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by Ruud
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 53
Views: 3053

Re: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?

I find the following quote, by Mahāsi Sayādaw himself in his Discourse on the Ariyāvāsa Sutta, displaying a very skillful approach to these kinds of questions: Some people who have never meditated may have some doubt, which is hardly surprising for only seeing is believing. Their scepticism is due t...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

footnote 682 ie; 682. Ariyakantehīti ariyānaṃ kantehi piyehi manāpehi. [Pañcasīlāni hiMS][Pañca hi sīlāniVRI] ariyāsāvakānaṃ kantāni honti bhavantarepi avijahitabbato. Tāni sandhāyetaṃ vuttaṃ. (Sv) Now that i look at it, it is the (Sv) Sumaṅgalavilāsinī (Dhīga-nikāya-aṭṭhakathā) Commentary to Digha...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

the problem is that there is no reference to the MS stuff in the version of the manual in my possession, therefore i also have no idea which texts were quoted. If you don’t mind, what version are you using then? I know of two: the published online (‘draft’?) version of U Swe Min (that Ven. Pesala a...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

are we talking about fifth council editions of the commentaries here? The fifth council was an inference/suggestion I made based on when Mahasi Sayadaw wrote the Manual. I do not not have information about what texts he actually used. For whether we are talking of commentaries or suttas, you will h...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

thanks a lot, i am quite curious about the differences therein because i found the [VRI] and [MS] references to be most curious. Is there any way for me to know what the differences were? The references to VRI should just be the sixth council edition. I can imagine (but that is just my own expectat...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

The way I understood those notes is that in Mahasi Sayadaws original Burmese manuscript of the Manual of Insight he quotes the Pali texts. Where they differ from the “official” sixth council readings, the translators have kept Sayadaws readings of the Pali but indicated them with the MS abbreviatio...
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

The way I understood those notes is that in Mahasi Sayadaws original Burmese manuscript of the Manual of Insight he quotes the Pali texts. Where they differ from the “official” sixth council readings, the translators have kept Sayadaws readings of the Pali but indicated them with the MS abbreviation.
by Ruud
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?
Replies: 33
Views: 1223

Re: Should I read "Manual for Insight"?

Another thing i found noteworthy is that far as i could tell some of the references in the manual are to the author himself [MS] and a organization with which he is involved [VRI], so basically the references are as far as i can tell to his opinions written down in pali language, which was strange ...
by Ruud
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 5996

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

And what about our responses to those other things that are the result of the working of the other niyamas? Might they be entirely derived from past kamma? I think they wouldn’t be entirely derived from past kamma, since that would rule out volition, but the question goes in the same direction as m...
by Ruud
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 5996

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

If our actions and especially our intentions behind them are our kamma (AN6.63), but meanwhile it can not be said that everything is caused by kamma (AN3.61, SN36.21), and that kamma can’t be escaped, but diluted at most (AN3.100), wouldn’t it be possible that not the falling of the TV itself is the...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?
Replies: 16
Views: 586

Re: Is impermanence (anicca) always suffering?

While I agree that in common experience it seems that not everything that is impermanent is suffering, it is the question whether that really is because it is actually happiness: Perceiving impermanence as permanence, suffering as happiness, not-self as self, and ugliness as beauty— sentient beings ...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Thought on abstaining from false speech
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: Thought on abstaining from false speech

It is possible to say something true that is still unwholesome (true but unbeneficial, true but at the wrong time). Or to say something true that has nothing to do with the Dhamma and therefore wouldn’t be “channeling the Dhamma”. On the other hand, lying is always unwholesome. Therefore I think tha...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

Yeah, I now also see we come from two very different directions. You approached a point of agreement with me which is intention being kamma. I'm not a materialist; as such, I think this intoxication of a bottle of whiskey is mind-made, it is the result of kamma. Your body will be 'intoxicated' if a ...
by Ruud
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

In such a case, we must definitely include cigarettes; how else could it be? If you feel smoking clouds your mind than yes, cigarettes can be included. I don’t know since I never smoked. If gaming intoxication can be stopped by the mind, so can alcohol intoxication. Part of that is fostering the in...
by Ruud
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What drugs were there in Ancient India?
Replies: 16
Views: 991

Re: What drugs were there in Ancient India?

... I understand your point about alcohol as a medicine. I also agree certain substances could be used as drugs. In that regard though, when used as medicine, not as enjoyment, in my understanding they do not fall under the precept. When you had a car accident and your doctor says you need morphine...