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by Volo
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 16
Views: 519

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

Sorry. I meant to say khammadharaya. A combination where one member, usually the second modifies the first and functions as descriptive compound is called b) khammadharaya samāsa. tejodhatu; cakkaratanaṃ; pañcakkhaṅḍa; viriyindriyaṃ; dīgharattaṃ; pubbajāti Oh, okay. Kammadharaya would probably be a...
by Volo
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 16
Views: 519

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

What do we think about this? My impression is Nyanaponika chose a dvanda samāsa. What are the considerations employed to determine the type of compound above? Ven Bodhi and Ven Thanissaro (and Ven Sujato, who treats saṅkappa and vitakka as synonyms and translates both as "thought") translate it as ...
by Volo
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: What's "Laughing Wisdom" ?

VBB glosses it based on the commentaries as "One is of joyous wisdom (hāsapañña) when one fulfils all the steps of training full of joy, inspiration, delight, and gladness."
by Volo
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Ajahn Sumedho's Sound of Silence practice

I doubt the sound of silence has anything to do with a Microwave Cosmic Background. It's probably a spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otoacoustic_emission). Somewhat similar visual experiences ("Entoptic phenomenon" of seeing all kinds of light "worms" or "light dust...
by Volo
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: if you witness a crime
Replies: 141
Views: 3774

Re: if you witness a crime

My impression is the recent watering down of 'jhana' into 'McJhana' or 'Soft-Jhana' is largely a Western phenomena (Shaila Catherine, Leigh Brasington, Budo, Pulsar, FrankK, MikeNZ, Dhammarato, etc). I think Shaila Catherine isn't a clear "light" jhāna adept. She relies on Pa-Auk system (which is f...
by Volo
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 695

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

Glossing the base of infinite space formula, which is the samadhi attainment right above fourth jhana. It shows that, if that is the attainment where one transcends sights, sounds, smells,...., then it means in the 4th jhana, and first through 4th jhana, one has NOT transcended sights, sounds, smel...
by Volo
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Megalomania and Buddhism
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: Megalomania and Buddhism

binocular wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:43 am
Could someone please provide an actual canonical reference for the claim that "the Buddha had asked for no statues or images"?
It's a disputed matter. Ven Dhammanando gave once some explanations, see the following topic: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=32666#p485172.
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 695

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

Glossing the base of infinite space formula, which is the samadhi attainment right above fourth jhana. It shows that, if that is the attainment where one transcends sights, sounds, smells,...., then it means in the 4th jhana, and first through 4th jhana, one has NOT transcended sights, sounds, smel...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 695

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

The problem is you're too ignorant and lazy about doing your due diligence before making ridiculous statements. I never disputed that kāya has non physical usages. I'm not going to repeat what I already laid out in the article which you obviously didn't read. AN 5.28, AN 5.28 commentary, KN Peta, A...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!

From the sutta we can take that the buddha had the ability to take himself and nanda to some sort of heaven there to view 500 dove-footed nymphs (sorry I mistakenly said it was pink pigeon-footed devas).....and to guarantee nanda (and to deliver on that guarantee) of same....and the buddha had the ...
by Volo
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: lies lies lies ... lets settle this!

In a sutta the buddha told a follower that if he followed the buddha's instructions for a certain length of time and was successful (If I remember correctly) then the buddha would give him access to a heavenly realm where there would be 500 delightful creatures who would delight him in every way......
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 695

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

If you guys don't understand this point, and I suspect many people don't, you really need to brush up on logic and critical thinking because you're going to have a lot of misunderstandings about the EBT. The problem is that you think you have the authority to decide when kāya is used metaphorically...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna
Replies: 43
Views: 695

Re: solving the murder mystery from 3rd jhāna

It's very easy to show where B. Sujato is wrong. The sutta passages quoted, you'll notice they all have to do with arupa samadhis, which ARE NOT 4 jhanas. The word 'kāya', just like the word 'body' in English, is context sensitive, and we know from context when 'body' is meant metaphorically and no...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help requested for basic lessons in how to translate Pali
Replies: 16
Views: 519

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

A New Course in Reading Pali is my favorite (also available for purchase directly from the Indian publisher Motilal Banarsidass). Especially for those who already have some basic skills in Pali. Ven bhikkhu Bodhi's course is a very useful aid to it without which the book would be a bit too dry. Both...
by Volo
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: He breathes far (lofty) & close (low)
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: He breathes far (lofty) & close (low)

The simile the Buddha gives for digha and rassa rules out these ideas about far/near, and shows that long/short (or some similar qualities) is what is intended: Just as a skilled lathe-operator or his apprentice, when making a long turn, understands: ‘I make a long turn’; or, when making a short tur...