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by Pulsar
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 107
Views: 1373

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Perezoso wrote   The Theravadins proved that the earth is not the result of kamma (Kv 7.7). Any argument against the existence of something that is independent of beings, their minds and their kamma is quite fruitless. This is true. Buddha's teaching applies to things arisen due to contingency, his ...
by Pulsar
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 107
Views: 1373

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

SteRo wrote "Using the term 'exist' one easily slips into the misleading dichotomy 'existence vs non-existence' because language only knows dichotomies. I doubt that Theravada has adequate teachings about that topic. You are justified in that doubt. The problem is in resorting to language, one is fo...
by Pulsar
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 107
Views: 1373

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Ceisiwer writes "My reading is that perceptions are like a mirage because they are misleading" you are correct 'Phena sutta" does not lie. Form is like a lump of foam; feeling is like a bubble; perception seems like a mirage; volitions like a banana tree; and consciousness like a magic trick: so tau...
by Pulsar
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Memory and conceit
Replies: 11
Views: 347

Re: Memory and conceit

In reply to DNS I believe memory comes under the aggregate of saññā (perception and memory). Pulsar wrote No wonder folks had to resort to Abhidhamma to figure out Buddha's teachings, once he passed away and the earliest thinkers did so brilliantly. Personally I think consciousness is like a shape s...
by Pulsar
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Therevadins the true heretics?
Replies: 107
Views: 1373

Re: Are Therevadins the true heretics?

Perezoso wrote  From reading about Buddhism it seems like all Buddhism explains that the Buddha taught all is imaginary or mind or consciousness, extremely similar, if only in this respect, to it's parent religion, Hinduism. Both religions teach that all is consciousness or mind and only Theravada s...
by Pulsar
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 334
Views: 25662

Re: Jhana

Alexander Wynne, Madhupindika, bare cognition, Sariputta, ultimately Buddha. Refreshing our minds, and continuing with the last comment,  a link to Wynne's take is at the bottom. Pulsar gives credit to Wynne for singling out MN 18, one could say the most delicious sutta in the entire canon consideri...
by Pulsar
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana
Replies: 334
Views: 25662

Re: Jhana

I was occupied with Nama-rupa, trying to figure out how to say this in the simplest possible buddhist way, mind you not in samkhya type thought, but I had to think through,  so I searched the web, I stumble upon none other than Wynn, a kind of win win, situation, a modern scholar trying to create a ...
by Pulsar
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?

Chownah wrote
The latest monastic sex scandal in thailand was older monks raping the new initiates....maybe you haven't heard of this kind of sex....it is called "homosexual" sex.
chownah
I hear, it is not limited to Thailand. ....ways of samsara.
:candle:
by Pulsar
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote "The Vinaya rules were laid down only when they were needed" Thank you, the way the rules piled up over time, while Buddha was very much alive, goes to show, or is a stark indicator of what was in store, after he was gone. But such is the way of things, we have to be thankful to...
by Pulsar
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 344

Re: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?

Ven Dahmmanando, thanks for laying out the rationale behind the listing
of Vinaya rules. You wrote
Within any particular class of offence there's no reason to think that the order in which the rules are listed is meant to reflect the kammic weightiness of transgressing them.....
by Pulsar
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: It is not possible to attain Sotapanna state unless you have practiced Satipathana once at least?
Replies: 19
Views: 460

Re: It is not possible to attain Sotapanna state unless you have practiced Satipathana once at least?

Sarathw wrote It is not possible to attain Sotapanna state unless you have practiced Satipathana once at least? What Kind of Satipatthana is this Ven. thinking of when he says this? Is this the kind based on the introductory Satipatthana suttas? or the suttas based on the Satipatthana Samyutta? Som...
by Pulsar
Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)
Replies: 32
Views: 7695

Re: Mindfulness Of Mental Objects (dhammanupassana)

Ben wrote Within the tradition that I practice, its not a practice for beginners. Dhammanupassana, is observation of the mental contents as they are. In my experience, Dhammanupassana, arises spontaneously when I have a certain depth of samadhi and when my mind has been prepared (for want of a bette...
by Pulsar
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What are some funny stories in the Canon ?
Replies: 12
Views: 578

Re: What are some funny stories in the Canon ?

a sutta with several jokes...MN 35 Cula Saccaka sutta. Once upon a time, there lived a brash young fella called Saccaka. People thought he was a saint. He had fine credentials, his Mom and Dad were philosophers, a great orator he was, folks were attracted to him perhaps like to Martin Luther king "I...
by Pulsar
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1307

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Form wrote  Nothing can be observed in real time. what do you mean by real time? Time is relative. Isaac Newton (1643-1727) the famous British physicist had assumed that "time was absolute and it 'flowed' at an ever constant rate" and this was the prevailing scientific view for nearly 200 years - bu...