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by Aloka
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One more rebirth before becoming a non-returner
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: One more rebirth before becoming a non-returner

Ordinaryperson wrote: I even told the person he might reborn as deva guardian in hell, like having to meditate in toilet, rather pleasant comfortable place like deva up in heaven.
:rolleye:


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by Aloka
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 30
Views: 3866

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

Now I have dreamt of hell several times so let me describe ... Possibly caused by indigestion ? I don't normally dream at all - but last night I dreamt I was stuck in a lift...which could have been because of boredom after 3 months of corona virus lockdown. I think its a good idea for us not to get...
by Aloka
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Pleasure to meet you
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Re: Pleasure to meet you

This outline of Buddhism might be helpful:

http://www.watpahnanachat.org/an-outline-of-buddhism-1


:anjali:

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by Aloka
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gender and the Vinaya: Modernising the Monastic Code
Replies: 62
Views: 1291

Re: Gender and the Vinaya: Modernising the Monastic Code

... Please forgive me if I am out of line here, but I think there's a lot on unjustifiable fear behind much of this. For one, I find it unlikely that all these supposed, evil left-wing Buddhists are going to go out and starve out monasteries who don't bend the Vinaya to their will (why are leftists...
by Aloka
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Pleasure to meet you
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Re: Pleasure to meet you

Welcome :hello:



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by Aloka
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Guanyin

. This is an excerpt from " A Listening Heart " - a dhamma reflection by Ajahn Amaro on the Amaravati Monastery website, (which he begins by talking about the coronavirus pandemic): Listening to the Sounds of the World One significant aspect of compassion is expressed in the figure of Guan Shi Yin B...
by Aloka
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: why dorje shugden is hated?
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: why dorje shugden is hated?

confusedlayman wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:31 am
he has compassion seed and i never met him
So have lots of other people you haven't met around the world.

Meanwhile, perhaps you could focus on practising it yourself:

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... el006.html


:anjali:

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by Aloka
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: why dorje shugden is hated?
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: why dorje shugden is hated?

is a good monk with compassion Be careful. Observe someone carefully before selecting them as a teacher. Have you met this monk? Have you seen them interact with others under stress and in times of adversity? If not, what is the basis for your opinion? Be careful about making commitments in other t...
by Aloka
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: why dorje shugden is hated?
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: why dorje shugden is hated?

Tsem rinpoche is a good monk with compassion.. his compassion may be because of training in his tradition. but why Dorje Shugden is banned or avioded? I think im not breaking rules in forum ... The Dalai Lama says Shugden is an evil spirit: https://www.dalailama.com/messages/dolgyal-shugden/stateme...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Wrong vs disagree
Replies: 42
Views: 6140

Re: Wrong vs disagree

Sabbe sankhara anicca
Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya.

:buddha1:
by Aloka
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism for the beginners
Replies: 17
Views: 472

Re: Buddhism for the beginners

BettyRubble wrote: the Buddha taught us that we live in a mist of illusion
Sounds like Mahayana to me, as does the spelling : "Sutra" instead of sutta.

:shrug:
by Aloka
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 1822

Re: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.

Something just occurred to me. I think there are also suttas wherein it is said someone will die here and be reborn in hell faster than a strongman can swing his sword. A very elegant solution to this conundrum is that Theravadins don't believe in an antarabhava, so when they die, there will be (po...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 1822

Re: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.

I don't think I have an issue with the idea that "our minds wandering through [the ten realms] freely as we become the mindsets associated with those realms" or describing rebirth as "the reinvention of the mind in the ten realms." I definitely think that a person experiencing great suffering can r...
by Aloka
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 1822

Re: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.

Don't take this literally like "simple people" might do. It's simply a metaphor for the whole realm of Sumedho's experience. You are not one of my teachers Stero, and I'm very happy to say that Ajahn Sumedho is! ....and at this point in time, I don't give a toss what other people think about it. Ha...
by Aloka
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Realms, metaphor vs reality, etc.
Replies: 100
Views: 1822

Re: Realms, metaphor vs reality

Often there is disagreement about whether the realms are "literal" physical places/embodiments or whether they are "metaphorical" representations of mind-states. No. Its the ' physical places" that are "metaphorical" and the mind-states that are literal. :D So the realm of humans, animals, and ghos...