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by MidGe
Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6108
Views: 487579

Re: Rebirth

Hello Nehemia83, To answer your very specific question. People differ in their abilities. Some, like Mozart was for instance, are really prodigy at composing music. These differences in abilities are attributed to activities in past lives. You probably also have "natural" abilities or ease in certai...
by MidGe
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?

The way of ending suffering
by MidGe
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do Thai monks smoke?
Replies: 132
Views: 13009

Re: Why do Thai monks smoke?

Of course, a worldling is not capable of fathoming the reasons of another's behavior, let alone those of an arahant's (and that includes smoking).

In fact it is difficult enough to be aware of one's own reasons for doing things.

With metta
by MidGe
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Two living Arahants - are they same or different?
Replies: 15
Views: 1441

Re: Two living Arahants - are they same or different?

Obviously the Rupakhanda of two arahants are different. They do look different after all. The other four khandas are different too. There is a different inpingements on the sense bases for each of them, different feeling responses, and ultimately comsciousness of it all, etc. Being anatta both, or n...
by MidGe
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why An Illusory Self Is Needed
Replies: 39
Views: 2500

Re: Why An Illusory Self Is Needed

Hello Mkoll, If you mean that craving is the condition for suffering I agree entirely with you and thank you for clarifying my post. To further clarify what I said: there is no reason why craving is condition for suffering, it simply is so and no beginning for this is found even by the Buddha. With ...
by MidGe
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why An Illusory Self Is Needed
Replies: 39
Views: 2500

Re: Why An Illusory Self Is Needed

The question "Why An Illusory Self Is Needed" infers that there is a reason for things to be as they are. The Buddha never gave a reason for suffering, he only taught suffering and the end of suffering. The original question seems to be more in line with the belief in a creator and/or assigning an o...
by MidGe
Fri May 16, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Do you mind criticizing 'my' Tipitaka map?
Replies: 15
Views: 2103

Re: Do you mind criticizing 'my' Tipitaka map?

Hello waterchan, Sounds like you are talking about an alternate or archaic classification system. Umm, that maybe the case. If it is so, simply ignore my post. I learned this distinction from the late Venerable Sayadaw U Sīlānanda from Myanmar. It may be a specifically Burmese way of looking at clas...
by MidGe
Fri May 16, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Do you mind criticizing 'my' Tipitaka map?
Replies: 15
Views: 2103

Re: Do you mind criticizing 'my' Tipitaka map?

Dear nekete, There may be a problem with your map. You seem to be attempting to mix up Nikāyas and Piṭakas. These are two unrelated way of classifying the Buddha's teachings. The Nikāyas are not a subdivision of the Piṭakas. For instance, the Abhidhamma belongs to the Khuddaka Nikāya and as far as P...
by MidGe
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paññā Linux - Buddhism Live CD
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Panna Linux - Buddhism Live CD

Hi culaaviso, If a live CD, I would most definitely include firefox with the Digital Pali Reader which is available at http://pali.sirimangalo.org/ If you load everything from that, you will have a number of grammars, dictionaries, a cross reference of the pali texts with whatever is available on ac...
by MidGe
Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Location of the Mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 4017

Re: Location of the Mind?

in the transcendental dependent origination formulation i've read ignorance precedes everything or is the forerunner of at least sentient experience (not sure if there exists observer-independent ontologically objective phenomena on this view i.e. would a universe continue to exist if all sentient ...
by MidGe
Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Location of the Mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 4017

Re: Location of the Mind?

From "The Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma", Bikkhu Bodhi, general editor (pg 144, Ch III Guide to para 20): Heart-base (hadayavatthu): According to the Pali commentators, the heart serves as the physical support for all cittas other than the two sets of fivefold sense consciousness, which take th...
by MidGe
Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Searchable pdf/online sutta pitaka?
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Searchable pdf/online sutta pitaka?

Hiya Coyote, May I suggest that you look into the Digital Pali Reader (which is an add on for Firefox). You can download the whole Tipitaka and more, in Pali and you have many tools available to help you translate. This is definitely what I would use to achieve your objectives. It is fully searchabl...
by MidGe
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: General research method
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Re: General research method

Hi James,

Could you perhaps post or link to some of the results of your research to-date. This may give a better idea of what it is all about and therefore provide a better understanding of whether one can help or not.

With metta,

Michel
by MidGe
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is the meaning of Paramattha?
Replies: 52
Views: 14895

Re: What is the meanig of Paramattha?

In regard to house: What is real/exist is the aggregate hence the house (convention). So no bricks, timber or tiles exist/real In regard to brick: What is real/exist is the aggregate hence the brick (convention) So no sands, cement etc exist/real Am I correct? Not quite... you are introducing a sid...
by MidGe
Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 934

Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Excerpt from his book "Conversations with myself": Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundations of one’s spiritual life. Development in matters of this nature is inc...