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by robertk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?
Replies: 55
Views: 747

Re: Which Senior Theravada monks should ideally discuss and explore with each other over which topics?

And maybe more monks would actually attain enlightenment (the "converging," the "ending" in the "game" of Dhamma Vinaya), in no long time, if they acted more like beggars, rather than high-and-mighty Confucian feudal lords. http://www.abhidhamma.org/CommentaryNidana.htm Regarding "the only way" the...
by robertk
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Mate, I've got $1000': Aussie man hires a chopper in frantic search to find son
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Mate, I've got $1000': Aussie man hires a chopper in frantic search to find son

https://i.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/100648218/mate-ive-got-1000-aussie-man-hires-a-chopper-in-frantic-search-to-find-son Australian man Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early Monday morning and his 17-year-old son Samuel was missing. It had been almost 24 hours since anyone had heard from hi...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 623

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

You mean you can't find a sutta teaching for or against killing an intestinal worm, including also in the Vinaya? So you are claiming Ajahn Chah (who was suspected an arahant) committed an offense below, similar to arranging an abortion for a feminist groupie You ask Dw to give a Sutta quote, yet y...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: How non-conceptual is "non-conceptual" vipassana, really?

translation by nina van gorkom of a talk by Sujin Boriharnwanaket Bgk 2008, K.K. April 8.(no 3) Not words, but characteristics. Acharn: In the beginning some people are learning names, naama and ruupa, and then they start looking for them. They do not realize that they do not have to do anything, th...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Greetings Robert, Are the suttas actually saying this is the case though, or just "the ancients"? Because if being a " monk in Sri Lanka " is regarded as no particular grounds for authority, then I wonder how (other than playing favourites) why the weight of authority attributable on that basis is ...
by robertk
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Thanks.
The ancient monks, the ones who recited and preserved the texts so they still remain till now, were truly a field for merit.
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

It is a pity that monk didn't consult the Buddhist Dictionary by Nyanatiloka. He would have learned that in only certain contexts nama excludes vinnana. https://www.budsas.org/ebud/bud-dict/dic_idx.htm nāma: (lit. 'name'): 'mind', mentality. This term is generally used as a collective name for the 4...
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

A contemporary monk in Sri Lanka thinks that he knows more than the ancients. His ideas carry no weight with me I am afraid.
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: How do I start out in the Theravada tradition?

The first step should be to get a foundation in the theory.
An easy read is Abhidhammatthasangaha
see here: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/abhidhamma.pdf
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 623

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

THE MINOR READINGS (KHUDDAKATÄTHA) translated by NÄNAMOLI Herein, the * four states of deprivation ' are the hells, animals, the ghost realm and the body of Asuras (demons). The meaning is that even if he takes seven existences, he is nevertheless immune from [rebirth among] them. Having thus shown ...
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:41 am
most of what is said by ven buddhaghosa
And how is what most of what Buddhaghosa said "clearly unreliable"?
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 623

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

contrary to what i said earlier, perkele, this thread held my attention. i counter you with sarakāni sutta: [At Kapilavasthu] Now at that time Sarakaani the Sakyan, who had died, was proclaimed by the Blessed One to be a Stream-Winner, not subject to rebirth in states of woe, assured of enlightenme...
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Diversity among mods
Replies: 91
Views: 1345

Re: Diversity among mods

I actually think it is overwhelmingly a very good thing to have old and experienced moderators
Hey, less of the "OLD" :tongue:
by robertk
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2509

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:38 am
theravāda in one sense is sloppy because the commentaries are conflated with the suttas. and some of them are clearly not reliable
And which ones are these?
by robertk
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 62777

Re: How common is stream entry?

Yes. In the case of the dry insight worker it will always be the first jhāna. For others it may be any of the five rūpa jhānas just to note that although the lokuttara jhana has a force equivalent to the first jhana it is not the mundane first jhana. It is simply a momentary flash where all eight f...
by robertk
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Inspiring Words
Replies: 105
Views: 6139

Re: Inspiring Words

"I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot." R. Lee Ermey, actor.

best line in a movie:
Full Metal Jacket, : "Sound off like you got a pair!