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by Zom
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination
Replies: 48
Views: 550

Re: Discouraging and Encouraging Bhikkhuni Ordination

Buddhism is a religion of equality No, it is not. Equality is an idealistic (that is, far from reality) concept invented by western humanists. It is not intrinsic to Buddha's teaching, which is about reality (with all its inequalities) and not about equality. Even if we take bhikkhu/bhukkhuni topic...
by Zom
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda
Replies: 35
Views: 429

Re: Buddhism Expired, says Gnanananda

It should be noted that Buddhaghosa extended this to 5,000 years in his commentary or something. Although i do not know his reasoning. He said that the text about "500 years" should be interpreted this way: bhikkhuni sangha leads to 500 years instead of 1000 (as sutta says). But. Buddha declared 8 ...
by Zom
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 29
Views: 591

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

I think the four tetrads of anapanasati describe a progression, while the four frames of satipatthana can be practiced individually. Yes, generally it is presented this way, but I don't think such interpertations are correct. For example, step 11 (which actually is N3 in mind-satipatthana) says tha...
by Zom
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why SuttaCentral is so Feminist
Replies: 58
Views: 794

Re: Why SuttaCentral is so Feminist

I only use SC for looking up suttas. It's wonderful for that; like a big empty library with excellent signage and not a feminist in sight.
:D

Well... hard not to agree here ))
by Zom
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1127

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

Thanissaro says MN 44 refers to DO. For example: Yes, I know, but he is wrong here. His attempt to fit breath or speech into 2nd link looks really weird. Since (and it is clear) speech or breath is not a cause for the existence of vinnyana. And 2nd link says: when [certain] sankharas exist, vinnyan...
by Zom
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1127

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

Indeed -)

Well, this article by V.Bodhi is really good in explaining sankharas: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... ay_43.html
by Zom
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1127

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

Also, the ignorant defilements that condition distracting thoughts also agitate the breathing (kaya sankhara), which is also the 2nd link. The 2nd link is defined as kaya sankhara, vaci sankhara & citta sankhara, which are defined in MN 44.
No, those mentioned in MN 44 do not refer to DO model.
by Zom
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 29
Views: 591

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

Well Thanissaro calls them steps, so that's good enough for me.
And still, according to Buddha himself (MN 118), 4 anapanasti tetrads are 4 satipatthanas, and again, 4 satipatthanas are not steps .)
by Zom
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1127

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

This still doesn't explain, why birth comes in the end if 12 links belong to the same life. Because the whole scheme doesn't describe 1 or 2 or 3 lives. It describes samsara, which is endless (well, beginingless -) I've already said, that if one looks into suttas, one can find that "12 links" is no...
by Zom
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link
Replies: 100
Views: 1127

Re: Dependant Arising - 2nd Link

Otherwise (if we take that all links belong to this very life) it is difficult to understand why becoming and birth occur in the very end. "Becoming" - a very bad variant of translation of "bhava". Bhava is, actually, a [samsaric] existence. When there is existence, there are such phenomenons as bi...
by Zom
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Is it okey to buy Meat in a foodstore and eat?
Replies: 50
Views: 840

Re: Is it okey to buy Meat in a foodstore and eat?

Under that logic: Buying vegetables in a food store creates a demand. That demand creates a supply. The suppliers and farmers, very likely consumers of meat, harvests and ships those vegetables. Meat suppliers supply the suppliers and farmers with meat. Therefore a vegetarian also has a hand in tha...
by Zom
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 29
Views: 591

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

I don't think these are "steps". All 4 tetrads are actually 4 satipatthanas, and 4 satipatthanas are not "steps". They are just 4 possible areas to direct your attention.
by Zom
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Is it possible to enjoy the five sensual feelings once you experience Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Is it possible to enjoy the five sensual feelings once you experience Jhana?

Say I experience Jhana at a ten-day retreat.
After I come home I have a sexual experience with my wife.
Jhanas and sex are mutually exclusive 8-)
by Zom
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dhamma as Phenomena
Replies: 12
Views: 304

Re: Dhamma as Phenomena

Generally (but not always) in Canon it means some mental state. For example, anger is dhamma, a [mental] phenomenon.
by Zom
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: if things are impermanat (Anicca) where does Karma gets stored?
Replies: 23
Views: 363

Re: if things are impermanat (Anicca) where does Karma gets stored?

Is Kamma a thing?
It is a process, and a process isn't stored anywhere 8-)