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by daveblack
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?
Replies: 21
Views: 1944

Re: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?

The no soul theory is a new theory that they would not have heard of. It was not part of their enlightenment. They achieved enlightenment and went to nibbana while believing in a soul. After their time arose this questionable no soul theory. The dharma of the Pacceka-Buddhas and of Theravada differ...
by daveblack
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?
Replies: 21
Views: 1944

Re: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?

It wouldn't of course be a strange position for certain Japanese Buddhists to take, given the often ferocious historical rivalry between those sects which hold the Saddharmapuṇḍarika to be the Buddha's highest teaching and those which hold that only the Sukhāvatīvyūha is of any use in the present d...
by daveblack
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?
Replies: 21
Views: 1944

Re: Is it strange to oppose the Lotus Sutra but be ok with the Pureland Sutras?

Is it strange for someone who holds a sort of Theravada position (but with a soul) to completely oppose the blasphemy of the Lotus Sutra in saying Buddha told pretty lies for 40 years and then finally taught Mahayana on his death-bed. But to not oppose another Mahayana Sutra, like the Pureland Sutr...
by daveblack
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Lack of progress
Replies: 65
Views: 3858

Re: Lack of progress

Some might be interested in this rather gloomy but informed piece by Paññobhāsa, in which he relates his own lack of progress in meditation and the spiritual path in general, and ponders the dearth of enlightened beings: The fact is that not only the overwhelming majority of Buddhists, but the over...
by daveblack
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

SDC wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:46 pm
I'm doing quite a bit of digging for you these last few days, David. I appreciate the challenge and I hope some of it has been useful.
My brain's been on overdrive. Sorry for any trouble its caused you. I do appreciate it.
by daveblack
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

So therefore, MN 1 is in a corrupt state where someone accidentally included nibbana in a sutta that was originally only about not delighting in the 4 classical elements. Is there any evidence that MN 1 was "originally only about not delighting in the 4 classical elements"? It is stated at the star...
by daveblack
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

This is plainly stating that delight in unbinding is not a problem... I understand the quoted section to be referring to jhana not to unbinding. :anjali: But if jhana can be delighted in, why couldn't nibbana? To say that nibbana cannot be delighted in, but jhana can "because it has nothing to do w...
by daveblack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Becoming in Dependant Origination
Replies: 60
Views: 3441

Re: Becoming in Dependant Origination

confusedlayman wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:28 am
cappuccino wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:17 am
confusedlayman wrote:

how it goes next life when body has no blood circulation and no heart beat
the mind is a guest in the body
how can mind survive without body?
how can mind survive with a body?
by daveblack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha use the same trick on us which he used to Nand?
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Did Buddha use the same trick on us which he used to Nand?

Did Buddha use the same trick on us which he used to Nand? Ven. Dhammanado wrote in another post: Upaya has to do with skilful teaching tactics that are appropriate to the disciple's condition, like the Buddha promising the besotted Nanda five hundred celestial nymphs if he remains a monk. ========...
by daveblack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 1170

Re: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

Does anyone have an edifying explanation of what phrases like those used in MN 1 "He directly knows X as X" even mean? "The Tathagata — a worthy one, rightly self-awakened — directly knows earth as earth. Directly knowing earth as earth, he does not conceive things about earth, does not conceive th...
by daveblack
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 42
Views: 4263

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Never trust someone who claims to be an arhant but is not even celibate. That's not even possible.
by daveblack
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 134
Views: 12822

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

This same logic applies with the OP: if I erase my memory here then I am gone, why hassle through the effort to attain nibanna. Cessation can be attained here and now, just hit the head strong enough till one got amnesia. Of course, this does not make sense, since one who got amnesia will still suf...
by daveblack
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?
Replies: 65
Views: 4382

Re: Either Buddhism is pure nihilism or dependent origination must be reinterpreted?

That said here we are: If everything, without exception, is dependently originated, nothing has any independent existence, there is no single thing. Everything depends on something else to exist. If there is no single thing then obviously there cannot be many things. So literally nothing whatsoever...
by daveblack
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?
Replies: 18
Views: 1170

He directly knows X as X : what does that mean?

Does anyone have an edifying explanation of what phrases like those used in MN 1 "He directly knows X as X" even mean? "The Tathagata — a worthy one, rightly self-awakened — directly knows earth as earth. Directly knowing earth as earth, he does not conceive things about earth, does not conceive thi...
by daveblack
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?
Replies: 16
Views: 1359

Re: The Grand Unified Theory of Dhamma?

Buddha flatly rejected the idea of Nibbana as an objective reality. I feel like you could be playing a semantic game with the word "objective" because the word can be used different ways. Is there another way to phrase what you're trying to say? "He directly knows Unbinding as Unbinding. Directly k...