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by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eradication of Buddhism in India
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: Eradication of Buddhism in India

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:09 pm
I fail to see the point of looking into all this. It just seems so irrelevant.
You are right James, this is essentially of no consequence to us today as Buddhists. Essentially an academic consideration.
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eradication of Buddhism in India
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: Eradication of Buddhism in India

It is a huge subject with multiple factors. I think one element which is less appreciated than most is the fusing of Buddhism with Brahmanism/Hinduism. Since the Buddha is seen as a avatar of vishnu (I believe?), Hindus basically saw Buddhists as being Hindus. After a while as a minority in India, I...
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 163

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

Like others have said, I feel like the other 2 describe the completion of the path. The 9th and 10th would be more like the icing on the cake.
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Upholding metta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: Upholding metta sutta

This sutta absolutely has this effect I find, of reducing ill-will. If that is what you are using it for, then I don't see the harm in chanting it both in Pali and in your native language. :anjali:
by dharmacorps
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Near death experiences
Replies: 8
Views: 162

Re: Near death experiences

Thanissaro Bhikkhu has a very interesting story about almost dying by electrocution in Thailand early on in his life. He talks about it during his dhamma talks and it really is quite fascinating. Particularly of interest is that he could see his mind trying to find "somewhere else" to go because he ...
by dharmacorps
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 418

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

Lord budda had visited Sri lanka a few times which are recorded. Therefore it is evident that lord Budda had crossed the sea. This is fancifully told in the Mahavamsa (chronicle of the origin of Sri Lanka), but is all but certainly not historically accurate. The logistical considerations of such a ...
by dharmacorps
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: Born female due to sexual misconduct in past lives

My reading of this sutta is about a specific individuals experiences throughout many lifetimes is mediated by many aspects of kamma, which is very, very complex. I don't take away any generalities from this sutta, least of which that sexual misconduct results in birth as a female, nor the idea that ...
by dharmacorps
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Why Are There So Many Black Buddhists?

"Buddhists of color" hugely outnumber white Buddhists. There are millions upon millions of buddhists in asia and India/Sri Lanka, and only tens of thousands of white-skin buddhists in western countries. This concern and hand-wringing over inclusion and equality and diversity within Buddhism... is j...
by dharmacorps
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quick question about Ajahn Chah's teachings
Replies: 6
Views: 180

Re: Quick question about Ajahn Chah's teachings

There is a hardcover book available from some Ajahn Chah lineage monasteries called something like the Complete Teachings of Ajahn Chah. Those are all the talks I know of translated into English.
by dharmacorps
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 526

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

santa100 wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:13 pm
You seem to say that a Sotapanna has completedly 100% eradicated ignorance. This is not true.
:goodpost:

Exactly. The Sotapanna has understood some things but ignorance is still there and it is still fairly pervasive. Its the last thing to go on the path.
by dharmacorps
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?
Replies: 30
Views: 526

Re: Does the ignorance remove later or in the beginning ?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu I believe has said that ignorance in Buddhism isn't just not having access to accurate information, it is not understanding properly the right information. In that way, one could say even though one has heard the dhamma, one doesn't truly understand it fully, correctly, until igno...
by dharmacorps
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Into The Stream with Sensual Desires...

The teaching indicates that sense desire only ends when one severs that fetter, along with ill will, at non-returner status.
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1014

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Could you give an example where you think his teaching is not in accordance with the Sutta? That's not what I said. I said his description of meditation isn't what I experience. I have no idea what he based his meditation instructions on-- it may be the suttas, but is probably more commentary orien...
by dharmacorps
Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1014

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Ajahn Amaro. Ajahn Sumedho. Those are 3 monks who I think have well rounded meditation practices along with great wisdom. I can't really say much about Ajahn Brahm other than that I have found Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond to be really different than my experience in meditation.
by dharmacorps
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: Grouping by Disciple and Other Ways to Navigate the Buddhist Texts

That's a good subject to discuss. The way the suttas were assembled by the early Buddhists I think perhaps made more sense from a memorization, chanting, and recitation perspective than a modern information technology or reader-centered perspective. One thing I have always liked about accesstoinsigh...