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by pitakele
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 575524

Re: the great rebirth debate

I'm not arguing in favour of rebirth, and personally I'm agnostic about it. What puzzles me is the degree of aversion that some people have to the idea, and the lengths they go to in their attempts to "prove" that the Buddha didn't teach it, or didn't really believe it, or whatever. It could be tha...
by pitakele
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 12.10 & SN 12.65: Did Gotama use yoniso manasikara to attain full enlightenment??
Replies: 64
Views: 1054

Re: Did Gotama gain full enlightenment in SN 12.10 & SN 12.65?

DooDoot wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:34 am

Did Gotama gain full enlightenment in SN 12.10 & SN 12.65?
Aren't these just variations of recollection of Gotama's awakening at Uruvela? I think there are similar recollections of various aspects of his awakening in other suttas in the different nikāyas (could be wrong about this)
by pitakele
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Ways of translating "bhūtā bhūtassa upapatti hoti" ???
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: Ways of translating "bhūtā bhūtassa upapatti hoti" ???

Bhikkhu Bodhi's note based on the commentary Bhūtā bhūtassa upapatti hoti. MA: Beings are reborn through the actions they perform and in ways conforming to those actions. The implications of this thesis are explored more fully in MN 135 and MN 136. Note could be paraphrased: whatever one has been, w...
by pitakele
Wed May 29, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Jews in Buddhism
Replies: 25
Views: 707

Re: Why Buddhism is not growing?

Can you name a few leading Jewish Buddhist? I think Bhikkhu Bodhi is a Jewish. The late Ven. Nyanaponika was Jewish, as are these American Buddhist teachers: Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, Mark Epstein, Norm Fischer, Bernie Glassman, Sharon Salzberg, Taro Gold, Natalie Goldberg...
by pitakele
Wed May 22, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
Replies: 43
Views: 1187

Re: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?

SarathW wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 12:45 pm
Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
I wonder what prompts you to ask this question?

The Triple Gem signifies the end of dukkha & the means to achieving that end.

Simplified, Māra can be viewed as internal obstructions along the way ...
by pitakele
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 'The Tightest Addiction' Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 877

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: 239

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: 239

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: 378

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: 644

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: 455

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: 703

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: 1389

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: 497

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: 497

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...