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by justindesilva
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A Buddhist Village
Replies: 17
Views: 315

Re: A Buddhist Village

This happens in a sort of de-facto way around some temples from my limited experience. Many of the neighbors of Abhayagiri for instance are lay supporters who moved there to be of support to the sangha. Not enough for a full almsround to sustain all the monks (its sort of the middle of a sparsely p...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 12 nidanas as 12 zoom levels
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: 12 nidanas as 12 zoom levels

12 nidanas are 12 zoom levels (ignorance is a proto-level, and aging and death are the top). Just as subatomic particles make up the proto-level of physical objects, so ignorance is the proto-level of samsara. Lord Buddha explained to Ananda Thero that By properly understanding Paticca Samuppada On...
by justindesilva
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Don't care about this world
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: Don't care about this world

When deva Rohitssa questioned lord budda whether he can see the world by walking to its end lord budda advised deva Rohitssa to see the world from within. Going deep in to this explanation what lord budda said is that the world is our own perceptions of pancaskanda and salyatana perceived through vi...
by justindesilva
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: anicca, impermanence or?
Replies: 21
Views: 479

Re: anicca, impermanence or?

https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/sujato its like school lesson, scrap the unfitting word out, then what word it could be? impermanence. What the impermanence mean, what is the context, is it a color? The translations of meanings of sutta is not always acceptable for reasons that englishmen who tra...
by justindesilva
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: anicca, impermanence or?
Replies: 21
Views: 479

Re: anicca, impermanence or?

https://suttacentral.net/mn118/en/sujato In this Saṅgha there are mendicants who are committed to developing the meditation on love … Santi, bhikkhave, bhikkhū imasmiṃ bhikkhusaṅghe mettābhāvanānuyogamanuyuttā viharanti … compassion … karuṇābhāvanānuyogamanuyuttā viharanti … rejoicing … muditābhāva...
by justindesilva
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: arhat afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases ?
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: arhat afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases ?

Hello members , The physical body of an arhat still affected by sicknesses , such as cancer , would it be possible for an arhat to be afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases ? Dementia like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's . If arhat can't retain his memory what then ? If so , does losses of memories ...
by justindesilva
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in a nutshell
Replies: 26
Views: 510

Re: Buddhism in a nutshell

Reading the posts and contemplating about the theory of Buddhism I've come up with this, every contact is clung to or pushed away or ignored because of its feeling tone of being pleasant unpleasant or neutral. Not acting out of craving but watching the contact with sense restraint or wisdom of Anni...
by justindesilva
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Steven Irwin a Crocodile Now?
Replies: 34
Views: 615

Re: Is Steven Irwin a Crocodile Now?

I don't think any of us can know for certain, but his eyes sometimes became a lot like the beasts that he was fondling. https://media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2017/11/01/b881059897z1_20171101164515_000ge3rkllu2-0-dygx9ffvujcindjs6p2_fct639x388x43_ct677x380.jpg Irwin should not be an idol to consi...
by justindesilva
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did meditation really "die out" ?
Replies: 28
Views: 719

Re: Did meditation really "die out" ?

Anyone who peruses wikipedia articles can see that there is a claim that meditation didn't exist in Theravadan countries from the 10-19th century. The sources are a few blogs of non-distinction, and a few university press books that seem like grad-student work. I don't know why anyone could suggest...
by justindesilva
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Criteria for rejecting Tipitika?
Replies: 72
Views: 1385

Re: Criteria for rejecting Tipitika?

Greetings RightViewFTW, one needs to be skilled at inference to first infer the meaning and analyze the early texts for contradictions and points of controversy, if one achieves a general understanding of the universal principles one can then use this understanding and the teachings known to be tru...
by justindesilva
Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do animals have namarupa?
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: Do animals have namarupa?

To me, animals appear to have perception, volition, and attention (as well as other components of namarupa). Animal world is a realm reached if by humans after akusal ( unwholesome ) deeds. Nama rupa is existence of life and matter. Existence of a being with kamma of unwholesome deeds or with a min...
by justindesilva
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we basically waiting for death?
Replies: 21
Views: 458

Re: Are we basically waiting for death?

I would think dhamma is for few only . Do you think sicknesses is suffering ? If yes , that means as long the body is here alive , liberated people still suffers . How many people can understand dhamma and still able to practise seriously ? " ada ada ei maru pin karaganne........... kumatada kusala...
by justindesilva
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The "three rules" of eating meat
Replies: 57
Views: 1232

Re: The "three rules" of eating meat

Not all living beings are the same. Giving to a noble one generates more merit than giving to a wordling, and giving to a wordling generates more merit than giving to an animal. You are ignoring the hierarchy. Otherwise a mosquito is no different than a person. I said, that some other factors play ...
by justindesilva
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What Have You Learned
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: What Have You Learned

Craving can't be satisfied. _______________________________________________________________ True, yet I am inclined to say that craving cannot be satisfied as long as we cling to craving of the senses. A now and here experience is that a diabetic patient would not cling to the craving of taste of s...
by justindesilva
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 60
Views: 1531

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

... Friend. As I mentioned, this chatsite is mostly comprised of laypeople, who are married with children. Aren't you a homeowner who has a very nice backyard where you planted your bodhi tree? :thinking: Don't you work and pay taxes like the rest of us lay people? :shrug: This needs an answer acco...