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by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 46
Views: 769

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Alright. I'll commit to practicing minimum 45 minutes a day, and increase to 1.5 hours over the course of 4 months. I want to be able to access first jhana on demand. The rest can come later, as it comes. I'll post anything I think worth noting. I'm following the instruction in The Mind Illuminated,...
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 46
Views: 769

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

Just want to say I love the thread. So nice to have a proper discussion of jhana on the basis of pragmatism. Can we leave notes here? Analyses and comments on our practice?
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 644

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

How? Maybe it does, I don't know. well how i see it if it was indeed so, not saying that it is but if it was so that a person was to hold that the Tathagata exists after death, conceived the Tathagata to be in the consciousness which was reborn and that it was the same consciousness appearing after...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Losing friendships
Replies: 13
Views: 209

Re: Losing friendships

SDC wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:27 pm
Definitely not C
Agreed. B.
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 644

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Why worry about it? There will be people who get it among the Mahayana, just like there are people who don't get it among the Theravada. The label a person applies to themself has almost nothing at all to do with whether they are 'ariya'. I think that whether one believes in the possibility of a re...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 644

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Why worry about it? There will be people who get it among the Mahayana, just like there are people who don't get it among the Theravada. The label a person applies to themself has almost nothing at all to do with whether they are 'ariya'.
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 508

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Aloka wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:44 am
OK - but personally I don't believe in omniscience, or the 32 marks and other myths which appear to elevate the Buddha to a kind of Superman with a weird appearance.


:anjali:
That's because these things are ridiculous, and you are sane.
by Pseudobabble
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 524

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

Bundokji wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:34 am
Anyone came across the idea that thoughts are generated by the heart?
What is referred to as 'mind', and the states that 'mind' can be in, actually encompasses things that in English are typically referred to as emotions, like anger, jealousy, etc.
by Pseudobabble
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: milestone for western Theravada:
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: milestone for western Theravada:

This year 2018 is Bikkhu Bodhi's 45th year of monkhood: Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu! Let us commemorate this milestone by giving homage to Venerable Thanissaro , and wish him success in all his ventures. Let's hope many more follow his path to defeat dukkha and disseminating the teachings in the Buddha's d...
by Pseudobabble
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 513

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL

Grigoris wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:31 pm
Is HHDL a Buddha?
He is considered to be an emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.

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What does that mean?
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1187

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

Grigoris, Asian is not a race. European is not a race. American, Latin, African - none of these are races. Kenyan, not a race. Swedish - not a race. And so on. According to Merriam Webster: Race : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock. I think that qualifies Asians as a rac...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1187

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

Lol, I knew you were going to say that. Grigoris, Asian is not a race. European is not a race. American, Latin, African - none of these are races. Kenyan, not a race. Swedish - not a race. And so on. From the Wikipedia page: A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualitie...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1159

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Yes, I believe so, if it is in line with the teachings of the Three Marks of existence (or the Four Dharma Seals) then I believe it is Dharma and as such the teaching of a Buddha (Buddhism) Fair enough actually. The idea is family resemblance? I guess it all comes down to how orthodox or sectarian ...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 53
Views: 1187

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

Unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or traditions - including psychoanalyzing other members, and predictions or threats of kammic retribution Amazing how you can detect racism in comments which don't mention race.. Is it true that most Asian monasteries are now cultural centers with lit...
by Pseudobabble
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1159

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

No, that is not the claim Tantra makes. What is it that differentiates tantra from sutra then? A Tantra does not have to be taught by the Buddha. That is the major differentiation. Can we really call it Buddhism then? To what extent does a teaching have to deviate from the Pali Canon for it to no l...