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by new
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Spread of Dhamma in Buddha's lifetime
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Spread of Dhamma in Buddha's lifetime

Just guessing here. Maybe because persons with "least dust in their eyes" happened all to live in India where Buddha was also born (i.e. due to their past kamma: right place and right time). Also, if I'm not mistaken there is a sutta where lands outside of India are described as barbaric.
by new
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Sleep regulation
Replies: 17
Views: 771

Re: Sleep regulation

Although, I myself have disciplinal problems with good sleep (I am often too excited to go to sleep). Maybe, I can give a few tips: not from a Buddhist perspective but from my own experience. 1. Figure out how much sleep you need, observe yourself for a week: when do you feel tired and when not, whe...
by new
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Greetings

Hello. Welcome. :hello:

I have read In Buddha's Words too, as my first book about Buddhism, it's a good compilation of suttas with introductions, elaborations by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Much success with your learning!
by new
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Doubts: cosmology, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Re: Doubts: cosmology, etc.

Thank you for all your responses! :thanks: Now, let me try to answer... :juggling: I've never felt bothered by them, and they don't seem important to me. To me, they have the lowest priority of possible issues to resolve. I think that if I were to see a naga, or someone performing "supernatural powe...
by new
Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Doubts: cosmology, etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 1026

Doubts: cosmology, etc.

:namaste: There are a few points that cause doubts in me. Sorry, I don't have the exact sources at the moment, but I think you all have come across them in the suttas. 1. Does the Buddha imply that the moon shines by itself? Monks, there are these three things which shine forth for all to see, which...
by new
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

Re: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path

Yo hi, bhante, iminā ariyena aṭṭhaṅgikena maggena samannāgato, ayaṃ vuccati sotāpanno. The key word is samannāgato ("endowed with"), which is why iminā ariyena aṭṭhaṅgikena maggena ("this noble eightfold path") is instrumental. The previous few lines equated the noble eightfold path with the stream...
by new
Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

Re: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path

Wow, lots of answers here. :thanks: I don't have the time right now to read/answer all of them, but I'm going to do it later. :reading: My version is that it simply means knowing the Path. Rather than knowing directions as one is instructed a Stream Winner has arrived at the Destination and knows th...
by new
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: To possess the Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

To possess the Noble Eightfold Path

In Saṃyutta Nikāya 55:5 the Buddha says that one who possesses the Noble Eightfold Path is called a stream-enterer. What does it mean to possess the Noble Eightfold Path?
by new
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Four stages of training and Four stages of enlightenment
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: Four stages of training and Four stages of enlightenment

The way it works, is that having attained any of the three lower paths, the Noble One then has two choices: strive to attain nibbāna again for longer and longer periods at the same stage, or to strive for the higher paths. Thank you, Bhante. But, I'm currently trying to study using mostly sutta sou...
by new
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Four stages of training and Four stages of enlightenment
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Four stages of training and Four stages of enlightenment

I'm reading 'In the Buddha's Words', there is an excerpt from AN 8:59. It talks about the eight training stages: 1. the stream-enterer 3. the once-returner 5. the nonreturner 7. the arahant & 2, 4, 6, 8 the one practicing for the realization of the fruit of a stage above. Can one be in a stage of en...
by new
Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Re: The Wheel of Saṃsāra

No matter how good a person is, he/she still has bad kamma from previous lives. This kamma can arise anytine when conditions are suitable. Unless one attain at least the stage of sotapanna, this person will wall be subject of rebirth in all the six realms. An important point to know is that living ...
by new
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Re: The Wheel of Saṃsāra

Thanks for answering! A crude analogy is the rocket fuel that propels a rocket into space. Without a sufficient level of fuel to push the rocket beyond the reach of earth gravity force, no matter how high the rocket climbs, eventually it'll fall back down. I think your analogy misses that we create ...
by new
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: The Wheel of Saṃsāra
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

The Wheel of Saṃsāra

I remember reading that we all have been wandering really long in this saṃsāra, that we likely experienced life in all realms of rebirth. Also another, I think, implicit point, about the impossibility to stay in a particular realm indefinitely. But, I don't understand why. In general I would expect ...
by new
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Re: Hello

Thank you, everybody. :namaste:
by new
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Hello

Hey, I'm new. 8-) As you can see, I joined a few weeks ago. I'm interested in learning about Theravada Buddhism and what the Buddha really taught. I usually don't post much on forums, so maybe you won't see me a lot around here. My other interests include: psychology, philosophy (epistemology, skept...