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by Zom
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is MN 140 a fake sutta?
Replies: 8
Views: 248

Re: Is MN 140 a fake sutta?

On what grounds do you consider a sutta to be a not-fake? 8-)
by Zom
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Why are you practising Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 366

Re: Why are you practising Buddhism?

The goal in the Nikayas isn’t the worldly improvements above One of the goals in Nikayas *is* wordly improvements. Buddha keeps saying again and again: 1) happiness in this life 2) in future lives 2) of nibbana. but even though I can say the goal is Cessation Of Existence, I’m not really sure where...
by Zom
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 163
Views: 1900

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

That's how I understand it. I don't know why all the fuss about it. Because suttas never go into details, and people do want them -) Gombrich makes the interesting observation (I'm not sure if it's true) that DO is unique in that there is an account of the Buddha saying that it is deep and extremel...
by Zom
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?
Replies: 163
Views: 1900

Re: Which view on DO resonates with you the most?

My opinion is that DO has nothing to do with 1-2-3 lives or moment-to-moment-ness. It just shows generally how and why suffering exists, without any kind of precise details. Key to such opinion is Upanisa sutta: "Just as, monks, when rain descends heavily upon some mountaintop, the water flows down ...
by Zom
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 766

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

We need at least a provisional list of wrong views! If we take 3 cases where Buddha connects rebirth in hell/animal world with views, we ll see that these are: - a belief "I'm a bad person, I did bad things, and thus I will be (must) born in hell". - a belief "War is good, soldiers are nice, killin...
by Zom
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 766

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

An example of the former are the Kalamas; the Buddha didn't tell them that they are sure to be reborn as animals or in hell, but taught them about the four assurances. There is no single statement in the suttas that "one who doesn't believe in rebirth will get rebirth in hell". So, this statement i...
by Zom
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 766

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

Stevenson's studies on rebirths is a physical survey only. It does not mention or has no reference to one's beliefs or even the religions of his study personel. His studies showed that different people without belief in reincarnation or "next life" or "heaven" (whatever) were born again as human be...
by Zom
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?
Replies: 54
Views: 766

Re: If _you_ don't believe in rebirth, can _you_ be reborn?

not believing in rebirth is wrong view, which leads to hell or animal womb
According to cases found by Stevenson and others this is not so.
by Zom
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2167
Views: 92966

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

All that aside, the main point of the post was to illustrate the freedom of expression used when taking about something so elusive to understanding, something that I would never dream of trying to sum up within the box of this forum, nor elsewhere. "Nibbana is not only the destruction of defilement...
by Zom
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 95
Views: 1807

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

Watch out Zom :spy: , the Ministry of State Security might send you to gulag for that comment. I do -) No, really, if I'm writing comments somewhere in ru-net, I do keep that (though tiny) possibility in mind, because that kind of a witch hunt is going on here for quite some time and there are real...
by Zom
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 95
Views: 1807

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

Regarding Syria, I think it is very unlikely Russia would directly attack the US navy. It's in neither country's interest, nor the world's for that matter, to go to war. Except there's one little but very important nuance to consider - that is - Putin's sanity. After 18 years of ultimate power he i...
by Zom
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)
Replies: 95
Views: 1807

Re: Next 24 hours are super important (huge tensions regarding Syria)

Worst case scenario: USA stricks Syria.
Worst is nuclear war 8-)

Is it possible? Well, the probability is higher than during the last 30 years, I'd say so.
by Zom
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2167
Views: 92966

Re: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread

1)"The Buddha refers to Nibbana as a 'dhamma'. For example, he says "of all dhammas, conditioned or unconditioned, the most excellent dhamma, the supreme dhamma is, Nibbana". "dhamma" is not necessarily a "thing", but can be just a concept. For example, Buddha did say that the best conditioned dham...
by Zom
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Buddhists from Pakistan
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Buddhists from Pakistan

Little is known about them, even in this country itself. But they do exist. :spy:

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/meeti ... buddhists/

I wonder what kind of buddhists are they? Descendants of Sammitiya school? :reading:
Quite interesting.
by Zom
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.
Replies: 70
Views: 1668

Re: Bhikkhunis is not Aj Brahm's project.

Ye, thanks for the link. Some quotes from there (these are about/from several different mae chis): This ability to teach and care for students ‘has nothing to do with gender. It depends on the education and training of the teacher, as well as the quality of their work.’ She did not answer questions ...
by Zom
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 528

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

Assume he had a deep and true understanding of Dhamma and then turned a scoundrel.
I've never seen one.
by Zom
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?
Replies: 39
Views: 528

Re: If a non-Dhammic person taught the Dhamma, would you learn from him?

This is impossible that someone without true and deep understanding of Dhamma could give "fantastic" talk on Dhamma. One might perceive it as "fantastic", but in reality it is not.
by Zom
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sakkāya-ditthi: view that sees distinct mind and matter?
Replies: 45
Views: 693

Re: Sakkāya-ditthi: view that sees distinct mind and matter?

Exactly, that's why I was surprised by the passage in the book. MN44 says that the five aggregates of clinging are sakkāya (MN 44.2). Then it explain sakkāya-ditthi as 20 wrong views in regard to these aggregates of clinging, all of which relating them in some way or other to a self (MN44.7). The f...