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by santa100
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Debt to ones parents
Replies: 15
Views: 133

Re: Debt to ones parents

The fact that one has a healthy enough mind and body to be able to think how "messed up" his parents are, is enough proof that at the very least his mother was caring enough for a full 9-month duration to properly nurtured the baby inside and his father was caring enough to provide a safe condition ...
by santa100
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1719
Views: 145699

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by santa100
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1719
Views: 145699

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

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by santa100
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

And yet we have this sutta (and others) where people don't recognize him. I'm also not saying there was nothing special about his appearance or that he looked just like you and me. Do you think that everyone, upon seeing the Buddha, thought that he was not only the most beautiful man they had ever ...
by santa100
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

If you have never ever met the Buddha once in your life, then how can you conclude that you would not be able to recognize Him whether "the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent"? About the Five ascetics, how would you explain their change of heart just by looking at the Buddha? In all likelihoo...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Pukkusati knows he would not recognize the Buddha, regardless of whether the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent. Otherwise, he would have said "I have never seen that Blessed One before, but I would recognise him [by his Marks, if they were visible]." But you should already see the illogical ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Pukkusati knows he would not recognize the Buddha, regardless of whether the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent. Otherwise, he would have said "I have never seen that Blessed One before, but I would recognise him [by his Marks, if they were visible]." But you should already see the illogical ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What attracted you to the Dhamma?
Replies: 10
Views: 162

Re: What attracted you to the Dhamma?

It's hard to come across another philosophical system with such rigorous and well-formed logic.
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

You've missed the most important detail right there in your provided quote: Pukkusati addressed the Buddha as "Avuso"/friend. Without concealing His marks, there'd be no way he'd use the term. Remember the scene when the Buddha's just attained enlightenement and went back to the jungle to teach His...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Even in meeting the Buddha, it was apparently possible to not know that he was in fact the Buddha; this is what happened to Bhaggava in MN 140. It was because the Buddha intentionally concealed His great marks as per the Comy.: [...] The sutta itself contradicts this: — But, bhikkhu, have you ever ...
by santa100
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1837

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Even in meeting the Buddha, it was apparently possible to not know that he was in fact the Buddha; this is what happened to Bhaggava in MN 140. It was because the Buddha intentionally concealed His great marks as per the Comy.: MA, Pukkusati had been the king of Takkasila and had entered into a fri...
by santa100
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.
Replies: 7
Views: 208

Re: AN 3.10 Mala Sutta. Stains.

This seems confusing to me. Surely only the ariyan has abandoned such stains, but all who are not Ariyan are not deposited in hell. I thought it was only certain very bad deeds that are said to guarantee rebirth in the hell realm, killing one's parents etc. Hell must've been a crowded place and it'...
by santa100
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 1719
Views: 145699

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by santa100
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forest
Replies: 14
Views: 378

Re: Forest

The "covering the whole earth with leather" simile:
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by santa100
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: 8 Silas and Basketball
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: 8 Silas and Basketball

And I want to lose weight anyway. Still not 100% sure on what to do. Try doing hard manual labor work around the temple. It'd be both productive work and also a great workout. Check out the daily routine of the Zen monks below. I guarantee you'll drop 10 pounds and be strong as an ox after a month ...
by santa100
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are devas attracted to metta?
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Are devas attracted to metta?

But do they want to hang out with such a person? Most sentient beings in the 6 realms from the lowest hell to the highest heaven all naturally desire peace and happiness, and shun pain and suffering, except a minority few with sadist/masochist orientation. So obviously most beings would tend to han...
by santa100
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do devas have mind made bodies?
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Do devas have mind made bodies?

If so, how would one develop this skill? Minde-made body is not something exclusive to the devas. A person who's developed deep concentration (4th jhana or above) can also create such body, according to DN 2 : When his mind is thus concentrated, pure and bright, unblemished, free from defects, mall...
by santa100
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: End of the world
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: End of the world

We'd all wake up in another world and the nightmare would continue :tongue: Remember, "this world" is not the only world out there. And "this earth" is not the only earth out there. There could be millions of nuclear explosions that wipe out millions of earths, and the samsaric circle would still b...
by santa100
Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: End of the world
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: End of the world

Remember, "this world" is not the only world out there. And "this earth" is not the only earth out there. There could be millions of nuclear explosions that wipe out millions of earths, and the samsaric circle would still be just fine and dandy. So we don't have to worry about not having a "place" t...
by santa100
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do you know if you've entered the stream?
Replies: 28
Views: 1134

Re: How do you know if you've entered the stream?

I know the theory of the dhamma quite well, so asking me if I understand x theory or y theory, won't satisfy my question. So is there a significant first hand experiential indicator one can refer to in order to know they've entered the stream or is it just vague/ambiguous? Since you know the Dhamma...