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by Caodemarte
Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Tip of the nose
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Tip of the nose

Attention is the key point, not where you put the attention. Breath is often used, especially for beginners, because it is handy, easily seen as empty, not usually an emotional issue, and other reasons. If you think it too lowly , try to reach Nibbana without breathing!
by Caodemarte
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Independent historical evidence of Buddha existence
Replies: 15
Views: 350

Re: Independent historical evidence of Buddha existence

There seems to be little question to dispute the existence of the historical Buddha (dates, details, are a different matter), but why is this important? Granted, it would be very interesting, but interesting in the same sense as learning that Marlowe wrote Shakespeare (or Shakespeare’s works were no...
by Caodemarte
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 873

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

...... Buddhism cannot tell you what political views are correct. It does teach that intention is what matters. If you support kindness to all, wish to help all , reflect compassion and non-hatred, AND ACTUALLY DO then you are on the right track. If the opposite, well, that is the wrong track. Wish...
by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Political Views and Buddhist Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 873

Re: Political Views and Buddhist Practice

Buddhism cannot tell you what political views are correct. It does teach that intention is what matters. If you support kindness to all, wish to help all, reflect compassion and non-hatred, AND ACTUALLY DO then you are on the right track. If the opposite, well, that is the wrong track. So avoid ange...
by Caodemarte
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddha's wife (wives)?
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

The absence of a wife or child is striking. Without the claims of later tradition, we would assume the Buddha had left home as an unmarried youth. :buddha1: Just as some people wanted the Buddha to have had a wife or wives and a son (and then assumed that he must have had) some people (including my...
by Caodemarte
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Books
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Re: Books

Dorian wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:25 pm
Is it allowed to put Buddha image onto Dhamma books? I've read that in Mahayana schools it is considered to be unwholesome, and if so in Theravada, what are the reasons?
Depends on local customs.
by Caodemarte
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddha's wife (wives)?
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: Buddha's wife (wives)?

Not that this historical speculation has direct reference to teachings and practice, but Buddha’s wife and son only appear after Buddha is criticized for not having a son and wife (as being unmanly). The latter wives appear as Buddhism expands into areas where this is particularly important (similar...
by Caodemarte
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

In Judaism, it is difficult to separate "tribe" from "religion" from purported "race". Actually, Trump just confirmed this. :D It may be off topic for this forum, so I posted about it over at DWE: https://dharmawheel.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=4900 To bring this back to topic, it has been claimed her...
by Caodemarte
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

Does anyone know of any canonical reference where arahants would be said to try to cure disease, cure the infirmities of old age, prevent famine, fight forest fires and other natural disasters, etc.? I don't recall any. Me either. An arahant could come from just about any occupation, but once he's ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

dylanj wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:43 am
... arahants would never take up any sort of profession, other than monasticism.
:offtopic: here, but you might want to open a new topic on this. :anjali:
by Caodemarte
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

… Classical Theravada does not deny that firefighters could become enlightened..... if a monk's hut or some part of the area where he was living caught on fire it would be acceptable for him to extinguish it with water. That is how I read Classical Theravada on this point as well. More importantly,...
by Caodemarte
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

.....The Vinaya reports that one arahant, Ven. Moggallāna, had a couple of interesting plans for dealing with the famine in Verañjā, but the Buddha vetoed them both... And many such amateur plans have been vetoed. Classical Theravada seems clear that those in a position to do so, for example rulers...
by Caodemarte
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is classical Theravada mostly proven false by Nagarjuna?
Replies: 61
Views: 1842

Re: Is classical Theravada mostly proven false by Nagarjuna?

Greetings Zan, I would recommend reading "The Heretic Sage"... a short series of interviews with ven. Nanananda. Thanks! At a cursory glance it seems like the Venerable in the article agrees with Nagarjuna? Am I reading it wrong? I'll be wary of what I say, mindful of the section we're in, but the ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

Whereas some contemplatives & brahmans, living off food given in faith, maintain themselves by wrong livelihood, by such "animal" arts as [forecasting]: there will be abundant rain; there will be a drought; there will be plenty; there will be famine ; there will be rest and security; there will be ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?
Replies: 39
Views: 1226

Re: Canonical reference that arahants were/are doctors, firefighters, politicians, etc.?

Greetings Caodemarte, I would encourage you and everyone else to read and study [the suttas]. Yes, I have done so. Wow. :alien: :alien: :alien: If the Classical Theravada perspective if triggering to you, you may wish to review your participation in this section. The Abhidhamma and Classical Therav...