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by Wind
Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism hard for the righteous woman among unjust men
Replies: 62
Views: 6027

Re: Buddhism hard for the righteous woman among unjust men

When a girl grows up and becomes a parent, she is known as the mother. When a boy grows up and becomes a parent, he is known as the father. Can a girl be a father? Can a guy be a mother? Is the mother second best to the father or are they equal? An arahant and a buddha both achieve the same goal of ...
by Wind
Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In memory of Individual
Replies: 20
Views: 1796

Re: In memory of Individual

Truly sad news. What was individual's avatar? I recognize people by their avatars. It's another reminder our time here is not very long.
by Wind
Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Lay Sangha" in monasteries?
Replies: 15
Views: 3225

Re: Establish a "Hermitage" for Lay Practitioners?

Yea. I have thought about that idea too. I would definitely join. But I would prefer it to have more individuality than to have the board rule over everyone and set the rules. I prefer more freedom. In China, there is a mountain where hermit monks would go and set up residence, most of the monks the...
by Wind
Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How did life begin on Earth?
Replies: 1
Views: 352

How did life begin on Earth?

What do you think how life begin on this planet? Is it a random event of conditions that life arises or is there a metaphysical forces behind such event? Does dependent origination play any role?
by Wind
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: When Buddhists get a tick....
Replies: 129
Views: 11420

Re: When Buddhists get a tick....

This question reminds me of the tapeworm scenario posted in another thread. If you don't kill the tapeworm, it will eventually eat you to death. And I think the best answer is try to remove it without killing it, but if it dies then simply live with the bad karma, but even those who had killed can s...
by Wind
Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Why should we care about the new life after rebirth?
Replies: 20
Views: 3302

Re: Why should we care about the new life after rebirth?

She pointed out that: between Terasi and Teraso there is no memory link, nor there is any knowledge of each other, so those two are basically two different people. Hi Terasi. This part is not necessarily true. Some people do remember past lives but most forget. There have been modern example of peo...
by Wind
Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's knowledge of Galaxies
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Buddha's knowledge of Galaxies

Right, and I can't find this on the Internet. Is it just not translated yet? They are translated but not yet available online. Bhikkhu Boddhi has translated most of the Nikayas. I have some of them and the passage I wrote above is from his translations. I recommend attaining the Books from Wisdom P...
by Wind
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Punnaji)
Replies: 26
Views: 3991

Re: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Pujjani)

I just realize Retro butchered his name. :lol: I'm sure if Bhante Punnaji was here, he would be interested in reading about Bhante Pujjani's insight. :D
by Wind
Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha's knowledge of Galaxies
Replies: 7
Views: 1315

Re: Buddha's knowledge of Galaxies

In Majjhima Nikaya, it's in 3.123 not 124. I'll quote the sutta Acchariya-abbhuta for you: I heard and learned this from the Blessed One's own lips: 'When the Bodhisatta passed away from the Tusita heaven and descended into his mother's womb, then a great immeasurable light surpassing the splendour ...
by Wind
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 37120

Free-will is it an illusion?

Christians would say God gave us Free-will. Does Free-will exist? Or is it similar to Anatta where it's only an illusion?
by Wind
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Punnaji)
Replies: 26
Views: 3991

Re: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Pujjani)

But what sort of philosophy? He will cite different western philosophers on their perspective on human experience and then explain how it relates to Buddha's perspective. He explains that Buddhism is part philosophy, part psychotherapy, and part religion. He uses his experience in the medical field...
by Wind
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Punnaji)
Replies: 26
Views: 3991

Re: http://www.protobuddhism.com/ (Ven. Pujjani)

Ven. Punnaji is a great teacher. I have been listening to his Dhamma talk in the past week. He sheds new lights into the Dhamma. I find his translations of key terms very insightful. He is not like Buddhadasa. His background is in philosophy, psychology and he was a practicing physician at one point...
by Wind
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahants and iddhi
Replies: 26
Views: 3661

Re: Arahants and iddhi

I'm with kkrotu on this. I would love to see someone show some superhuman powers. Just so that it would open the eyes of people to the possibility that what they think to be certain is not quite so esp the scientific community and the atheist who hold a pure material nihilistic world view. Lately, e...
by Wind
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How 's your summer going?
Replies: 48
Views: 2633

Re: How 's your summer going?

I live in Madeira Island so i have a nice warm weather without extreme temperatures. 8-) How did you manage to live there? I always want to live in a small obscure island. So nice. I was born here. It's not all good. The island is too small for me (it has 250,000 inhabitants). I preffer Lisbon (the...
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How 's your summer going?
Replies: 48
Views: 2633

Re: How 's your summer going?

Modus.Ponens wrote:I live in Madeira Island so i have a nice warm weather without extreme temperatures. 8-)
How did you manage to live there? I always want to live in a small obscure island. So nice.
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Way to Stream-entry
Replies: 18
Views: 1572

Re: The Way to Stream-entry

Hi Wind, I know this has been discussed to death...but when one hits stream entry, those fetters dissolve away automatically. You really don't have to worry about whether or not you can do it. Focus instead on the factors that will lead to stream entry :smile: I wish that your aspiration will come ...
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why didn't the Buddha teach around the world?
Replies: 59
Views: 4156

Re: Why didn't the Buddha teach around the world?

Who gets to define what powers he does and does not have? There is a simpler explanation: that he was a biologically human spiritual teacher, not a magical being. The Buddha defines some of the powers in the suttas. He not only demonstrated them but he also listed the type of psychic powers that ar...
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Way to Stream-entry
Replies: 18
Views: 1572

Re: The Way to Stream-entry

I'm with you starter. I'm aiming for stream-entry. Arahanship is way out of my league.

About the three fetters:

Rites and Rituals: I don't really have a problem with this.
Doubt: I have little bit of this.
Identity View: This is the hardest one.
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: About not kill any living being
Replies: 107
Views: 10935

Re: About not kill any living being

octathlon wrote: A tapeworm is infesting you and threatening your life, but you must not kill it?

That tapeworm scenario is a tough one. What would be the best solution?
by Wind
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Farewell Blackbird!
Replies: 60
Views: 7803

Re: Farewell Blackbird!

Coming back to NZ in late August, 'tis a long story and I don't have much time at this internet cafe. So in a month or so I will sit down and tell you everything (if you want to hear it). Moved from Meetirigala to Sumantipala, Kanduboda today. It's easier for the occidental here in Kanduboda and th...