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by Kusala
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2718

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Is the image of Lord Buddha, experienced by numerous meditators after his paranibba, actually not the true and right picture of him ... :sage: I don't remember the exact Sutta, but I recall the Buddha saying after his Parinibbana, gods and men can't see him... On a different note, this article migh...
by Kusala
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Karmic debt
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Karmic debt

According to some TIbetan texts I have we have all kinds of karmic debts from having an infinite number of lives in samsara. Debts for bad deeds done, services rendered to us, other beings taking care of us as parents and so forth. These debts can lead to suffering and there are some methods for pa...
by Kusala
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2718

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

It's possible that Buddha's eyes were not blue at all, but rather brown. 'Nila' translates to "dark color" in general. They could have been brown or blue. 'Nila' is the reason why Moggallana, Krishna and Shiva are often depicted as blue in Indian art. It's modern interpretation means 'blue', but it...
by Kusala
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2718

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

It's possible that Buddha's eyes were not blue at all, but rather brown. 'Nila' translates to "dark color" in general. They could have been brown or blue. 'Nila' is the reason why Moggallana, Krishna and Shiva are often depicted as blue in Indian art. It's modern interpretation means 'blue', but it...
by Kusala
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2718

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

So basically its a modern day corruption to have a image of the Buddha? Why is Thailand etc.. full of buddha statues if there is nothing in the cannon about making images. This is strange. I see it as a type of Buddhanusatti. But if there is no mention of his form in the pali cannon where was it ad...
by Kusala
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 33
Views: 2718

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Are there any descriptions of how the buddha looked in the cannon? Where does this familar image of buddha come from? We can't really say what the historical Buddha actually looked like. Buddhist scriptures provides some clues, but modern day Indian genetics can sort of help us put the pieces toget...
by Kusala
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 71
Views: 16985

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Knowing what we know now, such as DNA and all that good stuff, it makes perfect sense... I haven't seen Indians with "forty teeth" , Most adults have 32 teeth. Among these teeth are 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth). Most people have a complete set of adul...
by Kusala
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Tocharian Buddhism
Replies: 0
Views: 283

Tocharian Buddhism

Ever wonder what Tocharian( dead Indo-European language) sounds like?

by Kusala
Mon May 21, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 71
Views: 16985

Re: Buddha's skin colour

his skin was the color of skin his blood was the color of blood his bones were the color of bones I get what you're saying... people tend to make assumptions when discussing the appearance of the Buddha. The Buddha was from ancient Nepal, so they automatically assume that he'd look like the people ...
by Kusala
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity
Replies: 25
Views: 1204

Re: Judaism & Brahmanism vs Buddhism & Christianity

Now, the general impression of the Hebrew Old Testament is the Tribes of Israel (of which only the tribe of Judah largely remains) regarded themselves as 'The Chosen People of God'; that there was something specifically special about being born an Israelite. Similarly, in the Pali suttas, we can re...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1789

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Amanaki wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:01 pm
If you reach enlightenment you can become a buddha :) But because of how we live today and much of the texts has been translated incorrect and we tend to not be strickt enough in the practice it is very difficult to reach Buddhahood today.
I think Theravadins prefer to use the term "Arahant".
by Kusala
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Transfer merit to peta
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Transfer merit to peta

Hi all, In Mahayana Buddhism, there are rituals dedicated especially for hungry ghosts, helping them to alleviate their suffering. In Theravada Buddhism, is there any such activity or ritual, dedicating merits for hungry ghosts, not just departed relatives but hungry ghosts in general. Thanks. Yes,...
by Kusala
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1789

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

There seems to be a lot of different terminology respective to 'enlightened ones': tathagata, buddha, bodhisattva, arahant, etc. What is the difference amongst these different definitions that make them different. Of course a bodhisattva is someone is going to be a buddha in a future life but would...
by Kusala
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 71
Views: 16985

Re: Buddha's skin colour

I have seen quite a few high caste Indians with blue or green eyes, so it makes perfect sense that the historical Buddha, who belonged to the ruling elite would have blue eyes. Hi Kusala Really try and think about this. What you have said does not make sense at all. What you have said is - Kusala h...
by Kusala
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Criticism of Islam
Replies: 224
Views: 13571

Re: Criticism of Islam

Monotheism Is inherently Intolerant, especially Islam... http://i63.tinypic.com/zxwtbn.jpg Compelling. Meme about intolerance posted by a Buddhist intolerant of Islam. I would advise, that if you think tolerance is kusala value, then you yourself should live up to it. As compassionate as the Buddha...