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by Aloka
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 21
Views: 338

Re: Where is the Buddha?

' Where is the Buddha now ? He's in the teachings. Here's a quote from the late Buddhadasa Bhikkhu which might help. As you know, the word "Buddha" in everyday language refers to the historical Enlightened Being, Gotama Buddha. It refers to a physical man of flesh and bone who was born in India over...
by Aloka
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

It turns out that their calmness during their extraction from the cave was due more to medication than meditation. I like to think of this as due to Wisdom factors on the part of those leading the rescue. It's also worth remembering that the football coach was extremely irresponsible taking 12 chil...
by Aloka
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Rai from UK
Replies: 11
Views: 171

Re: Rai from UK

Maybe check the Buddhanet World Buddhist directory for the UK, to see if you've missed anything in your area? I think they show small groups, as well as temples, monasteries etc.

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/country.php?country_id=76

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by Aloka
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Rai from UK
Replies: 11
Views: 171

Re: Rai from UK

Welcome Rai :hello:

I'm from the UK too.


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by Aloka
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 87
Views: 1792

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Alan Watts gives a brief description of Tantra.
It appears he followed the same path.
Alan Watts also appeared to follow the path of alcoholism.

:shrug:

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by Aloka
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: duality and non-duality in theravada
Replies: 56
Views: 1531

Re: duality and non-duality in theravada

There's a section on "Non-Dualism" in Ajahn Sumedho's little book "The Way it is" which was written in the 1980's : NON-DUALISM "The significant offering of the Buddhist teaching lies in what we call non-dualism. Its the 'neithernor' approach to philosophical questions. Monistic religion tends to ta...
by Aloka
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: New Member Intro - Joy from NC, USA

Welcome, JoyCatherine :hello:

With metta,

Aloka :anjali:
by Aloka
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?
Replies: 67
Views: 1577

Re: Faith and Doubt: Why are we quarreling lately?

. ...and now for a short intermission...This is an excellent talk I attended a number of years ago at Amaravati Monastery. Its Ajahn Sumedho with "Who Needs Enlightenment When I Have My Opinions?" Well worth listening to and hopefully not the subject of more dissatisfaction and disagreement! To quot...
by Aloka
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 60
Views: 1249

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

The smart Mahayana practicioners I know have given up this practice and instead refer to Theravada as Southern Buddhism now. Personally, I just call it Theravada. Yes, I don't know of any Mahayana/Vajrayana practioners who refer to Theravada as "Southern Buddhism". Maybe its different in the USA. .
by Aloka
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: If you can only see with your eyes, what is it that sees your thoughts?

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Regarding heart/mind, the translation of "citta" at the ATI website is :
citta: Mind; heart; state of consciousness.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/glossary.html#c


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by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 651

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

OK - but personally I don't believe in omniscience, or the 32 marks and other myths which appear to elevate the Buddha to a kind of Superman with a weird appearance.


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by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 651

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Milindapanha: from Sutta Central: The Milindapañha or “Questions of King Milinda” records a series of discussions on points of Dhamma between the monk Nāgasena and the Greek king known as in Pali as Milinda. He is usually identified with Menander I Soter, who ruled an Indo-Greek kingdom from his ca...
by Aloka
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 651

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

And yet the Theravada acknowledges the omniscience of the historical Buddha, right? It might be worth reading "The Buddha and Omniscience " by Bhikkhu Analayo. Here are 2 excerpts: in the Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta the Buddha was asked whether he claimed omniscience himself. In reply, the Buddha quit...
by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 651

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Zom wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:43 pm
That Buddha is God? -) Well.... okay 8-)
No.


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by Aloka
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 651

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Believe me, I read enough. And don't forget that all mahayanic texts are considered true and correct by mahayanists - there is no such thing that some mayahanic groups don't accept certain scriptures. Mahayana is all-inclusive religion (and for this reason it has a number of inner contradictions). ...