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by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1837
Views: 61841

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

... Thanks for those points and all that info. Perhaps neither the classical Theravadins nor the suttanta Theravadins can be generalized to a specific view on nibbana. There is a wide range of views in all of them. I was familiar with Buddhaghosa not accepting the nihilist view, but I had thought m...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1837
Views: 61841

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

I wouldn't mix up Sujato with Brahmali. His ideas are more subtle. And neither takes Nibbana as an existent ultimate reality! I thought they agreed on parinibbana, but not sure, so you might be right. Ajahn Mun, Ajahn Boowa, Ven. Thanissaro, Ven. Sumedho and many other Thai forest monks tend to foc...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 1837
Views: 61841

Re: Nirvana is a Transcendent Reality

I think the classical view is pretty much universally that Nibbana is an unconditioned ultimate reality. Nibbana with residue means the destruction of hatred, greed and delusion, which occurs during life when the mind takes the unconditioned as an object. Nibbana without residue means all five aggr...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Happy Birthday Bhante Lucky!

Happy Birthday, bhante!!
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Yes, I don't doubt that. I should clarify, I meant if everyone were Buddhist and upholding the 5 precepts. So one can not uphold the 5 precepts, and still count for a Buddhist? Niiice. :redherring: The key word in my sentence was: IF I have never claimed that there was any litmus test for what it t...
by David N. Snyder
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

chownah wrote:Where I live in thailand everyone is buddhist and everyone eats meat. Buddhists do the killing.
chownah


Yes, I don't doubt that. I should clarify, I meant if everyone were Buddhist and upholding the 5 precepts.
by David N. Snyder
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Omnivore: The fact that the Buddha even ate one meal (or more) that contained meat, even if it were only one, shows that vegetarianism is not required. Vegetarians consider a person who eats meat even occasionally to be omnivores, not vegetarian. Is it worth mentioning that the Buddha didn't requir...
by David N. Snyder
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Can you show me how to find that reference and others in that system? chownah The PTS (Pali Text Society) way of numbering is volume number (Roman numerals) > page number. I prefer the modern way of Nikaya > Sutta name, number > passage number within that sutta. I have the complete PTS hard copy bo...
by David N. Snyder
Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello, I welcome you warmly
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Hello, I welcome you warmly

Welcome to DW!

:buddha2:
by David N. Snyder
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

I've updated that page to include some more references I found from the Vimanavatthu. https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Diet_of_Buddha Here is an example of one of the references, showing that the Buddha ate milk-rice porridge and fresh ghee with a link to the reference, available online: Then ...
by David N. Snyder
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Lazy_eye!!
Replies: 5
Views: 62

Happy Birthday Lazy_eye!!

Happy Birthday!!

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by David N. Snyder
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4151
Views: 239652

Re: the great vegetarian debate

Edit: On second thought, I picked one of the items in the link and can't find the reference. The reference is "Choice rice with curry (Majjhima Nikaya II. 7)". I have not been able to find it.....can you help with that? chownah When roman numerals are used it is the PTS system of referenc...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Another poster from a different forum said: Awakening is clearly something that happens to a living being, altering their perspective or revealing fundamental truths, however you wish to express it, and, while those fundamental truths might be expressed in ways that involve words like "empty o...
by David N. Snyder
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: POTUS 2017
Replies: 297
Views: 6987

Re: POTUS 2017

I think you're both right. cjmacie is right when he says there are no "human rights" as these are just made-up terms by humans. And it implies a creator-god which grants such rights. chownah is right that no one [apparently] chooses where they are born and just as no one has intrinsic huma...
by David N. Snyder
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 110
Views: 2084

Re: Theosophy

chownah wrote:So is this her buddhist membership card?
chownah


Yes. :tongue:

If she considered herself a Buddhist, then she was one. As I mentioned in another thread, being Buddhist doesn't make one a Buddha or even mean that one is good or advanced in any way.
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 110
Views: 2084

Re: Theosophy

AFAIK, Olcott is highly revered in Sri Lanka. Here's one of the statues honoring him in Sri Lanka.

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by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theosophy
Replies: 110
Views: 2084

Re: Theosophy

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/33/A_Replica_of_the_Certification_Letter_written_By_Henry_Steel_Olcott_Mentioning_that_He_took_Pancha_Sila_at_Vijayananda_Vihara_Galle.jpg Apparently Blavatsky was the first Western woman to officially take the 5 precepts. She might even be the first...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What makes one a Buddhist?
Replies: 79
Views: 5404

Re: What makes one a Buddhist?

https://www.lionsroar.com/dalai-lama-denounce-ethical-misconduct-by-buddhist-teachers/ I notice you necro-posted to bring this topic back up with a link to the Sogyal Rinpoche scandal. If you are asking if he is a Buddhist, then in my opinion he is a Buddhist. Being Buddhist doesn't mean one is a B...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is there any really professional monk in Thailand?
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: Is there any really professional monk in Thailand?

Here's one of them: https://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=DN_11_Kevatta_Sutta "Kevatta, there are these three miracles that I have declared, having directly known and realized them for myself. Which three? The miracle of psychic power, the miracle of telepathy, and the miracle of instruction. ...
by David N. Snyder
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: New to Buddhism

Welcome to DW!

:buddha1:

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