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by smokey
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha teach we have choice? (aka The Great Free Will v Determinism Debate)
Replies: 909
Views: 38991

Re: Free-will is it an illusion?

"For the early Buddhists, karma was non-linear and complex. Other Indian schools believed that karma operated in a simple straight line, with actions from the past influencing the present, and present actions influencing the future. As a result, they saw little room for free will. Buddhists, however...
by smokey
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Materialism, Dualism, Buddhism
Replies: 89
Views: 12439

Re: Materialism, Dualism, Buddhism

It is quite simple to disapprove materialism. Be mindful of your thoughts and tell me is the experience of thoughts material? Be mindful of your perceptions, is the experience material? The same applies to everything a human being experiences, to all five khandas/skandhas: Consciousness, Mental Form...
by smokey
Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 80767

Re: Daniel M. Ingram - Dhamma book written by arahat?

I went to his forum and asked him is there heaven and hell. He got upset. I requested him to delete me from his forum and he deleted me. How can an Arahant get upset and I do not remember that the Buddha refused to teach anyone even if they insisted that they do not wish to be thought. If someone re...
by smokey
Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can effect arise simulteneously with its cause?
Replies: 20
Views: 1603

Re: Can effect arise simulteneously with its cause?

Cuase and effect are a transformation from one thing to another, but it actually remains the same thing.
by smokey
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?
Replies: 97
Views: 10803

Re: according to the pali canon, what happens after you die?

This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace: Be capable, upright, & straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, & not conceited, content & easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, & no greed for suppor...
by smokey
Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How many Arahants were there during the time of the Buddha?
Replies: 2
Views: 445

How many Arahants were there during the time of the Buddha?

What does the Tipitaka say about this?
by smokey
Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Samatha v. vipassana?
Replies: 170
Views: 16234

Re: Samatha v. vipassana?

I would say Samatha Meditation leads to Tranquility and Calm and prepares the mind for Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana Meditation leads to Insight into the Nature of Reality.
by smokey
Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?

Yes, that's it. Thank you Dukkhanirodha. :anjali:
by smokey
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?

I am sure I read it on ATI website and it was in one of the suttas, but it is not in the ones you posted, thank you anyway.

Metta -smokey
by smokey
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?
Replies: 6
Views: 646

In which sutta is the Buddha being asked this?

In one of the suttas I read(but I forgot to bookmark it), the Buddha is asked of whether or not will all beings attain enlightenment, the Buddha remains silent upon being asked that question. In what sutta is this?
by smokey
Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

Dukkhanirodha wrote:from a discourse given by Goenkaji in Mumbai, sept 2006:
He was not a founder of any religion, he never founded any religion.
This is not entirely correct. The Buddha called the religion he founded Dhamma-Vinaya, "The Doctrine and Discipline".
by smokey
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17849

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

Thank you Kare.
by smokey
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17849

What language did the Buddha speak?

Some sources say Sanskrit and some Magadhi. Now I wonder is there any evidence? I apologize if the question has been asked previously on this forum.
by smokey
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

I would like to thank you all for your support. :anjali:
by smokey
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

Re: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

I have decided even before I read your answers to my questions that I will not switch to Mahayana, but it would be great to go to that Dharma Center I talked about. There are no Theravadin Centers except the Goenka's 10-day retreat, but I am in search of a teacher that would teach me all about Dhamm...
by smokey
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1736

I am aware that this is a Theravadin forum, I have questions

Firstly I would like to say that there is an excellent Ch'an Dharma Center "Dharmaloka" in Zagreb(capital city of Croatia) whch is not far from me, about 50+ kilometers. I am planning to go there in a couple of months. Teacher is Chan Master Žarko Andričević who received the Dharma transmission from...
by smokey
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:47 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What was the Buddha reffering to as "house-builder"?
Replies: 15
Views: 4736

Re: What was the Buddha reffering to as "house-builder"?

Or perhaps to Mara as metaphor for the entirety of conditioned existence?
by smokey
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: What was the Buddha reffering to as "house-builder"?
Replies: 15
Views: 4736

What was the Buddha reffering to as "house-builder"?

"Through the round of many births I roamed without reward, without rest, seeking the house-builder. Painful is birth again & again. House-builder, you're seen! You will not build a house again. All your rafters broken, the ridge pole destroyed, gone to the Unformed, the mind has come to the end of c...