Classical Theravada Theology

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Classical Theravada Theology

Postby nathan » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:18 am

How does classical Theravada structure it's thinking about divinities and divine realms? What are the correct attitudes for a disciple to adopt towards these kinds of beings and realms? Does this thinking qualify it as a theology or not?
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Re: Classical Theravada Theology

Postby Dhammanando » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:32 am

Hi Nathan,

nathan wrote:What are the correct attitudes for a disciple to adopt towards these kinds of beings and realms?


I haven't time to write anything now, but the Buddha's teaching on the three adhipateyyas (self, world and the Dhamma) is a good place to start:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an03/an03.040.than.html

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Re: Classical Theravada Theology

Postby nathan » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:23 pm

Another good introductory essay is:
Buddhism and the God-idea by Nyanaponika Thera
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... didea.html

Is there a Theravada Abhidhamma version of this kind of T'ien T'ai chart?
The Realm of Heaven - A Map
http://www.tientai.net/teachings/dharma ... venmap.htm
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Re: Classical Theravada Theology

Postby kc2dpt » Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:22 pm

- Peter

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