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by Germann
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

500 years and 5000 years are two different numbers. Very good! Your math skills are improving. :tongue: (just kidding) The Commentary explained how it got extended. For example, the Mayor of my city got elected to another 4 year term. The City Council noticed that turnout was low for mayoral electi...
by Germann
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will Buddhism survive for 5000 years?
Replies: 27
Views: 4022

Arahants with "bare insight" - Arahants without jhanas

In his commentary, Buddhaghosa eventually increases the life of the sāsana to 5,000 years. During the first 1,000 years, he says, there will be arahants with the four analytical knowledges. The next 1,000 years there will be "bare insight" arahants . The next 1,000 years there will be anāgāmin (non...
by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

The Commentaries - Atthakatha - in case of discrepancies return to the text of the Sutta. "For it is individual opinion that is certainly weakest of all; the view of the teachers is firmer, but is also should fit with the principles of Sutta; when it fits and agrees with this it should be accepted,...
by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Helena Blavatsky

There is a conflation of The Dhamma and text knowing. IMO they are not the same. IOW IMO the Buddha talked about the teaching in action or practice. It is correct that in 500 years it had pretty much disappeared from India. We are now experiencing a revival sourced from a few places where it has be...
by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Sutta source

retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:27 am
Greetings Germann,
Germann wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:10 am
Sutta source - Bhikkhu Bodhi "The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya." 2012 - p. 1192.
Can you please share the accompanying footnote too?
https://www.amazon.com/Numerical-Discou ... 1614290407
by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Atthakatha

According to the Commentaries, since extra rules were added for bhikkhunis the Dhamma Dispensation would last much longer, at least 5,000 years. So there's still another 2400 to 2500 years to go. 5000 years is unreliable, because Sutta claims 500 years. Your issue is with Theravada. But according t...
by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Sutta source

retrofuturist wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:56 am

Sutta source or it didn't happen.
Sutta source - Bhikkhu Bodhi "The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya." 2012 - p. 1192.

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by Germann
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Buddha was mistaken

retrofuturist wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:28 pm


The Suttas are pre-sectarian. The Suttas are Good Dhamma.
Suttas exist today. That is, Buddha was mistaken in limiting the life of the Dhamma to 500 years.
by Germann
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Samantapasadika Atthakatha I: 231

Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma. According to Theravada, the good Dhamma lasted only five hundred years. According to the Commentaries, since extra rules were added for bhikkhunis the Dhamma Dispensation would last much longer, at least 5,000 years. So there's still another 2400 to 2500 year...
by Germann
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

AN 4: 180

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:34 pm
but nevertheless the most functional and effective currently available at this time.
Not as good as hearing it from the Buddha himself, but better than listening to nay-sayers and time-wasters.
In what Sutta can we read these words and phrases?
by Germann
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 44
Views: 848

Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma. According to Theravada, the good Dhamma lasted only five hundred years. "However, Ananda, because women have gone forth from the household life into homelessness in the Dhamma and discipline proclaimed by the Tathagata, now the spiritual life will not be of lo...
by Germann
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 26865

Theravada against mathematics

Theravada is not denying mathematics..... If the Theravada school is right, Claude Shannon is wrong: the total number of all possible chess games in 40 moves - is not limited. None of the mathematicians will agree with this. it just that you seem to think that mathematics has some validity as a des...
by Germann
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 26865

Theravada against mathematics

Chownah wrote: You are doing all the things which people do when they want to construct a mathematical model of something. What people do who construct mathematical models of something (people like newton or einstein) is after constructing their model they observe what actually happens in the actua...
by Germann
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 26865

Theravada against mathematics

Theravada school is contrary to mathematics. The number of all possible lives is similar to the Shannon number, it is also finite - and the Buddhist past is infinite. Any possible life should have already been realized, and Nibbana in each case should have already been achieved. For convenience, a ...
by Germann
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 26865

Your argument doesn't hold, Germann. Satta may be an illusion, but the causal links are real, hence not all possible events are realised. The finite set of possible lives is smaller than the infinite set of past lives. If life is possible and happens naturally or by accident, life has already happe...