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by StormBorn
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: To what extent does wrong conduct invalidate the teacher?
Replies: 13
Views: 329

Re: To what extent does wrong conduct invalidate the teacher?

Manopubbangama wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:10 pm
Your knowledge of the Tipitika is admirable.
I have a great venerable :anjali: as a spiritual friend to take guidance. :smile:
by StormBorn
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: A Trojan horse: Thanissaro bhikkhus response to Bhikkhu Analayo
Replies: 21
Views: 728

Re: A Trojan horse: Thanissaro bhikkhus response to Bhikkhu Analayo

A new article by thanissaro that is a response to the criticism he's received by bhikkhu Analayo and Brahmali for denying the validity of bhikkhuni ordination. https://www.dhammatalks.org/vinaya/TrojanHorse.html From the above link: Part V contains what I feel are the most serious issues in this ar...
by StormBorn
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: My first jhana
Replies: 15
Views: 645

Re: My first jhana

Later on, the citta nimitta (sign of the mind) appeared as a bright light in my meditation. The more I did nothing, the brighter it became, until at one point it felt like I was staring into the noonday sun. I was also very naturally sleeping less: I needed only 4 hours of sleep a day. Then one tim...
by StormBorn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: “No Sex” or “Right Sex”?
Replies: 19
Views: 481

Re: “No Sex” or “Right Sex”?

And what is right action? Katamo ca, bhikkhave, sammākammanto? Avoiding killing living creatures, stealing, and sexual activity . Yā kho, bhikkhave, pāṇātipātā veramaṇī, adinnādānā veramaṇī, abrahmacariyā veramaṇī— https://suttacentral.net/sn45.8/en/sujato Bhikkhu Bodhi in his The Connected Discour...
by StormBorn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Uganda Buddhist Center
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Uganda Buddhist Center

SarathW wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:54 am
Better move away from the "Theravada monk" label and do such activities as a Mahayana monk or even as a layperson.
It is not that clear-cut.

What is the yardstick to determine a monk as Theravada?
viewtopic.php?f=30&t=33131
How about Theravada Vinaya to begin with?
by StormBorn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where are the arahants ?
Replies: 46
Views: 947

Re: Where are the arahants ?

Ah, got ya David, I conflated your post with the OP's post. I agree that an arahant could be online spreading good teachings without proclaiming their attainment. Personally, I don't envision many doing this given how much more good they could do spending their time IRL. Observing how a person acts...
by StormBorn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Uganda Buddhist Center
Replies: 24
Views: 1496

Re: Uganda Buddhist Center

Strictly speaking, Theravada monks cannot till the land, cut plants, kill animals , trade objects, handle money , own anything besides a very regulated list of things. They have, literally, 'gone forth' from such things. However, they can advise laypeople to do this in their stead. So an orphanage ...
by StormBorn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: To what extent does wrong conduct invalidate the teacher?
Replies: 13
Views: 329

Re: To what extent does wrong conduct invalidate the teacher?

I'm thinking of joining a local Buddhist meditation Group and of the three groups that exist in my locale, all of their founders were embroiled in various sexual scandals, some with spiritual groupies, others of various degrees of pandaka behavior. I wont name the groups in public, but the absolute...
by StormBorn
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 2799

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

Ariya is outnumbered 5:1, 10:1, 100:1 or is it 1000:1 or more? Of course they shine with wisdom among the rubbish heap of puttujhana but people have a hard time telling a true smart person from a learned moron. Perhaps about 10 Aryas for the entire world population of about 7.7 billion people at pr...
by StormBorn
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 781
Views: 55181

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

It is unfortunate to see that people with good ethic still do not understand what is dasa akusala (ten immoral actions). Hi, could you kindly quote from the suttas where mental actions are called "sila"? Thanks Hi DD, MN 142 also supports that the sīla refers to verbal and bodily actions only . Men...
by StormBorn
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What if?
Replies: 12
Views: 266

Re: What if?

What if someone was more or less learned in the doctrine and meditated so that he; 1. Attained the Dimension of Infinite Consciousness 2. Took it to be Nibbana 3. Taught others that it is Nibbana and taught them how to attain it How likely do you think that he would get away with it nowadays? I thi...
by StormBorn
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1300

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

Well, of course, everyone has their biases and any translator has to make choices . However, in several cases missing text in the Sutta Central translations has been corrected when it was pointed out and translation choices have been changed when queried.[/color] And the choices are made out of bia...
by StormBorn
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 781
Views: 55181

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

I will start on a different topic today, and will come back to the concept of "san" in future posts. Concept of "san"? Is that Buddhism? This is something I heard: When the former President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakshe competed in the 2005 (?) election, he utilised the ideology of Sinhala Buddh...
by StormBorn
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination
Replies: 31
Views: 3377

Re: Selecting a Sri Lanka Monastery for Ordination

May I ask what you mean by this? That is, do people not have a check in with the teacher on a day to day basis, with a set of instructions to follow etc? I've been to Pa Auk in Myanmar and this is how it worked.. as such I assumed it would be similar at Na Uyana Aranya..? Also someone mentioned tha...
by StormBorn
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1300

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

So far, I also came across more than 10 suttas where Bhante Sujato appears to be having an abnormal bias as a translator plus some surprising omissions too. Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations are more reliable and improving over the years. Just a reminder for folks who don't know , there is a thread on t...