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by Zom
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 559

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

The practical contemplation aspect of mind and body (mentality-materiality) is to have direct knowledge that although they are interdependent like two sheaves of reeds propped against each other, they are also according to this image individual entities, and the Visuddhimagga manual instructs they ...
by Zom
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 559

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Dementia is a disease affecting the brain. So then you need a fully functioning brain in order to be able to get the Jhanas? Is there an actual definition of what the mind is in the suttas? Sorry, I'm fairly new to all this and trying to understand it is giving me brain damage You need a functionin...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 559

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

So can it be said then that if you master the Jhanas you're immune from ever getting dementia? Heh, well, for example, if you have a kammic tendency to get dementia and at the same time somehow (lets suppose) you can reach jhanas then the likely outcome will be this: your ability to reach jhanas wi...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 559

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Say for instance someone has dementia and forgets they are Buddhist. How does it work then? The chemistry in brain affects your intelligence, moods, behaviours, etc. Golly I'm confused Yes, it affects. As I said, there is strong interconnection. If you have dementia or smth, it ruins all the system...
by Zom
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"
Replies: 49
Views: 559

Re: Ajahn Brahm Responds To "Secular Mindfulness"

Some people argue that people who are borne to this formless spher do not have a Rupa or body. I'd say it this way: " some people argue that those who are born there do have body/rupa". Because normally buddhists don't have such strange ideas. Yes, I've never been able to understand how the mind is...
by Zom
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did you observe Uposatha today?
Replies: 16
Views: 132

Re: Did you observe Uposatha today?

I personally don't like scheduled observances. However, from time to time I observe Uposatha precepts for several days in a row (sometimes up to a week or more) - just when I feel this is the right time for me. It happens.. well.. naturally.
by Zom
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 37
Views: 392

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

but being a lay calibate person and living with a girlfriend who is celibate :rolleye: :lol: Most layman cannot practise celibacy but some can. I am a layman & happily practice celibacy for 58% of my life. "I'm celibate for 99,9% because every 24 hours I'm having sex just for a few trifling minutes...
by Zom
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 302

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Lying. With the absense of inner integrity (no lying to yourself) no significant progress on the path is possible.
by Zom
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 37
Views: 392

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

"This body comes into being through sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is to be abandoned. With regard to sexual intercourse, the Buddha declares the cutting off of the bridge." It's logical that since the Buddha teaches the way out of the cycle of rebirth, then the means of rebirth must be aba...
by Zom
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma
Replies: 37
Views: 392

Re: Celibacy as a lay person and kamma

Does maintaining celibacy as a lay person produce pleasant kammic results?
If we take a look at the suttas about Uposatha, then the answer is "yes", I think.
by Zom
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: The Visuddhi Magga and Abhidhamma may not have been taught by the Buddha! (Sama dengan Bahasa)

Whereas in the Visuddhimagga it is expanded on in the nine insight knowledges
Nine insight knowledges is an example of a thing Buddha never taught. And many of such things are in there (Visuddhimagga, etc). This is called "Tharavada sloppiness" 8-)
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2562

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

And you were there back then to now vouch for the veracity of your statement ...
I trust Buddha implicitly .)
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2562

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

What is the opposite of sloppy (presuming you would want the opposite of sloppy), and what religions are examples of that?
Buddhism 2500 years ago is a nice example 8-)
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 633

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

I may be wrong, but I think that stream-entry is common and attainable in this modern age. I think that anyone who practices Mahasi-style dry insight meditation long and hard enough would attain stream entry. I'm confident that other meditation practices lead there as well. This may come as a surpr...
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2562

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

According to that criteria, which schools of Buddhism are not sloppy?
None, unfortunately .)
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikhuni ordination?
Replies: 26
Views: 360

Re: Bhikhuni ordination?

Thanks Zom What about all the nuns underwent full ordination under Ajahn Braham? As far as I remember, they were ordained just by 4 bhikkhus on the (taken out of context) Vinaya statement spoken by the Buddha: "Monks, I allow you to ordain women" (or close to that). Famous thai scholar Ven. Payutto...
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 633

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

My understanding is Sotapanna can break the five precepts but with the knowledge. My understanding is that a stream-winner can break any of precepts on very rare conditions and never up to the level of gravity when this will lead him to rebirth as animal or worse 8-) Generally, he is very virtuous ...
by Zom
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!
Replies: 129
Views: 2562

Re: Let's make this forum more Buddhist!

I assume by "sloppy", something akin to "sprawling" is meant, and I think sprawling is an apt description of the literature and culture of Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, and (unsurprisingly) how it is discussed.

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by Zom
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would a sotapanna do?
Replies: 69
Views: 633

Re: What would a sotapanna do?

Now, for example, a deadly worm is in the stomach of a sotapanna's child. The only thing to help his child is to kill the worm otherwise his child will die. With his perfect morality, what would a sotapanna do, will a sotapanna (naturally) let his child die? Suttas posit, that a stream-winner can't...
by Zom
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?
Replies: 138
Views: 1536

Re: Nāmarūpa - Named Form?

He comments that his preferred translation of nāmarūpa is "named form", and I see that a few others have used this. The usefulness of this translation is that it emphasises that one cannot separate the nāma and rūpa in nāmarūpa, which the translation "name and form" suggests. Somewhat strange trans...