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  • @seeker242 said: there is no Buddhist doctrine telling us we need to give it up. But there is! The bodhisattva precepts of the Brama Net Sutra, which is why the majority of east asian Buddhism has a vegetarian doctrine. …
  • @adamcrossley said: I’m really glad I read this thread—very interesting and educational. In my opinion, “cherry picking” is a derogatory term for a pretty necessary process in spirituality. Testing the teachings, contemplating them, findin…
  • @Carameltail said: I didn't really use the word philosophy myself at least in the title. I am refering to the activity of endless philosophising instead of practical application. The state of being in the present and to be is what is favourable. …
  • Okay. I see no practical point. But okay. Philosophy is just a word.
  • @Kerome said: @FoibleFull said: Buddhism has a history of shaping it to the culture it moves into, yet without losing its essence or effectiveness. It puts me in mind of a quote from a television programme I saw today,…
  • OP, personally I think you're being a little bit overly concerned with a word. I would call that clinging. Usually when people use the term philosophy in regard to Buddha, they are trying to differentiate from religion. Perhaps the best light…
  • @David said: ... I think for many of us born into a culture steeped in Abrahamic notions it is far too easy to deify karma without realizing it. All too often I hear people say that Buddhist views of karma mean somebody born with a dis…
  • In discussions about Buddhism, I sometimes hear people talk in two different extremes. One extreme view is that in Buddhism almost anything goes...and I see that sometimes in what I guess is being referred to here as modernism in Buddhism...and mos…
  • @seeker242 said: * Did Buddha ever say that it is mandatory that you agree with him on everything written in Buddhist scriptures, or else there will be stern consequences...such as going to hell? There are many o…
  • @Kerome said: @vinlyn said: I think that Westerners (perhaps more than Easterners...not sure) have been raised with this idea that they have to accept a religion lock, stock, and barrel. I have learned to take wisdom where I find i…
  • I think that Westerners (perhaps more than Easterners...not sure) have been raised with this idea that they have to accept a religion lock, stock, and barrel. I have learned to take wisdom where I find it. The wisest religion to me is Buddhism. D…
  • Yes, the unwillingness of the Supreme Sangha in Thailand to legitimize Buddhist nuns is wrong-headedness. But on the other hand, it has nothing to do with the average lay person practicing Buddhism on a daily basis.
  • On another forum where atheism and religion in general are discussed extensively, atheists (and I'm one) often state that if it (whatever "it" is in a discussion) can't be actually evidenced, then it is at least highly suspect. Well, we can't evide…
  • @Kerome said: I think it is hard to call the Buddha a god, as he doesn’t have the legendary creative powers. On the other hand it is said of arhats and the enlightened that they have a number of supernatural abilities. Which I think one can j…
  • @Kerome said: ... There are instances where the Buddha also said it is not beneficial to speculate further, if anything I think he was quite conservative by only listing a few issues in the Acintita Sutta. But then he also had the diff…
  • @person said: Some do, some don't. There isn't a command in Buddhism to adhere to a set of beliefs about the world, we are encouraged to investigate for ourselves. I'm glad you mentioned this. When people ask me about "stuff" about Buddh…
  • Another aspect of this is the mix of Buddhist thought with cultural traditions, such as animism.
  • Thank you, Shoshin.
  • A lot of very good discussion here. And a number of very different ideas about what the OP asked at the beginning. I come from a situation where in 1986 I was introduced to Thai Theravada Buddhism, after having lived as a Methodist and then a Ca…
  • @Kerome said: I use the website and find things of value once in a while. I slightly prefer Lions Roar though. I'll check that out.
  • @Shoshin said: I don't see any of the Buddhist chants or mantras as prayers...I just see them as reminders/notes to self ... Bring the reminder note down from mind's shelf and read it out loud to the self That's a great way of …
  • I know I have the "losing" viewpoint on this. But, I'll state it anyway. I'll start backwards. I once asked a Thai Theravadan monk if he thought the Five Precepts were training exercises. His answer was, "Yes". I said, "Training for what?" "…
  • @federica said: What would it actually take to stop this guy? I mean, apart from the obvious..... The Dems not putting up a highly flawed candidate.
  • One year I had to hire a new head custodian for our school. When I walked around the building the probable choice for the job pointed out so many things that had been overlooked for a while. A lot of things got fixed or at least improved. But the…
  • @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…