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by robertk
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be superstitious in buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 165

Re: can you be superstitious in buddhism

Talking about Peta (phi (ผี) in Thai), my university, back when I lived in Bangkok, decided to have a end of year get away at an upcountry resort. So I found out they booked me in a hut as a shared room. I told them I would pay the extra to have the room to myself. All sorts of reasons appeared as t...
by robertk
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be superstitious in buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 165

Re: can you be superstitious in buddhism

It would be hard to find, en masse, a more superstitious group than Thai people, so sure you can be rabidly superstitious, and still buddhist.
by robertk
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 20
Views: 220

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

The kilesa have three levels : Anusaya, latent; pariyutthana, arising but only at the level of thinking and finally vitikakama-kilesa which is the level of akusala kammapatha- the most serious level. Usually young children and animals wouldn't have the last level, but they certainly have the anusaya...
by robertk
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: MN 43: What is meaning by "his faculties are exceptionally clear"?
Replies: 25
Views: 430

Re: MN 43: What is meaning by "his faculties are exceptionally clear"?

... The quotes above only say the Dhamma is difficult for those delighting in lustfulness. :pig: According to the sutta the Buddha also said that : "This Dhamma that I have attained is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, to-be-experienced b...
by robertk
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nature and the Environment in Early Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Nature and the Environment in Early Buddhism

What I like about it most of all is that it reminds me how real everything was that we read about in the canon
:anjali:
by robertk
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Should I even be meditating yet?
Replies: 17
Views: 417

Re: Should I even be meditating yet?

if there are moments of understanding the present moment now , then you are already " meditating" in the Buddhist sense. And if you decide to go and sit in a quiet place and focus on what you think is breath or some other object, then likely that will increase lobha and ditthi and reinforce the tend...
by robertk
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: What is the Vipaka of Samatha meditation?
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: What is the Vipaka of Samatha meditation?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:21 am
appanā-samādhi,
Thank you Bhante.
I think you meant at least first Jhana.
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The Thirty-one Planes of Existence

https://accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html
Appana-samadhi includes the first jhana.
by robertk
Thu May 31, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1179

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

There is another article here - Purging the Thai Sangha http://www.newmandala.org/ncpos-purge-thai-sangha/ Is this correct? King Asoka of Maurya India set an example when he tried and executed monks who failed to satisfy his standard of Buddhist knowledge and behaviour of course it is not true. Wha...
by robertk
Tue May 29, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?
Replies: 48
Views: 584

Re: Can I apply Anatta to inanimate objects?

Wanting to kill a human is obviously not a great mind state to have. Killing a robot even if you believed it to be a human is not possible as a robot is not a living being. So I don't see how it could be considered to be breaking the precept (to the letter). I didn't think trees are considered as l...
by robertk
Tue May 29, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Compassion for Women
Replies: 111
Views: 1637

Re: Compassion for Women

@binocular It IS important to address problems in the third world not because it is a distraction or because of any contrived status you gain from it, but because it is the right thing to do . So you're God Almighty and you're the Absolute Arbiter of Morality? I think it’s strange to talk about how...
by robertk
Tue May 29, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 815

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

If I do that, I will cut myself off from Buddhism altogether, and earn myself the contempt of many (more). https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1-6.vaji.html "Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your isl...
by robertk
Tue May 29, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 75
Views: 815

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

You might want instead to take responsibility for your own learning and practice. If I do that, I will cut myself off from Buddhism altogether, and earn myself the contempt of many (more). https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1-6.vaji.html "Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves...
by robertk
Mon May 28, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heinous kamma?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Heinous kamma?

There are five anantariyakamma: patricide, matricide, the killing of an Arahant, the wounding of a Buddha, and creating a schism in the Sangha. You are referring to the last one but it cannot happen that a laypetson can cause a schism, as I said earlier, it takes foolish monks to do that - and of co...
by robertk
Sun May 27, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Heinous kamma?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Heinous kamma?

I This is not schism but can this be considered grave kamma? It would all depend on what was said and why, the rightness or wrongness of what you said, and the relative "merit" of the monks. in this day and age it is not so easy to find virtuous monks who really understand Dhamma and Vinaya- althou...
by robertk
Sun May 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma and Abortion
Replies: 63
Views: 1958

Re: Dhamma and Abortion

DooDoot wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 9:41 am
Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 3:55 am
consciousness descends into the womb at conception
Can you refute this monk? I would like to hear a debate between this monk & you. :popcorn:



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