The Nikaya Dhamma Society denounces YouTube’s decision to ban Brian Ruhe’s YouTube channel. This ban was no doubt in response to Ruhe’s nationalist views. We appreciate his many great video interviews with Ven. Pannobhasa. These videos, fortunately, can still be watched on his BitChute channel, and they continue making new videos on a regular basis! YouTube’s efforts to stifle and suppress dissident speech will ultimately fail, as more and more content creators flee to BitChute in order to continue their work. Brian and Ven. Pannobhasa discuss it here. You can read more about what happened to Brian Ruhe’s channel here: http://www.brianruhe.ca/my-youtube-channel-was-deleted/#respond
More Ruhe/Paññobhāsa Interview Videos
I have continued to be interviewed by Herr Brian Ruhe for his video channel once per week, with multiple segments posted from each interview. I would have said his YouTube channel, but a few weeks ago the YouTube thought police purged almost all of his content from the site, including our interviews. This was probably not because of any of the content of our discussions (though some of it could be politically incorrect enough to elicit a few red flags), but more because of his alt-right politics, rampant rejection of official narratives, etc. But anyhow, his stuff is still on Bitchute, to which site I am gradually transitioning, since YouTube appears to be moving towards 1984 mode with regard to unpersoning content creators guilty of non-leftist wrongthink. Even so, I have posted a few of these videos, thus far, on my old YouTube channel, which channel I had pretty much ignored for several years.
I don’t edit, produce, or name these videos, except for the titles to the videos I post onto my own YouTube channel; and if I did provide the thumbnails etc. I might indulge in a bit more subtlety at times, but never mind. For the most part I stand by all of this, even though when talking off the cuff I occasionally misspeak, or omit to say something important, and may occasionally get a little too “edgy” in my social critiques to suit even nonconformist western Buddhists. But that’s all OK too. I consider much of the stuff below to be important, and potentially even helpful. I’m seriously considering getting a Styxhexenhammer mug and a spoon for future videos.
Fifth Series (recorded June 1)
Social Justice vs. Actual Dharma, or in other words, leftist sentiment vs. Buddhist ethics (39:50)
Attitude Toward Muslims in Buddhist Burma (30:53)
On the Taungpulu Forest Tradition of Burma, and on cave-dwelling and dhutanga ascetic practices in general (28:13)
On “ascension” and other alleged mass shifts of consciousness, and also the idea of group karma (27:27)
On the Buddhist attitude towards Free Will (39:23)
Sixth Series (recorded June 7)
On the recent YouTube Purge, on the “Establishment’s” Control of the Narrative, and on the Cultural Civil Cold War Currently Raging in the West (with a little shilling for Minds.com and President Donald Trump) (41:29)
On Reverse Logic and the Ordination of Theravada Buddhist Nuns (the biggest political correctness controversy in Theravada today) (39:35)
Seventh Series (recorded June 14)
Theravada and the early origins of Mahayana (in which I almost completely forget to talk about the Bodhisattva concept) (1:13:33)
On History, Propaganda, and Control of the Narrative (including Brian’s theories on how modern archeology is wrong, and that white people lived on this planet for possibly millions of years—this was kind of a frustrating experience for me) (44:04)
On Alt-Buddhism, and what a non-“progressive” western Buddhism could or should be like (51:25)
Extra Added Bonus
On “The Time I Was Attacked by Ogres,” with Otto Excelsior
Also, a re-posting to YouTube of the video on Why Western Buddhists Usually Fail
The Decay of Buddhism in Thailand, Blue Lotus with Brian Ruhe
This video was originally on YouTube and BitChute, however YouTube deleted it, when they deleted Brian Ruhe’s channel. it remains on BitChute.
The Buddha’s Problem with Feminism, by Blue Lotus
This video was originally on YouTube and BitChute, however YouTube deleted it, when they deleted Brian Ruhe’s channel. it remains on BitChute.
This article is from: http://www.buddhazero.com/abortion-murder/ It is re-blogged here in its entirety.
Abortion is Murder according to Buddha
In the time of Buddha, abortion is the same as murder by common sense. But today, many people would argue that abortion is not murder, especially if performed early enough. In this post, I will explain what Buddha said about abortion.
If one looks deeply enough in Tripitaka, there is nothing that says “abortion is murder” explicitly. That’s because it was a common fact that needs no clarification. Saying abortion is murder back then is similar to saying that a smartphone needs electricity in 2019.
In order to prove that abortion is murder, here are instances when Buddha talked about abortion.
Abortion in Monastic Code
In the monastic code, there are four offenses (known as pārājika) that must never be done. Once committed, a monk is expelled and is no longer a monk. This is the most severe punishment a monk can get. One of these offenses is committing murder or intentionally killing a human being.
Should any bhikkhu intentionally deprive a human being of life, or search for an assassin for him, or praise the advantages of death, or incite him to die (saying,): “My good man, what use is this evil, miserable life to you? Death would be better for you than life,” or with such an idea in mind, such a purpose in mind, should in various ways praise the advantages of death or incite him to die, he also is defeated and no longer in affiliation.
Buddha was very specific about what is murder and what is not. Here are some excerpts regarding abortion.
At one time, a pregnant woman said to a monk who is close to her family,
“May venerable sir suggest medicine for abortion.”
The monk said, “Sister, with such medicine, you may abort.”
The woman then got an abortion. With disdain, the monk wondered if he committed a parajika offense. He asked Buddha.
Buddha said, “Monk, you have committed a parajika offense.”
At one time, a pregnant woman said to a monk who is close to her family,
“May venerable sir suggest medicine for abortion. “
The monk said, “Sister, you should make the womb hot”.
The woman then made the womb hot and the pregnancy was aborted. With disdain, the monk wondered if he committed a parajika offense. He asked Buddha.
Buddha said, “Monk, you have committed a parajika offense.”
At one time, an infertile woman said to a monk who is close to her family,
“May venerable sir suggest medicine for fertility.”
The monk said, “Very well sister,” and gave her the medicine.
The woman died as a result. With disdain, the monk wondered if he committed a parajika offense. He asked Buddha.
Buddha said, “Monk, you have not committed a parajika offense. You committed a dukkata offense”
To put it simply, if a monk helps a woman get an abortion, he commits a pārājika offense – the same offense as intentionally killing a person. By this evidence, abortion is murder.
Additionally, on the last case presented above, a monk gave fertility medicine to a woman and she died because of his action. Buddha said this is not a pārājika offense because the monk had no intention to kill anyone with his action. However, the monk still committed a minor (dukkaṭa) offense.
Life Begins at Conception
Still, one could argue that the fetus is not a person. Killing a fetus is not murder. To counter this argument, I will show more pieces of evidence from Tripitaka to prove that Buddha recognized a fetus as a human being from the start.
In the monastic code again, Buddha created a rule specifically about killing animals.
Should any bhikkhu intentionally deprive an animal of life, it is to be confessed.
As stated, the offense for intentionally killing an animal is much less severe than killing a person. Killing an animal only requires the monk to confess his wrongdoing. By this difference in severity, Buddha acknowledged that killing a person is more severe than killing an animal. Since Buddha made assisting in abortion a pārājika offense, rather than a minor offense like killing an animal, logic says that human life begins at conception. Abortion, at any stage, is murder.
To further reinforce this argument, here are additional references.
Some are born in the human womb,
evildoers in hell,
those on the good course go to heaven,
while those without effluent: totally unbound.
If a human being is born in the human womb, then life begins at conception inside the womb.
Over and over, the fool goes to the womb.
Over and over, he’s born and he dies
Again, “fool goes to the womb” means a being is born in the womb, not outside of it.
Consciousness before Conception
In one sermon, Buddha mentioned consciousness in a mother’s womb.
From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form.’ Thus it has been said. And this is the way to understand how from consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form. If consciousness were not to descend into the mother’s womb, would name-and-form take shape in the womb?
This sermon is difficult to understand for people who do not study Buddhism. Basically, the sermon is about the cause and effect of life in rich detail. This part says that in order for a being to come into a womb, there must be a consciousness first. Consciousness can be any living being. If a consciousness is in a human womb, the consciousness is a human being from the start.
“No Uterus, No Opinion”
By the same logic stating that women should get to choose what they do with their body, the human being inside the womb should get to choose too. Since that human being is too young to choose, women should not have the right to make a life or death decision for that being. If a being has to choose, it will choose to live. That is the basic instinct of all living beings, especially the young ones.
Hard the winning of a human birth.
Hard the life of mortals.
Hard the chance to hear the true Dhamma.
Hard the arising of Awakened Ones.
A human birth is very difficult to obtain but it is rewarding. That is because only human can learn Buddha’s teaching (Dhamma) better than any beings. Women who get abortion steal the human birth from their child.
Women should respect the rights of the human beings inside their womb to live.
Karmic Consequences from Abortion
If Buddha saw no harm in abortion, he would have not mentioned it. However, there is indeed a great karmic result in hell.
Abortion-mongers ’scape not thy dread stream, Vetarani.
Silk-cotton trees with thorns foot long of iron wrought, ’tis said,
On either bank, Vetarani, o’erhang thy gloomy bed.
All clothed in flame, one mass of fire, they stand against the sky,
And all ablaze with brilliant light tower a full league on high.
Here is my own modern English translation from the Thai Tripitaka which contain slightly different details.
Women who aborted their children step down a jagged path to a river in hell. The path is difficult to walk with sharp edges like a knife. Then, they fall into Vetarani River. There are several trees with sharp metallic spikes sixteen inches long. Their branches cover the Vetarani River on both sides, making it hard to traverse for the hellish beings (the women) who are sixteen kilometers tall. These beings are on fire constantly on their own, like a bonfire from afar.
Of course most people think there is no hell in Buddhism. On the other hand, most people do not believe in heaven and hell at all. Take it for what is worth. Buddha described several hell realms with great details. The one described here is specifically for abortion.
As the evidence from Tripitaka shows, Buddha saw abortion and murder as the same thing. Buddha taught that life begins when consciousness enters a womb. He made no distinction if abortion is early enough or too late for it to be murder. Finally, Buddha said that the karmic consequence of abortion is reincarnation in hell.
May all beings appreciate all human lives.
Reposted from Venerable Paññobhāsa’s website, at the above link.
Following are links to the most recent series of conversations between Brian Ruhe and me, conducted on 4 May ’19. This round of interviews places somewhat more emphasis on Brian’s interest in emphasizing common ground between Buddhism and National Socialism, and also in the identity of “reptilians” in Buddhism and in modern theories often associated with New Age. Plus I threw in some of my own favored emphasis on Ultimate Reality, and how we can’t understand it perceptually.
Anyway, more interviews are in the works, and will be posted when they’re ready. Enjoy.
This was previously a post of the above titled YouTube video. YouTube has since deleted Brian Ruhe’s channel. His videos with Ven. Pannobhasa can now be found here, on his BitChute channel:
As YouTube continues its war on freedom of thought and expression, more and more content creators will likely migrate to BitChute. please click on the above link, for many of Brian Ruhe’s videos with Ven. Pannobhasa. YouTube’s censorship policies will ultimately fail, as people go to other platforms, in search of freedom of speech.
The article below is from: http://www.buddhazero.com/anuruddha-sutta-characteristics-admirable-wife/ It is re-blogged here in its entirety.
Although Buddha encouraged men to pursue happiness in monastic life, he also understood that the lifestyle is not suitable for many men. For this reason, Buddha taught his lay disciples the path to happiness in family life as well. In Anuruddha Sutta, Buddha described the characteristics of a wife who contributes to the welfare and happiness of herself and her family.
This post is purely just a translation of a Buddhist sutta in English. I will refer to this sutta from another article I will write about with my own commentary.
Anuruddha Sutta, Characteristics of an Admirable Wife
At one time, the Blessed One was staying at Ghositārāma near Kosambi. Around the same time, Venerable Anuruddha went to a lodging to rest. Then, several Manapakayika angels visited Venerable Anuruddha at the lodging. They paid respect to him and stood at one side. The angels said,
“Venerable Anuruddha, we are the angels known as Manapakayika. We have the freedom and power for three things. First, whatever external appearance we desire, we can obtain the appearance immediately. Second, whatever voice we desire, we can obtain that voice immediately. Third, whatever happiness we desire, we can obtain that happiness immediately.”
“Venerable Anuruddha, we are the Manapakayika angels. We have the freedom and power in those three qualities.”
Venerable Anuruddha then said,
“May these angels have green bodies, wear green outfits with green ornaments.”
He repeated the same for different colors such as yellow, red, and white.
The angels understood Venerable Anuruddha’s intention. They turned themselves white, wore white outfits with white ornaments. One of the angels then started to sing. One danced. One clapped. The music was well performed similarly to the level of skilled musicians with the five elements of music. The sound of the angels was beautiful, intoxicating, and entertaining. The sound of the angels’ ornaments was beautiful in the same ways.
Then, Venerable Anuruddha looked down at the ground. The angels, seeing the monk’s disinterest in their performance, left the monk alone from there.
Later in the evening, Venerable Anuruddha visited the Blessed One at his place, paid respect and sat at one side. He said,
“If I may have the opportunity [to ask a queston], while I was staying in a lodging to rest, several Manapakayika angels visited me, paid respect and stood on one side.”
[Venerable Anuruddha continued to describe the event that happened earlier.]
Then Anuruddha asked,
“What qualities must women have in order for them to become friends with Manapakayika angels when these women die?”
The Blessed One said,
“Anuruddha, the women who have the eight qualities, when they die, will become friends with Manapakayika angels. What are these eight qualities?”
“Anuruddha, a woman whose mother and father want the best for her, looking for support, help, and care, are given to a man who becomes her husband. For her husband, she must wake up before him, go to bed after him, be of service to him, conduct herself to please him and speak words that are loving to him.”
“ She must honor people her husband honors. These people include husband’s mother, father or monks. She welcomes these people with seat and water when they visit.”
“ She is a skillful and diligent worker who helps her husband in his domestic works such as sewing wool or cotton. She is diligent and helps her husband’s with her skills.”
“ Of her husband’s slaves, servants or workers, she knows whose work has been done or yet to be done.”
“ She knows the health condition of these people. She knows whether the sick people are getting better or worse. She distributes foods and consumable goods to these people as necessary.”
“ Of things her husband earned such as money, rice, silver, or gold, she guards them safe. She is not a gambler, thief, or drinker. She does not waste money.”
“ She is a person who holds Buddha, Teaching of Buddha (Dhamma) and Monastic Disciple of Buddha (Sangha) as her foundation. She is a person with virtues who abstains from killing, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying and drinking intoxicating drinks that are the source of carelessness.”
“ She is a giver who is free of the impurity that is stinginess. At home, she lets go of her self-importance. With hands that are generous, happy to sacrifice, she is the person to ask from. She delights in giving.”
“Anuruddha, women with these eight qualities, when they die, will become friends of Manapakayika.”
“A wise woman does not despise her husband
Who diligently and constantly supports her,
Granting her every wish.”
“She does not displease her husband
With words of jealousy.
She honors the people her husband honors.”
“She is diligent,
supports her husband,
and conducts herself to please her husband.
She guards the money her husband earned.”
“The women who conduct themselves well,
for the contentment of their husbands in these ways,
will consequently become Manapakayika angels.
- In the Buddhist text, there are several suttas known as Anuruddha Sutta. This particular one refers to characteristics of wives that become Manapakayika angels. It is called Anuruddha Sutta because Anuruddha was the monk who asked Buddha the question. Some Buddhist text specifically refers to this sutta as Anuruddha Manapakayika Sutta to make its title unique.
- Anuruddha was a monk who developed the eyes that can see celestial beings from his meditation practice. He was able to see angels like Buddha and other prominent monks.
- The Thai source I used to make this translation is from Tripitaka91.com
- Although Buddha said there are eight characteristics, the Thai sutta actually listed a total of nine. So I combined the two very closely related characteristics into one at the number five.
- When I almost finished translating this sutta, I found another similar sutta already translated. Uggaha Sutta. Readers can also read this as well.
- Manapakayika angels probably belong to Nimmanarati heaven. In Buddhist 31 planes of existence, this is the second highest level of heaven. The angels there have the power to create objects of their desire. This fits the description of Manapakayika angels in this sutta.
The article above is from: http://www.buddhazero.com/anuruddha-sutta-characteristics-admirable-wife/ It is re-blogged here in its entirety.
The Nikaya Dhamma Society expounds Orthodox Buddhism based on the ancient Pali Nikayas. We are not Mahayana or Tibetan Buddhists. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that in the past many Tibetan Buddhists spoke out against Islam! They actually assessed it very accurately. You can read more here.
Western fake “Tibetan Buddhists,” be warned, you are about to get a good dose of the politically-incorrect TRUTH! You cannot say that we are “not Buddhists,” for criticizing Islam! You only expose your ignorance by doing so! You may be ignorant, but why advertise it to the world? It is better to keep ones mouth closed, and appear a fool, than to open it, and remove all doubt! A wise man says little, but listens much. When he chooses to speak, he only says things that he knows are true, based on reason.
Emoting is not reasoning. Please ponder this.
The article below is from: http://www.buddhazero.com/buddha-predicted-feminism/ It is re-blogged here in its entirety.
By the book, feminism sounds like a good cause to promote equality between men and women. But in reality, feminism resulted in more inequality than equality because women and men are never equal in the first place. Even more than two thousand years ago when women were mostly subservient to men, Buddha saw feminism today. He predicted that women will control men when men lose their judgement and self-respect. With the way the society treat men today, this prediction is very true.
Buddha said this from Mahasupina Jataka (The Great Dreams),
This dream too will not have its fulfillment until those future days of which I have already spoken, when the world is declining. At that time men’s passions will be so strong that husbands will be thoroughly infatuated with their childish wives. Men will lose all judgment and self-respect. Being completely smitten, they will place their infantile wives in charge of everything — servants, livestock, granaries, gold and silver, everything in the house. Should the over-fond husband presume to ask for some money, or for a favorite robe, he will be told to mind his own business, and not to be so inquisitive about property in her house. These abusive young wives will exercise their power over their husbands as if the men were slaves.
Let’s break this down and examine the words of the past with the reality of today.
This dream too will not have its fulfillment until those future days of which I have already spoken, when the world is declining.
First, let’s understand the context. Buddha mentioned the dream because the king of Kosala asked Buddha about the several bad dreams he had. For this dream, he saw little frogs chasing and eating huge snakes. According to Buddha’s interpretation, the frogs represent women while the snakes represent men. The part “when the world is declining” is important to note. Women have power over men is one of many signs to notice when our world is in decline.
Passion for Women
At that time men’s passions will be so strong that husbands will be thoroughly infatuated with their childish wives.
Men do stupid things for women. But never in our history, men put women on a pedestal so high that it stinks to high heaven. Men lost their self-respect through passion. For example, when a man asks a woman to marriage these days, he gets down on one of his knees and presents the woman a ring that supposedly worth three months of his income. Since women usually marry up on the social ladder, there is really no logical reason for men with higher social status to lower themselves to women with lower status. This gesture is both illogical and humiliating for men.
Instead, women should lower themselves when men ask them to marriage. Men take many risks going into marriage with little to gain. Women should be respectful for the men who still dare (or are stupid enough) to believe in them.
Also, society today does not allow men to have self-respect, especially with anything that involves women. For example, should a woman assault a man physically, the man cannot fight back. If he uses violence to defend himself, regardless of what he says in court, the judge will probably side with the woman. And if the man does not use violence to defend himself, people watching nearby will laugh at him.
The media obviously played a major role in shaping our society this way. Look at this AT&T commercial, for example. It portrays the husband as a financially irresponsible person who lost a good sum of money in Vegas while his wife is at home cooking. Men are bad and women are good, according to our media. But in reality, women are less financially responsible than men, especially when it comes to women’s credit card debt.
Men will lose all judgment and self-respect.
Today, men with good judgement will not marry. Marriage is no longer a prerequisite for living in the same house and having sex. But the ones who are without judgement still do not know of the danger of marriage. Not only these men must kneel to ask for marriage, they must be stupid to accept the financial risks of divorce that could cost them for the rest of their lives, if not their lives. Divorce lawyers and judges are notoriously corrupt to favor women since they have more to gain when men lose. There’s a book about this.
Johnny Depp’s recent divorce with Amber Heard cost him seven million dollars for 15 months of marriage. Heard tried but failed to get $50,000 a month in alimony. Seven million dollar is probably not a lot for Depp, but it shows that even the cunning Captain Jack can be fooled by a woman much younger than him. There is even more troubling news though. A recent report from TMZ suggests that Heard is now spending a lot of time with Elon Musk. It seems that men can have either good judgement or women, but not both.
Women in Charge
Being completely smitten, they will place their infantile wives in charge of everything — servants, livestock, granaries, gold and silver, everything in the house. Should the over-fond husband presume to ask for some money, or for a favorite robe, he will be told to mind his own business, and not to be so inquisitive about property in her house.
Many men usually have expensive hobbies. I see their complaints in online forums all the time about how they must ask their wives for permission to buy new toys. I was not sure at first how that is a problem. In most families, husbands bring in more money than their wives. Reasonably, they should have more control of the money even if the spending is for their own enjoyment.
Men are often relegated to the dirtiest part of the house — the garage, the attic, or the basement. The wife and kids occupy the main living space. Men may say they like it down there, but I have noticed, the minute the wife or kids are gone, they often go back upstairs. We have a decline of male space in our society these days and our houses reflect that.
These abusive young wives will exercise their power over their husbands as if the men were slaves.
Through passion, women enslaved men. Today, this slavery goes as far as a feminist claiming that husbands who do not allow their wives to cheat are sexists. That’s an extreme case.
The more common case is staying home wives and working husbands. In the past, wives had to actually work at home and raise children. Today, we have appliances for almost all traditional housework and public schools for children. Wives do very little actual work in the house. It’s the husbands who spent all the time working and providing for their family like slaves.
For unmarried women, there are of course the female privileges in the society. For example, they can get guys to fix anything for free. They don’t even have to be young and attractive to claim this privilege. A 47-year-old woman from New York City uses Tinder to find men to work for her for free.
What We Can Do
The sad (or perhaps happy) part of this problem is that no one can really do anything to fix it. In Buddha’s prediction, he said that the world will get much worse from this point. As pessimistic as I may sound, I believe that he is absolutely right.
However, on the individual level, everyone can all learn from this and improve their own lives. Women need to stop being selfish about equality that never exist in the first place. They must accept that men and women can never equal. Some women are greater than some men. But most men are greater than most women. Nobody is equal because no one is exactly the same in every way.
Men must start believing in themselves more. They must never put women on pedestals and become their servants. There are many things in life that bring more happiness than vaginas. The men who obtain their happiness solely from women is bound to be disappointed often. Women’s minds change constantly. Men should diversify their source of happiness so that if one should fail, they have backups to keep them happy.
Men have really lost self-respect and enslaved themselves to women by their own foolish desires for women. This consequently gave women the powers to walk over men without getting punished. When women come into power, this is how society begins to fall apart.
The article above is from: http://www.buddhazero.com/buddha-predicted-feminism/ It is re-blogged here in its entirety.
We would also like to recommend the article Anuruddha Sutta, Characteristics of an Admirable Wife, by the same author.