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by Zom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What is the "pre-sectarian period" ???
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: What is the "pre-sectarian period" ???

from the death of the Buddha up to the first schism of the Sangha into two main branches (Mahasanghika and Sthavira) after the second council (samgiti). This period convened two Sangha councils. If I'm not mistaken (read this book a long time ago), Sujato argues that unified Sangha existed even dur...
by Zom
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 49
Views: 460

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

If it is true, it means Ven. Brahmali appears to still believe some type of happiness can be found in sensual pleasures.
Believe? That is a naked reality - no need to believe in this ))
by Zom
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 49
Views: 460

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

When the Buddha, before his enlightenment, left the world, he did to search for answers, not to end rebirth. The insights he had about his previous lives came at a very late stage. If ending rebirth is the necessary intention to attain enlightenment, then the Buddha would have never attained it bec...
by Zom
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 49
Views: 460

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

If we happen to be in the world as knowing entities, and if there is an ultimate aim to our existence, then this aim has to take the form of knowledge, a knowledge that is an end in itself rather than a mean. I know the above might sound like gibberish to many, but i personally pity those who follo...
by Zom
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 49
Views: 460

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

What then would you do if there really is no rebirth ? If there is only one life time . Enjoying your life as much ? Can't be bothered ? Practice dhamma irrespective of one life time or many life time ? I think this is obvious - get as much worldly happiness as possible, and less dukkha as possible...
by Zom
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 144

Re: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?

No, he did not reject rebirth (I remember he said somewhere that hell and heavens are real places). However, he was a strong advocate of "in-this-very-life teaching", so he came up with different strange ideas (interpretations). In some way he was also an inclusivist and considered all religions "co...
by Zom
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 625

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Don't be a lazy, careless Buddhist Zom. Know what eternalism is and isn't. Indeed, don't be careless, read thoughtfully what Buddha says in hundreds of suttas about sakkaya-ditthi. You can start with DN1, but MN 102 for example is a nice (overlooked often) text as well. MN 22 too. The problem is, e...
by Zom
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 625

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

there are lots of eternalists, prolly you are one of them,
Hardly 8-) Eternalists are those who pushes forward ideas about eternal mind, transcendent buddhas, indescribable nibbana, etc etc etc. Backdoor to samsara is opened wide for them -)
by Zom
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 625

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Buddha said he is not a human, while being alive having a human body. Depends on translation. Ven. Bodhi puts it this way: (1) “Could you be a deva, sir?”696 “I will not be a deva, brahmin.” (2) “Could you be a gandhabba, sir?”697 “I will not be a gandhabba, brahmin.” (3) “Could you be a yakkha, si...
by Zom
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Money
Replies: 12
Views: 2388

Re: Money

Hi, I'm having difficulties between me and my wife when it comes to our wealth. Both of us work full time with 2 young children. My feeling is that my wife squanders our income on various fads (health fads, makeovers, etc), spending online, clothes, alcohol, etc. We both have good wages coming into...
by Zom
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 625

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Buddha is not a person and the Nibbana is not a place.
HE'S GONE buddy! He's gone!
Only selfish conceit wants to be remembered anyways.
This. 8-)


For those who likes Transcendent Buddha there is a nice Mahayana religion nearby 8-)
by Zom
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1270

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

IB Horner writes ""
It's a pity only theravadin commentaries survived. It would be really interesting and beneficial to read commentaries from other earliest schools 8-)
by Zom
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha

The question is , What is Lust , Desire , Craving ,
Is this Has to do with 5/6 sense objects only ?!
Or nothing to do with wishes to live and die?
Of course it has. To live is, actually, to experience 6/12 sense bases.
by Zom
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha
Replies: 13
Views: 139

Re: Arahant and Vibhava Tanha

Vibhava is annihilation of bhava . Vibhavatanha is craving for non-existence. The crucial word here is craving. While vibhava is nowhere explained in the suttas, still, there is a lot about craving, which doesn't actually lead out of samsara. I think bhavatanha is simple (but fundamental) desire to...
by Zom
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Gandhabba
Replies: 37
Views: 1421

Re: The Gandhabba

It doesn't really make sense, if that's just it. There has to be more material. Otherwise there is an antarabhāva. And we know that no such thing exists in Theravāda. Orthodox theravadins don't care much about cogency in such uncomfortable doctrine cases. They just say "this is what is meant" and y...