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by Volo
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: Monks aren't perfect beings and the vinaya is not the ten commandments.

Maybe if I hadn't seen good monks who keep very strict Vinaya, I would agree that Vinaya describes some ideal situation and real life is different. But we all know there are quite a few bhikkhus who manage to be very pure in respect of morality. If this is not possible in one monastery one could mov...
by Volo
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?

I have read about cases of spontaneous sex "change" from woman to man. For example if a biologically born man (i.e. he has XY chromosome) has due to some anomaly a very low level of testosterone, he might look like a girl (his penis remains undeveloped, and his general appearance is like that of a g...
by Volo
Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm

I was talking not only about jhāna, but about magga-phala
by Volo
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Recommended reading for Thai Forest Tradtion
Replies: 10
Views: 281

Re: Recommended reading for Thai Forest Tradtion

The Heart of Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula, The Noble Eightfold path by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness by Henepola Gunaratana, In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi. I wouldn't recommend Thich Nhat Hanh unless you find his meditatio...
by Volo
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm
Replies: 11
Views: 574

Re: What's the difference between pa auk and ajahm brahm

One is a Buddhist monk that is a human being, the other is a large group of temples and organizations stemming from the original Pa Auk that I'm sure was founded by some Myanmar monk. Pa-Auk Sayadaw (who is still alive, and whose position in Pa-Auk centers is similar to the position of Ajahn Brahm ...
by Volo
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did Buddha say about homa ?
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: What do Buddha say about homa ?

What is homa?
by Volo
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 96
Views: 2989

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

Yassa [dat; gen] kāyasaṅkhāro [nom] uppajjati tassa [dat; gen] vacīsaṅkhāro [nom] uppajjatīti? "For whom (yassa) kāyasaṅkhāra arises, would for him (tassa) vacīsaṅkhāra arise?" Your assignment of cases is correct. Vinā vitakkavicārehi [intr; abl] assāsapassāsānaṃ [dat; gen] uppādakkhaṇe [nom] tesaṃ...
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat
Replies: 32
Views: 788

Re: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat

Yes, I've read, but disagree. According to the texts, the First Buddhist Council was held in Rājagaha.[93] In the first vassa after the Buddha had died, the presiding monk Mahākassapa (Sanskrit: Mahākāśyapa) called upon Ānanda to recite the discourses he had heard, as a representative on this counc...
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Calculations of Lunisolar Calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Calculations of Lunisolar Calendar

As the Buddha laid down a rule in the Vinaya that forest-dwelling monks (āraññikā) should learn the lunar mansions (nakkhattapadani), either in part or in detail, I would like to inquire about your take on to what extent learning should happen or perhaps has already happened. What is your knowledge...
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat
Replies: 32
Views: 788

Re: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat

sentinel wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:42 am
Did you read What thepea said , ananda jump from stream entry to arhat .
Yes, I've read, but disagree.
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 96
Views: 2989

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

DooDoot wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:02 am
How did you identify an ablative? Thanks. The sanskrit dictionary says "anityatA" is feminine. The Pali cheat sheet says feminine with ā-ending has ablative -āto. If so, why does the simple "a" exist rather than the complex "ā"?
I meant it is abl of dukkha, not of dukkhatā.
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat
Replies: 32
Views: 788

Re: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat

sentinel wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:52 am
Scenario 1 : if there are 4 stages but that does not necessarily mean everyone has to go through each stage
Read carefully what I wrote.
Scenario 2 : if there actually has 2 stages then surely no intermediate stages in the picture .
It's very clear from the suttas how many stages are there.
by Volo
Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat
Replies: 32
Views: 788

Re: Gotama was first awakened as a sotapanna then straight to arhat

If Buddha hadn't been a sakdagamin or anagamin he probably wouldn't be able to understand that a person had reached this stage, because he himself hadn't had such experience.
by Volo
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 96
Views: 2989

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

But I'm a bit puzzled with dukkhato which seems to be abl. I don't understand why there is abl, unless it's an idiomatic expression. I hope Ven Dhammanando could explain. The ending -to can indicate either (1) an ablative of separation, as in: dukkhato mutto , "freed from suffering," or, (2) an ins...
by Volo
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 96
Views: 2989

Re: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali

... Cakkhuṃ [nom; acc] kho, bhikkhu, dukkhato [nom] jānato [verb] passato [verb] sakkāyadiṭṭhi pahīyati. https://suttacentral.net/sn35.166/en/sujato I think jānato and passato are present participles jānanta and passanta in gen/dat forms: "for [one] knowing and seeing". But I'm a bit puzzled with d...