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by Caodemarte
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My Guru, Your Guru
Replies: 9
Views: 126

Re: My Guru, Your Guru

I would suggest you find a Theravada or other Buddhist center or, better, several places, near you on http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ or similar directory. Then visit and see if their words or practice speak to you. Everyone is welcome; no one is pursued. Good luck!
by Caodemarte
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Why i can not move to the second jhana from the first jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 1170

Re: Why i can not move to the second jhana from the first jhana?

The meditation object is the breathing, as i wrote before. First jhana is i focus on the breath, thoughts comes and goes, but thoughts does not distract my mind. I feel joy. Second jhana is thoughts disappear and i focus on the breath without thougts, and i feel joy. I would think this might be des...
by Caodemarte
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Wat Dhammakaya
Replies: 842
Views: 88064

Re: Wat Dhammakaya

More importantly perhaps, if he was to face the charges against him and even if found guilty I have been wondering what would be the implications for Dhammakaya as a whole? There are those, my wife included, who believes the Thai junta is out to completely destroy Buddhism in Thailand and somehow c...
by Caodemarte
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I am literally on the 8th jhana right now (sarcasm)
Replies: 9
Views: 299

Re: I am literally on the 8th jhana right now (sarcasm)

I hope they are enlightened but if it is obvious that they are under delusion i would try to point out the contradictions but as it seemingly is they get very stubborn and pseudo attainment produces very real attachment and ignorance. If that person wants to teach you, maybe a simple smile and then...
by Caodemarte
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The āgamāḥ and problems of the Dhamma-in-translation
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: The āgamāḥ and problems of the Dhamma-in-translation

This process, over time, changed the meaning of Taoist terms which became "Buddhified." Which Daoist term became "Buddhafield"? I am legitimately curious. Buddhafied is a neologism (sorry). It is not Buddha- field , which is a real word. Fairly inchoate Taoist and other Chinese ...
by Caodemarte
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The āgamāḥ and problems of the Dhamma-in-translation
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: The āgamāḥ and problems of the Dhamma-in-translation

On a side note I wonder if Robinson's Early Madhyamika In India And China is not very relevant in this context. An oldie and a goodie on the whole process of Buddhist translations of Indian texts into Chinese. One of his points is that the Chinese translations and the use of "matching concepts&...
by Caodemarte
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

I answered your question ad given citations and links (when available) directly below the quoted material. I am sure you can find others. Evidently you can't substantiate your statement. Well, then thank you for another great example of a myth: Theravada histories and claims are that it derived fro...
by Caodemarte
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

you might have studied this more than me. I have only read the book (a few times), and didn't take particular note of his bio. What I had thought is he narrated it to someone - who wrote it down... . Yes, allegedly he told these aphorisms and stories to his aide at the hermitage with him. This aide...
by Caodemarte
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

] ...If I may ask, where have you found here the Theravadan claim that it derived from a sect that broke away from a sect that broke away from this faction? There's no such claim, - just another sentence, based on unknown source. I answered your question ad given citations and links (when available...
by Caodemarte
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

Hagakure was apparently not written by a monk. Hagakure (Kyūjitai: 葉隱; Shinjitai: 葉隠; meaning Hidden by the Leaves or hidden leaves),or Hagakure Kikigaki (葉隠聞書?) is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the clerk Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retaine...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

Hagakure was apparently not written by a monk. Hagakure (Kyūjitai: 葉隱; Shinjitai: 葉隠; meaning Hidden by the Leaves or hidden leaves),or Hagakure Kikigaki (葉隠聞書?) is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the clerk Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retainer...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: General meditation-related issues
Topic: Posture Cultivation
Replies: 14
Views: 243

Re: Posture Cultivation

When I was much younger I did some martial arts and got flexible through that. I also bought and used a leg stretching machine which I found helpful for lotus as well. They can be purchased from a martial arts supplier. Once you can get to 170 - 180 degrees, it should be fairly easy to get to full ...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

Theravada histories and claims are that it derived from a sect that broke away from a sect that broke away from this faction (or "dissolved into" rather than "break away") Why do you think so? ‘Some sub-divisions of Sthavira school which adopted this approach were regrouped and ...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Japanese Buddhism And Killing
Replies: 21
Views: 453

Re: Japanese Buddhism And Killing

Samurai, feudal warriors or soldiers for hire, did not usually take precepts unless they took lay precepts. Some were lay Buddhists; some were not. As to why Japanese Buddhists engage in warefe, captial punishment, etc. it is with the same justifications that Thai, Sri Lankan, or other Buddhists use...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

AFAIK, it is not generally claimed that these " Sthavira" were quite different from what we now know as Theravada, but merely not the same Well, I'm not the same as I was yesterday. Yet the name remains the same. And Indian scholars of 8th-12th centuries described "Arya Sthavira Nika...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

.... Similarly, the Pali of the canon was so standardized, homogenized, and "reformed" by the grammarians and commentators of Sri Lanka that it cannot be said to be pre-"reformed" Pali, but can be said to be derived from it. Why do you think so? As previouly discussed in an earl...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

As you can see from the Dipavamsa quote...uses the name Theravada to describe the sect, - not the Buddhists on the island. Dmytro's Buddhist-H links lead to a great discussion of the modern adoption of the the name "Theravada" in SE Asia. Just a note that Dipavamsa is almost universally r...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

“He who sees me sees the Dharma; he who sees the Dharma sees me.” Thus arose an understanding that the Truth Body was different to the world of appearances as it appears on The Wheel of Life. This is not to say that it literally lay ‘beyond’ this world rather it was unrealised. What we see is the m...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

...Although, what is the sect you follow? What is the reason you do so? If you are interested, I try to follow or realize Buddhism. I practice with a Rinzai Zen group on retreats and also sit with a group in a mixed Soto/Rinzai tradition. I do so because Zen really speaks to me, possibly because Ri...
by Caodemarte
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 647

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

The Mahāsāṃghika takes the above quote literally . The Sthaviravada wants to understand it figuratively . Both wants to "see" the Dhamma. Although the method of discovery differs.....So the Mahayanist/Mahāsāṃghika puts a heavy emphasis on the recollection of the Buddha by his physical att...

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