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by budo
Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 468

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

This is an interesting discussion, which I think highlights the different world views that have been developed in the various Buddhist traditions. ... I would, however, like to make a final comment on this idea of "interference". There seems to be an assumption that helping other beings means "prea...
by budo
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wisdom vs will
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Wisdom vs will

It's not an issue of will, it's an issue of ignorance. You may know the theory at a superifical level, but you are still ignorant. Once you contemplate the theory (dhamma) at a deep level, without any hindrances to cloud your perception, you will naturally give up what's bad for you without any "wil...
by budo
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 32
Views: 468

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

1) I think Engaged Buddhism is a good way to get Buddhists killed by non-Buddhists of two types - A) those who claim to be Buddhists but aren't. There is actually a strict definition of what constitutes as Buddhist in the suttas, which involves hearing the true dhamma. So people who call themselves ...
by budo
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sports gambling
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Sports gambling

My parents have been gambling for over 30 years and they've made a lot, probably more than a full years salary for some people. They're not Buddhists though. For them though it's more about killing time, and they get free spas, hotels, and buffet with it since they're members. They go less now as I'...
by budo
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sports gambling
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Sports gambling

Gambling involves accessing a random component that you don't have control / decision over the outcome. For example paying for a box that has a random item vs. paying for the item directly. It's the paying for the accessibility to access a random mechanism that constitutes gambling, and so even the ...
by budo
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: On the Precepts and the capitalist appropriation of surplus labor value.

If there is an agreement or consent between two people it's not stealing. If I say I'll let you use my cake mixer machine, flour and all the other ingredients, and in return you'll make me 10 cakes, and I will let you have 2 cakes, it's not any of your business what I do with the remaining 8 cakes. ...
by budo
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please
Replies: 10
Views: 173

Re: Solo Retreat On Budget For 30 Days Help Please

I don't know about 30 days, but there's several thai forest monestaries in Canada, there's a nice one in BC runned by Ajahn Sona. Can you not stay at home but cut out all distractions, or is it too noisy? FYI Buddhism isn't a vegetarian religion, and if you stay at a monestary you'll have to pick fr...
by budo
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravada for Beginner
Replies: 32
Views: 437

Re: Theravada for Beginner

Read the Nikayas in this order

Anguttara nikaya -> Samyutta Nikaya -> Majjhima Nikaya -> Digha Nikaya

AN is very practical, easy and straight forward. SN is considered the most original nikaya. Read at least 1-2 suttas a day, should take you a few years for just those 2 books.
by budo
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Anapanasati Sutra
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Anapanasati Sutra

For beginners:

Mindfulness in Plain English by Gunaratana

For intermediate:

Leigh Brasington's the Jhanas


The Buddhadasa book linked by others is also a good aid and has some ideas in there that are interesting (like the breath being a mind and body conditioner).
by budo
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 25
Views: 373

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

cappuccino wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:16 pm
budo wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:12 pm
The four conditions of a sotapanna is
more is required than you seem to think
It's not what I think, it's what the suttas say, suttas that you should be linking.
by budo
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 25
Views: 373

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

Also what about Jotipala (also Gotama) who met Kassapa Buddha and ordained under him? My recollection is a once-returner has eradicated three fetters; which would mean Gotama would have always been free from view of real self and always had no doubts about the Path. If this was so, Gotama would not...
by budo
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 26
Views: 620

Re: A question about ego death

I am a Theravada Buddhist and I use lucid dreaming in my sacitta'pariyodapanam (purification of my own consciouness). It is said the arahant doesn’t have dreams, as the source of dreaming has been destroyed. Dreaming is a compensation mechanism for samsaric events that happen during the day, and th...
by budo
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: PM about dhammaboard.co
Replies: 25
Views: 701

Re: PM about dhammaboard.co

I also received the PM, and joined. I think it's good to have more forums on the internet discussing Early and Theravada Buddhism, as the original dhamma is constantly being diluted by pragmatic dharma, engaged Buddhism, and other forms of Buddhism who believe the Buddha's original words are incompl...
by budo
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 25
Views: 373

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

Hello: I think it does add up. Attaining sotapanna is not just about hearing the dhamma and understanding, its also about kamma. For example King Ajātasattu, because he killed his father, could never attain sotapanna, even after hearing many dhamma talks by the Buddha. The Buddha told he would have...
by budo
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 25
Views: 373

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

even Sariputta and Mogallana attained sotapanna just by hearing one verse the two chief disciples of Gautama Buddha? your experience may be different The thread isn't about me, it's about Sumedho and Jotipala, former rebirths of Gotama, attaining path from being in contact with Buddhas. Perhaps rea...