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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: 172
Views: 2048

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: 1352

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: 1182

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: 1082

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: 185

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: 264

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: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Righteous Anger
Replies: 8
Views: 287

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...
by JiWe2
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Ignoring jury duty request
Replies: 29
Views: 1274

Re: Ignoring jury duty request

Yeah, living according to the laws/rules/regulations of one's surrounding community is usually good for one's peace of mind. And a peaceful mind is often beneficial in one's buddhist practice. This thread reminded me of Plato's Crito (tr. by G.M.A. Grube): SOCRATES: “Reflect now, Socrates,” the laws...
by JiWe2
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda
Replies: 71
Views: 4296

Re: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda

"Now the child has recognised the rubber ball not by the name that the world has given it, but by those factors included under 'name' in nāma-rūpa, namely feeling, perception, intention, contact and attention." "This shows that the definition of nāma in nāma-rūpa takes us back to the most fundament...
by JiWe2
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda
Replies: 71
Views: 4296

Re: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda

.... The only reference as a pre-Bhuddist text in yours galore, is the reference to the Bṛi. Up.6.5.3. And it has the meaning of **explained**, as in: "These white Yajuses (sacrificial formulas) are **explained** by Yājnavalkya". Here **explained** means: "in his view". As in "what he deems to be"....
by JiWe2
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda
Replies: 71
Views: 4296

Re: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda

In Pali, Akkheyya is the gerund of akkhāti (in SN 1.20 above) Akkhāti,[ā + khyā] - to declare, tell. Sanskrit, Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch: ākhyā (von khyā mit ā) f. Benennung, Name khyā — ā — 4) "benennen, Jmd" oder "Etwas als Etwas bezeichnen" ; mit zwei acc.: saptasāmopagī...
by JiWe2
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda
Replies: 71
Views: 4296

Re: Bhikkhu Anālayo’s e-learning course on the Nibbana sermons by Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñāṇananda

Those who did not register (like me!) need not fear. From the link that Mike gave: The last day to register was April 20. In late July/early August, we will publicly post all the content from this lecture series. :woohoo: Not sure when they made these Nibbāna Lectures of Bhikkhu Anālayo available, ...
by JiWe2
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'
Replies: 47
Views: 6768

Re: The racial appearance of the Buddha: Vasala 'outcaste'

The primary piece of evidence that Beckwith provides for the Buddha being Scythian is that the epithet Śakamuni, in its Gāndhārī spelling, could be inter- preted to mean ‘Sage of the Sakas’, i.e. an eastern branch of the Scythian people, rather than the usual ‘Sage of the Sakyans’, i.e. a clan that...
by JiWe2
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Is insight practiced in or out of jhana?
Replies: 25
Views: 963

Re: Is insight practiced in or out of jhana?

"Whatever qualities there are in the first/second/third/fourth jhana — [...] — he ferreted them out one after another. Known to him they arose, known to him they remained, known to him they subsided. He discerned, 'So this is how these qualities, not having been, come into play. Having been, they v...
by JiWe2
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Introductory resources
Replies: 43
Views: 24568

Re: Introductory resources

The Life and Teachings of the Buddha, According to the oldest texts, Compiled from various sources by Allan R. Bomhard (2015) "This work started out as a revision of the 4th edition (1988) of The Buddha and His Teachings by Nārada Mahāthera (1898—1983). However, so many changes have been made and so...
by JiWe2
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Recommended reading
Replies: 46
Views: 28757

Re: Recommended reading

Buddhist Meditation In Theory and Practice A General Exposition According to the Pāḷi Canon of the Theravādin School Original Author Paravahera Vajirañāṇa Mahāthera (1962) New Edition Revised and Edited by Allan R. Bomhard (2010) "In preparing the Charleston Buddhist Fellowship edition of this manua...
by JiWe2
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Best metta teachers, talks and guided meditations?

Bhante Sujato's 2007 Metta Meditation Course, based on Ajahn Maha Chatchai's method:

http://santifm.org/santi/downloads/Retr ... pfb-cat-33
by JiWe2
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
Replies: 40
Views: 1727

Re: Suttanipata trans. by Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi

A solitary rhino having a single horn <-> a solitary wanderer having a single aim?
by JiWe2
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Anicca, Dukkaha and Anatta pre-Buddhist teaching?
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Are Anicca, Dukkaha and Anatta pre-Buddhist teaching?

The Anatta Lakkhana Sutta (https://suttacentral.net/pi/sn22.59) says, "..Vedanā anattā. Vedanā ca hidaṃ, bhikkhave, attā abhavissa, nayidaṃ vedanā ābādhāya saṃvatteyya, labbhetha ca vedanāya: ‘evaṃ me vedanā hotu, evaṃ me vedanā mā ahosī’ti. Yasmā ca kho, bhikkhave, vedanā anattā,." So, what is mea...
by JiWe2
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Anicca, Dukkaha and Anatta pre-Buddhist teaching?
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Are Anicca, Dukkaha and Anatta pre-Buddhist teaching?

The Patama Adhamma Sutta in the Anguttara Nikaya (https://suttacentral.net/pi/an10.113) says:“Adhammo ca, bhikkhave, veditabbo anattho ca; dhammo ca veditabbo attho ca“.  It means: “Bhikkhus, it is to be comprehended that adhamma leads to anattä (helplessness), and dhamma leads to attä (refuge in ...