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by santa100
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 21
Views: 240

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Self identity is the perception or recognition of one's characteristics as a particular individual, and sameness of a thing with itself. The sense of being alive (existence) is different from the sense of a permanent self ! The permanent being or permanent self which is self view is something occur...
by santa100
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 17
Views: 257

Re: Shambhala international

He was an "interesting character" all right.
by santa100
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 21
Views: 240

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

I think you are equating physical processes with a sense of self. Self identity is psychological. That is where suffering resides. No dhammas have a sense of self. A sense of self is an assumption not an ultimate reality. You equate rebirth with a self that dies and takes rebirth. This is not Buddh...
by santa100
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?
Replies: 21
Views: 240

Re: Without the knowledge , is there a self ?

Say for example , if a child living in the surrounding of animals , would s/he has a sense of self ? A sense of self is not something that simply pops up out of accumulated training and knowledge. It's always been there. The fact that a being still get reborn again as a child is the obvious proof t...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 503

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Again: the Buddha's omniscience (or not) is not my point, the point is that the Buddha is allotted God-like attributes in the Pali Canon too and thus the claim... Do people even read previous posts before engaging in discussion? :shrug: And again, it is to address the exact question in the OP that ...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 503

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Excuse me if I am wrong, but isn't omniscience a God-like attribute? And yet the Theravada acknowledges the omniscience of the historical Buddha, right? You're only half wrong, because the Buddha of the Pali Canon defined pretty explicitly the exact scope and boundary of His omniscience in MN 71 . ...
by santa100
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 503

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

To be fair to Mahayana, it's important to keep in mind that they use a different model/schema to the Buddhahood concept. There's the Tri-Kaya model in which there're 3 different "manifestations" of Buddha: the historical Gautama Buddha, who shared all the common attributes just like in Theravada, an...
by santa100
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 332

Re: What is merit?

Refer to the links for definitions of merit, kamma, and their relationship
by santa100
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching it is difficult have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL
Replies: 33
Views: 510

Re: Without Mahayana and Tantric teaching you can't have a deep understanding of four noble truths-HHDL.

Per DN 16's Four Great References , before one starts investigating the validity of some claim, it's important to "neither approve nor dismiss that mendicant’s statement. Instead, you should carefully memorize those words and phrases ". The OP did not pass this pre-requisite for at the 19:45th minut...
by santa100
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Dana and debt
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: Dana and debt

Also keep in mind the other grounds for meritorious activity: This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these three grounds for meritorious activity. Which three? The ground for meritorious activity made of giving, the ground for meritorious activity made of ...
by santa100
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha predict world revolution?
Replies: 26
Views: 640

Re: Did Buddha predict world revolution?

seriously, you are trolling and adding nothing to the thread, not contributing in answering any of the question no need more posts, because I am not going to replay Adding nothing to the thread and not contributing in answering your question eh, then who provided those suttas with clickable hyperli...
by santa100
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha predict world revolution?
Replies: 26
Views: 640

Re: Did Buddha predict world revolution?

Wow, I didn't know that wars and tsunamis have never ever happened until 2500 which is now. Earth must've been a paradise before our modern time. That is not what the OP is trying to say. And there was a period before our modern age which was essentially paradisaical, it is called Satya Yuga. I sim...
by santa100
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha predict world revolution?
Replies: 26
Views: 640

Re: Did Buddha predict world revolution?

Thanks, I already knows about that, but it was new to me that Buddha predicted according to the link, in 2500 which is now, there will be wars and tsunamis Wow, I didn't know that wars and tsunamis have never ever happened until 2500 which is now. Earth must've been a paradise before our modern tim...
by santa100
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Should I even be meditating yet?
Replies: 17
Views: 420

Re: Should I even be meditating yet?

In a nutshell, he was advising me to avoid a meditation practice until I evaluate my ethical/moral virtue. No samadhi before sila. The perfection of sila leads the attainment of samadhi (ie. the 4 form jhanas and the 4 formless attainments), but the process to get there require a parallel cultivati...
by santa100
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha predict world revolution?
Replies: 26
Views: 640

Re: Did Buddha predict world revolution?

For the 4 cycles of the universe (contract, full contract, expand, full expand), see AN 4.156. For the overall creation/destruction cycles, see DN 27.