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by zan
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...
Replies: 105
Views: 4347

Re: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...

Quotes only: 34. Like a dream, like an illusion, Like a city of Gandharvas, So have arising, abiding, And ceasing been explained. This chapter thus brings the first principal section of Mulamadhyamakakarika to a close, drawing together the threads spun in the earlier chapters to produce a thorough d...
by zan
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...
Replies: 105
Views: 4347

Re: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...

And if I’m wrong, and Nagarjuna and all Madhyamaka taught that all is mind and mind doesn’t exist, or nothing exists with no exceptions - heck, maybe I even misunderstood Chandrakirti and Garfield too and they actually taught the same - then this whole conversation is utterly pointless and if you tr...
by zan
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...
Replies: 105
Views: 4347

Re: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...

Be forewarned; this is a Frankenstein post. This is the result of me having mulled this over and written a little. Then predicted some counters people may have or learned new information and added it to it to include responses to these hypothetical counters and any new information. Lather, rinse, re...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?

Hi Zan, I remember something said by Sayadaw U Silananda(the venerable who provided the wonderful tables found in Bhikkhu Bodhi's Manual of Abhidhamma) . He said that the Pali commentaries were written by Theravadin Monks for Theravadin Monks(kind of obvious). And at least a beginners knowledge of ...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?

.. the Pali commentaries were written by Theravadin Monks for Theravadin Monks(kind of obvious). And at least a beginners knowledge of Abhidhamma is assumed. He recommended at least learning the Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha(Manual of Abhidhamma) for better access of the Commentaries.... As a relative amat...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Nagarjuna wants Mahayanists to fear śrāvakas as one who loves life fears beheading
Replies: 92
Views: 3813

Re: Nagarjuna wants Mahayanists to fear śrāvakas as one who loves life fears beheading

I was wondering if they are compatible even with a little tweaking. Seems they're not. Even though I've said they are not compatible I'd like to add that maybe they are compatible starting with one level of awakening and higher, e.g. sotapanna and higher. So it is really about the doctrine of Thera...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?

I've read most of the Visuddhimagga and found the exact opposite: the vast majority of it is incredibly useful for practical purposes and for illuminating some of the more obscure dhamma points. Have you joined Bhikkhu Sujato's short course, The Visuddhimagga for Sutta lovers? https://learn.dhamman...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

Advice from random person on the internet alert: maybe you pick which suttas resonate with you and practice them I like the Rahula sutta for purifying morality and the sevitabbasevitabba sutta which states bad karma gets de pleated by cultivating good kamma. These simple yet powerful suttas resonat...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

Bhante gunaratana purposefully talks in everyday practical form so people can understand what he's trying to say no riddles or abstract stuff. He has a traditional view on theravadan Buddhism and teaches from suttas. He explains the 8 fold path in a way that all the factors tie into and support eac...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

Read it! Great stuff thanks again. However I'm looking for pithy, but not necessarily short in the sense of time. Though perhaps this ultimately covers both when you think about it. The Suttanta approach focuses on the Suttas only, but not for the purpose of being pithy, but rather because it is Bu...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

zan That said, because it might be good to have a very succinct dhamma interpretation in mind for when I've overwhelmed myself with information, surely there must be some interpretation of the Theravada teaching that is decidedly simple, austere and pithy? Assuming that you know all the basics of m...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

That said, because it might be good to have a very succinct dhamma interpretation in mind for when I've overwhelmed myself with information, surely there must be some interpretation of the Theravada teaching that is decidedly simple, austere and pithy? You might benefit from this: http://aimwell.or...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?

Greetings zan, Your views fit very well with certain Mahayana schools (and of course certain unorthodox Theravada interpretations, themselves in sync with certain Mahayana schools) and are firmly opposed to orthodox Theravada, no? I wouldn't make this topic about me, because it's not about me and w...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?
Replies: 16
Views: 484

Re: What is the least complicated Theravada offshoot?

Greetings, I doubt there's anyone anywhere who knows and actively practices everything ever noted in the Pali texts. Everyone will have their suttas, schemas, practices etc. that resonate most, and they will become the foundation for their (hopefully) Right View. Why don't you find out which of tho...
by zan
Fri May 22, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Where outside of Dhammawheel can one ask Orthodox Theravada questions and get Orthodox answers?

Greetings zan, Is there another forum? An email for a temple or Bhikkhu/Bhikkhuni or some other source? Part of the challenge you'll face is that very few places will demarcate between Theravada (broadly) and a strict Mahavihara/Classical perspective. The former E-Sangha site was perhaps the first ...