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by JohnK
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?
Replies: 10
Views: 294

Re: List of all Suttas in the Pali Canon?

I'm trying to figure out the best way for me to learn the dhamma. I don't want to miss anything. I agree that this one is a fine place to start the suttas. https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/buddha%E2%80%99s-words Also anthologies here, check under "Suttas" https://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 127

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:20 pm
...The Buddha often does this trick of using an established term and then redefining the meaning.
I think this is related to the recent humor topic -- speaking to a Brahmin and redefining "Brahmin" in a way that "pokes fun" at their sense of privilege.
by JohnK
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.
Replies: 9
Views: 127

Re: SN 20.3 Kula Sutta. Families.

...telling them that they were constantly surrounded by malevolent non-humans and needed to protect themselves. These amanussa were, he said, their neighbours who did not keep the precepts. There was a general view (which I have often heard from Ajahn Chah's monks, but can't recall seeing in the su...
by JohnK
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Temple Seating
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: Temple Seating

I attended a Wat Metta ordination last summer (the formal ceremony was at an urban temple close to Los Angeles vs. at the monastery). Thanissaro Bhikkhu was at the front facing the lay people (mostly Thai) in attendance; the other monastics were also at the front (behind him I think) facing toward t...
by JohnK
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is consciousness the problem
Replies: 32
Views: 505

Re: Is consciousness the problem

My 2 cents regarding consciousness "going out" and "raw data:" Scientists don't just sit back and wait for raw data to arrive -- they collect it based on intention and desire. Similarly, we seek sense objects (go out to them) that are relevant to our current desire -- otherwise we would not make it ...
by JohnK
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 29
Views: 728

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

rolling_boulder wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:05 pm
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Nice reply, r_b :anjali:
by JohnK
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Buddhas never joke?
Replies: 14
Views: 404

Re: Why do Buddhas never joke?

From the linked The Buddha Smiles by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: ...the Canon’s reputation for being devoid of humor is undeserved. It’s there in the Canon, but it often goes unrecognized. https://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/TheBuddhaSmiles More: Now on that occasion the monks of Āḷavī were having ...
by JohnK
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between hindrances and fetters?
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: What is the difference between hindrances and fetters?

I'm wondering if the hindrances are like the "symptoms" of the fetters? I think, yes, in that a hindrance is what one actually experiences. However, the absence of a hindrance in any moment does not indicate the removal of the associated fetter. While "symptom" seems to be a reasonable analogy, I d...
by JohnK
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).

DooDoot wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:01 pm
JohnK wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:07 pm
(This may also reflect back on "needed for what?" -- NOT for unbinding.)
The sutta appears simply a (lokiya) sutta for lay people who need sensual pleasures for happiness. Its not related to (lokuttara) Nibbana.
Yes, apparently so. And thanks for the Pali of the two sutta types.
by JohnK
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).

B. Bodhi makes the meaning more explicit "...delighting [after death] in a deva world, they rejoice, enjoying sensual pleasure." How is adding words into a sutta making it more "explicit"? B. Bodhi corrupts the sutta by adding "after death". My post was in the spirit of investigation not meaning to...
by JohnK
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between hindrances and fetters?
Replies: 10
Views: 205

Re: What is the difference between hindrances and fetters?

My recollection of main difference as it stood out to me (perhaps from Bhikkhu Bodhi's In The Buddha's Words ?): hindrances can be temporarily suppressed or overcome (w/o a total cutting of the fetters); the fetters are eventually to be completely cut -- suggesting that any hindrance that arises fro...
by JohnK
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: AN 4.53 Paṭhamasaṃvāsa Sutta. Living Together (1st).

Thanks, Mike and SV. ...They get all the things they need.. I was wondering about that "all the things they need" -- (e.g., need for what? all?). I see that B. Bodhi translates as "many benefits accrue to them" -- his translation does not raise the questions of "need for what?" and "all?" -- it also...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 257

Re: dream about alcohol

The Buddha declared even those as low as a stream-enterer to be free from the 5 fears of breaching each precept... Just FYI, a previous discussion here on this: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=26079 I carefully worded my comment to not start a debate on this but it seems I didn't do it well...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 257

Re: dream about alcohol

dylanj wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:40 pm
The Buddha declared even those as low as a stream-enterer to be free from the 5 fears of breaching each precept...
Just FYI, a previous discussion here on this:
viewtopic.php?t=26079
by JohnK
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: dream about alcohol
Replies: 22
Views: 257

Re: dream about alcohol

I know I didn't break the precept but what I am concerned about is whether this indicates I have the potential to do so. Why wouldn't you have the potential? ethical restraint, i'd hope It seems to me that restraint is only necessary if there IS potential (otherwise there is nothing to restrain). E...