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by Ruud
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 46
Views: 549

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Therefore i think the question is whether or not the path is found outside of the Theravada traditions. And unless you walk the specific path, you can’t know whether it is found there. Let alone making a judgement about it without knowing anything about it. Because if the path is not found then it ...
by Ruud
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?
Replies: 21
Views: 333

Re: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?

2. If Nibbana with residue is not attained; it appears not possible to attain Nibbana without residue. Since it seems only Nibbana with residue can guarantee Nibbana without residue; it seems Nibbana with residue is the most important. What about attaining enlightenment at the time of death? When t...
by Ruud
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?
Replies: 21
Views: 333

Re: Which type of Nibbana is the most important?

Neither, since an arahant, having extinguished attachment, hatred and delusion, wouldn't be attracted or averse to either. So no more or less important.
And for worldlings, as long as you didn't reach Nibbana, it doesn't matter either.
by Ruud
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Chinese-language books, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Chinese-language books, etc.

If you see books in China about Theravada they are mostly translations of well-known books in the West. Books by Ajahn Chah, Ayya Khema, Sayadaw U Pandita, Bhante Gunaratana etc. There are some translations of Pali scriptures (I’ve seen a Digha and Majjhima nikaya, a Sutta Nipata, a Dhammapada ), an...
by Ruud
Wed May 09, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?
Replies: 24
Views: 396

Re: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?

keeping the five precepts is basic practice for any upasaka Precepts are training rules that one takes on voluntarily. It is refuge that makes one a upasaka: “In what way, Bhante, is one a lay follower?” “When, Mahānāma, one has gone for refuge to the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Saṅgha, in that way...
by Ruud
Tue May 08, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?
Replies: 24
Views: 396

Re: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?

If the list is for illustration , perhaps other examples probably would be better . Perhaps. Although this sutta is about right effort , I suppose we should be able to provide better example . Rearing cattle for milk as an example is not convincing . First , I don't think buddhist whom want to live...
by Ruud
Tue May 08, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?
Replies: 24
Views: 396

Re: No objections to Livelihood by Archery?

I also think it is to show proper effort/initiative, not right livelihood. That list is just an illustration of “by whatever activity a householder earns his living”. If you leave the list out that becomes quite clear I feel. Plus that I think it is significant that this is part of the four factors ...
by Ruud
Mon May 07, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Nirodha, could it be a fake attainment ?
Replies: 33
Views: 556

Re: Nirodha, could it be a fake attainment ?

... My point is that if you throw out the suttas, or at least cherrypick them as radically as you propose (even throwing out the understanding of the 4 Noble Truths, Dependent Origination, Nibbana and the levels of enlightenment), that you don’t end up with any form of Buddhism, not even early Budd...
by Ruud
Mon May 07, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Nirodha, could it be a fake attainment ?
Replies: 33
Views: 556

Re: Nirodha, could it be a fake attainment ?

We're in the EARLY BUDDHISM category, not the classical Theravāda category, I don't care about your sutta. Theravāda is to original buddhism what mahāyana is to Theravāda. Your sutta aren't relevant, they're full of incoherences and inconsistencies, sometimes they don't even make sense. I am seriou...
by Ruud
Sun May 06, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: 52 meditation answers from the late Sayadaw U Pandita
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: 52 meditation answers from the late Sayadaw U Pandita

If I remember correctly, this is the instruction as found in “In this very life”, edited into a Q&A format. A pdf produced by the Sayadaw’s center can be found at http://panditarama.net/ebooks/thewaytopractise.pdf (several other books can also be found on that site)
by Ruud
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: vinaya rule against ordaining in two traditions
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: vinaya rule against ordaining in two traditions

The Vinaya Commentary's explanation is that since they were members of the Buddha's own clan it could be safely assumed that Sakyan titthiyas would be deferential towards their clansman's Dhammavinaya and would not be seeking ordination in order to find fault with it. Thank you very much Bhante. Th...
by Ruud
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: vinaya rule against ordaining in two traditions
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: vinaya rule against ordaining in two traditions

Two persons exempted from the need to undergo probation: believers in kammasakatavāda and Sakyans: “Monks, if those come who are fire-worshipping matted-hair ascetics they may be ordained, probation should not be given to these. What is the reason for this? These, monks, affirm deeds, they affirm w...
by Ruud
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: respecting sangha
Replies: 56
Views: 1115

Re: respecting sangha

A monk has no qualms about letting you die, even if he could help you; for example, if you're drowning and he could save you. Are you okay with that? Can you respect him all the same, knowing that he could let you die, given that the monk's rules make that allowance for him? As an aside, according ...
by Ruud
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering of others
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Suffering of others

It is best to aim for the benefit of oneself and others, if one can. Whenever you want to do a bodily [verbal, mental] action, you should reflect on it: 'This bodily action I want to do — would it lead to self-affliction, to the affliction of others, or to both? Would it be an unskillful bodily acti...
by Ruud
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: thought experiment: what if (now extinct) hominids lived among us
Replies: 25
Views: 638

Re: thought experiment: what if (now extinct) hominids lived among us

I generally agree with Sam that there would be a wide range of positions within society, from seeing them as ‘mere’ animals, to savages, to lost brothers and equals. But I think an important factor would be whether ‘interbreeding’ between the species is possible. If not, the groups would be much mor...