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by JiWe2
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??
Replies: 12
Views: 3473

Re: Digha Nikaya = Buddhist marketing??

In the Sarvāstivādavinayavibhāṣā the purpose of compiling the scriptures into the four Āgamas is described: "The sermons which were delivered according to occasions for the sake of gods and people were com­piled in the Ekottarāgama. This is what preachers esteem. For in­telligent persons profound d...
by JiWe2
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Writing during the time of the Buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 687

Re: Writing during the time of the Buddha

But there was a lot of writing going on at the time of the Buddha, and before it. The Upanishads and other Vedic literature existed centuries beforehand, written down in Sanskrit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Hindu_texts The earliest Vedic texts existed centuries before the Buddha, but...
by JiWe2
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and memory
Replies: 26
Views: 607

Re: Buddhism and memory

I think that the combination of sati, as reflective awereness, and sañña, as apperception, includes some of the memory aspects you are looking after. The translation of sati as mindfulness is something of a compromise, as sati doesn’t really mean simply mindfulness, which in normal English is synony...
by JiWe2
Tue May 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter
Replies: 33
Views: 2032

Re: Ivanka Trump arrives to watch the slaughter

The "true" capital is in Shechem. Jerusalem was the capital of Judah, not Israel, but Judah dominated in the end and made Jerusalem the capital for the whole kingdom. Shechem was the site where the Lord gave the Canaanite's land to Abraham's offspring: Genesis 12: 1 The LORD said to Abram, "Go fort...
by JiWe2
Mon May 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.
Replies: 44
Views: 1937

Re: VIDEO: White woman calls police on Blacks having a BBQ at the lake.

The municipal code had something about charcoal type grills not being allowed, but would you do something like this? No, I wouldn't. But if I wanted charcoal bbq I'd try to use a place where charcoal bbq is allowed. And if I wasn't aware of the rules and regulations and someone mentioned them to me...
by JiWe2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 1206

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

No_Mind wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:51 pm
Any more conjectures that you wish to share ..
No. Now the conjectures are balanced to my liking. 8-)
by JiWe2
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 1206

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

Hinduism never attacked Buddhism in any way (other than at debates) so "Hinduism defeated Buddhism" is wrong statement. Please do not invent history (rather dangerous since most who visit this forum have no idea of ancient Indian history). Buddhism declined because it lost popularity and due to Isl...
by JiWe2
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pacceka Buddha translated as Lonely Buddha ?
Replies: 24
Views: 842

Re: Pacceka Buddha translated as Lonely Buddha ?

Khuddaka Nikaya The Collection of Little Texts 13. Apadana — Stories Biographies, in verse, of the Buddha, 41 Paccekabuddhas ("silent" Buddhas), 549 arahant bhikkhus and 40 arahant bhikkhunis. Many of these stories are characterized by flowery paeans celebrating the glory, wonder, magnificence, etc...
by JiWe2
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gautama a.k.a. Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?
Replies: 174
Views: 5806

Re: Buddha abandoning his wife and child - was it wrong?

If you take the problem with samsara seriously, then the situation is a bit like in the movie Armageddon, where an asteroid is threating all life on earth. Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck decide to leave their daughter/girlfriend Liv Tyler in order to save the world and in the end they destroy that ast...
by JiWe2
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada in 2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2938

Re: Theravada in 2018

Here's an old story how the Buddha's teaching got more followers: Then the venerable Assaji,having dressed in the morning, taking his bowl and robe, entered Rājagaha for almsfood. He was pleasing whether he was approaching or departing, whether he was looking in front or looking behind, whether he w...
by JiWe2
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?
Replies: 79
Views: 2019

Re: Can we attain Nibbana in this day and age?

The Buddha said the suttas will be the teacher when he is gone. This is the answer I was waiting for. But I am looking for the exact word and the Sutta reference. :twothumbsup: The Blessed One’s Final Exhortation: Now the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ānanda, saying: “It may be, Ānanda, that t...
by JiWe2
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 56
Views: 2269

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

I watched yesterday this recent talk by B. Alan Wallace on "The Buddhist Science of Mind." Lots of interesting stuff re: mind, brain, materialism, empirical science, samadhi, different possible dimensions of the concept "mind" etc. and even secular mindfulness is mentioned. This presentation has som...
by JiWe2
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are we nouns or verbs?
Replies: 12
Views: 408

Re: Are we nouns or verbs?

There are nouns, there are verbs, there are processes. "We" are not nouns, "we" are not verbs, "we" are not processes.

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by JiWe2
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 1159

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Phew. I finished the sutta. More than 7 hours did it take me. Last two times I read it (back in 2007 and ca. 2012), it took me about 5 hours, but today I also had breaks and a few other extraneous things to attend to. I was also more attentive while reading it and enjoyed it more than before. It is...
by JiWe2
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Righteous Anger
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: Righteous Anger

One sutta comment regarding anger: Having Slain At Savatthi. Standing to one side, that devatā addressed the Blessed One in verse: “Having slain what does one sleep soundly? Having slain what does one not sorrow? What is the one thing, O Gotama, Whose killing you approve?” The Blessed One: “Having s...