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by Aloka
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs
Replies: 8
Views: 177

Re: "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szazs

Szasz' summarizes as follows Do you have a link to the source of the quote and the date it was written, please _anicca_ ? edit Ah, I've found it - and the essay was written in 1960: http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Szasz/myth.htm and according to Wikipedia, the author was born in 1920 & died in 20...
by Aloka
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

. I came across this PDF book "Nagarjuna in Context" by Joseph Walser and thought I'd add it to the thread as I don't have time to do any extra reading at the moment. From the introduction: The traditional focus of Nágárjuna studies here shifts from viewing him as a philosopher to viewing ...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant with greed and aversion
Replies: 8
Views: 149

Re: Arahant with greed and aversion

Dear friends Could you give me the sutta refference that says the from time to time the arahant changes his perception to balance his greed/aversion, he changes it to perceive the beutifull in the ugly eg Maybe you should ask Daniel Ingram at his Dharma Overground forum, dhammarelax. He claims to b...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?
Replies: 18
Views: 308

Re: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?

So I think the biggest blindspot is not actually practicing, just reading suttas and books on the Dhamma. As well as, in my case, spending too long staring at a screen and reading/joining in what are sometimes pointless discussions, instead of getting on with everyday practice in the non-internet w...
by Aloka
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 20
Views: 162

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

Another link in connection with ministering to the terminally ill:

"Notes on a Theravada Approach to Spiritual Care to the Dying and the Dead."

http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/articles/CareOfDyingAndDead.pdf



:anjali:
by Aloka
Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Returning to emptiness again, in the book "The Island" by Ajahn Amaro & Ajahn Pasanno, it says on page 197: In the Pali scriptures ‘suñña’ simply means ‘empty.’ It describes the quality of absence – an absence contained within a particular defining form, rather than some kind of absolu...
by Aloka
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

There are two Indian Nagarjunas famous in Tibet. One is the philosopher; one is the Tantric practioner and probable alchemist/magician. I never heard that taught when I was involved with Tibetan Buddhism myself. It wasn't until later that I read that some of the works said to be by Nagarjuna were p...
by Aloka
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Some Tibetans believe, though not all by any stretch, that Nágárjuna is an either pseudo-immortal or long-lived alchemist.... Yes, Nagarajuna is often known in Tibetan Buddhism as the "Second Buddha" . http://www.thezensite.com/ZenEssays/Nagarjuna/SecondBuddha_Nagarjuna_Loy.html - and jus...
by Aloka
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

' Another sutta about emptiness: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta: Foam On one occasion the Blessed One was staying among the Ayojjhans on the banks of the Ganges River. There he addressed the monks: "Monks, suppose that a large glob of foam were floating down this Ganges River, and a man with good eyesigh...
by Aloka
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravāda & World-Systems
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Theravāda & World-Systems

. From Ajahn Amaro: The world, or loka, means the world of our experience. That’s how the Buddha almost always uses the term “the world.” He’s referring to the world as we experience it. This includes only sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought, emotion and feeling. That’s it. That’s what “the w...
by Aloka
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Creator in Buddhism
Replies: 95
Views: 779

Re: No Creator in Buddhism

CecilN wrote:
Aloka wrote:I'm finding that these unseemly remarks about a highly respected teacher such as the late Ajahn Buddhadasa ..

The old monk is certainly deceased. Please stop appealing to authority. Thanks



My post wasn't addressed to you, Cecil/Element, so back off, thanks


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by Aloka
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Creator in Buddhism
Replies: 95
Views: 779

Re: No Creator in Buddhism

This is Ven Buddhadasa's particular view, Buddhadasa views have just been refuted. And it is good that I've learned how to refute him in case I have to deal with fans of Buddhadasa in the future: I'm finding that these unseemly remarks about a highly respected teacher such as the late Ajahn Buddhad...
by Aloka
Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Creator in Buddhism
Replies: 95
Views: 779

Re: No Creator in Buddhism

. This link might help: http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/tp/The-Five-Niyamas.htm Ajahn Amaro describes the Five Niyamas in section 3 "What Laws Govern the Universe?"(p.22) of his little book "Who is Pulling the Strings?" which is definately worth reading. http:...
by Aloka
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

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by Aloka
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Ven Buddhadasa gives an explanation that is focused and related to practice in the here-and-now in this life and it is particularly open and inviting to modern scientific peoples who would have otherwise not been open to any Dhamma at all. To see what the Buddha said about practice in the here and ...
by Aloka
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

Sure, you can use the idea of deva realms, etc. as psychological states as a pedagogical tool in the context of speaking at the Buddhadasa Archives. But that's not how they're used in the suttas. Nor, AFAIK, by any Theravada commentators up until Ven. Buddhadasa. Have you checked "loka" i...
by Aloka
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

. The two applications of the teaching can exist side-by-side without contradiction or incoherency. You might also like to read Ajahn Sumedho's views about rebirth in his book "Direct Realisation" in the section " An Interview with John Baxter" under the heading " Death and...
by Aloka
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

The word 'loka' generally refers to the human & godly (social) worlds. These are the worlds of 'self-identity' & dukkha (rather than the world as the planet Earth). For the benefit of those just tuning in, this is CecilN's very peculiar view, not the Theravada view. Its not just CecilN's vi...
by Aloka
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna
Replies: 230
Views: 1987

Re: Theravāda & Nāgārjuna

I wonder why Garfield didn't want to call samsara samsara if he is content to call Nirvana Nirvana? It says samsara in the Sanskrit. :shrug: I've no idea. I have a commentary called " The Sun of Wisdom" by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyampso and his translation is " samsara". I can't quote ...

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