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by Sam Vara
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Physical posture during seated meditation
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: Physical posture during seated meditation

The Suttanta stock formula is very basic: "when a bhikkhu has returned from his almsround, after his meal, he sits down, folds his legs crosswise, sets his body erect, and establishing mindfulness in front of him" I'm wondering if anyone has experience adjusting to find an optimal seating arrangeme...
by Sam Vara
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 159

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

What is the Sutta relating to Tenfold analysis? MN 117 has this: In this context, right view comes first. And how does right view come first? For one of right view, wrong view is worn away. And the many bad, unskillful qualities that arise because of wrong view are worn away. And because of right v...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where was Buddha born?
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Where was Buddha born?

My favoured response is that it hardly matters, but that attempts to show that his birthplace was in Sri Lanka seem based on crude nationalist boosterism rather than scholarship. The main difficulty with that approach is that it depends upon a systematic multi-national attempt at historical revision...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 14
Views: 159

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

Do you mean without Right Knowledge and Right Release?

My simple guess is that there are, canonically, far more references to the Eightfold Path than to the ten; and that the sutta which is held by tradition to be the Buddha's first has eight.
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

Was Fuhrer the only person ever to claim that the Buddha was born in Nepal, and is all the evidence for a Nepalese birth thereby discredited? There are a few - read below. That's not really the point. Many people can discredit Fuhrer and others, but unless it discredits all evidence for a Nepalese ...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

That's a nice map, but when I checked out its provenance, Google only came up with The map was originally sourced from the site below. http://panhinda.sirisaddharmaya.net. Yes, it's as I said. The only English text on that modern blog is material presenting the Sri Lankan birth hypothesis.
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

Well, Anton Führer claimed Buddha was born in Nepal - that was circa 1890. Its Anton Führer's discovery that used to this day. However, Anton Führer is a known fraudster. I have attached his charge sheet below. Was Fuhrer the only person ever to claim that the Buddha was born in Nepal, and is all t...
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

WorldTraveller wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:18 am


Perhaps a mistake by the Moderator to paste Rajitha7's post under my name? Please correct it. Thanks.
Yes, that's exactly what it was. Humble apologies, WT. I've corrected it now.
by Sam Vara
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

So when you read a reference in the Mahavamsa to Jambudipa, it refers to a part of the island. The area shown here. ... That's a nice map, but when I checked out its provenance, Google only came up with lord buddha born in sri lanka . It only appears in a small number of attempts, like this one, to...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

Rev. S.C. Malan is not the only one cited though. Ying-hwin-che-ke (General Account of the Encircling Ocean) written 4CE and Sir Henry Charles who wrote Ceylon and the Cingalese. There are a plethora of other references too. Yes, it's quite possible that the term "Jambudipa" or similar terms were a...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

The Jambudipa reference is from the "Book of Proverbs" or a commentary on the Book of Proverbs it would seem. I haven't seen it personally. If you mean this reference linked in your earlier post: https://www.quora.com/Where-was-Buddha-born/answer/Ramal-Ratne-1?ch=10&share=7c4dc4f2&srid=uKWkg then i...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jambudipa
Replies: 40
Views: 575

Re: Jambudipa

The Bible says something along these lines " The merchants who having go to Jambudvip in the Southern sea to fetch great and precious gems feel refreshed after hearing the siblime lore of the Buddha ". With respect, I don't think the Buddha is mentioned anywhere in the Bible. I think it is likely t...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 630
Views: 35807

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Pali > sabbe dhammā anattā Sujato > all things are not-self So plug-in a non-living thing to "things" and see if it make sense isn't it? It would make sense like this. "All house hold items have no soul" <- Something along these lines! A Buddha usually emerges to state the non-obvious. According to...
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Netherlands
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Re: Hello from the Netherlands

Greetings, Bhante, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

It is very good to have you here. :anjali:
by Sam Vara
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Consider closing the Waharaka Thread

Best, I think, to respond to comments one doesn't like by a) courteously challenging them, if you think it is worth it, or b) ignoring them. Maybe other members are gaining something from that thread. Regarding the case that OP mentioned. Option "a" is OK for the sake of those who will be mislead, ...