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by Jetavan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: God in the suttas?

See the Majjhima Nikaya 1 : Mulapariyaya Sutta. As I understand it, in this Sutta the Buddha states that to presume that there is a "source" from which all things arise is to make an unfounded assumption not based on direct experience. What can be experienced is the end of dukkha, or Nibbana--but e...
by Jetavan
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: God in the suttas?
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: God in the suttas?

See the Majjhima Nikaya 1 : Mulapariyaya Sutta. As I understand it, in this Sutta the Buddha states that to presume that there is a "source" from which all things arise is to make an unfounded assumption not based on direct experience. What can be experienced is the end of dukkha, or Nibbana--but ev...
by Jetavan
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 3723

Re: was jesus an arahant

Sounds like he practiced a form of meditation & ethical conduct but also sounds like self-view. I don't think there can be real attainment with self-view. I'll have to find his material from other sections of the Philokalia to get into whether or not Christianity has something analogous to not-self...
by Jetavan
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 3723

Re: was jesus an arahant

Perhaps off topic: jesus was not a christian and buddha was not a buddhist. chownah Buddha did not call himself a "Buddhist" because the term "Buddhism" didn't exist yet. He followed the Dhamma-Vinaya which he rediscovered, in a line of past samma-sam-buddhas. Did the Buddha take refuge in any of h...
by Jetavan
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mahayana Buddhism & Individual Karma
Replies: 27
Views: 867

Re: Mahayana Buddhism & Individual Karma

The only real disagreement I have with Theravada Buddhism is its lack of recognition for Buddhas other than Shakyamuni Buddha. In the Mahapadana Sutta, the Awakened One speaks of six Buddhas of the past… Yes, but these Buddhas are not seen as existing in the present according to Theravada Buddhism,...
by Jetavan
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 2113

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

Another interesting (and practical) Stoic text is:

Irvine, W. B. (2009). A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

He also describes his comparison of Stoicism with Zen Buddhism, and why he chose the former.
by Jetavan
Tue May 23, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why can we just let go?
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Why can we just let go?

Luca123 wrote:If the engineer who created the chip of the computer you are working with now had let go his job, you would not ask this question
On the other hand, it was only because that same engineer had let go of some other job, that the original poster could ask this question.
by Jetavan
Mon May 22, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 8
Views: 1018

Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

lostitude wrote:
Jetavan wrote:He did live off of Light. Matter is just Light in another form.
How so? Food is carbon, light is photons...
Photons can theoretically be transformed into electrons. We now have the experimental equipment to actually do it.
by Jetavan
Sun May 21, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Speeches of Saudi King & President Trump
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Speeches of Saudi King & President Trump

I think he stayed on script (such as it was).
by Jetavan
Sun May 21, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Buddho Mantra
Replies: 17
Views: 2305

Re: Buddho Mantra

Focus your attention on the breath, keeping watch over it until you're clearly aware that, "This is the in-breath," and "This is the out." Once you can see clearly in this way, call to mind the virtues of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, gathering them into a single word, "Buddho." Then divide "Budd...
by Jetavan
Tue May 16, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Question about 'Aryan' origins of the Buddha

The author of The Buddha from Babylon argues that Siddhartha Gautama was born amongst the Saka (Scythian) peoples of eastern Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. (The "kapil" of "Kapilavastu" is actually a corruption of the Akkadian "babil"--as in the Tower of Babel.) While young, Siddhartha headed to B...
by Jetavan
Sat May 13, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: I am thankful to be an American
Replies: 85
Views: 2415

Re: I am thankful to be an American

America the Buddhaful.
by Jetavan
Thu May 04, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The 3 marks of what, exactly?
Replies: 109
Views: 3666

Re: The 3 marks of what, exactly?

"The 3 marks of existence" doesn't sound right, because Nibbana / cessation of dukkha is a living experience. "The 3 marks of unenlightened existence" doesn't sound right either, because insight into anicca and anatta is a prerequisite for enlightenment, and I don't see how these two marks could be...
by Jetavan
Mon May 01, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?
Replies: 8
Views: 1018

Re: Why did the Buddha choose not to live of Light?

He did live off of Light. Matter is just Light in another form.
by Jetavan
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: McDonald's new uniform: did somebody say dystopia?
Replies: 0
Views: 190

McDonald's new uniform: did somebody say dystopia?

Working at McDonald’s comes with its fair share of hassles, like low pay and sometimes-rude customers. But now employees have another issue that’s literally on their shoulders: a new uniform that some are criticizing as resembling a bleak dystopian movie.
by Jetavan
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Steve Jobs a buddhist?
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Is Steve Jobs a buddhist?

He was a student of yoga darśana.
by Jetavan
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lord Darth Vader
Replies: 25
Views: 1083

Re: Lord Darth Vader

BasementBuddhist wrote:I was completely unaware that Jedi meditated.
Meditation is an important part of many religions.
by Jetavan
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How many of you are solitary Buddhists?
Replies: 41
Views: 2030

Re: How many of you are solitary Buddhists?

Calcutta is also where the only known copy of the Code Sutta is located.