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by Bundokji
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and assertiveness
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: Buddhism and assertiveness

"So the monk approached the Great Brahma and, on arrival, said, 'Friend, where do these four great elements — the earth property, the liquid property, the fire property, and the wind property — cease without remainder?' "When this was said, the Great Brahma said to the monk, 'I, monk, am Brahma, th...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 08, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and assertiveness
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: Buddhism and assertiveness

Buddhism does not directly address every possible single issue facing humans, but offers a framework that can be applied to wide variety of contexts. Worldly knowledge lacks certainty, and depends on reason to explain phenomena. The lack of certainty is non-linear, hence usually a coherent worldly v...
by Bundokji
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?
Replies: 18
Views: 1288

Re: Is it adultery if my partner is still married?

She wasn't able to get divorced because her husband is making it difficult to proceed with the documentation. Do you know why her husband is making it difficult to proceed with the documentation? and if you do, would that affect what is considered "adultery" in your POV? In general, the legal and t...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How are you staying active during the pandemic?
Replies: 14
Views: 1137

Re: How are you staying active during the pandemic?

I tested positive three weeks ago, so i isolated myself at home for two weeks with very little movement except inside my small apartment. After the quarantine period my body was really stiff, but gradually, and after getting back to work, it is getting better. We have a total curfew every Friday, so...
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Compassion
Replies: 4
Views: 363

Re: Compassion

Compassion, when defined in terms of absence, is to be free from delusion and ill will, and therefore not different from wisdom. From that perspective, practicing the 8FP is a training in compassion.
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2030

Re: Did the Buddha teach against killing a being quickly out of mercy?

From what i know, it is an offense for monastics and a mixed karma for lay followers.
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Continuity
Replies: 25
Views: 1462

Re: Continuity

Self continuity is a dependently originated phenomena and therefore there is no ultimate truth in it.
by Bundokji
Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is the cause of desire
Replies: 10
Views: 506

Re: What is the cause of desire

There is no one correct way of explaining/determining causes except through purpose. In general, the Buddha taught that ignorance has no known beginning and that desire or craving is what fuels or maintains ignorance. Recent scientific theories such as natural selection would explain certain desires...
by Bundokji
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 30
Views: 1778

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

I received a lot of good advice or teachings in my path, such as:

1- The Buddha did not only teach not self
2- To live harmoniously in the world, right thinking is the way.
by Bundokji
Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 1113

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

All is one can be proved from the prospective that when elements are compounded, they can function as one unity recognizable as independent from its surrounding. It can be disproved by highlighting that the one becomes independent only through negating its surrounding, and therefore, it is dependent...
by Bundokji
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1913

Re: Ageism or common sense?

The Buddha taught: A monk is not an elder because his head is gray. He is but ripe in age, and he is called one grown old in vain. One in whom there is truthfulness, virtue, inoffensiveness, restraint and self-mastery, who is free from defilements and is wise — he is truly called an Elder. The abov...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1913

Re: Ageism or common sense?

The Buddha taught: A monk is not an elder because his head is gray. He is but ripe in age, and he is called one grown old in vain. One in whom there is truthfulness, virtue, inoffensiveness, restraint and self-mastery, who is free from defilements and is wise — he is truly called an Elder. The above...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 52
Views: 6307

Re: Quitting smoking

I am a heavy smoker, i don't think of quitting, i like smoking. I stopped smoking few times in the past, but without much struggle. Taking the whole thing personal makes quitting more difficult. What stops you from quitting is just another cigarette, this is how the logic goes. It seems more about t...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 15
Views: 1999

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

The ability to masturbate shows how the mind/self/clinging aggregates have no ultimate truth to them. Instead of thinking about it from doctrinal perspective, think of it in terms of opportunity cost, you are limited in time and energy. Humans can do better than seeking sensual pleasure, that does n...
by Bundokji
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.

Hi there, One theory to explain it is that the stilling of the body and focusing on meditation object increases consciousness (predictability) which increases neuroticism. This manifests itself as strange experiences that shakes the mind out of its habitual ways. which gradually increases both creat...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 28
Views: 2201

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

The confusion is the worst part. It would be ideal if we had consistent guidance on best practices and national coordination on making and distributing safety equipment. We have a lot of really smart people in the country who could help get us on the right track, and most would feel it their duty t...
by Bundokji
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 28
Views: 2201

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

Where i live, we had very few cases over many months, but recently, due to bad border control, we are witnessing a rise in cases, circa 40 new confirmed infections a day. What i see as a positive is that it is getting normalized. The government decided to open schools with certain health measures. T...
by Bundokji
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Gender & Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 1804

Re: Gender & Buddhism

I don't think Buddhism came to address, solve or provide us with assuring answers about certain issues or the nature of reality. It happens that we encounter moral, existential or political issues and we try to seek answers to it in the Buddha's teachings. Instead, Buddhism helps us to see and ackno...
by Bundokji
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Suffering
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: Suffering

The necessary condition for suffering (whether mental or physical) to arise is feelings. If there is no feelings, suffering would be logically impossible. The relevance of the above to the Buddha's teachings is to show the limitations of human logic in understanding the Buddha's teachings, Translati...
by Bundokji
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Buddhist morality
Replies: 36
Views: 2107

Re: Buddhist morality

Well, you wrote, “... It is interesting to contemplate what "survives" according to evolutionary theory of ethics and religion. Had religion worked perfectly in making people behave through the stick and carrot, we would probably have reached moral perfection...” And what I’m saying is that this mo...

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