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by pitakele
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 691

Re: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll

Drug addiction can be deadly. However, it can be overcome by various means. Sex addiction is a huge obstacle to living the holy life and realizing calm & insight. It also can be overcome by various means. Addiction to views is the root of extreme evil in this world, e.g. terrorism. Addiction to vari...
by pitakele
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?

Witness to a crime? Testimony in a civil accusation against another bhikkhu or financial irregularities in a monastery? There to offer advice to government officials? Except for 'witness to a crime', I would say these other reasons probably involve some degree of worldliness. Formerly, I was a fore...
by pitakele
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Should a monk stay standing when questioning, in the courts in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka ?

thang wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:16 pm
And what is the correct way according to Dhamma?
If a monk is practising the path correctly, not involved in worldliness, why would he be anywhere near a court?
by pitakele
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?
Replies: 19
Views: 296

Re: Word buddha: a direct meaning or a metaphor?

I think direct meaning. The verb bujjhati means 'to be awake' and its past participle buddha means 'awakened'. But obviously, the word 'Buddha' has much potency - I find this excerpt from the Sela Sutta very moving “Keṇiya, did you say ‘Awakened’?” “Yes, Sela, I said ‘Awakened’!” “Keṇiya, did you sa...
by pitakele
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Why is "physical birth" suffering?
Replies: 20
Views: 476

Re: Why is "physical birth" suffering?

DooDoot wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:23 am

Also, the word "gaha" or "ghara" ("house") does not appear to always be physical, per SN 22.3 below:
“Householder, the form element is a shelter (home)for consciousness.
“Rūpadhātu kho, gahapati, viññāṇassa oko.
Gahapati = householder

Oko = abode, shelter, habitation, home
by pitakele
Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: One warning, ... Try it if you dare!
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: One warning, ... Try it if you dare!

Hello, please kindly suggest me some good books (or parts of books) on somewhat-detailed explanation of Patthana, [mainly or solely] in plain English. There are many Patthāna study resources at http://patthana.net Apart from texts, there are audio & video lectures in English http://patthana.net/?pa...
by pitakele
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhamma
Replies: 32
Views: 586

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: 1278

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: 418

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: 418

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: 673
Views: 11057

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: 870

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: 269

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: 1662

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: 382

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...