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by vitellius
Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A.K. Warder
Replies: 9
Views: 1826

Re: A.K. Warder

His study of Pali prosody in "Pali metre" is just formidable. Unfortunately this book is extremely rarely studied and his approach to dating of Pali verses based on their metres is largely forgotten. In general, from his books it seems that Professor A.K. Warder was a personality very good at seeing...
by vitellius
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trying to find a book by (disciples) of Pa Auk Sayadaw
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: Trying to find a book by (disciples) of Pa Auk Sayadaw

pilgrim wrote:You may be thinking of "The Light Of Wisdom" specifically Chapter 8 where the Sayadaw relates the past life memories of his yogis.
Thank you, pilgrim! Yes, may be it is the book I was looking for.
by vitellius
Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Trying to find a book by (disciples) of Pa Auk Sayadaw
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Trying to find a book by (disciples) of Pa Auk Sayadaw

Hi all, It seems to me that several ears ago I've seen a book on the internet in which Asian lay disciples of Pa Auk Sayadaw tell their stories of past-life recollection. I mean, they discovered their past lives through practice, and they share their discoveries in that book. I tried to find this bo...
by vitellius
Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: best suttas to memorize? techniques?
Replies: 88
Views: 12664

Re: best suttas to memorize? techniques?

alan... wrote:
Oleksandr wrote:The most inclusive one is the Sangiti Sutta (DN33).
WHAT???? how have i never read this one before? all inclusive is putting it lightly!!! wow.
I'm glad that it was useful.

Well, this one is just not a part of the set of suttas that are popular in the West at the moment. That's how, I believe :)
by vitellius
Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: best suttas to memorize? techniques?
Replies: 88
Views: 12664

Re: best suttas to memorize? techniques?

alan... wrote:i'm working on memorizing satipatthana right now. this one is very inclusive.
The most inclusive one is the Sangiti Sutta (DN33).
by vitellius
Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali - Sanskrit
Replies: 8
Views: 3068

Re: Pali - Sanskrit

dreamov wrote:i've been wondering if any "Pali to Sanskrit" dictionary is available online ( free or otherwise). thx in advance!
Dear dreamov,

You can also try A comparative dictionary of Indo-Aryan languages:
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by vitellius
Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Help with Pali grammar for Dhammapada, Chapter IV, Verse 49
Replies: 4
Views: 2138

Re: Help with Pali grammar for Dhammapada, Chapter IV, Verse 49

Dear knowledgeseeker_1, Nouns are declined in Pali, so this is that very word, but in a certain case. Bhamaro is the nominative case of bhamara. PS You can find grammatical analysis of this verse here: http://buddhism.lib.ntu.edu.tw/BDLM/en/lesson/pali/reading/gatha49.htm" onclick="window.open(this....
by vitellius
Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Modern languages closest to Pali
Replies: 19
Views: 3773

Re: Modern languages closest to Pali

"There would have been no first-hand knowledge of Greeks in Gandhara before the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 330s BC." Prior to Alexander, both North-West India and some Greek lands were parts of the Achaemenid Empire. I remember reading that some Greeks were settled in NW India by Achae...
by vitellius
Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Modern languages closest to Pali
Replies: 19
Views: 3773

Re: Modern languages closest to Pali

Thanks for correction. So first Sanskrit texts date to period about 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. To the 5th century BCE, I would say, since the first (and normative) work in Classical Sanskrit is considered to be Panini's Astadhyayi. The introduction of the name "Sanskrit" is not directly connected wi...
by vitellius
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:00 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Modern languages closest to Pali
Replies: 19
Views: 3773

Re: Modern languages closest to Pali

Sanskrit didn't exist until the first centuries of Common Era. Dear Dmytro, but why? According to the modern consensus in indology Panini (the "creator" of Classical Sanskrit) is dated to 450 BC, Katyayana and Patanjali, who developed his theory, are dated to the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC respective...
by vitellius
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Shamatha in Five (not nine) Stages?
Replies: 23
Views: 3460

Re: Shamatha in Five (not nine) Stages?

Yes, right up to the first jhana, but not fully in it, i.e., access concentration (upacara samadhi). Isn't access concentration a strictly Theravadin concept? If yes, why would you think that it is equal to the 9th stage of Asanga? It can equal to another stage in Asanga's system or it can be diffe...
by vitellius
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:58 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Shamatha in Five (not nine) Stages?
Replies: 23
Views: 3460

Re: Shamatha in Five (not nine) Stages?

manjusri wrote:I realized afterwards that this formulation into nine mental abidings is said to have originated with Asanga (4th c.).
Exactly. As far as I understand, this was his way of training that should bring to the first jhana.
by vitellius
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:34 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Awakening - recognition or developing?
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Awakening - recognition or developing?

How do you feel about development of recognition? It's like you develop ability to recognise and prerequisites to it. In three main elements of the path, ethics and concentration deal more with development, and wisdom, the third, deals more with recognition.
by vitellius
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Comparative Book on Meditation and/or Mystical Experiences
Replies: 13
Views: 1045

Re: Comparative Book on Meditation and/or Mystical Experiences

Does anyone know of a good comparative book on meditation and/or mystical experiences? I believe that a good book on this topic wasn't written yet :) Some books by Roger Walsh are not bad: http://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&tbo=1&hl=uk&q=roger+walsh&btnG=" onclick="window.open(this.href);return f...
by vitellius
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Name for a new sutta
Replies: 19
Views: 1902

Re: Name for a new sutta

Dear pedro1985, I believe that calling it a "sutta" is not quite a good idea. Suttas are texts that were passed unaltered through more than two thousand years. Wouldn't it be somewhat disrespectful to this tradition to call your own compilation a "sutta"? I would suggest that "compilation" or "antho...
by vitellius
Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in Jain texts
Replies: 21
Views: 7399

Re: Buddhism in Jain texts

Hi, I'm interested to know if there are available any Jain texts which describe Buddhists views. There are a lot of references to Jains in Pali texts, I'd like to read how Jains viewed Buddhists. Dear Piotr, If you are interested in Early Jain texts (Agamas - Svetambara canon), there is almost noth...
by vitellius
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Church of Science
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: The Church of Science

Buckwheat wrote:My question: Is it possible that science could be considered a form of religion
This idea (science plays role of religion in our society) is known as scientism.
by vitellius
Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unalterable Law?
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Unalterable Law?

What would happen to the Allied Forces in WWII or in any war or even in handling some hostile forces in our lives if tese verses are took seriously? This idea has an interesting connection with post-war developments in Europe. After WWI Germany was made a subject of severe economic sanctions, thus ...
by vitellius
Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 2522

Re: Did Siddharta Gotama practice yoga?

I remember that someone once said in another forum that Siddharta Gotama had practiced yoga (asanas, pranayama) before his enlightenment (or before leaving the palace? - I don't remember. ;)) Hatha-yoga as it is practised now is quite a new invention (late 19th - early 20th century), so he didn't. ...
by vitellius
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do vaporizers kill mosquitoes?
Replies: 23
Views: 2090

Re: Do vaporizers kill mosquitoes?

What is the reason for the question? :-) It is obvious: I don't want to be bitten by mosquitoes and don't want to kill them. Anyway, I haven't yet found an answer to my question. And if we talk about repellents, what will they do to a mosquito if he's not able to escape from the room and have to br...