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by santa100
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?
Replies: 29
Views: 420

Re: Does Theravāda avoid elitist interference in the affairs of others?

until all sentient beings have been liberated through Mahayana's understanding of enlightenment. Even within Mahayana circles, there're different interpretations of what "all sentient beings" mean. For the obvious issue with a literal interpretation of "sentient beings" would be that the Buddha him...
by santa100
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???
Replies: 56
Views: 804

Re: Is Buddhism is a very patriarchal religion ???

You think the fact that the Buddha is always a man and never a women, never ever ever has nothing to do with the fact that Buddhism is a patriarchal religion? Actually that's accurate. You'll need to provide a lot more rigorous proof and/or sutta references in order to prove a direct causal link be...
by santa100
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four brahma vihara practice not in accordance with the order ?
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Four brahma vihara practice not in accordance with the order ?

But , upekkhā only attainable upon reaching fourth jhāna right ? And training one at a time much easier to focus ? But training one at a time faces the same risk mentioned in the previous post. And just because one's not able to fully attain Upekkha doesn't mean it shouldn't be cultivated gradually...
by santa100
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four brahma vihara practice not in accordance with the order ?
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Four brahma vihara practice not in accordance with the order ?

Can one practice the four brahma vihara only by order as stated in the text ? Or one can practice say Upekkhā first or anyone first ? It's more effective to cultivate/develop the factors together. For example, if ones cultivates just Metta or Karuna in isolation, without the stabilizing element of ...
by santa100
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Signs of Liberation
Replies: 35
Views: 454

Re: Signs of Liberation

Let's say a person has no craving, lives an ethical life. He is not a Buddhist, nor does he know much about Buddhism. He doesn't meditate, doesn't have any big experience like jhana etc. He lives a normal, mundane life. But unlike worldly people, he lives a simple life without greed, anger, and lus...
by santa100
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paccaya Sutta: Requisite Conditions
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Paccaya Sutta: Requisite Conditions

But to say that the law of dependent co-arising exists/operates (or this property stands) whether we know about it or not implies the existence of a mind-independent reality which makes the meaning of "dependent co-arising" to be self contradictory. It's pretty straightforward imho. If by the "mind...
by santa100
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the Dukkha in Rupavacara and Arupavacara (Brhama and Deva) worlds?
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: What is the Dukkha in Rupavacara and Arupavacara (Brhama and Deva) worlds?

Notice there're 3 levels of Dukkha. Higher beings in higher planes might not experience Dukkha-dukkha, the coarser and more obvious form, but they can't avoid Viparinama and Sankhara-dukkha until attaining enlightenment.
by santa100
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat
Replies: 13
Views: 530

Re: Plagued with questions after 10-day Vipassana retreat

squizzlebizzle wrote:Is it the Vipassana, or is it the samadhi?
You might want to check out Ven. Gunaratana's great article addressing the topic from a similar thread
by santa100
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: samatha during vipassana
Replies: 11
Views: 288

Re: samatha during vipassana

As it happens I rarely use samatha during my vipassana meditation. Does anyone know of teachers how don`t see disadvantage in using Sanatha during vipassana meditation? Per Ven. Gunaratana's "The Jhanas" , there're still elements of Samatha even during Vipassana meditation for what's called "moment...
by santa100
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does it mean "hot blood rose out of their mouths"?
Replies: 14
Views: 309

Re: What does it mean "hot blood rose out of their mouths"?

What does it mean "hot blood rose out of their mouths"? Metaphor for guilt and fear. Ven. Bodhi's note citing the Comy's explanation: Mp discusses this passage more fully as follows: Those bhikkhus who vomited hot blood had committed parajika offenses. Those who returned to lay life had been going ...
by santa100
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How do people know about rebirth?
Replies: 60
Views: 890

Re: How do people know about rebirth?

How do people know about rebirth? We don't, at least not until enlightenment or attaining the supernormal power of seeing previous lives. Problem is that it'd take just the same amount of "leap of faith" to jump to the opposite conclusion that there's absolutely no rebirth whatsoever. So until enli...
by santa100
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Disrobing defeat or progress?
Replies: 26
Views: 815

Re: Disrobing defeat or progress?

I remember as a junior monk one senior monk always used to say to us ‘its better to be a bad monk than a good layman.’ Even in a worldly environment like financial corporations, there're very specific rules, policies, and metrics when it comes to employees' performance. If an employee doesn't pull ...
by santa100
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 1063

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

I always felt the whole point of being a monk in the Buddha's sangha was to follow the precepts of the sangha. It is one thing to say that one finds the rules are too hard and lay the fault on oneself. It is another to say that the fault lies with the rules themselves which are no longer relevant t...
by santa100
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 1063

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

Chanh Dao wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:48 pm
Not even a fart can be shared.
Wonderful words of wisdom from a wise monk!
by santa100
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]
Replies: 47
Views: 1063

Re: Monastics Handling Money [Was: Dhammayut Ordination Options]

I become monk to end suffering. I don't see the Pali Canon as any kind of holy Bible. Simply the closest thing we have to the Buddha's words pertaining to his intentional community of monks/followers. I don't believe in any kind of supernatural entities, God's, goddesses, etc. My practice focus is ...