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by Padipa
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: A question about ego death

I am a Theravada Buddhist and I use lucid dreaming in my sacitta'pariyodapanam (purification of my own consciouness). It is said the arahant doesn’t have dreams, as the source of dreaming has been destroyed. Dreaming is a compensation mechanism for samsaric events that happen during the day, and th...
by Padipa
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: A question about ego death

your statement: "Theravada Buddhism does not use lucid dreaming or any kind of sleep state for meditation" implies a dichotomy of dogma/heresy. The Buddha did not adhere to any dogma & I'm confident he would be perfectly okay with this discussion here. This thread is “Theravada for Beginners”, and ...
by Padipa
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: A question about ego death

Theravada Buddhism does not use lucid dreaming or any kind of sleep state for meditation. Hi Paul: Lucid dreaming has a strong tradition in the Mahayana realm (goes back at least a thousand years). And its purpose there is to induce consciousness within the dream state. So, for the purpose of our d...
by Padipa
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: A question about ego death

My perspective is the sense of self is really hard to shake off, it can still exist without the physical body. Take dreams, for example, one feels one exist without the physical body. The sense of self we believe as real is so overpowering that we created a dream body for the self to exist and crea...
by Padipa
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3320

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Intoxicants are not allowed--period: hard to believe this can be debated. It's actually intoxicants which lead to carelessness . Nicotine is a stimulant, rather similar to coffee. Is coffee not allowed? Coffee can lead to carelessness. Coffee increases restlessness, one can become irritable which c...
by Padipa
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: A question about ego death

Hello friends - I am new to this forum and have a burning question that has been bothering me for quite some time. Of course, it is one of 'the' impossible, mysterious questions,' but I am wondering if anyone here among us has also struggled with this and if anyone has any philosophical or practica...
by Padipa
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 553

Re: Is learning pali really helpful?

The answer to your question is: it depends. More specifically, it depends upon you and the mind set you bring --like virtually everything in life language is just a tool (Da! no kidding) but striving for mastery of the tool, not the tool itself, is what it's about. Whenever I learn a new language (c...
by Padipa
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Script Converter
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Script Converter

Hello! It's been a while I posted here. I've been working on a nifty tool to converter between 60+ Indic scripts including Brahmi, Kharoshthi, Devanagari, Khmer, Sinhala and other romanization formats. http://aksharamukha.appspot.com/#/converter Also, you can view some sample texts in all of the sc...
by Padipa
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Beginner
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: Pali Beginner

ṃ = ṁ = ŋ (called niggahīta) ṅ = ɲ (belongs to gutterals, pronounced like ng) ṇ is another letter, different from the two above, belongs to linguals (pronounced by bringing the up-turned tip of the tongue in contact with the back of the palate) Is that what you want? PS: In some editions the way so...
by Padipa
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?
Replies: 40
Views: 3320

Re: Is smoking tobacco/ e-ciggarettes a breach of the 5th precept?

Intoxicants are not allowed--period: hard to believe this can be debated. Nicotine affects the mind's chemical transmissions, is highly addictive and is, therefore, an intoxicant. The traversing of the path (magga) for objective reality through purification (pariyodapana) of ones own mind (sacitta),...
by Padipa
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Knowing and Seeing
Replies: 16
Views: 1112

Re: Knowing and Seeing

The "awakened ones" only point to the way: seekers must make it happen. The Buddha was, first and foremost, a teacher--he taught for 45 years. He is known to have said "ehipassiko," or "come and see " --for yourself. There are different kinds (levels) of knowledge, but knowledge for its own sake is ...
by Padipa
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Beginner
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: Pali Beginner

I originally ordered the Rhys Davids dictionary, waited weeks for it, then received it in such a ruined state that I had to return it--2 more weeks to get the Mahathera book which, though lacking the etymological strength of the first dictionary, is still very good for most of what I do. Just downl...
by Padipa
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Beginner
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: Pali Beginner

So, forgive me if my assumption here is wrong, I can download the software and use it to convert my keyboard in a Pali-compatible way? That will be great if that is what this is--I'll have to read more on it as time allows. Yes, it is a small software - Pali diacriticals are created using Alt + oth...
by Padipa
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Beginner
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: Pali Beginner

ṃ = ṁ = ŋ (called niggahīta) ṅ = ɲ (belongs to gutterals, pronounced like ng) ṇ is another letter, different from the two above, belongs to linguals (pronounced by bringing the up-turned tip of the tongue in contact with the back of the palate) Is that what you want? PS: In some editions the way so...
by Padipa
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: A Survey on "Pali scriptures"
Replies: 11
Views: 901

Re: A Survey on "Pali scriptures"

Padipa wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:48 am
I'm not sure if this will help, but it is my understanding that virtually everything written in Pali pertains to Buddhist scripture.
Theravada Buddhism has sometimes been referred to as Pali Buddhism, though its adherents are not generally happy with this usage. BEST!