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by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 367
Views: 7687

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

There is absolutely a Theravādin oral tradition. "absolutely"? There is no oral tradition independent of the transmission of suttas and commentaries as texts. But of course having all these texts available it is easy to claim an oral tradition independent of these. You know very little about Therav...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 367
Views: 7687

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

:focus: Is there an oral theravada tradition? I don't think so. The theravada doctrine is based on suttas and commentaries. Of course the suttas may be memorized and there are oral teachings by teachers. But there is no oral tradition independent of the transmission of suttas and commentaries as te...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 367
Views: 7687

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

No, I have not commited to Theravada but fully accept its texts as doctrine. I accept the Catechism of the RCC as RCC doctrine, but this does not move me to live by it, it's irrelevant to me. IOW, something being the official doctrine is not enough to be relevant to actual people. There is no conne...
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: philanthropy and dhamma
Replies: 23
Views: 287

Re: philanthropy and dhamma

Well, it was awfully funny.
by Coëmgenu
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: philanthropy and dhamma
Replies: 23
Views: 287

Re: philanthropy and dhamma

He was such a magnanimous person that He was willing to lay down His life for animals. Nice idea, but I don't believe there is any example of the Gautama Buddha doing this in the suttas that I have ever read. It's not just an idea, trust in His character. It comes from this TV series and is entirel...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Hetu and paccaya
Replies: 10
Views: 234

Re: Hetu and paccaya

I’ve heard arguments that in the suttas “hetu” was just another synonym for “condition” which then became “cause” in the Abhidhamma (from sylvesters posts here). What are your thoughts on that? I have not heard such arguments. These terms are distinct. There is one case at least in which they are n...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Against Nāgārjuna
Replies: 31
Views: 561

Re: Against Nāgārjuna

There is no dispute from the perspective of the sphere. :popcorn: Here's the disagreement. Believing in autonomous decision is believing in self and 'I am'. [/size] As said from the perspective of the sphere there is no dispute. Trust me, I know. I know, I know, all too well. From the sphere's pers...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Against Nāgārjuna
Replies: 31
Views: 561

Re: Against Nāgārjuna

Oh, not again. https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN22_94.html And yet the sphere disputes with all sorts of people regarding the world at all sorts of times on day and night on this very forum. There is no dispute from the perspective of the sphere. :popcorn: What is decisive is the motivation ...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can other religions contain eightfold path?
Replies: 98
Views: 1012

Re: Can other religions contain eightfold path?

(...) Also Muhammed deeply respected the Jewish people, He called them as well as Christians "The People of the Book" in the Quran. for a time i was really interested in sufism, and i've learned a lot about islam. i understand your good intentions, and that's really nice of you and healthy. but his...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Against Nāgārjuna
Replies: 31
Views: 561

Re: Against Nāgārjuna

Thoughts? Oh, not again. “Monks, it’s not that I dispute with the world, but that the world disputes with me. A proponent of the Dhamma doesn’t dispute with anyone with regard to the world.1 Whatever is agreed upon by the wise as not existing in the world, of that I too say, ‘It doesn’t exist.’ Wha...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 367
Views: 7687

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

Depends how humble. I can out-humble you any day. I'm the humblest guy here. No one here even approaches my level of humility. I am the Bob Ross of humility, painting masterpieces of modesty on the canvas of life, erecting a bodily edifice of diffidence and meekness inscribed into my very blood and...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memorization and the Oral Tradition
Replies: 367
Views: 7687

Re: Memorization and the Oral Tradition

The eternal struggle. The epistemically humble cannot argue against one who has no humility in his epistemology. The epistemically humble won't argue at all. :jumping: Depends how humble. I can out-humble you any day. I'm the humblest guy here. No one here even approaches my level of humility. I am...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Bodhicitta
Replies: 61
Views: 908

Re: Bodhicitta

Remind me, would you? Wasn't the Lotus Sutra the transition to Mahayana where they say the Hinayana doesn't have the new Sutras because they were too cowardly to stay and listen? Even Arhats? Eeek, let's just end this. It's no good to disparage the Lotus Sutra or any kind of Buddhism for that matte...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Dhammakaya?
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: What is Dhammakaya?

I'll PM Ceisiwr and Mr. Man the manually scanned pages in a bit. If anyone else cannot open it and wishes to, just PM me.
by Coëmgenu
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Dhammakaya?
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: What is Dhammakaya?

One can practice Yogavacara methods of meditation without accept the specific Dhammakaya methods and doctrines. The issue is they aren't based on Yogavacara. They aren't based on any kind of Buddhist precedent at all. The article I posted above is eye-opening IMO. There is nothing wrong with practi...