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by Nikaya35
Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhist view on Christianity
Replies: 135
Views: 6139

Re: Buddhist view on Christianity

Mkoll wrote:
barcsimalsi wrote:As long as their faith of God is not shaken, the refugee camp stand still.
What's that mean? Does it mean that as long as they don't lose faith in God, they won't leave the religion?
Of course. Christianity is a theist religion. Without the creator god belief their faith will fall apart.
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

Agnostics about karma rebirth can practice the dharma. I don't see the problem with that. I'm also agnostic about the karma and rebirth teachings. To claim karma and rebirth aren't part of the Buddha teachings is another thing. The nikayas contradict this notion. I just decided to put the karma and ...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

According to the sutras ( I' m using the bhikkhu bodhi translations ) the buddha attained 3 knowledges the night of his enlightenment. In the first watch of the night the Buddha remember many past lives. I'm the second watch of the night the Buddha understood how beings are reborn according to thei...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

According to secular buddhists karma and rebirth aren't part of the Buddha teachings. Other secular buddhists say karma and rebirth aren't important to the dharma. I'm missing something from the picture ? From AN 4.180 : Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu might say, in the monastery of this name bhikkhus li...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

Yes, the first two knowledges specifically refer to rebirth and kamma, whereas the third does not. And only the third knowledge actually constitutes the breakthrough that results in nibbana. There isn't much that is specifically "Buddhist" about the first two knowledges, in any case. Jainism is muc...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

According to the sutras the Buddha attained 3 knowledges. In the first watch of the night , he remembered many past lives . In the second watch of the night , he understood how beings are reborn after death according to their actions. This is the second knowledge the Buddha attained. In the last wa...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

I'm trying to understand the correct or the best interpretation of buddhism. The closest of the Buddha intended to be. I think understanding what's the Buddha's enlightenment really about , it's very important. The Buddha's awakening is really about freedom from Dukkha, the 3 knowledges you've ment...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

I think you should be looking at Four Noble Truths. :) You are talking about the third knowledge in the third watch " when my concentrated mind was purified , bright , unblemished, rid of imperfection, malleable, Wieldy , steady and attained to imperturbability , I direct it to the knowledge of the...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

SarathW wrote:Are Kamma and rebirth important to you?
:)
I'm trying to understand the correct or the best interpretation of buddhism. The closest of the Buddha intended to be. I think understanding what's the Buddha's enlightenment really about , it's very important.
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:40 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Understanding the buddha's enlightenment
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Understanding the buddha's enlightenment

According to the sutras ( I' m using the bhikkhu bodhi translations ) the buddha attained 3 knowledges the night of his enlightenment. In the first watch of the night the Buddha remember many past lives. I'm the second watch of the night the Buddha understood how beings are reborn according to their...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

After having followed this debate (and sometimes participated in it) for years, I'm still not clear on why belief in rebirth is considered necessary for awakening. What exactly is its role in bringing this about? From what I can see, the arguments for rebirth being necessary often hinge on the foll...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

The day science proves without doubt death is the end , this would be a fatal blow to all religions including buddhism. This scenario ( death is the end ) would make the dharma pretty irrevelant in the long run. The goal of the dharma is to end dukkha but if death is the end, all living beings will ...
by Nikaya35
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

"And what is kamma that is neither dark nor bright with neither dark nor bright result, leading to the ending of kamma? Right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is called kamma that is neither dark nor bright...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

The sutra is repeated in the anguttara nikaya. I will check this later.
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

"And what is kamma that is neither dark nor bright with neither dark nor bright result, leading to the ending of kamma? Right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is called kamma that is neither dark nor bright...
by Nikaya35
Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6089
Views: 422504

Re: the great rebirth debate

The "I will be" and "I will not be" are also the foundation of the view of Annihilationism So that speculative view arises just because of ignorance based contact, and the birthing of "I am" So when ignorance is dispelled, then "I will be" or "I will not be" does not arise, so the view of anniliati...
by Nikaya35
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do you resolve your doubts ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1082

Re: How do you resolve your doubts ?

ignoring the Buddha teachings that I find difficult to accept). Thats a big generalisation, do you know that "secular Buddhists simpy ignore concepts because they "find it difficult to accept"? It could be that they just view the concepts differently ... Aso to how to overcome doubt, my advice is t...
by Nikaya35
Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What happenes to an Arahant after death?
Replies: 63
Views: 2894

Re: What happenes to an Arahant after death?

Strawman. I never said , you said materialism is a right view. ;) . I prefer materialism to be true. That's why I posted the comment. :toast: It was implied by your last sentence :focus: Actually I'm in the topic. Materialism ( the position that death is the end )could be the reality to arahants( a...
by Nikaya35
Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What happenes to an Arahant after death?
Replies: 63
Views: 2894

Re: What happenes to an Arahant after death?

Strawman. I never said , you said materialism is a right view. ;) . I prefer materialism to be true. That's why I posted the comment. :toast:
by Nikaya35
Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What happenes to an Arahant after death?
Replies: 63
Views: 2894

Re: What happenes to an Arahant after death?

Its not too hard, Ven. Bodhi doesnt like the idea of an arahat not " existing" in some undefined form after death as this appears to be the same as what a materialist expects after death. The materialist makes no efforts and enjoys a life of wanton sense pleasures - ending in nothing. So it seems a...