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by justindesilva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"
Replies: 28
Views: 238

Re: Meaning of Intention, Negligence, "Cause"

Intention is the determinative factor for whether kamma is wholesome or unwholesome. What is the meaning of intention, i.e., the Pali term translated as intention that refers to the mental quality determinative of wholesome or unwholesome quality of kamma. In American criminal law, for example, int...
by justindesilva
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: petavatthu
Replies: 23
Views: 767

Re: petavatthu

In Sri Lanka certain priests in sermons use petavattu story to create a psychosis towards akusaladamma to mention about future rebirths. In modern days students with modern education to believe phenomena. Is there any facts from sutta to present that petas really exist in there so called appearances...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 438

Re: Throwing food

What do monks do when there is surplus food available? In Thai wats some of it will be eaten by the laypeople who brought it, some by the temple boys or any laypeople who’ve come to work in the wat, some (in town and city wats) by beggars, and some by the wat’s cats, dogs and chickens. In a large w...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Throwing food
Replies: 45
Views: 438

Re: Throwing food

Hello all, We have been told by many people even since our childhood to refrain from doing this or encourage to do that, but we do not always know the reason behind that. We have mixed value instilled within us. If someone works in F&B industry or has his own business selling food & beverages produ...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Could you state what those objective actualities are? The way I understand "anatta and sunnata" can be taken as objective actualities. The practitioner’s perspective should be from a practical and immediate engagement, not from detached theoretical speculation, which is unwise attention - “Shall I ...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 99
Views: 1041

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

If there is no craving (8th link), how will actions arise? How can actions occur before contact & craving? I think commentarial explanation makes a good sense here. Ignorance and (volitional) formations belong to the previous life, so these are the causes of our present existence. The rest till "be...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 99
Views: 1041

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

If there is no craving (8th link), how will actions arise? How can actions occur before contact & craving? I think commentarial explanation makes a good sense here. Ignorance and (volitional) formations belong to the previous life, so these are the causes of our present existence. The rest till "be...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 99
Views: 1041

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

If there is no craving (8th link), how will actions arise? How can actions occur before contact & craving? I think commentarial explanation makes a good sense here. Ignorance and (volitional) formations belong to the previous life, so these are the causes of our present existence. The rest till "be...
by justindesilva
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 99
Views: 1041

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

If there is no craving (8th link), how will actions arise? How can actions occur before contact & craving? I think commentarial explanation makes a good sense here. Ignorance and (volitional) formations belong to the previous life, so these are the causes of our present existence. The rest till "be...
by justindesilva
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: difference between Lobha (greed) and Macchariya (Avarice)
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: difference between Lobha (greed) and Macchariya (Avarice)

Macchariya is often translated as "stinginess", as in this example: Mendicants, there are these five kinds of stinginess. What five? Stinginess with dwellings, families, material possessions, praise, and the teachings. These are the five kinds of stinginess. The most contemptible of these five kind...
by justindesilva
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Madawela Punnaji (1929-2018)
Replies: 11
Views: 230

Re: Madawela Punnaji (1929-2018)

Listening to his sermons on utube was a pleasure to gain knowledge especially relevant to science and buddhism.
May he be blessed with Nirvana.
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Does practice the eight precept alone can lead to liberation ?

Greetings , Is there sutta mention practicing eight precept alone can arrive at liberation ? In Dammacakkapavattana sutta the 4th noble truth express that the path to liberation from suffering can be achieved from arya ashtangika margaya, In fact to get to the state of nirvana (arhant stage) we hav...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Raga in buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Raga in buddhism

I might be wrong but I see this in a narrower sense as being restricted to the sensual realm - an excited lust for particular sensuous experiences. 6th and 7th fetters are lust (raga) for rupa and arupa jhana (which are non-sensual). Coming across words Raga and tanha in buddhism , can it be the sa...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 472
Views: 27113

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

The above is from the Sutta Central translation of DN2, Sāmañ­ña­phala Sutta . That fourth jhana has been experienced by many people in recent days, and their descriptions match the above sutta description. The Swedish lady's description matches that too. If I were going to claim that I had attaine...
by justindesilva
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: if things are impermanat (Anicca) where does Karma gets stored?
Replies: 23
Views: 350

Re: if things are impermanat (Anicca) where does Karma gets stored?

Though according to buddhism astrology is not in appreciation , karma is identified by Indian astrology. Astrologers predict bad periods ( periods of suffering) when people are afflicted by saturn and its movements. According to astrolgy these periods are periods of bad karma. This shows that forces...