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by halwilson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Venerable Dhammanando away for a few days, unwell (update 3)
Replies: 75
Views: 7540

Re: Venerable Dhammanando away for a few days, unwell

Get well soon Bhante

Hal
by halwilson
Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The teachings of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
Replies: 73
Views: 8898

Re: The teachings of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa

Element et al,

It's been years since I've read it, but Peter Jackson's book, Buddhadasa: Theravada Buddhism and Modernist Reform in Thailand should be of interest to those participating in this discussion. http://tinyurl.com/ba557e

Cheers, Hal
by halwilson
Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 11974

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

Thanks to Chris' post that refers us to the C2RC conference on "Understanding Death and Beyond," I've copied below the relevant section of Ven Bhikkhu Sujāto's paper, "The Perspective of Early Buddhism," that discusses the "intermediate state" and the gandhabba. (For ease of reading, I've moved the ...
by halwilson
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The poetry of Ryokan
Replies: 13
Views: 1121

Re: The poetry of Ryokan

Element wrote:The lounge is a light hearted place for relaxing. I found the following poem both a wonderful reflection and koan. What is the meaning? :coffee:

The wind gives me
Enough fallen leaves
To make a fire

No wind, no fire.

Hal
by halwilson
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The mechanism of gandhabba
Replies: 91
Views: 11974

Re: The mechanism of gandhabba

Hi Jechbi, With regard to the conventional truth, if gandhabba is a being, then does that constitute an intermediate state? No. In non-Theravadin schools that teach ana intermediate state, the gandhabba will be conceived as a subtle being — a sort of spook that waits about or floats about or creeps...
by halwilson
Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: who can you trust?
Replies: 10
Views: 1657

Re: who can you trust?

Hi Jcsuperstar, You might find the Vimamsaka Sutta ( MN 47) helpful in answering your question. Bhikkhu Bodhi, in his lectures on this sutta, says: "...we could use some of these principles taught in this sutta as a standard for judging the qualifications of contemporary Buddhist teachers, though we...
by halwilson
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

Re: Mind-made body - a question

Luang Poo Waen was a monk for 78 years and lived to 98. There is an original English newspaper article about the event that provoked Waen's wry remark here: http://thaiamulets.net/luang_pu_waen_1.htm http://thaiamulets.net/luang_pu_waen_2.htm Curiously, after visiting the ailing monk, the English au...
by halwilson
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Meditation
Replies: 57
Views: 7038

Re: Metta Meditation

Here's link to Sayadaw U Pandita's helpful instructions for Metta meditation, an excerpt from his book, The State of Mind Called Beautiful.

http://www.dharmanet.org/wisdomweek5.htm

Cheers, Hal
by halwilson
Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mind-made body - a question
Replies: 37
Views: 6959

Re: Mind-made body - a question

I would be interested to know where Buddhaghosa drew this information from and whether there are more comprehensive teachings on this topic elsewhere within the Theravadan school. Does the tradition of these teachings still survive and has anyone ever met, or heard of, individuals who have attained...
by halwilson
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:48 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Theravada Monasticism
Replies: 18
Views: 2822

Re: Theravada Monasticism

Hi Dhammakid, My lastest question: sleep. I know sleep can be an attachment, as it often is the reason why I choose not to practice at night. What about monastics - how much sleep does a forest monk normally get? This varies a lot, but one might broadly distinguish three kinds of forest monastery: ...