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by JohnK
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmins
Replies: 8
Views: 118

Re: Brahmins

Four different explanations. Looks like we don't really know. I don't think the answers are especially contradictory -- there can be multiple reasons for something and/or "another way of putting it," and then additional related observations. The basic answer is that Brahmanism was the predominant c...
by JohnK
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN23.2 Why children destroy their toys sometimes?
Replies: 6
Views: 120

Re: SN23.2 Why children destroy their toys sometimes?

I enjoyed watching the incoming tide wear away the sand castles. The aggregates will be destroyed by the tide -- we might work on destroying the clinging. Edit: Perhaps related, a friend just told me of this Japanese phrase -- "mono no aware." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mono_no_aware One translat...
by JohnK
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Brahmins
Replies: 8
Views: 118

Re: Brahmins

Another reason: The discourses of the Buddha are actually that -- discourses (conversations, teachings), and he was often approached and engaged by Brahmans in such conversations (sincerely or cynically). The Buddha also used the term in more than one way -- the first being the standard way (referri...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?
Replies: 16
Views: 282

Re: Is my hapiness depending on how some people treat me?

In the meantime (before being "fully trained" and no longer dependent on how others treat you), it is best to seek the company of those who treat you and others with respect, those who engage in "right speech" (and action) by not intending harm or divisiveness, who are not harsh. It can be helpful t...
by JohnK
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: whats the main teaching in buddhism
Replies: 13
Views: 265

Re: whats the main teaching in buddhism

What about the three characteristic of existence and four noble truth? One interesting thing about the Buddha's teaching is how it all slots together as an integrated whole... FWIW, my nomination would be the Four Noble Truths as the encapsulation of that integrated whole; they describe the current...
by JohnK
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Is it possible to lose the good life i have?
Replies: 10
Views: 261

Re: Is it possible to lose the good life i have?

Is it possible to lose the good life i have? To fall in very deep suffering fields of life? It depends on what that "good life" is based on. If it is based on a worldly foundation, when that foundation shifts, that good life will shift. If the good life is based on insight and equanimity, then worl...
by JohnK
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro
Replies: 51
Views: 761

Re: Mindulness of Breathing - Thanissaro

considering another angle: we do try to manage our vedana — selecting objects for “contact” with “vedanic” intent. And then we relate to that vedana with intent — hence perhaps intent as an element of vedana (or vedanic process). Seems like I often intend to feel refreshed from that cool water. And ...
by JohnK
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Negative thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 255

Re: Negative thoughts

How do you manage negative thoughts in daily life? Thank you A couple of quick reactions: Just recognizing it as a thought is important (vs. being lost in the thought -- seeing the "thought bubble" from the outside vs. being caught inside the bubble -- seeing that one can step outside the bubble on...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few years?
Replies: 44
Views: 1262

Re: How did Aṅgulimāla clear the vast amounts of dark karma he incurred by murdering hundreds of innocents, in a few yea

My understanding is that the results of kamma in a specific situation are complex to the point of being beyond our understanding. That being said (and at the risk of going down a rabbit hole), do recall that intention is the key. Based on the Angulimala chapter in Great Disciples of the Buddha , he ...
by JohnK
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?
Replies: 39
Views: 1126

Re: Does Theravada Buddhism want too much from life?

That's not in line with the teachings on the fruits of kamma though. If you've got some real crap in the past, it can happen that you can now try as you might, but you'll still feel crappy. Just on this one point: Per Thanissaro Bhikkhu (from Karma Q&A , Q.15), it is possible to weaken the results ...
by JohnK
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants in the Human Realm
Replies: 16
Views: 394

Re: Arahants in the Human Realm

They finish the work -- abandoning all 10 fetters -- while in this human realm -- in this very life. ... What you are stating would suggest that an Arahant existent in this human realm now was very recently a stream enterer. ... Could be "recent" as in this same life or "recent" as in between this ...
by JohnK
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants in the Human Realm
Replies: 16
Views: 394

Re: Arahants in the Human Realm

[james] wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:29 pm
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How does it come to be that there are Arahants in this human realm?
They finish the work -- abandoning all 10 fetters -- while in this human realm -- in this very life.
by JohnK
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do non-returners become bored?
Replies: 29
Views: 566

Re: Do non-returners become bored?

...even stream enterers? They may be wiser than ordinary folks, but will life affect them in pretty much the same way... From SN 13:1: ...for a noble disciple, a person accomplished in view who has made the breakthrough [steam entry], the suffering that has been destroyed and eliminated is more whi...
by JohnK
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jellyfish and Buddha
Replies: 23
Views: 487

Re: Jellyfish and Buddha

...maybe he was wrong about everything. :anjali: From the final few pages of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's The Buddha's Teachings : .. the true test of a teaching lies not in the claims of tradition, but in the results it gives when put into practice . To be fair, the test must involve four things: • associ...
by JohnK
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Suffering is vital condition for faith
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Suffering is vital condition for faith

Bhikkhu Bodhi's exposition of the Upanisa Sutta says ...the Buddha says that faith has for its nutriment hearing exposition of the true Dhamma. [11] Saddha...is essentially an attitude of trust and commitment directed to ultimate emancipation. At footnote [11] AN 10.61 Ko caharo saddhaya? Saddhammas...