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by gingercatni
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 6837

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

The implication of Pure Land Buddhism to me is this: Was Gotama negligent by not creating his own pure land for his disciples? I don't think so. In the Digha Nikaya which I'm reading currently, the Buddha make references to heavenly rebirths or rebirth in the realm of deva's. Now of course such reb...
by gingercatni
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: homosexuality
Replies: 16
Views: 1073

Re: homosexuality

In the translation I'm reading its referred to homosxuality in other translations it's sexual deviant. Hi GC. It appears this matter cannot even be regarded as a "mistranslation" because "homosexuality" is completely unrelated to the very broad Pali word found in this sutta. I have thoroughly discu...
by gingercatni
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 6837

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

There is nothing held back to be revealed later. So my view is perhaps Pureland is more of an attributed teaching rather than direct from the historical Buddha. In many Mahayana sutras such as the Lotus sutra, the Buddha quotes the name of the sutra over and over, but of course this would have been...
by gingercatni
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: homosexuality
Replies: 16
Views: 1073

homosexuality

Hi Forgive me if this is in the wrong place. I have been working my way through the Digha Nikaya and have come across something that has got me rather upset. As a gay man, I came to Buddhism for it's welcoming friendly, humanistic approach, imagine my dismay reading the cakkavatti sutta only to read...
by gingercatni
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Silakkandha Vagga - Samannapala Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Silakkandha Vagga - Samannapala Sutta

Hi everyone, Okay, so I'm working my way through Theravada Sutta's now that I have returned to this tradition. I am now reading the Samannapala Sutta :reading: . In the section Silakkandha Vagga the Buddha (/\) tells the king the monks or samana's can achieve supernatural powers, walk on water, thro...
by gingercatni
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 54
Views: 8779

Re: Abortion

I did not find a thread on this important topic. So here is a little from Harvey's Introduction to Buddhist Ethics (313) to start us off. The definition of a human being is clear. Given the Buddhist view of embryonic life, it is not surprising that causing an abortion is seen as a serious act: When...
by gingercatni
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 3701

Re: How to deal with ignorant brutes in a discussion

We might occasionally encounter these vile, ignorant brutes and their views. Now these "slow" people could never "win" fairly so they tend to cheat and use lowly tactics. As i see it if the weaker opponent cheats it is still possible to win unless the cheating is of such nature that it cannot be ov...
by gingercatni
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: medicine , career and medicine
Replies: 2
Views: 343

medicine , career and medicine

Hi everyone, I'm currently reading the Majjhima Sila, in verse 25 the Buddha says he avoids mathmatical calculations, would this mean that we too should avoid this? Only my line of work is in accountancy. Also he would avoid performing surgery, prescribing and taking medicines. I take medicines as I...
by gingercatni
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 6837

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Do followers of Pure Land meditate a lot or does practices consist of mostly chanting? Pureland practice consists of a short service in reverence to Amitabha Buddha, the recitation of the shorter pureland sutra followed by chanting Namo Amitabha Buddha. Along with meditation, observation of the pre...
by gingercatni
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 6837

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

LuisR wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:41 am
Do followers of Pure Land meditate a lot or does practices consist of mostly chanting?
Pureland practice consists of a short service in reverence to Amitabha Buddha, the recitation of the shorter pureland sutra followed by chanting Namo Amitabha Buddha.
by gingercatni
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 6837

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Hi everyone, I'm possibly going to offend some people here and I apologise in advance. I have been practicing Pureland for years though I've started to return to the school where it all began Theravada. When I started with Theravada I felt it was just a little beyond my understanding and not knowing...
by gingercatni
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Picking up the threads of Theravada again
Replies: 5
Views: 734

Picking up the threads of Theravada again

Hi everyone!:) This may be a long winded post so I apologise! I became a Buddhist in 2007/08 and I initially came across the practices of Theravada, For about two years i practiced Theravada Buddhism but being very isolated and english sutta transaltions few and far between, I moved over to Pureland...
by gingercatni
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Origin of Amitabha Buddha?
Replies: 48
Views: 11015

Re: Origin of Amitabha Buddha?

Hello everyone, I came across this post while surfing looking for something pureland related (thanks google lol!) I just want to add my opinion here. I'm a pureland buddhist, but before I started learning the pureland teachings, I began with Theravada. My journey began in 2008, I practiced meditatio...
by gingercatni
Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: wesak, why one day?
Replies: 6
Views: 455

wesak, why one day?

Hello I've often been curious why Wesak is celebrated in one day rather than 3 individual days, like other traditions. The only reference for this I can find is that the Buddhist council in Sri Lanka in 1950 made this decision, but why? Is there documented times of year for each of these aspects of ...
by gingercatni
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: buddhism brought Islam!
Replies: 15
Views: 1447

Re: buddhism brought Islam!

You'll have to prove that. *In other words, what is your point?* No one believes Buddhism brought Islam. Hi Alan, Sorry you misunderstood me, I know Buddhism has nothing to do with Islam. I found this video by some Islam expert who says otherwise, it's absolute nonsense if you watch it. Take care S...