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by Aloka
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vajrapani in Pali Canon
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

According to Bhikkhu Sujato's translation at Sutta central, its "Vajirapani" in DN3 (with an i between the j and r), and not Vajra pani. The Theravāda and Mahāyāna Vajrapāṇi conceptions are both derived from the Vedic deity Indra. The different spellings are simply owing to the fact that in Pali yo...
by Aloka
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vajrapani in Pali Canon
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Vajrapani in Pali Canon

Other than the reference in the Ambattha Sutta (DN 3), is Vajrapani mentioned elsewhere in the Pali Canon? According to Bhikkhu Sujato's translation at Sutta central, its "Vajirapani" in DN3 (with an i between the j and r), and not Vajra pani. https://suttacentral.net/dn3/en/sujato Vajrapani is a M...
by Aloka
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss super normal powers.
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: Let's discuss super normal powers.

SarathW wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:28 pm

How can we distinguish supernormal powers from normal powers?
Could you describe what you mean by "normal powers" please ?


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by Aloka
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Let's discuss super normal powers.
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: Let's discuss super normal powers.

Some of the previous topics about supernormal powers: https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=29621 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=29934 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=4016 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=26135 https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?t=28058 https://dhammawhe...
by Aloka
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Mantra in Theravada (aside from Buddho)

Chanting a gentle and tuneful "Let go" to oneself can be helpful sometimes!

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by Aloka
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 929

Re: Results of past karma

So why did that bright student flunk the exam? Some unknown mysterious force? Simply because he didn't know the answer, that's why. That was the real reason behind it - and not some mysterious force aka kamma .) This little booklet "Who is Pulling the Strings ?" by Ajahn Amaro (with sutta reference...
by Aloka
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is nirvana/heaven?
Replies: 47
Views: 836

Re: What is nirvana/heaven?

. This is from the beginning of chapter one of "The Island - An anthology of the Buddha's teachings on Nibbana" by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro: WHAT IS IT ? Nibbana (Nirvana in Sanskrit) is a word that is used to describe an experience. When the heart is free of all obscurations, and is utterly in...
by Aloka
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Best book about history of Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 198

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

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An Introduction to Buddhism : Teachings, History and Practices (Second edition) by Peter Harvey.

https://toleratedindividuality.files.wo ... tices.pdf


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by Aloka
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Name of the Buddha
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: Name of the Buddha

. I just came across this book excerpt at the Tricyle website: The Myth of the Historical Buddha, Is Shakyamuni more fiction than fact? By Bernard Faure https://tricycle.org/magazine/myth-historical-buddha/ This appears to be a PDF with the same title: http://www.khamkoo.com/uploads/9/0/0/4/9004485/...
by Aloka
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skeptical of Samsara
Replies: 34
Views: 676

Re: Skeptical of Samsara

Samsara is a place The land of confusion This is the definition of samsara from the Nyanatiloka Pali-English dictionary: samsára : 'round of rebirth', lit. perpetual wandering', is a name by which is designated the sea of life ever restlessly heaving up and down, the symbol of this continuous proce...
by Aloka
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skeptical of Samsara
Replies: 34
Views: 676

Re: Skeptical of Samsara

When I saw this topic I was reminded of an article by Thanissaro Bhikkhu that I read a few years ago: Samsara Samsara literally means "wandering-on." Many people think of it as the Buddhist name for the place where we currently live — the place we leave when we go to nibbana. But in the early Buddhi...
by Aloka
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A rare 2,000-year-old scroll about the early years of Buddhism is made public
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: A rare 2,000-year-old scroll about the early years of Buddhism is made public

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I think this video by Dr Richard Salomon is about the same text:




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by Aloka
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?
Replies: 36
Views: 683

Re: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?

The present 17 th karmapa appear to have two . Not exactly. The Kagyu school split into two groups because two different boys were each recognised by rival lamas as the "authentic" Karmapa while the other one was rejected. They're both adults now, and the two of them decided to meet up with each ot...
by Aloka
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: jataka tales
Replies: 16
Views: 329

Re: jataka tales

. This is a comment from Bhikkhu Sujato in a topic at Sutta Central forum "On the Authenticity of the Jatakas": The Jatakas are best regarded as folk tales and legends, and are unlikely to have anything to do with the Buddha’s past lives. While the Buddha regularly spoke of past lives in a general s...
by Aloka
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?
Replies: 36
Views: 683

Re: Can one be reborn into several beings at the same time?

No, this is not correct. There are many cases of recognized “re-becoming” in multiple forms at the same time of those who no one claimed was enlightened or even non-criminal. Recognition of a new “reincarnation” can also occur while the earlier “reincarnation” is still alive. Theoretically the Dala...