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  • 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…
  • 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…