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by Dharmasherab
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency
Replies: 7
Views: 800

8 Precepts - bare minimum frequency

This is just a question where I am asking for a confirmation. To my knowledge, it is recommended for lay Buddhists to follow the 8 Precepts at least 4 times a month, ideally based on the phases of the moon. But sometimes such days don't nicely fall into weekends, where they are like normal working d...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Precepts
Replies: 30
Views: 9781

Re: 8 Precepts

I am on 8 Precepts these days and following them in a less than ideal manner at home (which is still better than just attempting to follow the 5 Precepts). As for my bed, I took the mat and kept it on the floor and this is where I sleep at night. Being a Unfortunately, I have been violating this pre...
by Dharmasherab
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?
Replies: 26
Views: 3816

Re: Is there a good reason to call western monks Ajahn?

Let's look at the word 'Ajahn'. Ajahn is a Thai adaptation of the Sanskrit word 'Acarya' which means teacher. Even in Thailand, the word Ajahn is used for certain types of teachers who are not always monastics. Even among the laypeople where this term is used, they may not be Buddhist or have any co...
by Dharmasherab
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

Do ancient Indian languages like Pali have a separate word for self, that is not attā? Is/was attā used interchangeably for self and soul outside of the Buddhist religion (for example by the Brahmanists/Hindus)? I think answering this question would help to understand the situation a little bit for...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?
Replies: 15
Views: 1089

Re: Why is anattā translated as [no self]?

One of the reasons behind this is because the English language does not have a single word equivalent for the Pali term 'Anatta. What 'Anatta' is trying to describe is a lack of permanent essence (in any aggregate that constitutes a sentient being). But if this descriptive phrase appeared each and e...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can one go for full Bhikkhu ordination in a different Theravada monastic lineage after committing a Parajika in another?
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Can one go for full Bhikkhu ordination in a different Theravada monastic lineage after committing a Parajika in another?

Unfortunately a good friend of mine committed a Parajika offence and is being relegated back to being a Novice (Samanera). My question is whether a Parajika offence committed under a particular monastic lineage where the offender is no longer allowed to become a Bhikkhu, whether that only applies wi...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?
Replies: 97
Views: 5260

Re: Should Buddhist monks involve with the climate change debate?

It’s important to start by appreciating that Buddhism is not for a better Samsara. It’s about appreciating that our freedom from suffering is not to do with changing the external conditions but to accept the freedom of suffering comes from within. I am not trying to advocate a view that we should be...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 1699

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

Dependent origination did not lengthen into 12 links. To the contrary, it was reduced in length for more simple explanations. I suggest my explanations. I have no doubts at all about it. What are the additional links which did not make it to the 12 links? Does it mean that the additional ones are u...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links
Replies: 43
Views: 1699

Re: Buddha did not teach12 dependent arising links

This is a difficult one given that the Dependent Co-Arising (PaticcaSamuppada) link different steps on how Ignorance leads to Dukkha, but the issue is with the actual number of steps between the Ignorance (the cause) and Dukkha (the result). Unfortunately I do not have any reference to sources, but ...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?
Replies: 31
Views: 5410

Re: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?

Some of your understandings here are not entirely correct. It might be best if you could read through Bhikkhu Analayo's works but at your level, it may be too advanced for you so you can start with 'Mindfulness in Plain English' by Bhante Gunaratana. One needs to be skilled in swimming before they c...
by Dharmasherab
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?
Replies: 31
Views: 5410

Re: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?

Be careful not to over-conceptualise these teachings. The path to enlightenment is free from concepts. It seems the Pali Buddha did not teach or emphasize the above. The above not only sounds like Mahayana but, worse, it also sounds like conceptualization. In other words, it seems the concept of no...
by Dharmasherab
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?
Replies: 31
Views: 5410

Re: Are the "feeling faculties" in the Suttas belated Abhidhamma?

Be careful not to over-conceptualise these teachings. The path to enlightenment is free from concepts. So trying to create more concepts in your mind could become the biggest obstacle you will have to your path. Best to meditate more and experience it will be my kind advice to you. Best wishes :medi...
by Dharmasherab
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Buddhism and Abortion
Replies: 2
Views: 1870

Buddhism and Abortion

I want to begin by saying that I have no political affiliation or political loyalty. I am politically neutral. Politics is something which I dont want to know about and I am in the process of unlearning anything political that I know. I say this because people are very quick to assume that some stat...