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by salayatananirodha
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

I would agree some translators interfere with a text by dramatically changing the meaning due to their opinion of what it should say rather than what it says. I hope I'm not condemning commentary as a whole for anyone. I'm only calling for a more critical look at them. And definitely test the suttas...
by salayatananirodha
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

Why do we need a meditation manual? The visuddhimagga is the prime example I had in mind of commentary contradicting suttas. The respectable robertk on this forum has called this text ancient but it's still after the five-hundred year period of uncorrupted dhamma. https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tip...
by salayatananirodha
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Bed recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Bed recommendations

USA ^_^

I tried a camping mat and I liked it, but it was narrow, so I wouldn't be able to spread out like I like to. I've got serious back issues, so a little more thought goes into this than I'd like.
by salayatananirodha
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 15
Views: 245

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

pilgrim wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:06 am
Why not?
Because some of them are wrong, and some of them are claimed to be buddha word or arahant disciple word and may not be. I would just like to understand this tendency to hold up the commentaries as authoritative, seemingly without scrutiny.
by salayatananirodha
Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Bed recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Bed recommendations

Where would I go about getting a bed for ideally less than a hundred dollars, that is fairly low to the ground and somewhat firm but supple enough for back issues.
by salayatananirodha
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 537

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

What ever 'thing' we encounter in Dhamma we shouldn't let ourselves re-fit the Dhamma to our mind's inclining, but instead we should re-fit our minds. If gay people are another gender because of their sexual inclination, or some other interpretation we can muster, it doesn't change the sutta. And th...
by salayatananirodha
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 537

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

"Even so, Prince, whatever speech the Tathāgata knows to be not fact, not true, not connected with the goal, and that is not liked by others, disagreeable to them, that speech the Tathāgata does not utter. And whatever speech a Tathāgata knows to be fact, true, but not connected with the goal, and ...
by salayatananirodha
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quick death is worse than torture?
Replies: 21
Views: 363

Re: Quick death is worse than torture?

"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle: From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications... ...Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suff...
by salayatananirodha
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quick death is worse than torture?
Replies: 21
Views: 363

Re: Quick death is worse than torture?

So I found an interesting passage in the vinaya. It says: On one occasion a monk went to a place of execution and said to the executioner, “Don’t torture him. Kill him with a single blow.” “All right, Venerable,” he said, and he killed him with a single blow. The monk became remorseful... “You have...
by salayatananirodha
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Quick death is worse than torture?
Replies: 21
Views: 363

Re: Quick death is worse than torture?

Remember, there is no self "Ananda, if I — being asked by Vacchagotta the wanderer if there is a self — were to answer that there is a self, that would be conforming with those brahmans & contemplatives who are exponents of eternalism [the view that there is an eternal, unchanging soul]. If I — bei...
by salayatananirodha
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta references to prayer in Buddhism
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Sutta references to prayer in Buddhism

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.21.2x.than.html http://obo.genaud.net/dhamma-vinaya/ati/mn/mn.049.than.ati.htm There are a great many suttas involving communication with heavenly beings, devas. And a sutta in particular that instructs us to dedicate offerings to devas. https://www.acc...
by salayatananirodha
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Let it be
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Let it be

13. "Rāhula, develop meditation that is like the earth; for when you develop meditation that is like the earth, arisen agreeable and disagreeable contacts will not invade your mind and remain.[645] Just as people throw clean things and dirty things, excrement, urine, spittle, pus, and blood on the ...