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by justindesilva
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supramundane Jhanas AS Nibbana
Replies: 51
Views: 563

Re: Supramundane Jhanas AS Nibbana

On the subject of nibbana I happened to read the web www.buddhistteachings.org which happen to explain the term nibbana in many facets. Here I understand that jana are mental states in the development of nibbana. An extremely difficult conversation between jana and nibbana has to be realised as subj...
by justindesilva
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada
Replies: 43
Views: 2070

Re: Sankhara in the paticasamuppada

Hey mate , It seems when we say sankhara is mental formation in dependent origination , that is in general sense. Imo sankhara in the paticasamuppada meaning is formation of a self. What do you think ? See the pali texts: Sabbe sankara anicca Aniccawata sankara & in phassa vedana sangna sankara Eac...
by justindesilva
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Reading stories aloud to children
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Re: Reading stories aloud to children

I thought that children (even from quite early age) actually do understand that fairy tales are not true... When I was small I liked to listen to stories from illiiterate old grannys. They were wonderful story tellers. As I grew up I began to dis believe some of and yet I still love the story telle...
by justindesilva
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

Dear forum I read the following in a book: Theravada certainly has a marked negative outlook, negativity being the tendency to consider only the bad, the ugly or the deficient side of things. Traditionally, Theravadin monks will attend funerals but none of life’s joyful or happy rites of passage. T...
by justindesilva
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say that we can be reborn in a science lab?
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: Did Buddha say that we can be reborn in a science lab?

We are already going through a psycho physico & chemico process on this earth as required by universal energy balance. This is explained through paticca samuppada. Agganna sutta Rahulovada sutta and Rihitassa sutta are some sutta that csn explain this.
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path? I just wonder why we instruct people to follow the Noble Eightfold Path, not the NTP? For a lay buddhist the ariya ashtanga marga or eight fold noble path is more than enough. The other further two noble paths being samma gnana and samma vimutthi after the st...
by justindesilva
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Eradication of Buddhism in India
Replies: 10
Views: 328

Re: Eradication of Buddhism in India

Buddhism flourished and was maintained in India when the ruling kings were Buddhist. When the rulers of India were Hindu kings they often mixed Buddhism with Hinduism. During king Asoka after a short period of buddas parinirvana buddhism was also extended to near by countries especially to sri lanka...
by justindesilva
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 797

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

Some time back during a buddhist sermon I heard that a foetus may not mature to come out of the womb as it may be its kamma. But since then I was thinking whether this argument of kamma on the foetus of a being could be correct. Can this view be substantiated . It may be the kamma of the mother or t...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation for beginners - Anicca
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Meditation for beginners - Anicca

So how do I realize Anicca practically (say, be aware of the transitory nature of life everyday). Are there any guided meditation teachings for newbies online (audio/video/books)? You can start with the breath, then broaden awareness to other aspects of experience. I find it is easier to notice cha...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where was Buddha born?
Replies: 3
Views: 161

Re: Where was Buddha born?

My favoured response is that it hardly matters, but that attempts to show that his birthplace was in Sri Lanka seem based on crude nationalist boosterism rather than scholarship. The main difficulty with that approach is that it depends upon a systematic multi-national attempt at historical revisio...
by justindesilva
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which realm does the Mara belongs to ?
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Which realm does the Mara belongs to ?

No, Shiva is not Mara. What is the source of this view? Shiva has the (or, one of the) highest status in Hinduism -- he is considered the Deva of the Devas. Mara is a deva too, according to Buddhism. But you're right, we're really mixing traditions/religions here. Shiva is Shiva (Hinduism) and Mara...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which realm does the Mara belongs to ?
Replies: 14
Views: 459

Re: Which realm does the Mara belongs to ?

I was wondering what realm does the Mara reside at ? It was said the Mara could take hold of the Brahma (god) , is this true ? What makes the Brahma so vulnerable to the Mara ? Isn't there a story about an arahant retrogress because the Mara assumed his(/her?) body ? Thanks . When lord budda was de...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meditation for beginners - Anicca
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: Meditation for beginners - Anicca

May I express my view on meditation for a beginner. It is best to sit and count the inbreaths and outbreaths upto ten , say for about ten minutes each morning for sometime. After a few days the meditator will get accustomed to the system. Then watch the short breaths and long breaths. Also watch the...
by justindesilva
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 654

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

Lord budda had visited Sri lanka a few times which are recorded. Therefore it is evident that lord Budda had crossed the sea. This is fancifully told in the Mahavamsa (chronicle of the origin of Sri Lanka), but is all but certainly not historically accurate. The logistical considerations of such a ...
by justindesilva
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?
Replies: 22
Views: 654

Re: Did the Buddha ever see the sea?

Lord budda had visited Sri lanka a few times which are recorded. Therefore it is evident that lord Budda had crossed the sea.