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by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 66
Views: 7093

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

As I understand it, arahants have developed sila-samadhi-panna to the point where there is no need to do anything further; they are liberated. However, that doesn't mean that they couldn't further develop themselves if they chose to do so, e.g. develop samadhi so as to attain supernormal powers, the...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 66
Views: 7093

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

i think a practitioner nowdays is best to dismiss both sides of the argument as views until his personal attainment of Phala. This is my position as well. Regardless of whatever argument is true, what is important is the development of sila-samadhi-panna. And this applies to everybody but arahants,...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Brahma worship in Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Re: Brahma worship in Buddhism

Thanks. Here is the wikipedia page; it is short enough to copy with some minor editing. Phra Phrom (Thai: พระพรหม; from Sanskrit: Para Brahma) is the Thai representation of the deva Brahma,[1] honoured in Thai Hindu traditions. Phra Phrom is also worshipped in Chinese folk religion as the Four-Faced...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Brahma worship in Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Re: Brahma worship in Buddhism

Hi Thomas,

Would you mind providing a reference or two for this practice in the Thai Buddhist tradition? It's not a practice I'm aware of.

Thanks.
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

Both suttas I quoted are from the Buddha. Both suttas you quoted are merely words from a book or internet page & are contrary to Buddhist liberation. They are contrary to Buddhist liberation as you have come to understand it. They are not contrary to Buddhist liberation as I have come to unders...
by Mkoll
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

The doctrine of kamma is a moral doctrine polluted by egoism & attachment ; and is to be ended by noble practitioners. As the second sutta I quoted showed, even the noble disciple is instructed to often to reflect upon kamma and this reflection can even generate the path and lead to arahantship...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?
Replies: 18
Views: 295

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. This seems like a prevalent problem. One must put into practice what one has read. The pericope below is found in many places in the suttas. Whatever should be done, bhikkhus, by a compassionat...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant with greed and aversion
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Arahant with greed and aversion

The pericope that santa100 posted is the only one that deals with such a theme, AFAIK. As others have said, the suttas make it clear repeatedly that an arahant has extirpated greed and aversion. "And what do you think, householder: those whose passion is abandoned, its root destroyed, made like...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

the doctrine of kamma is a moral doctrine polluted by egoism & attachment Rejection of the doctrine of kamma is part of wrong view. The doctrine of kamma is part of right view. “And how is one made impure in three ways by mental action? There is the case where a certain person is covetous. He c...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

Can you be more specific, even just a bit? I don't see a way to answer your question without more details. If it's too personal and you feel uncomfortable talking about it on the internet like this, I understand. Nothing specific. It can be x discomfort today and y discomfort tomorrow. You are medi...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump in trouble?
Replies: 43
Views: 693

Re: Trump in trouble?

It goes to show where harsh and slanderous speech can lead to. Are you saying that Trump's victory is down to his detractors? I'm saying that Trump's decision to run for the highest and most powerful position in the land, probably the world, was partly due to people making fun of him. Now that he's...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

Can you be more specific, even just a bit? I don't see a way to answer your question without more details. If it's too personal and you feel uncomfortable talking about it on the internet like this, I understand.
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?
Replies: 18
Views: 295

Re: Most common blindspot of buddhist practitioners ?

I put down 'other' as I think the biggest problem most practitioners have is laziness. It's so easy for us to allow ourselves to become complacent in our practice thinking we keep the precepts, are nice to people, we have read some of the Buddha's teachings, and we meditate regularly, and fail to a...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Attitude towards body discomfort
Replies: 19
Views: 132

Re: Attitude towards body discomfort

a) The Buddhist path is the Middle Way between sensual indulgence and self-mortification. If there as injury or sickness that requires attention, it should be taken care of. If you have a specific example, I could probably give a better answer. b) A cornerstone doctrine of Buddhism is kamma, which b...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump in trouble?
Replies: 43
Views: 693

Re: Trump in trouble?

Maher is very funny, but it's unfortunate that he can be so mean to people. I understand that a lot of it is for comedy, but he often goes too far. I agree that people making fun of Trump probably played a role in why he ran for president. The infamous White House Correspondents' Dinner probably rea...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Sutta help (finding certain texts)
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Sutta help (finding certain texts)

There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly yes, no, this, that]. There are questions that should be answered with an analytical (qualified) answer [defining or redefining the terms]. There are questions ...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dhamma Wheel meetings
Replies: 85
Views: 22009

Re: Dhamma Wheel meetings

Looks like a beautiful place, great for practice.
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

Can you provide the reference for "5 days of discourses"? This: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/mendis/wheel268.html Though I do not know from where the author got the idea. I assume either from the Canon either from the commentaries. I read your link and didn't see anything ab...
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

Twilight wrote:@Good for him. But most of us here are neither Einsteins in terms of intelligence neither hardcore ascetics in terms of paramita development. The 5 ascetic friends of the Buddha took 5 days of discourses to get it.

Can you provide the reference for "5 days of discourses"?
by Mkoll
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and contemplating higher teachings] (explained) -
Replies: 144
Views: 1170

Re: Mahashi [and other Satipatthana/Samadhi development methods] vs sutta [and listening to discourses] (explained) -

What you think of as "magical kamma booming" I don't think of as magical at all. It's simply the fruition of past kamma. To speculate on the precise mechanisms of particular kamma-vipakas isn't fruitful. And this kamma booming happens while respecting laws of physics. For example the pers...

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