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by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Āgama translation questions
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: Āgama translation questions

That is what I think 六外入處如實 has to refer to: the "self-evident" six sense bases, internal and external. Are you taking 如實 as ‘self-evident’? 如實 is usually termed together with知見, as you should notice on top of the sutta 答言:「不也,尊者難陀!所以者何?尊者難陀!我等已曾於此法如實 知見 ,於六內入處觀察無我,我等已曾作如是意解:『六內入處無我。』」 六外...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 13
Views: 138

Re: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

I don't think Sigala's new understanding would lead him to continue with the ritual, albeit with a new symbolic meaning. He won't be going out to face the East, but thinking of his parents. Why do you think Siṅgāla would most likely abandon the material embodied actions of his practice in favour of...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Āgama translation questions
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: Āgama translation questions

To the best of my knowledge, 无所为 is a specifically Chinese grammatical curiosity. 所 is a grammatical function in Chinese that is commonly used, but one that I can't get my head around as of yet. 无所为, to the best of my current knowledge, means "lack of lackingness (or "lack of lacker"...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Āgama translation questions
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: Āgama translation questions

‘所’ in 无所为 is meant to differentiate from 无为 as 无为 has a special meaning on its own. 无所为 means 不为 Does 无所为 feature heavily in Early Buddhist discourse, i.e. the agamas? Do you know what Indic word it translates? To the best of my knowledge, 无所为 is a specifically Chinese grammatical curiosity. 所 is ...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 13
Views: 138

Re: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

I think that these "ritualistic" actions are only called "ritualistic" because they only exist in certain cultures and not others. A culture conditioned by extreme cyclical poverty does not have a common habit of "driving to work" or necessarily "bathing" in ...
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Ghost in the Shell.
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: The Ghost in the Shell.

I love Ghost in the Shell, my fear, having seen American-made trailers for the upcoming American film, is that the upcoming adaption's plot is only vaguely related to the original's.
by Coëmgenu
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Āgama translation questions
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: Āgama translation questions

atipattoh wrote:‘所’ in 无所为 is meant to differentiate from 无为 as 无为 has a special meaning on its own.
无所为 means 不为
Does 无所为 feature heavily in Early Buddhist discourse, i.e. the agamas?
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 13
Views: 138

Re: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

Frequently-repeated actions are only termed "ritualistic" in an ironic way. Driving to work or bathing only look as if they are ritualistic from the outside; they become proper rituals only when the driver or bather uses them to symbolise something else (such as "The work ethic"...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Thumbs up button
Replies: 84
Views: 4101

Re: Thumbs up button

Other forums often just lock threads, leaving all of the offensive comments, with no chance for anyone to refute the false allegations made. They then start new threads, and so it goes on. To my experience, this is the approach of the mods on our sister-forum, DharmaWheel, and I have similar critiq...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The myth of "Sthaviravada"
Replies: 49
Views: 641

Re: The myth of "Sthaviravada"

At the time of the Buddha such lingua franca was Magadhi (Pali). I am not necessarily in disagreement with you, but I think you are setting a bit of a double standard here. If the Magadha language dialects, or "inscriptional Magadhi", because of its closeness to Pāli, can be considered th...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 13
Views: 138

Re: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

Added context, the Siṅgālasutta (DN 31): Meanwhile the Buddha dressed himself in the early morning, took his bowl and robe and went in to Rājagaha on alms round. On the way, he saw Sigālaka worshipping the six directions. Seeing this, the Buddha said to him: “Young man, why have you risen in the ear...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma
Replies: 13
Views: 138

"Hard" and "Soft" anti-ritualist stances, and the Dhamma

Inspired by this thread . There are multiple definitions as to what constitutes a "ritual". A ritual can be a salvific religious observance (definition A), the observation of which leads to salvation, or a ritual and be a set of repeated practices (definition B). As many of us come from We...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Pali
Topic: exact meaning of the fetter "attachment to rites and rituals" & the term "precept"
Replies: 20
Views: 249

Re: exact meaning of the fetter "attachment to rites and rituals" & the term "precept"

In the historical context, it does indeed mean attachment to the rites and rituals of the religion of the Buddha's day: Definition of Stream-Entry . How do we know this? Because the historical context of the Buddha was at so-and-so time, in such-and-such place, and so the rituals and rites of so-an...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Āgama translation questions
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: Āgama translation questions

I've been making my way through SA 276, 難陀說法/"Nandā expounds Dharma" , and I've encountered an unusual sequence of characters: 答言:「不也,尊者難陀!所以者何? [The Buddha] answering[,] said: "Not so, respected one Nandā! If because-of that why? 尊者難陀!我已曾於 [b]六外入處如實 [/b]觀察無我, Respected one Nandā! I h...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha reject atman? Let's arrive at a conclusion
Replies: 47
Views: 2501

Re: Did the Buddha reject atman? Let's arrive at a conclusion

I'm returning after careful consideration... Technically the answer to the question: "Did the Buddha reject atta/atman?" Strictly speaking in regards to Sutta ( I'm not familiar with abhidhamma nor commentary for I personally don't consider them authoritative ): No. Unless one can referen...
by Coëmgenu
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 155

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

You are almost telling me: "if you are pro-science and technology, then you surely are a transhumanist and a buddhist". No sir. No, I am simply saying that if you are likewise oriented, you could be a transhumanist and a Buddhist. As in, transhumanist and Buddhists are not mutually exclus...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 155

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

Now, I am not against transhumanism. It's a kamma among others. It's their kamma. But I doubt that it could be called "bhuddist" - as long as form and senses are involved. Let alone formless, space, consciousness, perception & feelings, etc. As long as you are in form and senses, I do...
by Coëmgenu
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On Buddhist Transhumanism
Replies: 8
Views: 155

Re: On Buddhist Transhumanism

... What you have to understand is that Buddha was a conservative person. His reaction to the Upaniṣadic revolution of equating Atman with Brahman, is resumed in his reaction to the question to the stupid monk in SN 22.82: Anattakatāni kammāni kathamattānaṃ phusissantī”ti? What self, then, will dee...
by Coëmgenu
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: "Buddhist" epistemology
Replies: 9
Views: 141

Re: "Buddhist" epistemology

Javi wrote:However KN Jayatilleke, a Sri Lankan philosopher who studied under Wittgenstein produced his magnum opus 'Early Buddhist theory of knowledge' which lays out the most comprehensive Epistemology based on the Pali Nikayas.
Very very interesting. :reading:

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