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by justindesilva
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?

What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga? The way I understand: - Samatha Jhana develop Jhanaanga (Vitakka, Vicara,Pithy,Sukha,Ekagata) - Vipassna Jhana develop Bodhianga (seven factors of enlightenment): Mindfulness (sati, S. smṛti) Investigation (dhamma vicaya, S. dharmapravicaya) Ene...
by justindesilva
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga?

What is the difference between Jhananga and Bojjanga? The way I understand: - Samatha Jhana develop Jhanaanga (Vitakka, Vicara,Pithy,Sukha,Ekagata) - Vipassna Jhana develop Bodhianga (seven factors of enlightenment): Mindfulness (sati, S. smṛti) Investigation (dhamma vicaya, S. dharmapravicaya) Ene...
by justindesilva
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Mental Standpoints
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: Mental Standpoints

What does it mean to have a “mental standpoint”... adhiṭṭhāna fr. adhi + sthā https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/stha Householder, through the destruction, fading away, cessation, giving up and relinquishment of desire, lust, delight, craving, engagement and clinging, mental standpoints, adherenc...
by justindesilva
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma for difficult times - resources
Replies: 17
Views: 564

Re: Dhamma for difficult times - resources

Let me please express the view of Ven. Baddhiya Thero in Sri Lanka what somebody should do during these difficult days. And that is that it is better to be mindful with Yoniso manasikara expressed in damma. And that is , to feel if one is one, seated, standing , or walking or lying. And what surroun...
by justindesilva
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Re: Arguments

Simply discuss without effluents and/or don't take the aggregates that discern and display thoughts and feelings as self or belonging to self. Arguments start when two or more discuss and each is standing on their own convictions. An argument will not arise if a concept can be established with a su...
by justindesilva
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arguments
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Re: Arguments

How can we practice in accordance with the sutta when it comes to discussing stress, origin of stress, meditation etc? Simply discuss without effluents and/or don't take the aggregates that discern and display thoughts and feelings as self or belonging to self. Arguments start when two or more disc...
by justindesilva
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Explanation about 4 Snake Goups in the Ahi Sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 192

Re: Explanation about 4 Snake Goups in the Ahi Sutta

Hi, Can someone explain to me the four snake groups given in the Ahi Sutta? I need to have a good textual basis to understand who they are in the modern names. (Virupakkha and etc. In ahina sutta too the same about nagas are mentioned. Though 4 groups of Nagas with Virupakka with erapatha and two o...
by justindesilva
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Richard Gombrich not a Buddhist?
Replies: 14
Views: 306

Re: Why is Richard Gombrich not a Buddhist?

The doctrine of karma is founded on the premise that the world is a just place , but I am afraid unjust suffering stares us in the face. The Buddhist answer that such suffering is explained by misdeeds in former lives https://tricycle.org/magazine/what-buddha-thought/ That's an awfully strange thin...
by justindesilva
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Kamma or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 334

Re: Kamma or not?

We cannot say that all health problems are caused by past kamma. Many are caused by diet and lack of exercise. Some may be caused by pollution or by adverse climate. Some are caused by mental habits such as anger, fear, or worry. There are four kinds of nutriment (āhāra) . Physical Food Climate Tho...
by justindesilva
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sperm Donation
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: Sperm Donation

:goodpost: It's important to understand that the foci of taṇha (craving) are not the nature or origin of sufferng , and only tangeantly involved in cessation and practice leading to cessation of taṇha. In the craving for a car, for example, the car is not the cause of suffering. Women, as another ex...
by justindesilva
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sperm Donation
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: Sperm Donation

I think that sperm donation is bhava-tanha. I suspect the same Donation arises out of Dana. Sperms are ejected out from Kama Tanha ( desire for pleasure). Secondly Dana is two fold with first as damma Dana and the next is resources for living. Agganna sutta makes it clear that gender was created by...
by justindesilva
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhist Pope
Replies: 33
Views: 810

Re: Buddhist Pope

Greetings everyone, As we all know, there are many interpretations and different traditions of Buddhism, some of which are directly contradictory. Would it have been better if the Buddha had appointed a successor, a Buddhist “pope” of sorts? Metta :) Lord Buddha in his last words to Ananda thero ad...
by justindesilva
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could bodhisatva still be reborn in hell?
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Could bodhisatva still be reborn in hell?

Did Gotama reborn in hell in his previous bohisatta lives in any Jataka tales? Gotama Buddha in his previous lives as bodisatva has no reference to have been born in a preta Atma or avici naraka but is said to have been born in as animals. During such births he had fulfilled his efforts to complete...
by justindesilva
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Buddhism and psychology unconscious
Replies: 3
Views: 893

Re: Buddhism and psychology unconscious

http://dharmawisdom.org/blogs/psychology-and-buddhism/freud-buddhist-psychology-and-unconscious Professor William Waldron wrote a fantastic book called, "The Buddhist Unconscious". According to Waldron, Buddhist psychology espouses several competing topological theories of mind all of which include...
by justindesilva
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)
Replies: 18
Views: 767

Re: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)

:goodpost: Conc󰀰usion The Buddha did not just teach the truth as he found it, but carefully detailed the way to discover the truth, and warned against leaping to rash conclusions. When we hear words of caution against accepting anything on mere faith, we are hearing the unmistakable inflection of th...