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by lostitude
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

I am saying that 'wearisome' is the word I have read in the English sutta dealing with his initial unwillingness to teach. Well I don’t know what the pali word was, but if the idea is that the Buddha found it annoying, to me there is a bit of a problem. Are we talking about the same Buddha who exto...
by lostitude
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

Even Gotama considered teaching to be wearisome. Weariness is a form of suffering. Are you saying the Buddha was not free from suffering? I am saying that 'wearisome' is the word I have read in the English sutta dealing with his initial unwillingness to teach. Well I don’t know what the pali word w...
by lostitude
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

I hope that it will not take too long before others start reaching Nibbana, so that they can help teaching, and share the burden. The "burden"? Interesting... Even Gotama considered teaching to be wearisome. Weariness is a form of suffering. Are you saying the Buddha was not free from suffering?
by lostitude
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

I hope that it will not take too long before others start reaching Nibbana, so that they can help teaching, and share the burden. The "burden"? Interesting... Oh boy.... I used the word burden to refer to a heavy load; a lot of work. And it is exactly these kind of posts that make it a burden. Do y...
by lostitude
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

PeterC86 wrote: I hope that it will not take too long before others start reaching Nibbana, so that they can help teaching, and share the burden.
The "burden"? Interesting...
by lostitude
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-Birth
Replies: 19
Views: 366

Re: Re-Birth

Sure, that smart kid back in your 5th grade class was born in a prestigious wealthy family, whose dad was a quantum physicist and mom was a neurosurgeon, and he himself started playing the piano and wrote the first piece of software program since 3rd grade. But "why" it was him, but not you who was...
by lostitude
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

If I take my traditionalist hat off for a moment, as far as I'm aware textual analysis does show that the first 3 councils likely occurred. The First Council was likely a meeting of the most senior members of the sangha. These would be those considered to be the oldest and wisest monks who were als...
by lostitude
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?
Replies: 49
Views: 590

Re: Did Alara Kalama and Uddakarama have the ability to see past lives?

Whilst those cases are interesting and whilst I don’t doubt rebirth myself, from a strictly scientific perspective this doesn’t prove rebirth since in science nothing is ever proved. Science doesn’t work according to inductive reasoning or verificationism. It works by forming hypotheses which are t...
by lostitude
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 310
Views: 7093

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

There are so many parallels that could be drawn between Buddhism and Islam in this discussion, not just regarding memorization, but also when it comes to the various "standardization" councils which also happened in pretty much the same way in Islam, between the time Muhammad died and the writing do...
by lostitude
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Re-Birth
Replies: 19
Views: 366

Re: Re-Birth

Genetics have nothing to do with rebirth because genes only exist in the physical form, which isn't reborn. Technically I believe this is incorrect. A gene can be passed on precisely because it is not physical. It's a pattern of molecules assembled in a certain way within DNA. In that sense most of...
by lostitude
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: How i lose weight
Replies: 16
Views: 5733

Re: How i lose weight

Namaste i want to share some experience with losing weight. In christmas time i was 89 kg, then after returning to normal daily life, i started to weight 85 kg. Then i realized that when i was using my laptop i stop eating, and then i started to lose weight. The method i discovered was that only af...
by lostitude
Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 154
Views: 33868

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

Let go of hinderance but dont leg go of idea to attain jhana The desire to attain jhana IS a hindrance. Without desire u cant attain jhana Without desire or intention, u cant do anything I don’t think that is true. I don’t think I have ever experienced anything close to jhana, but all I know is tha...
by lostitude
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 154
Views: 33868

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

confusedlayman wrote: Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:11 am
lostitude wrote: Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:29 am
confusedlayman wrote: Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 am
dont give up..
Yet it has already been said by several people here, that it’s exactly what you need to do! give up, let go, etc.
Let go of hinderance but dont leg go of idea to attain jhana
The desire to attain jhana IS a hindrance.
by lostitude
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?
Replies: 154
Views: 33868

Re: How many of you really tried to attain jhana?

confusedlayman wrote: Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 am
dont give up..
Yet it has already been said by several people here, that it’s exactly what you need to do! give up, let go, etc.
by lostitude
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: From Mahayana to Theravada
Replies: 22
Views: 6030

Re: From Mahayana to Theravada

And I'll just tell you upfront: there are some texts in the Pali Canon that portray the Buddha as having great supernatural powers. Only Theravada doesn’t require you to act on it. You can read about those superpowers and simply think "ok cool, whatever", it’s presumably not going to affect your pr...