Search found 73 matches

by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pali Canon - can it be attributed back to the Buddha?
Replies: 37
Views: 4811

Re: Pali Canon - can it be attributed back to the Buddha?

I actually like the repetition of the actual Tipitika. It really helps reinforce an idea or concept and helps memorize the passage.

Reading translations and Pali tipitika without these repetitions becomes a hassle for someone practicing and appreciating the repetitions.
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 6657

Re: metta as my main practice

A couple of decades ago I was working on a degree in christian theology. The director at our school was fond of saying that Pali is the language of heaven. I would rather go back there and ask him how he knows this than go seek out any buddhists who say that there are no heavens. :cookoo: Buddha de...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 6657

Re: metta as my main practice

Nathan's example of the Kalamas is a bad example, since the Kalamas did take refuge upon hearing the true dhamma that makes Kalamas people with integrity. The practice of Metta can lead to heaven for a non-Buddhist, which is better than nothing , but all the merit they generated with meta will be e...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stem-cells
Replies: 20
Views: 3001

Re: Stem-cells

Hi Green, Food/medicine is not inanimate rupa, these products are derived from sentient beings and many times tested on sentient beings. I suggest you look up "inanimate" in a dictionary. And I repeat my advice that you make a careful study of what is taught about kamma and its ripening in the Sutt...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sam Harris and Buddhism
Replies: 28
Views: 3544

Re: Sam Harris and Buddhism

The 4 Noble Truths are truths because they are universal, Buddhism is universal because Buddha is. Why not call it Buddhism? After all, Fibonacci numbers are named after Fibonacci, Newtonian physics is named after Newton. Buddhism is Buddhism because of the Triple Gem and the teachings of Buddha. Th...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stem-cells
Replies: 20
Views: 3001

Re: Stem-cells

Hi Green, First and foremost, the only reason we are discussing this is because this is a forum...no Buddhist really wastes time on matters of Kamma or claims to understand it's working. Anyone who claims to have understood the workings of kamma as Buddha taught it, is incorrect. Note that in the s...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist
Replies: 31
Views: 3993

Re: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist

Well, you have an eastern religions section which includes Buddhist books...and yes they are mostly HHDL or fashionable Buddhism books...as a kid they really turned me off from Buddhism, I read the HHDL books and thought if Buddha was so smart, how come the 4 noble truths is so simplistic. I didn't...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 6657

Re: metta as my main practice

This is what Ven. Dhammaanando posted: “What do you think, Assalāyana? Is only a brahmin capable of developing a mind of loving-kindness towards a certain region, without hostility and without ill will, and not a noble, or a merchant, or a worker?” Here Buddha clearly states that a person of any cas...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Views and beliefs
Replies: 44
Views: 4211

Re: Views and beliefs

Would you reconsider scientific knowledge if what you observe and know through Buddhist practice is correct and you find that it is currently unknowable through science?

Let's put the shoe on the other foot.
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 6657

Re: metta as my main practice

Not really interested in getting into a debate here, but isn't there a sutta where the Buddha tells a Brahmin that the four Brahmaviharas are a way to meet Brahma (i.e. to be reborn in the Brahma-realms through achieving jhana)? Yes, but Buddha clearly states, BUDDHA KNOWS THE PATH TO BRAHMA. Throu...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist
Replies: 31
Views: 3993

Re: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist

buddhism as a group 1. New age teachers who cherry pick the "feel good" parts, and or claim enlightenment 2. Teachers who have no Dhamma training and pass themselves off as experts 3. The idea Buddhism has a pope and all Buddhists fall in line with them. You hit the nail right on the head. These ar...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Women can be Buddha
Replies: 41
Views: 5616

Re: Women can be Buddha

there is good reason to doubt some sutras, in fact any sutra that mentions it being wrten down and copied would be a fraud as the buddha lived in an oral culture so the process being talked about would come from a later time. also some of the mahayana sutras mention debates going on within the sang...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: The Lotus - Getting there.
Replies: 21
Views: 2650

Re: Lotus position

In Buddhism, there's no requirement of the lotus position. Sitting meditation is just one kind, there's also walking meditation, lying down meditation and meditation meditation all the time meditation...which is right effort :smile:
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?
Replies: 11
Views: 4992

Re: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?

Hi Green, So is the Narsiha Gatha considered canonical? The words of a true Theri? The word "canonical" is used by most people to refer to the "root texts" (mūla-pāḷi), meaning the Tipiṭaka. The Narasīhagāthā are from an atthakathā and so would be termed "commentarial". In the classical Theravāda c...
by green
Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stem-cells
Replies: 20
Views: 3001

Re: Stem-cells

First and foremost, the only reason we are discussing this is because this is a forum...no Buddhist really wastes time on matters of Kamma or claims to understand it's working. Anyone who claims to have understood the workings of kamma as Buddha taught it, is incorrect. § 22. "These four imponderabl...
by green
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: metta as my main practice
Replies: 54
Views: 6657

Re: metta as my main practice

Hi Green, It is impossible that a deluded person can practice true metta- Buddha clearly differentiates the SYSTEMATIC practice of Buddhist metta by a Noble Disciple (i.e. a Buddhist) who takes refuge in the Triple Gem from the metta of an ordinary person: If by "systematic practice" you mean the u...
by green
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist
Replies: 31
Views: 3993

Re: Challenges to Buddhism and as a Buddhist

buddhism as a group 1. New age teachers who cherry pick the "feel good" parts, and or claim enlightenment 2. Teachers who have no Dhamma training and pass themselves off as experts 3. The idea Buddhism has a pope and all Buddhists fall in line with them. You hit the nail right on the head. These ar...
by green
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?
Replies: 11
Views: 4992

Re: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?

Hi Green, So where are these gathas coming from? Are they non-canonical? I don't know about the precise origin of the Nava Guna verses, but in every Theravada country there are lots of non-canonical verses that have been composed as parittas or for devotional chanting. Where does the Narasiha Gatha...
by green
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stem-cells
Replies: 20
Views: 3001

Re: Stem-cells

'This venerable one is the doer of his actions, heir to his actions, born of his actions, related by his actions , and has his actions as his arbitrator. Whatever action he does, for good or for evil, to that will he fall heir.' AN 5.161 In other words, we are all born and related to one another th...
by green
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Stem-cells
Replies: 20
Views: 3001

Re: Stem-cells

Food for thought...can real medicine and healing come about from intentionally taking life? I remember in my college biology class, we had to take a frog and bang it's head so that it dies, then hook it up to measure nerve electrical currents. Only a dumb frog, right? I wonder if it's because of th...