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by pitakele
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 14
Views: 74

Re: The Dhamma

Should add more choices, e.g. 'Nature' or 'The Way Things Are'.

Verbal root of dhamma/dharma is 'dhār' -> dhāreti, 'that which is held to'.
by pitakele
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is...
Replies: 51
Views: 1081

Re: Theravada is...

SDC wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:59 pm
Excellent definitive post!
by pitakele
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: gandhabba
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: gandhabba

So I would classify "attainment" in those times as either a supermundane or supernormal attainment. Jhanas are neither supermundane nor supernormal. Abhinnas and magga phalas are. This is Pācittiya 8 Yo pana bhikkhu anupasampannassa uttarimanussadham-maṃ āroceyya bhūtasmiṃ, pācittiya A monk who tel...
by pitakele
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: gandhabba
Replies: 18
Views: 350

Re: gandhabba

.... the Vinaya forbids monks declaring attainments to laypeople yet the suttas appear to have many accounts of monks declaring attainments to laypeople. I am aware of the Vinaya rule, but no accounts of monks declaring attainments in the suttas readily come to mind. I'd be interested to see some e...
by pitakele
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 664
Views: 8736

Re: Theravada against mathematics

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by pitakele
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Vibhava Tanha?
Replies: 29
Views: 747

Re: What is Vibhava Tanha?

When a person takes his own life, they are generally craving for another world (such as craving for the lover who left them or craving for the money they lost on the stock market). I doubt suicide can be reduced to one motive. In this particular article, six reasons are given for people trying to k...
by pitakele
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: MN71 What is the minimum requirement to be reborn in heavenly realms?
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: MN71 What is the minimum requirement to be reborn in heavenly realms?

Not sure what are the minimum requirements, but these three causes are mentioned in the Dhammapada Saccaṃ bhaṇe na kujjheyya, dajjā appampi yācito. Etehi tīhi ṭhānehi gacche devāna santike. By telling the truth; by not growing angry; by giving, when asked, no matter how little you have: by these thr...
by pitakele
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self
Replies: 60
Views: 1470

Re: Post sutta quotes that utterly rule out nibbana being consciousness or self

The First Discourse about Dabba - Udāna 8.9 Abhedi kāyo nirodhi saññā, Vedanā sītibhaviṃsu sabbā; Vūpasamiṃsu saṅkhārā, Viññāṇaṃ atthamāgamā'ti. The body broke up, perception ceased, feelings went cold — all — fabrications were stilled, consciousness has come to an end. https://www.accesstoinsight.o...
by pitakele
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???
Replies: 14
Views: 331

Re: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???

An explicit distinction between a wordling and a noble would be "sutavā ariyasāvako" (instructed/learned noble disciple). Although "ariyasāvaka" usually also refers to ariya, but it doesn't really seem to be a "technical term". If a search is done, I think there will be many suttas where ariyasāvak...
by pitakele
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???
Replies: 14
Views: 331

Re: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???

Literally sāvaka translates as 'hearer' -> 'disciple'. I have always understood ariyasāvaka as ariyānaṁ sāvaka 'disciple of the noble ones'. This is the definition as per PTS Pali English Dictionary: ariyasāvaka, a disciple of the noble ones (= ariyānaŋ santike sutattā a. SnA 166). M i.8, 46, 91, 18...
by pitakele
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Layperson's sexual morality
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Layperson's sexual morality

Is sexual morality for the upasaka basically not to defile virgins and take other men's wives? To my understanding, the essence of 'restraining from sexual misconduct' is not engaging in sexual activities which harm oneself or others. Meaning that if an upasaka can support several wives and/or conc...
by pitakele
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Savatthi/Shravasti: need advice
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Savatthi/Shravasti: need advice

I visited Shravasti on one occasion for a few days in March, 2007. I stayed at Navajetavana Arama opposite the main gates of the historic Jetavana. The head monk was very kind in providing a room & food. However, it was quite noisy due to bus loads of Sri Lankan pilgrims arriving every day and I sha...
by pitakele
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 7 lives after stream entry
Replies: 188
Views: 3100

Re: 7 lives after stream entry

From Anguttara Nikaya ‘‘Chayimāni, bhikkhave, abhabbaṭṭhānāni. Katamāni cha? Abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo satthari agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo dhamme agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampanno puggalo saṅghe agāravo viharituṃ appatisso, abhabbo diṭṭhisampan...
by pitakele
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 7 lives after stream entry
Replies: 188
Views: 3100

Re: 7 lives after stream entry

From the Ratana Sutta Ye ariyasaccāni vibhāvayanti, Gambhīrapaññena sudesitāni; Kiñcāpi te honti bhusaṃ pamattā, Na te bhavaṃ aṭṭhamam ādiyanti; Idampi saṃghe ratanaṁ paṇītaṃ, Etena saccena suvatthi hotu. Those who clearly distinguish the noble truths, which have been well preached by the one with g...
by pitakele
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him?
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him?

Why did the Buddha allow people to bow down to him? Maybe the answer is similar to the reason Sri Lankans & other nationalities bow down (touch the feet) of those they respect, e.g. parents, teachers, elders. In the Mahāmangala Sutta, gārava is listed as a blessing and elsewhere in the suttas it is...