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by Sam Vara
Sun May 26, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka
Replies: 30
Views: 384

Re: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka

The idea that the "bottom" is inferior suggests that the underlying assumption is that sex is primarily about power, not even about lust, or, heaven forbid, romance. Who suggests that, and whose assumption is it? The idea that the "bottom" is inferior is one found in ancient Greek and Roman culture...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 26, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka
Replies: 30
Views: 384

Re: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka

binocular wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 5:52 pm
Ceisiwr wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 9:11 am
So because I’m a bottom I can’t be ordained
The idea that the "bottom" is inferior suggests that the underlying assumption is that sex is primarily about power, not even about lust, or, heaven forbid, romance.
Who suggests that, and whose assumption is it?
by Sam Vara
Sun May 26, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka
Replies: 30
Views: 384

Re: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka

Wasn’t there also a monk who was infatuated with the Buddha’s looks within the suttas? Sounds pretty gay or bi to me. the article starts with the story of Soreyya, a gay man who craved a monk And he later became an arahat. This is from which sutta? More from DR on Soreyya here: http://politicallyin...
by Sam Vara
Sun May 26, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka
Replies: 30
Views: 384

Pannobhasa on homosexuality, transsexuality, and pandaka

David Reynolds shares his (surprisingly mild, and apparently orthodox) views on sexual orientation, etc. This could have gone in the ordination or personal relationships sections, but seems to overlap.

http://politicallyincorrectdharma.blogs ... ality.html
by Sam Vara
Sat May 25, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: How to translate "sabbasaṅkhārasamatho" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: How to translate "sabbasaṅkhārasamatho" ?

Having considered this a bit further, isn't this one of those phrases where the general singular noun can also stand for plural examples? i.e. we could say "The end of life on earth" which is another way of saying "the end of lives"; or "sound dies away" when we mean "sounds"? If activities cease, t...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 25, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: How to translate "sabbasaṅkhārasamatho" ?
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: How to translate "sabbasaṅkhārasamatho" ?

Dear Pali gurus The suttas contain the phrase: "sabbasaṅkhārasamatho". While I occasionally try to learn Pali grammar, my faculties are impaired here. * saṅkhāra is masculine * samatho is masculine My Pali grammar book says: When nouns join together with two or more words they are called nominal co...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 25, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: I heard that the Buddha said not to worship images of himself, if so, where is that recorded?
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: I heard that the Buddha said not to worship images of himself, if so, where is that recorded?

I think the idea that he forbade images of himself is a bit of a myth. It might be in accordance with other teachings, but is not as far as I know in the suttas. Are statues even mentioned in the canon? Was it even part of the culture so as to suggest itself to devotees? That's a fair point. Someth...
by Sam Vara
Sat May 25, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: I heard that the Buddha said not to worship images of himself, if so, where is that recorded?
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: I heard that the Buddha said not to worship images of himself, if so, where is that recorded?

I think the idea that he forbade images of himself is a bit of a myth. It might be in accordance with other teachings, but is not as far as I know in the suttas.

Are statues even mentioned in the canon? Was it even part of the culture so as to suggest itself to devotees?
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth !
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: An enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth !

The aspect of this sutta I have problems with is the claim that the angry person will suffer the same fate as the object of their ire: 4.5When a person is irritable, overcome and overwhelmed by anger, the rulers seize the legitimate wealth they’ve earned by their efforts, built up with their own ha...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti

Unless the meaning here is "not again to such a state," but this isn't a complete sentence. Does this sentence fragment make sense in context? Besides, I thought the dative meant "for" not "to." If the meaning is "to" why not use the accusative? I'm confused again. The fragment makes sense in the c...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti

It is, and I believe it is the dative case (two above the one indicated in red; that ending is shared by the genitive as well). It means "to that state". He understands: "There is no returning to that state" The genitive seems to make more sense to me than the dative. Remember, there's no word "ret...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti

Thank you for the replies. I had looked at the declension of itthatta and saw that it was itthattāya but I still couldn't make sense of the sentence or why it was itthattāyā with a long ā. I found some saṃdhi rules which explain that a + iti = ā'ti so that must be happening here. Yes, that's what i...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Confused about this phrase: nāparaṃ itthattāyā ti pajānāti

As for "itthattāyā", the "āyā" is possibly indicative of the "case", below (click to enlarge, from this Pali grammar book ): It is, and I believe it is the dative case (two above the one indicated in red; that ending is shared by the genitive as well). It means "to that state". He understands: "The...
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: View-Clinging
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: View-Clinging

Some people cling to the view that a set of sutta quotes is a topic. Others cling to the view that it isn't. :smile:
by Sam Vara
Fri May 24, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: An enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth !
Replies: 15
Views: 188

Re: An enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth !

AN 7.60 wrote: "Furthermore, an enemy wishes of an enemy, 'O, may this person not have any wealth!' Why is that? An enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth. Dear members , Do you think in reality , only enemy is not pleased with an enemy's wealth ? I think not , in reality anyone could be envio...