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by Bakmoon
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddha and Mahavira
Replies: 37
Views: 8057

Re: Buddha and Mahavira

I personally suspect that good chunks of the traditional biography of the Buddha that aren't from the Suttas are likely drawn from stories of Mahavira. Beyond that I think the biggest connection between Buddhism and Jainism is that when the Bodhisatta was practicing self-mortification, he was probab...
by Bakmoon
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spot the alleged connection
Replies: 44
Views: 1059

Re: Spot the alleged connection

Challenge: spot the "connection", real or imagined, to the Buddhadharma: Πεχ̣ε Ιησοως χ̣ε ευϣδ χ̣οως νητ̣ν́ ν́ϭι νετσ̣ωκ αϩτ τηϣν́ Says Iēsows: If they habitually say it to you, those who lead the heart and mind of you: χ̣ε Εισηητε ε̣τ̣μν́τ̣ερo ϩν τ̣πε ε ειε ν́ϩδλητ νδρ̣́ωoρπ ερωτ̣ν́ ν́τε τ̣πε [......
by Bakmoon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 2102

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

So let's invent a new "technical term" for each school after each new Council, - won't this be more precise? I would propose Ukrainian names, for the sake of disambiguation, since Sanskrit can be confusing. We shouldn't make terms after every council. But we should do so after councils which produc...
by Bakmoon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73399

Re: LP Sumedho "consciousness is permanent" - thoughts?

Thanks for that. I should have been more specific about what I was requesting. I meant to ask for a sutta reference. If you saw my last post it brings some sutta related stuff to the discussion but no one seems to care much that there doesn't seem to be clear evidence there. What I brought relates ...
by Bakmoon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great Nibbana = annihilation, eternal, or something else thread
Replies: 2132
Views: 73399

Re: LP Sumedho "consciousness is permanent" - thoughts?

Context is everything, of course (I haven't had time to view the video yet) and he might have meant that consciousness is permanent in terms of our experience of this life (i.e. it is the one factor which persists throughout our entire lives, from birth to death). If he meant, though, that there is...
by Bakmoon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: wanting to be happy
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: wanting to be happy

i don't know where else to dump my thoughts or if i should, i am struggling with the idea of friendships. i enjoy other people so much sometimes, i long for old friends i haven't spoken to in years. i involve my mind in so many others' lives that i ignore my own conditions. i keep coming to the wel...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 2102

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

Indian authoritative texts (which I referenced above) acknowledge the continuity of ancient Theravada with Theravada of 8-12th centuries on Sri Lanka, giving it the same name - Ariya-Sthavira Nikaya. These texts were composed by the scholars who lived at the time, and knew the Sri Lankan schools ve...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 2102

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

Now there is also a good argument that Sthaviravada is a back formation by A.K. Warder and that they were not a school or sect as such, but rather a general tendency among a loose grouping of like minded people. Sthaviravada as an original early school is not just a back formation, it is a figment ...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 2102

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

From the cited discussion: Theravada claims direct descent from Sthaviravada and sometimes claims to be a pure continuation of Sthaviravada, with no credible evidence of either. However, this is impossible as the Sthaviravada had split up into several sub-schools by the time of Asoka. Hence there w...
by Bakmoon
Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 2102

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

I saw this post on another thread. Many centuries ago Hinayana was first used as a term for criticism for an attitude as Mahayana was used as a term of praise for another attitude. Only later did a group of self-identified Mahayana sects emerge. Hinayana was applied to about 18 sects as general cri...
by Bakmoon
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Become A Buddhist ( Satire )
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: How To Become A Buddhist ( Satire )

Quite funny. Also a good way to pop people's misconceptions.
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Practioners of Thanisarro's Meditation Method - What Is Different?
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: Practioners of Thanisarro's Meditation Method - What Is Different?

Thanisarro Bhikkhu seems to have a very different idea of what mindfulness mediation is from other Buddhist meditation teachers. I would be interested to read accounts from people who regularly practice the method Thanisarro Bhikkhu advocates for what they do differently from what you might learn a...
by Bakmoon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: My father believes that zen buddhism is the truest
Replies: 14
Views: 618

Re: My father believes that zen buddhism is the truest

He asked me "you really believe in some texts that were probably misinterpreted and changed to fit their narratives through those 2500 years?" He also asked me "how you are even planning to read those 80,000 pages worth of buddhist texts?" This is the new era and one must practice something that fi...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of infinity in Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 2434

Re: The problem of infinity in Buddhism

I first called him a monist myself, and only then did I google it and found he is listed as monist on wikipedia. "Everything is the same" = monism. Monism is the position that everything is made from or is ultimately derivable from a single fundamental principle or essence. Nagarjuna doesn't say th...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of infinity in Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 2434

Re: The problem of infinity in Buddhism

PS: Nagarjuna was not a postmodernist, he was a monist. From what I see on wikipedia, his monist position is called "dialectical monism" and is based on a twisting of the SN 12:15 sutta. Why on earth do you insist on criticizing people by simply squeezing them into the general bugaboo category of '...
by Bakmoon
Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of infinity in Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 2434

Re: The problem of infinity in Buddhism

Then why does Lord Buddha declare that " it is in this very fathom long physical frame with its perceptions and mind that, I declare , lies the world, and the arising of the world, and the cessation of the world, and the path leading to the cessation of the world" ; as in Rohitassa sutta.? Good poi...
by Bakmoon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The problem of infinity in Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 2434

Re: The problem of infinity in Buddhism

That's a very good point. But even with that point, I would argue that the statistical proof this is possible is still needed cause we are dealing here with just one heroin addict not an infinite number of them. This isn't just something touching on statistics, but is also the result of a number of...
by Bakmoon
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Mani mantra in Theravada
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: Mani mantra in Theravada

Hello all, Please excuse my ignorance, I am new to the scene lol. Do Theravadians chant the Mani mantra, and if so, what pronunciation would you use? I really like this mantra because it does not calling or dedicated to a deity like Green Tara is, i really like the meaning and also playing the chan...
by Bakmoon
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: The Caste System in Buddhist Countries
Replies: 11
Views: 524

Re: The Caste System in Buddhist Countries

I think it is much more likely that the Sri Lankan caste system is either an independent development or is derived from the Indian caste system than being derived from Buddhism. The Buddhist scriptures don't accept the idea that entire classes of people are somehow naturally superior by birth. Caste...
by Bakmoon
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New interpretation for stream winner. (Sotapanna)?
Replies: 41
Views: 1416

Re: New interpretation for stream winner. (Sotapanna)?

New interpretation for stream winner. (Sotapanna)? I came up with this slightly different interpretation of Sotapanna. Sotapanna is: a) Eliminated the first three fetters. b) Attenuated the last seven fetters. - Attachment aversion is attenuated less than a once returner. (because he practice givin...