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by Aloka
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Form is emptiness

Does any Theravadin here believe that the Mahayana Suttras are the words of the Buddha? Here's an article written a number of years ago about the Northern and Southern traditions by Ajahn Amaro, who's the Abbot of Amaravati Theravada Thai Forest Tradition monastery UK: The View from the Centre: htt...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Form is emptiness
Replies: 16
Views: 257

Re: Form is emptiness

Does the phrase 'form is emptiness' have any place in Theravada? I believe it's from the heart sutra which is a Mahayana suttra. Another example : https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN22_95.html You might also find this article of interest: Early Buddhism and the Heart Sutra: http://www.liberati...
by Aloka
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness v Meditation
Replies: 20
Views: 619

Re: Mindfulness v Meditation

. "Mindfulness is the Path to the Deathless" ...a short Dhamma article by Ajahn Amaro. Excerpt: When the Buddha said that ‘… the mindful do not die’, he did not mean that the body of a mindful person is never going to stop breathing and rot away. No. The Buddha’s body died, just like anyone else’s. ...
by Aloka
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karma is everything!
Replies: 20
Views: 892

Re: Karma is everything!

. Ajahn Amaro discusses superstition, karma, and the Buddha's teaching on causality in a little booklet "Who is Pulling the Strings?" Excerpt from the beginning of Ch 2 : ‘Is This Principle of “Karmic Fate” What The Buddha Taught?’ If you look at the Buddha’s teachings, you’ll see that he spent a lo...
by Aloka
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: Secular mindfulness - Resources and recommendations?

Online Mindfulness course (£30) The Be Mindful course is run by Wellmind Media, a producer of digital courses for improved mental health. The course is recognised by clinical authorities as delivering the elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in an effective digital format. It's li...
by Aloka
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 575616

Re: the great rebirth debate

I'm not arguing in favour of rebirth, and personally I'm agnostic about it. What puzzles me is the degree of aversion that some people have to the idea, and the lengths they go to in their attempts to "prove" that the Buddha didn't teach it, or didn't really believe it, or whatever. It could be tha...
by Aloka
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 575616

Re: the great rebirth debate

You could say that suffering arises due to the thought of "my body", "my aging", "my death", and so on, but that doesn't negate the reality of these biological processes. And given that we are physical beings, the idea of samsara as a continuity of "physical" existence seems to make sense. It doesn...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6206
Views: 575616

Re: the great rebirth debate

Oops, deleted because I was repeating a quote I made earlier in the topic!
by Aloka
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Is Buddhism strictly monogamous?
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: Is Buddhism strictly monogamous?

non-monogamous relationship forms like polyamory are increasingly common and personally I think love shared is love multiplied. Are they? I live in a city and I've not yet known anyone of any age in a relationship like that. Sounds more like sexual lust multiplied .. and way too complicated . :shru...
by Aloka
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path
Replies: 18
Views: 409

Re: Cognitive behavior therapy and Noble Eightfold Path

. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/m/mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy-mbct Details of a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course at Oxford University UK: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/mst-in-mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy :anjali: .
by Aloka
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Persistent thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: Persistent thoughts

:namaste: How do you deal with persistent thoughts, not necessarily during meditation but during regular hours as well? A certain thought pattern keeps surfacing over and over. Do you keep ignoring it? What exactly do you do with such thoughts (not random thoughts)? :anjali: Hi alfa, The Buddha's w...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?
Replies: 89
Views: 2339

Re: Are the gods and deities mentioned in Sutta are just the mythology?

Nibbana is an experience, so I don't think it can be compared with devas or kamma or rebirth. As an experience, nibbana is not a claim that some specific entity exists only no one can prove it. In that sense it is much less problematic than indeed kamma, rebirth and devas. The first chapter of "The...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?
Replies: 43
Views: 838

Re: Why the wealthiest person not buddhist ?

Jeff bezos , Bill gates , Warren buffett among the wealthiest person in the world and they are not buddhist . The texts appears to say that offering makes to the Buddha and arhat and Buddha dhamma sangha yields the highest merits . Why then the wealthiest person were not from buddhist fellows or we...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does Sotappana assure no lower life?
Replies: 25
Views: 679

Re: Why does Sotappana assure no lower life?

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Ajahn Amaro talks about Sotapanna level here:






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