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by Taco
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2939

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

So if animals are allowed to kill animals without much karmic consequence because it's merely instinct and not intent, then would it be okay to have a few cats around to protect humans from pests or dangerous critters? It might be okay for the cats, but I'm not sure about the owner... http://www.ac...
by Taco
Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2939

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

Kamma is intention and I think it's different from instinct. The actions of higher beings are more about intentions and the actions of lower beings are more about instincts. Instincts don't produce kammic consequences and the lower beings have to wait for a lottery jackpot to be reborn in the higher...
by Taco
Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2939

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

I believe that a tiger that has during its lifetime a mind state of an average tiger will likely be reborn as a tiger. And they were born as tigers in the first place because that was close to their mind state in the previous life. Very difficult for a tiger to be a 'good' tiger or a 'bad' tiger. S...
by Taco
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: are animals that kill reborn in hell?
Replies: 36
Views: 2939

Re: are animals that kill reborn in hell?

I believe that a tiger that has during its lifetime a mind state of an average tiger will likely be reborn as a tiger. And they were born as tigers in the first place because that was close to their mind state in the previous life. Very difficult for a tiger to be a 'good' tiger or a 'bad' tiger.
by Taco
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: ayya khema
Replies: 30
Views: 7341

Re: ayya khema

I noticed that Leigh Brasington was her student. He has a website and an email address and maybe he is easier for you to contact than the monastics.
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by Taco
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How ignorance started?
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

Re: How ignorance started?

Why would it be nice? It would not necessarily be nice, because it might be very strange and disheartening. You have to consider: what would the consequence be of knowing the ultimate origin and what's the intent in knowing? If you answer that, maybe I could share some interesting theories. Well, t...
by Taco
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How ignorance started?
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

Re: How ignorance started?

Monks, this samsara is without discoverable beginning. A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. -Samyutta Nikaya 15, "Connected Discourses on Without Discoverable Beginning" The Buddha taught that samsara (and so I assume also ...
by Taco
Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: western cynicism/eastern credulity.
Replies: 67
Views: 3360

Re: western cynicism/eastern credulity.

my experience, their experience - could be true
my experience, not their experience - could be true
not my experience, their experience - could be true
not my experience, not their experience - could be true

Does it matter? No.
by Taco
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spirit or Ghost???
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Spirit or Ghost???

I think I read a commentary about when a person dies, theres a possibility that they will stay around there for 7 days/49days. How many days doesn't matter. The question is, since the person stays here to look at the ones he/she loved for that time of a period, what they appear as??? They are certa...
by Taco
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Which texts did the Mahāsāṃghikas dispute?
Replies: 27
Views: 5122

Re: Which texts did the Mahāsāṃghikas dispute?

Have a look at: Prebish, Charles S. and Jan Nattier 1977 Mahasamghika Origins: The Beginnings of Buddhist Sectarianism. History of Religions Vol 16/3 and Prebish, Charles S. 2010 "The Role of Prātimokṣa Expansion in the Rise of Indian Buddhist Sectarianism." Pacific World: Journal of the Institute ...
by Taco
Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: IMS,Ajahn Chah, Mahasi Sayadaw,Ba Khin & Goenka, Kornfield
Replies: 28
Views: 6816

Re: IMS,Ajahn Chah, Mahasi Sayadaw,Ba Khin & Goenka, Kornfield

There seems to be good scholarly information regarding the history of vipassana meditation in this book article: "The Origins of Insight Meditation" by Lance Cousins http://books.google.com/books?id=_B73f0ZajeQC&pg=PA35" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You might need to reload the page...
by Taco
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Thanissaro Bhikkhu Chanting
Replies: 4
Views: 1534

Re: Thanissaro Bhikkhu Chanting

http://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/120.html 1:24 - 2: 26 ??? would like to know what this bit is An Invitation to the Devas http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/dhammayut/chanting.html#devas" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Samantā cakkavāḷesu Atrāgacchantu devatā Sad...
by Taco
Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Just War and Buddhism
Replies: 184
Views: 9302

Re: Just War and Buddhism

Where do these Nazi Germanies, SS troops and bad men come from? What's the reason? Could Buddhist teachings somehow have helped in preventing this stuff beforehand, for example after WWI? I dont know. I do know that without WW2 all Europe' Jews and gypsies and many of its homosexuals and intellectu...
by Taco
Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Just War and Buddhism
Replies: 184
Views: 9302

Re: Just War and Buddhism

Where do these Nazi Germanies, SS troops and bad men come from? What's the reason? Could Buddhist teachings somehow have helped in preventing this stuff beforehand, for example after WWI?
by Taco
Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: God!
Replies: 72
Views: 5782

Re: God!

Also, if there is no God, who do you thank when you see a beautiful view or other pleasing event and just feel great to be alive, and so thankful for what you have - who do you pass the feeling of gratitude onto!? Perhaps the pleasent experiences are a result of one's previous good kamma (i.e. inte...
by Taco
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?
Replies: 160
Views: 13808

Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

This should answer you question: Tiltbillings, thanks for the Bodhisattva text. So there are no clear instructions given by the Buddha in the Pali suttas, but there's the story of Sumedha in a later text, the Khuddaka Nikaya's Buddhavamsa, and some Theravada teachers/commentators/scholars teach tha...
by Taco
Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:09 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?
Replies: 160
Views: 13808

Re: The specific differences between Mahayana and Theravada?

..., the individual who wants to become a buddha in the Theravada must be on the verge of becoming an arahant and make the vow in front of a living Buddha and receive an acknowledgement from that Buddha about the future awakening. I remember hearing this story about the Gotama Buddha's earlier life...
by Taco
Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The karma of patricide heavier than the karma of filicide?
Replies: 15
Views: 1687

Re: The karma of patricide heavier than the karma of filicide?

Bhikkhu Bodhi has written something based on the commentarial views: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/wheel282.html#prec2" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Acts of taking life are differentiated by way of their degree of moral gravity. Not all cases of killing are equall...
by Taco
Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Do you also read Mahayana Sutras?
Replies: 182
Views: 12713

Re: Do you also read Mahayana Sutras?

"And how are there four kinds of verbal conduct not in accordance with the Dhamma, unrighteous conduct? Here someone speaks falsehood: when summoned to a court or to a meeting, or to his relatives' presence, or to his guild, or to the royal family's presence, and questioned as a witness thus, 'So, ...
by Taco
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: A Study Guide from Thailand
Replies: 0
Views: 320

A Study Guide from Thailand

I'm not sure if this guide is mentioned earlier here at dhammawheel: http://www.dhammacenter.org/e-books/buddist_meditation_books" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A Study Guide for Right Practice of the Three Trainings The committee members of the National Coordination Center of Provin...