they separate manifestationz in thei…
  • @Carlita said: It is purely cultural. I believe in spirits because I was raised and saw and experienced spirits in my lifetime. They are souls of deceased individuals (probably in samsara but I never heard it described that way) where as the …
  • @Carlita said: You replied that, "Regardless of one's faith in the validity of devas, I think devas should, at least as an intellectual exercise, be examined as allegory to distill the practical advice they offer." I dont remember sayi…
  • Your OP reminded me of my own parents who divorced when I was 2. Once the stormy marriage was over, they got along quite nicely. For me they sometimes spent holidays or my birthday together (if my dad was home on leave). Later in life they occasi…
  • @Carlita said: I do not understand. I dont like indirect comments. I didnt answer my own question or it would be appearant in a direct statement that I can learn from. You have confused me. Why the yes/no question? …
  • @Carlita said: @vinlyn said: @Carlita said: @vinlyn said: I have never understood why so many Buddhists will deny the existence of God so vehemently, and then believe in all these other …
  • @Carlita said: @vinlyn said: I have never understood why so many Buddhists will deny the existence of God so vehemently, and then believe in all these other "spirits". I think there's a lot of confusion between actual Buddhism and …
  • @karasti said: It's pretty hard to remove culture entirely. I do agree with the general sentiment of your post, @vinlyn. But even the core of Buddhism was influenced by the culture of the time. But Buddhists should be investigating these attachme…
  • @Kerome said: ... If you look at many of the strands of Buddhism, from Tibetan to Chinese Mahayana to Thai Forest, they do seem to have absorbed a lot of tendencies from local culture. But I think people are less superstitious now than…
  • I have never understood why so many Buddhists will deny the existence of God so vehemently, and then believe in all these other "spirits". I think there's a lot of confusion between actual Buddhism and culture, and the two should not mix.
  • I think maybe someone is a little too techie.
  • @dhammachick said: @techie said: Video games are the future of humanity. Just a few decades ago, we used to have very basic games - laughable by today's standards. Now we even have virtual reality. Soon we may have games which are a…
  • Interesting how often this topic comes up here. My personal definition of sentience is: an animal that can show an emotional response.
  • I'll give you my definition...not saying it's the definition: An animal is sentient if it can express in any way emotion. I know...it's as imperfect as all the other definitions.
  • I can't speak about anything but Theravadan Buddhism, but the Buddhism I see on this site, as compared to the Buddhism I see at an authentic Theravadan temple...well, the two environments bear little resemblance to each other. It may be the differe…
  • It's interesting to contemplate how different the site would be if there were several actual Buddhist monks who frequently participated.
  • @person said: @vinlyn said: Before too many people jump on anyone about not being able to prove there is a God, it might give some pause to some to do a Google search of "did Buddha exist". There are lots of questions out there abo…
  • Before too many people jump on anyone about not being able to prove there is a God, it might give some pause to some to do a Google search of "did Buddha exist". There are lots of questions out there about that issue, or -- assuming he did exist --…
  • @Shoshin said: Is everyone here an atheist? I'm an Atheist till the day I die.........then I'm open to offers Sort of like the Thais who will pay homage to a Hindu statue or even Christian statue...just in case.
  • @IronRabbit said: Interesting quote.
  • This should be interesting. But it's sure an example of a first world problem.
  • @techie said: @vinlyn said: @Kerome said: . Buddhism denies Brahman/universal consciousness. Just saying. "Buddhism denies..." What do you mean by that? …
  • @Kerome said: . Buddhism denies Brahman/universal consciousness. Just saying. "Buddhism denies..." What do you mean by that?
  • @dhammachick said: @grackle said: Its not a burden for me at all @dhammachick. At any of the six gates. Good. I'd hate to think you were speaking for others. That's the problem with these threads. We can only s…
  • No one knows how they will react when death comes. "And each one there has one thing shared. They have sweated beneath the same sun. Looked up in wonder at the same moon. And wept when it was all done, for being done too soon."
  • @karasti said: @techie that was part of my earlier point, that people hesitate to even say they are atheist because along with that comes the implication that you believe in "nothing" which isn't even really possible. Even if you believe we are n…
  • @karasti said: @vinlyn may I ask what brought you to ask the question? It's an odd one, because so many in our society (in the US) think atheist means you are anti-religion. That you don't believe in anything at all, which of course isn't …
  • I don't think it should be an issue UNLESS with your previous agency you signed some kind of "non-compete" clause.
  • @dhammachick said: No. (Trying to practise) Buddhism has made me be mindful to focus on being a better Jew. I'm still a work in progress. On both counts. Interesting. I do not see it as exclusive, either. But I am no longer a th…
  • @silver said: I'm less worried about doing/saying right or wrong - been happening slowly but surely as life goes on. I don't know if I still say I believe in Jesus Christ because believing was and is a comfort - maybe just kidding myself. More …
  • @genkaku said: If I said yes, I would be in the same trouble I would be if I said no. All things considered, I think I'd rather play bingo. Ah, so you're Catholic!
  • @karasti said: Depends on your exact definition, I guess. I don't believe in an Abrahamic God of any sort. I don't believe in any omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent etc etc God. I don't believe there is a being out there somewhere that listens t…
  • @karasti said: I truly believe kindness and compassion is always possible, and always right. But that isn't the same as letting people walk all over you. I fired people. It was never in anger or disgust or any other such thing. It was simply a fa…
  • @karasti said: @vinlyn did you even look at the link? My apologies if I am wrong, it is one of my biggest pet peeves in today's world...that people are in such a hurry to comment that they don't bother to read what they are commenting o…
  • @IronRabbit said: I may be an ersatz member here, and a pretend Buddhist but Buddhism gets the human predicament fundamentally correct....... https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/4907fb02-7e7f-3f6a-85f6-b0a7fad670c3/ss_why-buddhism-is-true.html …
  • It helps me to hear other viewpoints, but to also be more aware of the differences with the various schools of Buddhism.
  • @yagr said: @vinlyn said: > Come on now. When you have to fire someone there is no gentle and nice. I don't know about this. I realize that when most people say something to the effect of, "I don't know…
  • @mindatrisk said: @vinlyn said: Interesting post. Gentle and nice is a constant goal for me, but it doesn't always solve issues, particularly (for example) in the work/professional world. It can do. Just perseve…
  • @lookingforlight said: @Vinlyn Yes, the appointment I have is with Monk who is fluent in English, I’m somewhat nervous to meet him as I fear meeting a Monk for the first time after accepting this path could be intimidating. Perhaps yo…
  • @mindatrisk said: The teachings are rational and have beneficial results for myself and others. That's nice. But people of all religions feel the same about theirs.