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  1. Buddhism, Drunk Driving and the Law

    How would you go about changing things?
  2. Meditation into "Afterlife" ?

    Sorry I meant to write that Karma was a "Verb" or doing word (not adjective). These days people use Karma as a noun. In the Buddhas time, the Sanskrit word "Karma" was a verb.
  3. Meditation into "Afterlife" ?

    It depends on your interpretation of its meaning. Words take on new meanings over time, based on their usage. Karma is currently used as a noun. This is my Karma (good luck or bad). This is my Destiny, I have so much bad Karma (based on accumulation of past deeds). On the other hand, 2,500 years ago, Karma (a Sanskrit word) was an adjective, a doing word, ones actions, work, or deed. So basically, our Karma is simply what we do, our actions, work, and deeds. So when you say "there is no such thing as Karma", based on the Buddhas use of this word, I'm afraid you may be incorrect. Everyone's Karma is their actions, work, and deeds. What do religious fairy tales have to do with our actions, work, and deeds? What the Buddha was saying is that ones actions, work, and deeds, have an influence on ones life? Further, as most of us repeat actions, work, and deeds (ingrained habits), the influence on our future lives can be predictable in many ways?
  4. True and Proper Buddhist teaching

    At a high level, the main reason why correct Buddhism isn't being practiced by the general Thai population is that all Beings, bound in the state of Samsara, are afflicted by the three poisons. The three unwholesome roots (poisons) of: Moha: delusion & confusion. Raga: greed, & sensual attachment. Dvesha: aversion, & ill will. In terms of the Sangha doing anything to change the situation, it depends from which angle you're looking. My understanding is, that unlike some religions, Buddhists don't go out and spread the word. In Buddhist tradition, teaching is only offered to those who seek. When I sought, the teaching offered was never to pray, nor to purchase amulets for protection, but revolved around Dharma (The 4 Noble Truths). If any localised Sangha teach otherwise, then they must be under the influence of the 3 poisons. That which you see being practiced by the wider population, is also due to the influence of the root kleshas (greed, attachment & delusion). People find it far easier to buy or pray their way out of their situation, rather than expend effort in actual practice. Having said that, there are many out there who genuinely practice Mindfulness & Meditation and attempt to abide by the precepts. They go about their practice without fanfare nor display. You see the superstitious ones who allow themselves to be influenced by the kileshas. If one wishes to achieve change, the best thing one can do is to focus on oneself. Most find it extremely difficult to change life habits, imagine how difficult it must be to attempt to change the habits of others.
  5. Meditation into "Afterlife" ?

    If there is an after life, what drives you to a need to imagine it meditatively? If it exists, wouldn't an afterlife just be, regardless of what you imagine during meditation?
  6. Is it OK to kill to protect Buddhism?

    Totally agreed. Most in Thailand have turned Buddhism into a fully blown religion, with good luck, offer of money for a better next life, rituals etc.. However, even if you remove these things Theravada has an end game. The difference being on one hand utilising the tools (practice), and purpose of using these tools. The realization of that which is deathless (unborn) makes it a religion. Alternatively if you meditate, practice mindfulness and ethical conduct, purely to improve your life, then you have a philosophy. And, in answer to the OP, it's not OK to kill in order to protect Buddhism.
  7. Is it OK to kill to protect Buddhism?

    Hi cooked. I understand what you said. Your view is fair enough and quite common. I personally am open minded but find that most pick and choose subsets of a teaching which dovetails into their beliefs. If you discard a large part of the teaching you can easily turn Buddhism into a philosophy. But then, why Buddhism, why don't you adopt yoga, pranayama, and other techniques. Buddhism uses universal tools which afford philosophy but teaches an end game (Religion) which you're not subscribing to.
  8. Is it OK to kill to protect Buddhism?

    Hi cooked. My response was purely in response to another posters view that Buddhism is like other religions (Quote: It is just an excuse and totally irrelevant anyway since all religious belief is baseless, unfounded myth.) and your challenge to it (Quote: So your understanding of Buddhism is that it is a religion? Based on what unfounded myth? ) Your reply suggests that you believe that those who deem Buddhism a religion base this on unfounded myths. What do you base this on? The teachings (Pali Canon) illustrate infinite numbers of Re Births to other lives and realms, accumulated Kharma which spawns these Re Births, a permanent deathless state beyond that which is impermanent and conditioned and which is realised through a process resulting in Awakening? Although the ego itself is impermanent & conditioned and is shed upon death, doesn't belief in a lineage of re born, with an end game of realising awareness in a deathless state through awakening seem more like a religion than a philosophy? Common features of a Religion: Some kind of existence beyond life. Cannot be proven without (in most religions by death, with Buddhism by dedicating ones life to rigorous practice with no promises in this life).
  9. Is it OK to kill to protect Buddhism?

    Hi cooked. Your comments about the underlying forces driving instability in the area is an eye opener. On the subject of Buddhism being a religion founded on myth, it depends on your belief of what the Buddha was actually teaching. Was he teaching a way of liberation, in the present moment, free from greed aversion & delusion, with Nibanna being a state, but when one dies that is it? or Was he teaching a way of liberation, in the present moment, free from greed aversion & delusion, with infinite rounds of Re Birth into different relms of existence, until one awakens. This awakening results in the ending of Re Birth, and, re unites (re establishes awareness) that part of ones lineage which was never born (deathless) in the state of Nibanna. Those who subscribe to freedom from greed, aversion & delusion (ego) in this life, thus releasing themselves from Dukkha (suffering), one could say are subscribing to a philosophy. Those who subscribe to an impermanent & conditioned individual associated with a lineage subject to infinite bouts of Re Birth into other lives residing in any number of relms, but carrying something unique to them (lineage) until awakened through a process of action, resulting in entering a permanent state of Nibanna might be considered akin to religion. The unspent Kharma being the driver, and the presence of a universal permanent state of Nibanna being akin to mythology. What are your thoughts?
  10. The distinction between dualism and non-dualism

    This is the question that goes unanswered. On one the hand we are taught that what is born is impermanent & conditioned, and will expire upon death, but on the other hand, that which was never born can never die, it is permanent and unconditioned, or deathless. Yes, who is re born, and what awakens?
  11. The distinction between dualism and non-dualism

    It's a good example illustrating the use and interpretation of words having vast differences in meaning, simply by adding a character, in this case the letter "n". What has always perturbed me, for want of a better verb, is that depiction of the realms of existence seemed to be confined in, and either elevated or lowered from, the earthly realm. This doesn't take into account the existence of countless worlds in our universe, not to mention the life these far flung places must harbour. It seems that our infinite lineage of Re Births take place on earth or within realms above or below it, a common flaw which is also displayed within Christianity, Islam & Judaism, amongst others. In other words confined within a humans realm of existence, suggesting the depictions are man made.
  12. Why Buddhism is True

    Once again you're correct S G. Practice is the key. However I'm thinking it may take years if not lifetimes for the fruits of this practice to yield answers to some of these questions. Given that words could never describe that which is hidden, sometimes it's nice to be inspired by those amongst us who may have been able to see beyond the curtain.
  13. The distinction between dualism and non-dualism

    Interesting subject Bruce. Is calling it God or Brahman technically incorrect though? Didn't the Buddha suggest that even Brahman was in a state of Samsara?
  14. Why Buddhism is True

    Sorry to bombard you. Although there is no substitute to practice and first hand experience, my conditioning finds intellectual immersion into this subject provides some motivation towards practicing. Is the problem of Manifestation that it isn't aware of its Deathless Awareness? Once Manifestation becomes aware of its Deathless Awareness what happens to it? Does Manifestation cease after the next death? Also does Manifestation alter prior to its final death due to the influence of its Deathless Awareness? Is everyone's Deathless Awareness the same one, or is it individual for each person? If it is universal, are we individual Manifestations of the same Deathless Awareness?
  15. Why Buddhism is True

    What's interesting is that Theravada scripture doesn't speak about non-duality, but rather about seeing things as they truly are, but it's clear from accounts given by important teachers particularly from the Thai forest tradition that awareness is primordial. And because it is unbounded objectless samadhi, it is non dual. Can one pointed awareness be regarded as mental activity? I would say not because mental activity relies on a movement of mind, a duality consisting of a Knower as a mind entity, which is ultimately a false notion of self, who knows an object. So is there a non dualistic primordial awareness which is deathless, and the manifestation of beings (life) aren't aware of this awareness due to the mind chatter and therefore cling to the knower/Doer and the known/object done? Is the end game to unshackle association with that which is impermanent & conditioned and bask in the permanent primordial awareness? If the primordial awareness already exists, what consequence is it to the impermanent and conditioned aspect? Why create an impermanent and conditioned world which has no awareness of a higher reality? What value is knowledge of a higher reality to that which is impermanent and conditioned, if it falls away upon death?
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