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by DooDoot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 386

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

Thank you for expressing your opinion, but the topic is the Noble Truths and the Path, where the constitutionality appears to have little to do with plants and fertilisers. Irrelevant. The Path being conditioned (saṅkhata) does not necessarily mean it is "thought created". The relevant Pali word "s...
by DooDoot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Aiming for a fortunate rebirth
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Aiming for a fortunate rebirth

Yes. For many Buddhists (unable to give up self-view), aiming for a fortunate rebirth is the goal. This is taught in DN 31 & elsewhere. The ascetics and brahmans thus ministered to as the Zenith by a householder show their compassion towards him in six ways: (i) they restrain him from evil, (ii) the...
by DooDoot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 386

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

I was simply quoting the sutta My impression is you were imputing your personal interpretation upon a translation rather than quoting a sutta. In any case much conditionality is clearly connected with thoughts. A plant is conditioned by many things, such as sunlight, water, soil, plant matter, chem...
by DooDoot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 386

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

mikenz66 wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:49 pm
I think that his point was that the Path itself is conditioned... https://suttacentral.net/mn44/en/sujato#10.2
My impression above is you are misconstruing the term "conditioned" to mean "thought-constructed" (rather than "causal"). :smile:
by DooDoot
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain
Replies: 30
Views: 412

Re: Mom dejected about my decision to ordain

I've been quite blessed in the intellectual department and have always been, and still am (currently in uni) the best in my class, and I would argue it wouldn't be such hard work for me to finish the degree either. In respect to your considerations, I would make the monk timeframe the same as the u...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 386

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

It seems to me that just penetrating the 4NT will be enough to get beyond Dukka. So what are the other stuff doing in the nikayas? The suttas appear to say stream-entry was attained from penetrating the 4NTs ( SN 56.11 ) and arahantship was attained from penetrating the three characteristics ( SN 2...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?
Replies: 38
Views: 386

Re: Did the Buddha teach anything other than four noble truths?

:bow: The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths exist, whether or not they are discovered by a Buddha. SarathW seems to be posting Mahayana & Christian ideas, including here . :roll: Whether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this regularity of the Dhamma, this orderlin...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 370

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

The categories are 'man made', the phenomenon not. Exactly. The phenomenon of three types of concentration are not related to verbal categories. Its funny how you ran with SarathW's Christian ideas about "man-made" ideas (which is obviously not Buddhist but Christian). :tongue: Time for bed. DISTIN...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 370

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

Not really. It's like saying that categories are just linguistic constructs which enable verbal and written communication, and which actually have no basis in reality. The above statement sounds non-sequitur to me because degrees or levels of samadhi are unrelated to verbal communication. For examp...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?
Replies: 25
Views: 370

Re: Jhana: are the three types of concentration real?

This is the right answer. Obviously the answer is wrong. Its like saying the ability of an eagle to see more acutely than a human being or for a dog to hear more acutely is "man-made". Its like saying psychological impairments, such as ADD, are "man-made". Its like saying blindness & deafness are "...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 139
Views: 2356

Re: Jhana

Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:32 am
:goodpost:
I find the post terrible because it would create chaos from what is very coherent. Jhana is said to be purity. If it is not purity & if it does not lead to the greater purity of Nibbana (freedom from suffering), what is the point of Dhamma & Buddhism? :shrug:
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: pubbenivāsa
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: pubbenivāsa

Dinsdale wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:33 am
"A hundred thousand rebirths, many eons of contraction...".
Meaningless English words, getting kookier, with even worse translations. The seems the meaning is explained in SN 22.79, which, similar to "satta", you appear to choose to deny. :)
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: pubbenivāsa
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: pubbenivāsa

cappuccino wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:17 am
you're afraid of endless rebirth, this is good, it's why we practice
you're afraid of ending birth, this is not good, it's not why we practice

:focus:
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: pubbenivāsa
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: pubbenivāsa

I don't need to be accomplished in satipatthana to recall my previous addresses! Yes you do, according to SN 22.79: 8-) At Savatthi. “Bhikkhus, those ascetics and brahmins who recollect their manifold past abodes all recollect the five aggregates subject to clinging or a certain one among them . Wh...
by DooDoot
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: About "masculine faculties", "manly effort" etc.

Please provide a name of any woman who is the female version of Hitler, Gengis Khan, or Pol Pot. In my lifetime, to name a few: Margaret Thatcher, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Hilary Clinton, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Gina Haspel, Nimrata Nikki Haley (née Randhawa). https://youtu.be/3JZl...