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by santa100
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Metta Prayer and Anatta
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Metta Prayer and Anatta

How can I practice this sort of metta recollection without making false distinctions between "me" and "others"? At the beginning stage, it's helpful to cultivate Metta starting with oneself. Then expanding it in subsequent stages toward your loved ones, friends, colleagues, enemies, and finally, al...
by santa100
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?
Replies: 21
Views: 245

Re: Did Buddha ever know about the hypnotism?

What is the difference between a hypnotic state and a person in Jhana?
In hypnotic state, you are controlled by your hypnotizer. In Jhana, you're in control of yourself.
by santa100
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukkha a learned thing?
Replies: 22
Views: 303

Re: Is Dukkha a learned thing?

Faulty? How can the built-in functions of the OS be faulty? The child is not busy figuring this stuff out, it is busy trying to identify and adapt to his/her surroundings. Perhaps the mal-adaption to existence might be a better way of describing this. Claiming the organism is at fault is a sure way...
by santa100
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dukkha a learned thing?
Replies: 22
Views: 303

Re: Is Dukkha a learned thing?

What Buddha trying to do is to de-programme us. That's a legit way to put it. It's like a computer that comes out of the assembly line, and the manufacturer already packaged greed, hatred, and ignorance as parts of the core operating system. While Dukkha is an inherent characteristic of conditioned...
by santa100
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks
Replies: 14
Views: 286

Re: A theme I noticed among buddhism and monks

You can also see this in the suttas. In MN 38 the Buddha really admonishes and verbally attacks the monk Sāti, the Fisherman's son, calling him worthless and foolish. When Sati is sad and regretful, the Buddha kicks him while he's already down. All the monk did wrong was misunderstand a teaching. I...
by santa100
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mahamalunkya sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Mahamalunkya sutta

Venerable sir, I remember identity view as a lower fetter taught by the Blessed One. I remember doubt as a lower fetter taught by the Blessed One. I remember adherence to rules and observances as a lower fetter taught by the Blessed One. I remember sensual desire as a lower fetter taught by the Ble...
by santa100
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 31
Views: 387

Re: Touching Money

The day you get rid of this card (it is money) you will be one step closer to Nibbana. I wouldn't go that far but it sure gave a good reminder to all monastics who haven't attained Arahantship to constantly remember that as long as they have not attained the highest fruit, the spending on food, clo...
by santa100
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?
Replies: 18
Views: 320

Re: Why monks are so overweight if they fasting from noon to sunrise?

SarathW wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:38 am
Isn't there a health awareness programme for monks?
The monastery below sure has a real good one. There're lots of monks there and I don't see any fat one... :tongue:
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by santa100
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 30
Views: 410

Re: Rebirth question

It would solve the 'problem' of population and rebirth if it were the case that "earth time" and "rebirth time" were both linear, but not dependent on each other. The path of rebirth time could cross over with earth time at different points or even at the same point. If that were true then we would...
by santa100
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: How does a perfectly awakened Buddha arise?
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: How does a perfectly awakened Buddha arise?

In review of the repetition of the terminology rendered "sheer coincidence", do you believe there is any causality for the arising of the perfect (non-pacceka) buddha? Ven. Bodhi's translation version: So too, bhikkhus, it is by chance that one obtains the human state; by chance that a Tathagata, a...
by santa100
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth question
Replies: 30
Views: 410

Re: Rebirth question

Is rebirth bound by time in the same way that our lives seem to be? Or to phrase it differently, is it possible to be alive at the same time as one of your other incarnations? The idea was actually in a Hollywood movie called Little Buddha , where a Tibetan Lama passed away and got reborn as 3 sepa...
by santa100
Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known
Replies: 10
Views: 360

Re: Secrets about Buddhism everyone wish they'd known

Here are some facts about Buddhism you didn't know that I got from certain sources but am forbidden from sharing what those sources are. Always be careful whenever you hear from "secretive" sources for that's against the "open hand" spirit of the Buddha's teaching in DN 16: But what could the mendi...
by santa100
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which category belong to for the cessation of feeling perception ?
Replies: 179
Views: 1976

Re: Which category belong to for the cessation of feeling perception ?

This quote below from the Buddha might help describing the relationship of Cessation attainment and Nibbana: Mendicants, I say that the first absorption is a basis for ending the defilements. The second absorption is also a basis for ending the defilements. The third absorption is also a basis for e...
by santa100
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there a translation error in DN6 - Walshe
Replies: 15
Views: 223

Re: Is there a translation error in DN6 - Walshe

I'm not sure if I understand the implications of what is being discussed. Is it that to say “The soul and the body are the same thing” or “The soul and the body are different things”is appropriate for someone at the level of first absorption but not appropriate for someone at the level of arahant? ...