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by Ruud
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

... I'm sorry to see you misinterpret my intentions. The last thing I want to do is censor people. All I want is an open dialog, helpful to the OP and us, with respect to both sides. I think we have reached the end of this exchange, I feel not much useful ground can be gained on this subject anymor...
by Ruud
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

You're trying to make this about me, it's basically ad-hominem fallacy, i.e. to make the argument about the speaker/writer rather than the argument at hand. I am doing no such thing. I am merely making an observation based on our interaction. I never said your argument was wrong because of this. I ...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

Also I'm not going to bother to expand on a subject for people who do not accept the suttas, that would be a waste of time, as I said previous to this post that the Buddha said there are people who will reject the Sadhamma (true dhamma) no matter what, so there's no reason to waste my energy on the...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

It is easy solve. To answer your conundrum. No, not everyone is a faith follower simply because they believe in a picture or a concept such as the triple gem. ... So no, simply having faith in the 3 gems won't make one a faith follower (and thus an ariya) if they haven't read the true dhamma (the 4...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

I do accept the suttas, in general, and am open to combine them, and critically assess them when needed. Apparently we ran into an issue that is not easily solved with one simple text.
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

You said there was no sutta evidence of an Ariya who is not beyond doubt, ... I never stated that. You said that only an Ariya could take refuge. I assumed (possibly wrong, perfectly willing to admit that) you were talking about the more regular way of using that term, namely a stream-enterer or ab...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

You said there was no sutta evidence of an Ariya who is not beyond doubt, ... I never stated that. You said that only an Ariya could take refuge. I assumed (possibly wrong, perfectly willing to admit that) you were talking about the more regular way of using that term, namely a stream-enterer or ab...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

"One who has conviction & belief that these phenomena are this way is called a faith-follower: one who has entered the orderliness of rightness, entered the plane of people of integrity, transcended the plane of the run-of-the-mill. He is incapable of doing any deed by which he might be reborn in h...
by Ruud
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

... Yes, superficial rituals are unnecessary. ... Superficial rituals are not very useful. Rituals themselves, when viewed and performed with the right attitude (i.e. without clinging or 'magical' expectations) can be useful and helpful in expressing and developing confidence. Refuge is an expressi...
by Ruud
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist
Replies: 72
Views: 1579

Re: Ritual for becoming a Buddhist

Once the Blessed One was dwelling among the Sakyas in Nigrodha Park at Kapilavatthu. There, Mahanama the Sakyan approached the Blessed One. Having approached and paid respect to the Blessed One, he sat aside. Then, seated aside, Mahanama the Sakyan said thus to the Blessed One: "Venerable sir, in w...
by Ruud
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 2583

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

Give me one example of me breaking a precept or some sort of violation of Buddhists teachings? I have used money since I've become a monk. I have not used money since I have become a monk. ———————————— The most important precepts are important because they protect these states of mind. The precepts...
by Ruud
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are teaching of Mahasi Sayadaw questionable?
Replies: 54
Views: 4600

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: 2206

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: 2206

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...