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by santa100
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: AN 5.27, Sutta explicitly about 3rd jhana?
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: AN 5.27, Sutta explicitly about 3rd jhana?

so if the 3rd jhana samadhi is this same samadhi then it can be gained while walking too. There's no 3rd jhana mentioned in AN 5.27 nor AN 5.29 . AN 5.27 talks about the practice of brahmavihara (sublime states of metta, karuna, mudita, and upekkha), which can serve as a basis for concentration pra...
by santa100
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Next Emperor
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: The Next Emperor

In ancient times World-turning Monarchs lived by Dhamma. When the lineage of that noble practice was broken, the life-span of human beings declined, and all manner of wickedness increased. Amazing to see how times have changed. The current "world-turning monarch" is also the world's worst cheater a...
by santa100
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Universe and its constant change....purpose
Replies: 37
Views: 848

Re: Universe and its constant change....purpose

Since there would be no force or God behind all of creation according to Buddhism, what is the purpose of all contained in the universe? Assuming there was an almighty designer, why would he create a system that has all the builtin variables full of chaos and bound for destruction at the end? Why s...
by santa100
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is the Sutta Nipata the oldest and therefore the only truly reliable text in the canon?
Replies: 15
Views: 328

Re: Is the Sutta Nipata the oldest and therefore the only truly reliable text in the canon?

I was under the impression that the oldest text was the Samyutta Nikaya, and if we had to say that's the only reliable text for that reason then no problem! While chronology is a factor in determining the reliability of a text, it should not be the only and exclusive one. It's like in martial art, ...
by santa100
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: A reason for lying
Replies: 30
Views: 800

Re: A reason for lying

Actually saying the truth at the wrong time and space will cause more harm than help. That's why the Buddha not only emphasized truthfulness of speech, but also its appropriateness in time and space. See MN 58 for more info..
by santa100
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?

Maybe foreseeing the cyclical nature of conditioned existence that made the Buddha found it pointless to focus on the details of communication medium. It started with oral communication, then got written down to leaves, fabrics, then papers, then converted into e-documents on the internet, then dire...
by santa100
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution?

Did the Buddha foresee that his teachings will become writings in mass distribution? Imagine you're a quantum physicist, would it be useful to mention all the ins and outs of quantum mechanics to your 4-year-old son, or it'd be better to teach him basic algebra? Remember the Simsapa leaves simile: ...
by santa100
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: Is it worth it to resist your well-deserved bad karma?

For example, someone is trying to rob us. He was robbed by us in forgiving lives. And it seems that we should put up with a fair (from the point of view of the law of karma) robbery. But you cannot know for sure if the event was due to the robber trying to settle the score because of your past evil...
by santa100
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?
Replies: 24
Views: 470

Re: How difficult it is to obtain human life ?

However , nowadays it appears human population is estimated over 7 billions or much more . So , how does Buddhism reconcile in explaining the contradiction ?! The increase/decrease in human population does not affect the truth of the Teaching. There were periods in the past when human beings did no...
by santa100
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Apannaka Sutta, diagram
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Apannaka Sutta, diagram

See Ven. Bodhi's summary here. Basically there're 5 topics/views, each has 2 pairs: wrong view and right view.
by santa100
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tan Ajahn Anan says the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana are real!

I recently listened to some dharma talks where Than Ajan Anan discusses Mahayana with a lay follower. He brought up many Mahayana concepts and Than Ajahn said the Bodhisattvas such as Manjushri, Avalokiesvara, and Samantabhadra are real. Depends on the perspective. From a grand cosmic perspective, ...
by santa100
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: lit. householder-celibacy
Replies: 4
Views: 146

Re: lit. householder-celibacy

hi, i want to know what the pali word is here that ven thanissaro renders 'fidelity' and more information about the use of this term so i can determine what it means. Ven. Bodhi's version is clearer: It may be, householder, that you think thus: ‘After I’m gone, Nakulamātā will take another husband....
by santa100
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

Let me paraphrase the dialogue: S: Channa committed suicide. [Thinking Channa is not an arahant,] What is his destination, where is he "reborn"? B: Didn't Channa declare himself an arahant? S: But Channa was intimate with families! ["That is blameworthy, Channa must not have been an arahant."] B: A...
by santa100
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 664

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

Also has anyone figured out how the translator cited in the OP got 'slit his wrists'? Also, another weird one from Sujato's translation. Anyone here on DW who's still a current member of SuttaCentral, could you please ask Sujato 'What the hell' is going on with his translation? At the current rate,...
by santa100
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why there are Christian monks?
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Why there are Christian monks?

Why there are Christian monks? What is their objective? Why can't they practice at home without becoming a priest? Because some of their schools also observe strict celibacy just like the Buddhist monastics. Some schools share very similar precepts code just like those taught in the Vinaya. Things ...