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by mettafuture
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

DooDoot wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:37 pm
mettafuture wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:40 pm
much of Khuddaka Nikāya, was inessential
Mucalinda Sutta appears to be Heartwood. The Udana is often very deep.
Thank you for your reply.
Most of the Digha Nikaya is unessential, imo. :smile:
Why do you say that? :D
by mettafuture
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 159

What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

It’s been said that a lesson can be learned from every sutta. I’ve been reading the Udāna after mostly overlooking it—believing that it, like much of Khuddaka Nikāya, was inessential; I was sorely mistaken. The other day, I came across the Muccalinda Sutta (translations: Ṭhānissaro / Anandajoti / Ir...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Sutta Commentary Resources

name-and-form has five constituents in the suttas and four in vsm. and the commentarial method of dividing metta between oneself and friendly, neutral, and hostile is also disagreeable. Interesting. You've given me something to think over. I've downloaded the PDF. I mainly wanted the Visuddhimagga ...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?
Replies: 23
Views: 388

Re: What difficulties did you have when you started reading suttas?

At the start of study, I had problems with many of these. :lol: I didn't know where to start; for my old staunch atheist self, the heavens and hells were almost a deal breaker; every sutta looked pretty much the same; and it frustrated me that so many of the suttas weren't available for me to read. ...
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Re: Sutta Commentary Resources

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 7:15 pm
the visuddhimagga is very late and contradicts the suttas in several places
It does? I didn't know this.

Do you have any examples on hand?
by mettafuture
Mon May 28, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sutta Commentary Resources
Replies: 11
Views: 175

Sutta Commentary Resources

One of my favorite things is sutta commentary. Is anyone familiar sutta commentary resources—past or present—like papers, books, audio, or perhaps translations of the original commentaries? I know of a few: BSWA Deeper Dhamma The Visuddhimagga Bhikkhu Ṭhānissaro: Study Guides Piya Tan Sutta Discover...
by mettafuture
Sat May 26, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: praying to devas
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: praying to devas

There are paritta (protective) recitations that one can do, but, if I recall, these are usually directed to the Buddha. There's also devanussati (recollection of the devas) where one meditates on the qualities of the devas. This practice is outlined in AN 11.12 , and deconstructed in 15.13 of Piya T...
by mettafuture
Sat May 26, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma and Abortion
Replies: 63
Views: 1967

Re: Dhamma and Abortion

Politically, I'm very progressive. I support gun control, the disassembly of enforced gender roles, and civil rights for all (particularly the marginalized). But when it comes to abortion, I find it difficult to voice my full-throated support for it. I understand that abortion can be a medical neces...
by mettafuture
Fri May 25, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Perhaps relevant to this discussion, in response to a question about why the Buddha would teach reappearance by aspiration/rebirth by choice ( MN 120 ), Bhikku Bodhi gives a helpful analogy illustrating the correlation between our abilities and aspirations, and how the Buddha's teachings accommodate...
by mettafuture
Fri May 25, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dharma Talks or Videos
Replies: 75
Views: 16497

Re: Dharma Talks or Videos

Piya Tan—Why Buddhism is True-2018 https://youtu.be/SuQ_tsmgAxs An insightful talk by Piya Tan inspired by the book ' Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment ' by evolutionary psychologist Robert Wright. I found Piya Tan's dharmafarer.org page while doing a ...
by mettafuture
Wed May 16, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Another weakness, which I think is particularly common in Western dhamma circles, is to emphasize meditation as the main or only practice for all Buddhists. I have come to see that there are more than a few Buddhists with significant emotional or psychiatric conditions which make it a bad idea for ...
by mettafuture
Tue May 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?
Replies: 95
Views: 1599

Re: can you be atheist and theravada buddhist?

When I first started on the path about 15 years ago, I asked these same questions. Just the mere mention of "deities" in the texts was almost a deal breaker for me. So I focused on just the parts that I found useful, specifically the teachings on mindfulness and equanimity. Overtime, as my greed, an...
by mettafuture
Tue May 15, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Zom wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 4:29 pm
The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony. Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was inspired by this site.
Unlikely. Good and experienced buddhists who know suttas well, will come to such Dhamma presentation naturally.
Good point. You might be right.
by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

What are your thoughts? Here: A Constitution for Living: Buddhist Principles for a Fruitful and Harmonious Life It's nice how each section clearly states which sutta is being reference. The structure reminds me of The Buddha's Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony . Perhaps Bhikkhu Bodhi was ins...
by mettafuture
Mon May 14, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?
Replies: 30
Views: 628

Re: Drawbacks of a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching Dhamma?

Taking this into consideration, when teaching the laity today, perhaps it would be more appropriate to focus more on the teachings directed to them, and less on the teachings directed to monastics. Personally, as a lay follower, I've found the teachings to lay people to be far more pertinent. What ...