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by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering

The issue is it's not canon so it's essentially the fanfiction of the Buddha's teachings. :stirthepot: But seriously you can take whatever nonsense words and put them together, and the Buddha's teachings are still going to be the teachings of how to recognize dukkha, it's origin, it's cessation, and...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 51
Views: 644

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Yes. They certainly have faith in the three jewels and adhere to the teachings,it's many of the metaphysics that we disagree on but even those are not worth disagreeing on because ultimately the Mahayana practicioner has more to worry about with the ariyupavadantaraya when they call Theravada the le...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Gender and the Sakyadhita
Replies: 15
Views: 345

Re: Gender and the Sakyadhita

1. Yes.

2. I'm in favor of ordinations and female education.

What specifically are you asking about with regard to gender roles as described by the Buddha or by Buddhists?
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: What’s your interpretation of the Mucalinda Sutta (Ud 2.1)?

The Naga King Mucalinda wanted to do a selfless act of kindness for the Buddha, and did so by bodily sheilding him from the elements, and he also by paying homage, and here is offering encouragement to the Buddha by praising the life of solitude and the removal of the afflictions. Just like Brahma S...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What murderers do next human life
Replies: 3
Views: 184

Re: What murderers do next human life

Niganthas here refer to the Jains who were the disciples of Nigantha Nataputta.
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 508

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

@ Auto A Bodhisatta is an unenlightened being. One who can become a Buddha, it is not a guarantee unless someone develops the parami to become one. To say it is anything other than an unenlightened being is doing yourself and many others a disservice. We live in the dispensation of the Buddha, and w...
by Wizard in the Forest
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 508

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

If I remember correctly the Mahayana practicioners consider the Arahant disciple to have inferior enlightenment or fallibility compared to a sammasambuddha. A kind of heirarchy of enlightenment where a disciple doesn't get real wisdom from nibbana. Many of their suttas have the Buddha chastising his...
by Wizard in the Forest
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)
Replies: 46
Views: 769

Re: Let's help eachother develop jhanas (take two!)

1. Are you able to enter the jhanas every time you sit down? No. :cry: 2. If not, how often are you able to enter the jhanas? (Once day, week, month, etc..) Not typically in a 'periodic' basis but more of a 'after how long' basis. I usually need a long time to get in the right amount of concentrati...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: milestone for western Theravada:
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: milestone for western Theravada:

I did misread, sorry! Bhikkhu Bodhi is the forerunner.

And I can't edit it for some reason, so I'll just have to accept the embarrassment
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: milestone for western Theravada:
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: milestone for western Theravada:

Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu!

Let us commemorate this milestone by giving homage to Venerable Bodhi, and wish him success in all his ventures. Let's hope many more follow his path to defeat dukkha and disseminate the teachings in the Buddha's dispensation.
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 314

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Transference of Merits is typically poorly understood primarily because of poor translation. What it could really be considered to be is "Sharing about Merit" and the procedure is the person performing Pattidana speaks of their good deeds, and shares it with fallen relatives and makes offerings in t...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Dispelling hatred and resentment
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Dispelling hatred and resentment

I live in the United States in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Have had very much fortune to live in a much more peaceful location, but sadly since I can't drive it's harder to get to a Vihara or Dhamma Center. I was lucky enough to make it to meditation classes just this week. I'm happy for th...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Dispelling hatred and resentment
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Dispelling hatred and resentment

Oh my mother is from Guatemala City, Zona cuatro. And funny you should mention that I relate completely one of my relatives also disappeared in the military regime. My uncle is likely dead, but there is no word from him and it is unlikely we will get that closure. And I understand your apprehension ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Dispelling hatred and resentment
Replies: 13
Views: 385

Re: Dispelling hatred and resentment

If it's not too much to ask, where are you from? I can deeply sympathize because my father was from Chile and was tortured by Pinochet's men turning him into a colder and more angry individual. Such things happen and it's important to remember others will understand. You need to also be kind to your...