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by Zom
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 26
Views: 443

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

Hmm, the Buddha talks about other Buddhas in DN14
Yes, he's seen them with his iddhi-power's recollection, but I don't think he met them personally.
by Zom
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?
Replies: 26
Views: 443

Re: Sutta source that the Buddha does not have a path?

No such suttas, if we ignore late Buddhavamsa. If we ignore MN 81 as a late text as well, there is no reason to think that Buddha had ever met any buddha before. Problem dissolves -)
by Zom
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: A question about ego death
Replies: 29
Views: 776

Re: A question about ego death

If I am not 'me,' why and how is consciousness contained in this one specific body, looking through these specific eyes? The answer isn't that hard as it might seem. Right now you are just identifying yourself with consciousness, and so you come with this contradiction. However, if you stop conside...
by Zom
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?
Replies: 35
Views: 553

Re: Theravada is actively growing in the West. What is your take on what the future of that may bring?

How many monastics is Western Theravāda producing? IMO that is the question. Exactly. I don't see Theravada is growing somewhere in the western world. There is some interest, but people don't integrate it into their lives as a religion. In most cases all serious financial support to buddhist center...
by Zom
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 33
Views: 538

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

Personally if I heard someone make such a claim, I would be reviewing their expositions of the Dhamma and their behaviour for conformity with the Buddha's teaching, but would not be bringing any further attention to their claim. Most likely such people are submerged in delusion and subtle "spiritua...
by Zom
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 16
Views: 652

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

Of course one can not claim things, but those who invent and support "No-Dhamma-agreements", taking age as a measure to reject ordination to not only disrespect the Dhamma-Vinaya and producing faults by it, but accumulate a lot of bad kamma by doing such selfish (my Sangha, food, supporter) motivat...
by Zom
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?
Replies: 16
Views: 652

Re: Where can a 50 y/o man go to become a monk?

I know about 55 y.o. ordained in Amaravati I doubt they took someone just "from the street" (unless he was a local lay buddhist whom they knew for a long time as a good buddhist and supporter). As far as I know everyone in Ajhan Chah monastery system must go through "Wat Pah Nanachat" training filt...
by Zom
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps
Replies: 17
Views: 316

Re: Selling the dhamma for profit... Meditation apps

You're right, and so it seems from the other people who've answered too. However, these apps were invented by ex-buddhist monk who became a millionaire .) Luckily, not from theravada tradition (though I know one who earns money leading meditation McMindfulness retreats, he is very popular btw). Jus...
by Zom
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?
Replies: 35
Views: 873

Re: Can anyone refute this depressing viewpoint?

There is no "free unconditioned will" according to Dhamma. I think this is obvious. Though, we live in a world of illusions, where things exist by themselves and among them there is "free will", based on a sense of selfhood. I'm also wondering if there is anywhere in the Pali Canon where the Buddha ...
by Zom
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Buddha attained arupa-jhanas without Rupa?
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: Does Buddha attained arupa-jhanas without Rupa?

1. Previous attainments are not there, because only the highest ones are highlighted in each case (Uddaka - 8th, Alara- 7th). 2. Alara and Uddaka, probably, had their own jhanic system (only in terms of explanations and systematization). I wrote about it here in details: Buddha's system --- Kalama/R...
by Zom
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Know of any good places to practice in China?
Replies: 12
Views: 635

Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

China is a poor place to practice theravada.
by Zom
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is buddhism difficult? Why?
Replies: 36
Views: 1241

Re: Is buddhism difficult? Why?

This story is obviously a fake, because -- https://suttacentral.net/an5.153/en/sujato
by Zom
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)
Replies: 15
Views: 651

Re: DW 10 y.o. video msg from me (DNS)

:toast: :popcorn: :coffee: :toast:
by Zom
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does Sotapanna have the fear of death?
Replies: 43
Views: 825

Re: Does Sotapanna have the fear of death?

They may have such fear as seen from Mahanama sutta (who was a once-returner, btw).
by Zom
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Is learning pali really helpful?
Replies: 20
Views: 587

Re: Is learning pali really helpful?

Indeed, and we need to be aware of our own biases and preferences when examining language and meaning.
+1 8-)

Some think learning Pali is enough to justify their biases .)