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Becoming Genius Series Completed

Yesterday’s post completes the 6-video Skillful Living: Becoming Genius series. Along with the Skillful Living: Foundations series, these videos provide very valuable background and methods for understanding the teaching of the Buddha. Judging by the lack of comments on this site, our reader engagement and participation is less than optimal. The purpose of these videos is to give readers the means to better understand the often difficult subject matter.

We make no apology for the level of difficulty of our writing; the subject matter demands it. Too many western Buddhist writers, even monks, ‘dumb down’ the subject matter it make it more approachable; but IMHO, they simply wind up distorting the Buddha’s teaching. I would rather be as accurate and faithful as possible to the original teaching than deliver a distorted message to a broader audience. Read more…

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Becoming Genius 5: Metacognition

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Becoming Genius 4: Ontological Analysis

The Value of Integrity

Q: A reader asks, “We don’t want to look stupid, or unskilled, so we rather pretend to be smart and this is how we suffer. I think it is time to grow up and become honest. Could you please speak on how it is better to chose for integrity, so that we can understand and make this hard choice?”

The Arahant: Integrity is not a luxury; integrity and the trust it enables are absolute necessities, without which it is impossible to live as a human being. Both integrity and trust are conditioned by morality, and morality is supported by religion, as a condition of entering a higher state of being in the next life. The danger is that if religion becomes corrupt, morality, integrity and trust in society can collapse, and then civilized human life becomes impossible.

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Debt to Parents

Q: Another question from the same reader: “If one were to go from home to homelessness to learn and realize Dhamma, as stated in the Suttas, how would one repay their debt to one’s parents, who cared and raised the loved one? Would this incur unfavorable kamma?”

The Arahant: This is a very good question. The Buddha placed a very high value on service to one’s parents: Read more…

Buddha and the Vedas

Q: A reader asks: “How did the Buddha view the Vedas? What of Buddha’s teachings are similar or different than in the Vedas?”

The Arahant: That is a very big question. A complete answer is beyond our scope; but we can give a summary and point to some references.

The Buddha was quite familiar with the Vedas. They were the principal spiritual authority of his time. Not only had he been schooled in them in childhood in his father’s palace; he also had realized them in his previous lives. [See for example Santhava-jātaka, 162]

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Talk to Us

We originally conceived this blog as a forum for people to submit questions to The Arahant. I showed the example by submitting my own questions and posting his responses. However, we have not got much response or many questions from the readers. The Arahant is feeling that perhaps this project is a waste of time and energy.

Try to understand the value of what is offered here. You get to submit questions—about anything—to a fully-realized Buddhist monk, an enlightened Master. He is willing to hear you and respond from his point of view. Now, this is a person who, when he used to make public appearances, attracted an audience of tens of thousands of people.

You have direct personal access to this person. How is it possible that we have no questions from the readers? Talk to us.

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