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by robertk
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 52
Views: 484

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

I like the viriya of the dedicated group: so we can be appreciative of that.

:anjali:
by robertk
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Linguistics Reason: Ananda Memorized Sutta For The Other, But Sariputta Memorized Abhidhamma That Buddha Directly Taught
Replies: 22
Views: 1251

Re: Linguistics Reason: Ananda Memorized Sutta For The Other, But Sariputta Memorized Abhidhamma That Buddha Directly Ta

salayatananirodha wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:42 am
Why was abhidhamma not recited at the first council then? :thinking:
it was indeed recited at the first council.
by robertk
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 396

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

Re Omniscience from scott http://groups.yahoo....p/message/72473 Tika to Visuddhimagga, VII,note 7. "'Is not unobstructed knowledge (anaavara.na-~naana) different from omniscient knowledge (sabba~n~na-~naana)? Otherwise the words, 'Six kinds of knowledge unshared [by disciples]' (Ps.i.3) would be co...
by robertk
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Evolution, Big Bang
Replies: 41
Views: 396

Re: Evolution, Big Bang

This is an old reply to an academic Dear Dighanaka, I reply to your post about why you think we should look to academics, rather than the Theravada tradition, to find the truth about aspects of what the Buddha taught. Dighanaka QUOTE I should prefer to limit it to modern academic scholars with exper...
by robertk
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: insight requires access concentration?
Replies: 4
Views: 285

insight requires access concentration?

As several of us have said "dry" is somewhat confusing characterisation of such practices, since insight requires, according to the commentaries, to develop the jhana factors to access-concentration level. And that is what such practices aim for. That would imply that it is partly a samatha practic...
by robertk
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be superstitious in buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 322

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: 18
Views: 322

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: 35
Views: 530

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: 444

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: 72

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: 435

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: 355

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: 1222

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: 609

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: 1664

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...