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by Sacha G
Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Number of Theravadins attaining 1st jhana or Stream-En
Replies: 19
Views: 1571

Re: Number of Theravadins attaining 1st jhana or Stream-En

Who is the one who declares himself a stream-enterer? I'm curious. :popcorn:

:anjali:
by Sacha G
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Number of Theravadins attaining 1st jhana or Stream-En
Replies: 19
Views: 1571

Number of Theravadins attaining 1st jhana or Stream-En

Hi everyone! I suppose there are approximately 200 millions of Theravadins. Of these 200 millions, I suppose only 5% is practicing seriously (i.e doing some form of meditation at least once a week). This makes 10 millions. Now on those who do some meditation, I suppose that 1 out of 10 mediates ever...
by Sacha G
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 8 worldly "winds"
Replies: 1
Views: 551

8 worldly "winds"

Hello
The 8 worldly "winds" is a phrase sometimes used to translate the 8 loka-dhammas.
Do U know why the word "wind" is used. "Considerations" or "Ideas" seems more appropriate.
I suspect it might come from a Chinese translation :sage: .
Any idea??
:broke:
by Sacha G
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Unease with some burmese tradition students
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Unease with some burmese tradition students

Hello all I wanted to share my thoughts on a growing feeling of unease I have with some reports of the western students of burmese vipassana tradition, for example Pa Auk Sayadaw. I just listened to a so - called Caitlin reporting a (first?) 4 monts retreat, where she remembered her past lives... he...
by Sacha G
Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi
Replies: 7
Views: 1746

Sri lankan Chanting and B.Bodhi

Hello, B. Bodhi chants this text after his talks. I suppose it's sri lankan. Do you know if it's chanted in other traditions? And with the same tone? Ettâvatâ ca amhehi - sambhatam puñña-sampadam Whatever merits which we have thus acquired, Sabba Devâ anumodantu - sabba-sampati siddhiyâ may the Deit...
by Sacha G
Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Number of Western practioners in the World?
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Re: Number of Western practioners in the World?

Hi David Thanks for the answer. Concerning the number of buddhists in the world, I would be OK, apart from China, where I think that it's exaggerated to call buddhists that proportion of Chinese. As for the number of westerners practicing buddhism, I didn't know the number was that high. I suspect t...
by Sacha G
Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Number of Western practioners in the World?
Replies: 21
Views: 1553

Number of Western practioners in the World?

Hello
Does anybody know of the number of Western Theravadin practitioners in the World?
My guess is something like 20 000.
Do you have maybe also an idea of the number of western monks/nuns in this tradition?
I suppose something like 200.
Thank you
Sacha
:juggling:
by Sacha G
Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What tradition do you follow?
Replies: 83
Views: 24172

Re: What tradition do you follow?

Thanks David for transforming the thread into a poll.
:anjali:
Let's see what comes out of it.
:coffee:
by Sacha G
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What tradition do you follow?
Replies: 83
Views: 24172

What tradition do you follow?

Hello
What tradition do you follow?
- Sri lankan?
- Burmese ?
- Thai ?
- Theravada in general?
- Proto-buddhism?
- Mahayana?

I personally follow the Thai Forest tradition, and am open to the others.

Sacha
by Sacha G
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mindfulness buddhism: real buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Mindfulness buddhism: real buddhism?

Hi As far as I know the Buddha stessed the jhânas. But nowadays, among the schools and masters I've cited, these aspects are ignored (at least to certain extent). What's more, the wisdom aspect is also underdevelopped, as far as I can understand these schools: there is little mention of the 5 aggreg...
by Sacha G
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mindfulness buddhism: real buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Mindfulness buddhism: real buddhism?

Hello I wanted to know what you think of "mindfulness buddhism"? I think of a trend which includes Tich Naht Hahn, Ajahn Sumedho, the Vipassana movement, Zen buddhism... Sometimes I think it overemphasizes one aspect of the path: samma-sati. But on the other side, I believe that some masters in thos...
by Sacha G
Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hi Acinteyyo In fact since Humans exist they know that objects fall and that the moon turn around the earth. But it's only recenltly in history that the exact fomula has been given, that attraction is proportional to mass and the inverse of the square of the distance. And it's only since one century...
by Sacha G
Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

OK
So what I understand is that for the majority of you no explanatory theory of kamma is possible.
(Then I wonder why the cittamatras came up with one. :juggling: )
My theory is that kamma is stored in some invisible universal database. :smile:
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hello There might be some confusion in vocabulary here. By the ' mechanism of kamma', I don't mean the detailed processes in particular cases, but the general functionning. For example, an apple falls because of gravity. This is the general functionning of falling. But where precisely an apple will ...
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hi Zom
you direct your mind toward "negativeness". And since you did it, you will receive it.
Why?
:thinking:
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Sorry Retro I'm not quite sure to understand. Do u mean one could understand the mechanism of kamma with the study of the sutta? Especially by studying the details of D.O? If that's what you think, then I don't agree. There are "holes" in the theory, and these holes can maybe be filled in, for examp...
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hi Retro I wanted to know if some have theories about kamma. For example, the suttas speak of the universe, but science speaks of it more precisely. In the sameway the buddha speaks of kamma (with the minimum to enable liberation), but it could be, maybe, described in a more precise way. For example...
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hi
Thanx for your answers so far.
Actually the answer is not in the suttas, the Buddha sticked to what was apparent.
I ask about the underlying mechanism. Where does the action go once it is committed? How does one "attract" positive and negative events?
:juggling:
by Sacha G
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The underlying mechanism of Kamma
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

The underlying mechanism of Kamma

Hello
Does anybody here has an idea of the unerlying mechanism supporting kamma?
Is kamma a code, a piece of information embedded somewhere in the substance of reality? Is there some kind of invisible "matrix" which stores it?
What do U think?
:bow:
by Sacha G
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: 4 Path model: taught by the Buddha?
Replies: 17
Views: 3094

Re: 4 Path model: taught by the Buddha?

Hi Retrofuturist.
This is more than interesting and original.
Did you find it on your own or did you read it somewhere?
:clap: