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by Stiphan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

They mention him smiling on certain pertinent occasions, but what about laughing?

Teachers like Ajahn Chah would laugh a lot sometimes.
by Stiphan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path

To succeed in Buddhist practice (and in life), one needs certain basic qualities and traits, which serve as a foundation for the development of higher and deeper qualities. For example, first of all, you need honesty and sincerity - acceptance of truth - whether of your current state or whether the ...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

:thumbsup: I like it. The only thing I'd change (for me) would be that #9 "Teaching, instructing, helping and caring for others" would come earlier or perhaps mentioned that it can be simultaneous with earlier stages. One need not wait until full enlightenment before helping and caring for others. ...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

On seconds thoughts, I can see the possibility of inserting two further important stages, namely, Right View (in between #5 and #6) and "Letting go of, abandoning, eliminating and overcoming all defilements, taints, fetters, etc." in between #7 and #8 (though these happen gradually, and in stages th...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 56

The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

All we need to do to achieve a certain goal is two things: gain the theoretical and practical knowledge through learning and then put that knowledge into practice through effort. The result will be the attainment of our original goal. The Buddha summarised this into the threefold division of the Dha...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 11
Views: 167

Re: Dukkha

I think that's supposed to happen. What you mean by "disgust" might also be rendered "revulsion" or "disenchantment", nibbidā . If you see this page which provides translations for nibbidā, it also mentions "disgust with worldly life." In vipassanā it's one of the sixteen stages, and it refers to re...
by Stiphan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Phew. I finished the sutta. More than 7 hours did it take me. Last two times I read it (back in 2007 and ca. 2012), it took me about 5 hours, but today I also had breaks and a few other extraneous things to attend to. I was also more attentive while reading it and enjoyed it more than before. It is ...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 304

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Well, the Noble Eightfold Path begins with Right view. Right view is a facet of wisdom, and wisdom is knowing, seeing and understanding truth. So truthfulness and honesty, and the acknowledgement and appreciation of truth is a prerequisite, or what you first need, before you start practicing the Nob...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

I am reading DN 16 now, and I saw Sāriputta mentioned therein (declaring his bull's statement that there has never been, will be nor is now anyone greater than the Buddha), and I was like "Wait a minute, didn't Sāriputta die long before the Buddha's last journey?". In DN 16, he is mentioned precise...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Thanks heaps, perkele!
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Nicolas wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:29 pm
Stiphan wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
But the Lord, as swiftly as a strong man might stretch out his flexed arm or flex it again, vanished from this side of the Ganges and reappeared with his order of monks on the other shore.
Did the Buddha and the monks teleport themselves?
Yes.
Awesome!
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

And by the way, I just came to this (at 1.33): And then the Lord came to the River Ganges. And just then, the river was so full that a crow could drink out of it. And some people were looking for a boat, and some were looking for a raft, and some were binding together a raft of reeds to get to the o...
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 158

Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

I am reading DN 16 now, and I saw Sāriputta mentioned therein (declaring his bull's statement that there has never been, will be nor is now anyone greater than the Buddha), and I was like "Wait a minute, didn't Sāriputta die long before the Buddha's last journey?". In DN 16, he is mentioned precisel...
by Stiphan
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?
Replies: 110
Views: 1532

Re: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?

I don't know if this classifies as "hatred", but the Buddha has this to say about certain psychic powers in the Kevaṭṭa Sutta [aka Kevaḍḍha Sutta]:

‘And that is why, Kevaddha, seeing the danger of such miracles, I dislike, reject and despise them.
-DN 11 / D I 213
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New moderator: Sam Vara!
Replies: 32
Views: 527

Re: New moderator: Sam Vara!

Well done, Sam!
by Stiphan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?
Replies: 110
Views: 1532

Re: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?

I want to thank Sam Vara and Nicolas, and I can now say that I agree with them that there is no room for hatred towards anything, let alone anyone. In such cases as I previously might have opined that "hating evil might be appropriate," I now believe that one should arouse equanimity instead and the...
by Stiphan
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A happy new year
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: A happy new year

I don't have any resolutions, but I have great plans that I will have to start carrying out on January 1. Should be an awesome year for me and I am quite looking forward to it! For the world... I hope so, but politically it seems to be going downhill since Brexit and Trump's election. The worst I am...
by Stiphan
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do plants feel pain?
Replies: 13
Views: 248

Do plants feel pain?

I'll tell you a short funny story first. Back in February, I was in a park near Manchester airport. I had been walking through a huge field of grass, and I was only 5 metres away from the asphalt alley, when suddenly I wondered: "Hang on a second, does the grass underneath me actually feel pain when...
by Stiphan
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and alcohol
Replies: 145
Views: 2828

Re: Buddhism and alcohol

Alcohol is so disgusting and harmful as to be beyond belief. I've only tried a couple of glasses of a few beverages, just to try it, the taste was terrible, except wine. Overall, I've drunk less than 20 glasses of alcohol in my life, all in my teens before becoming a Buddhist. Drugs are even worse, ...
by Stiphan
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Alone not lonely
Replies: 14
Views: 310

Re: Alone not lonely

Thanks Stephen your advice to just do good a few years ago was the catalyst in my recovery. Thank you. Without that I doubt I would be where I am today psychologically. Wishing you great fortune 😀 That's awesome, Befriend! I'm really glad to hear that. Now learn to be your own best friend, then you...