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by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Pure dhamma discord channel
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Pure dhamma discord channel

They don't really have much discussion and I am loathe to point out that they have a specific section in their discord to solicit donations. Seems more like an attempt to make money, but I would be happy to be proven wrong. There's also people who openly declare to have Sotapanna and Anagami attainm...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we re-collect on Brahama?
Replies: 5
Views: 128

Re: Why don't we re-collect on Brahama?

Hello Sarath, I hope your day is filled with ease. The reason they are not typically mentioned is that Brāhmā are actually a type of Deva. It would be like saying "why are you not mentioning Nepalese as human, they are clearly human too." When we say Devānussati we mean recollection of the qualities...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Buddhist Cryptids and Deities
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Buddhist Cryptids and Deities

Thank you Venerable, Sir! This is absolutely a pleasure to read. I am just so fascinated by the many realms and was surprised by the many qualities of Utarakuru and the Chakravartin Emperor. Is there a similar texts that elucidate examples of Devatā whose qualities we should be recollecting when we ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Buddhist Cryptids and Deities
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Buddhist Cryptids and Deities

What are some of the cool non human non animal entities in Buddhist Cosmology and what are the names of those Gods that play the most important roles in the 32 realms of Saṃsāra? I know Tavatimsa should have 33 but I don't know which 33 they are and I know they mentioned a few Gods like Brāhma Saham...
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence
Replies: 20
Views: 969

Re: Questions on Asura (Demon) Plane of existence

The word demon for Asura is a misnomer. Asura are more like the Titans and the Devas like the Olympians as an idea of the Western parallel.
by Wizard in the Forest
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 506

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

It might be from that time he subdued the angry Naga in Uruvela Kassapa's shrine. One time the Buddha used essentially samādhi as flames to deflect the flames that an angry Naga tried to fling at him and it let loose a glowing flaming aura that just turned the Naga into a harmless snake and he just ...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: What are some funny stories in the Canon ?
Replies: 12
Views: 759

Re: What are some funny stories in the Canon ?

[ the Alavaka Sutta]
Get out ascetic!

The Kevatta Sutta
I am BRAHMA

To Kesi
They are dead to me!
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population of women in theravada communities
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Population of women in theravada communities

But I'm the child of Hispanic immigrants so I'm not sure if that counts. I'm not a child of any South Asian people though. Central and South American, but uh, technically I'm Central American indigenous.
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Population of women in theravada communities
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Population of women in theravada communities

I'm a woman and people who show up at my meditation center are also pretty balanced out with men and women, but there's still more women.
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: THE DISCOURSE ON THE ROOT OF EXISTENCE The Mulapariyaya Sutta and its Commentaries
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: THE DISCOURSE ON THE ROOT OF EXISTENCE The Muliapariyaya Sutta and its Commentaries

I think this Sutta is pretty interesting as it talks about how we objectify things and then imagine our relationship with them. Anything, including Nibbāna can be falsely imagined into existence and personalized so that the experience feels real, but the real thing is not actually experienced. It is...
by Wizard in the Forest
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference
Replies: 9
Views: 384

Re: Vipassana vs Samadhi? Confusion regarding difference

Vipassanā is a floodlight and samādhi is a laser
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Theravadin Cultural Practices
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Theravadin Cultural Practices

What are some unique cultural practices in Theravadin Countries you know about that the average layman might not be familiar with? I can think of a few things I know about for example of Phra Mae Thorani is the witness to the Buddha's rout of Mara's army, and that the Four Heavenly Kings are guardia...
by Wizard in the Forest
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The fetters to Stream Entry
Replies: 10
Views: 529

The fetters to Stream Entry

So far I'm able to identify what the fetters to Stream Entry are: Sīlabbata-parāmāsa and Sīlabbata-upādāna How does one define it, what are some examples? What are the kinds of things that qualify as pointless rites and rituals so that I can be cautious to know what are pointless and how does one re...
by Wizard in the Forest
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Non-sapmajañña varieties of sati
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Non-sapmajañña varieties of sati

There's a decent amount if one interprets miccha sati to be attention to wrong things. Think of a thief preparing for a great heist. They have plenty of their awareness to attention to all things around them, for all the wrong reasons, as it's all in the pursuit of a wrong goal. So yeah, technically...
by Wizard in the Forest
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Layman's Handbook of Dhamma

This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks everyone!