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by Stephen18
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Referring to the Buddha non-reverentially
Replies: 23
Views: 1665

Re: Referring to the Buddha non-reverentially

During his time people simply called him Goṭama. "Buddha" is just his attainment. Buddhism at the time was called "Goṭama's Dhamma-Vinaya".
by Stephen18
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Validating Mount Meru
Replies: 16
Views: 2897

Re: Validating Mount Meru

I don't think that the Buddha taught about Mount Meru. These must have been insertions in the texts.

The texts have been dabbled with, I'm telling you. Reason with the texts and don't believe everything there. I don't believe in most legends, either.
by Stephen18
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?
Replies: 47
Views: 10026

Re: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?

I just don't think heaven and hell last that long -- it doesn't make any sense to me. We should reason with the texts. I think there are many insertions even in Theravāda texts.
by Stephen18
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?
Replies: 47
Views: 10026

Re: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?

In his commentary, Buddhaghosa eventually increases the life of the sāsana to 5,000 years. During the first 1,000 years, he says, there will be arahants with the four analytical knowledges. The next 1,000 years there will be "bare insight" arahants. The next 1,000 years there will be anāgāmin (non-...
by Stephen18
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why did Vism.'s Buddhaghosa burn all of the Sri Lanka commentaries?
Replies: 6
Views: 2820

Re: Why did Vism.'s Buddhaghosa burn all of the Sri Lanka commentaries?

He didn't burn ALL of them. He burned them because they were wrong and would confuse and delude people.
by Stephen18
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Quote from Mahasi Sayadaw
Replies: 17
Views: 4368

Re: Quote from Mahasi Sayadaw

I just don't think this is a good translation or what actually happened.
by Stephen18
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 34
Views: 5092

Re: Stream enterers and sexual desire

Tom wrote: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:00 am Does attaining stream entry decrease sexual desire?
Not necessarily.
by Stephen18
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!
Replies: 11
Views: 1813

Re: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!

Hi Oli, glad to hear that.

Have we perhaps met at Wat Sriratanaram? Or is that a different Oli or Olly?
by Stephen18
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!
Replies: 11
Views: 1813

Re: Manchester UK like-minded associate quest!

Hi! I live in Manchester, UK. I have visited a few temples and centres already. Just search for "Buddhist temples" or "Buddhist centres" on Google Maps and you'll find all of them. In the past, I have been associated with a Sri Lankan temple in Wythenshawe called Ketumati Buddhist Vihara. Just searc...
by Stephen18
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: "Seeing one's good or bad deeds" sutta
Replies: 0
Views: 826

"Seeing one's good or bad deeds" sutta

I know it's in the Dhammapada, but are there also other suttas where it's mentioned how "one sees one's past good or bad deeds"?
by Stephen18
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: whats the main teaching in buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 2033

Re: whats the main teaching in buddhism

The Four Noble Truths are the main teaching in Buddhism.
by Stephen18
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: Ignorance and Delusion -- Sutta?

In my opinion, ignorance is not understanding, knowing and seeing things in their true nature (as they really are), especially not knowing and seeing suffering, etc., while delusion means seeing things in a perverted, wrong way (the four vipallāsas): seeing the impermanent as permanent, taking what ...
by Stephen18
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Difference between the Tipitaka and the Pāli Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Re: Difference between the Tipitaka and the Pāli Canon

Thank you, Bhante, for this exhaustive reply!
by Stephen18
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Difference between the Tipitaka and the Pāli Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Difference between the Tipitaka and the Pāli Canon

Is it true, as I assume, that the Pāli Canon contains the Tipitaka plus the Commentaries and Subcommentaries, whereas the Tipitaka only includes the Vinaya, Suttas and the Abhidhamma books?
by Stephen18
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What do you think about Triratna?
Replies: 16
Views: 2977

What do you think about Triratna?

What do you think about Triratna (former Friends of the Western Buddhist Order)?