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by Polar Bear
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)
Replies: 15
Views: 362

Re: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)

Chanh Dao wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:33 am
Just a quick update. I've come down with a serious fever and am in hospital for a few days.

Litterally from ordination to serious illness and than in hospital.
Ouch
I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you can use your illness as grist for the mill.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)
Replies: 15
Views: 362

Re: I am a day and a half away from ordination in Thailand :)

Congrats, dude! I wish you a fruitful monastic life.

:bow: :bow: :bow:

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 322

Re: Body Scan

’. I’m not entirely sure about this understanding though. The suttas are not entirely clear about how the term vedanā applies or refers. Yes, you're right, there are various understandings of Vedana. The one you prefer I think was clarified in the abhidamma, to do with feeling-tone. If you look up ...
by Polar Bear
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Body Scan
Replies: 22
Views: 322

Re: Body Scan

This refers to feelings not sensations. Vedana is sometimes translated as Sensation, sometimes as Feeling. It does not mean emotional feelings like happiness, embarrassment, sadness, etc . Bhikkhu Bodhi writes: "The Pali word vedanā does not signify emotion (which appears to be a complex phenomenon...
by Polar Bear
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?
Replies: 23
Views: 692

Re: According to Orthodox Theravada only, in the suttas, is nibbana the self?

For the sake of being thorough, does anyone know any other suttas that the traditional Theravada Orthodox commentators would present as an answer to the question? Or commentaries with accompaning suttas? This sutta is pretty thorough in negating self: “What do you think, Anuradha, do you regard for...
by Polar Bear
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View
Replies: 186
Views: 9718

Re: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View

I gave the example of house builder digging for foundation, he knows he will be harming insects and small creatures in this process but digs as it is his job and necessary. It's a good example. Everytime we walk, cycle, or drive, some beings are bound to die; we can be certain of that. (That's why ...
by Polar Bear
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View
Replies: 186
Views: 9718

Re: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View

Hello Bhante, Many people could probably survive being hit by a car driving 30 miles per hour down the sidewalk but it’s likely that some people will die. Is it necessarily intentional killing if I choose to beat the traffic by bulldozing down a crowded sidewalk in my sedan? Ants are conscious senti...
by Polar Bear
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View
Replies: 186
Views: 9718

Re: Challenging the Sotapanna cannot break the Five Precepts View

The first time I ever practised meditation was when I lived in a forest monastery in Thailand. To be honest, I saw lots of mosquitoes & ants lose life at the hands of monks & meditators; such as when the monks would have to work in the swamp or jungle & they would wipe off the hundreds of ants that...
by Polar Bear
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: A Trojan horse: Thanissaro bhikkhus response to Bhikkhu Analayo
Replies: 21
Views: 813

Re: A Trojan horse: Thanissaro bhikkhus response to Bhikkhu Analayo

A fascinating back and forth about a very serious set of issues in the Theravada Buddhist religion. Thanks for posting this latest installment.


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by Polar Bear
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: My Jhana Slump - help request
Replies: 34
Views: 1717

Re: My Jhana Slump - help request

Even a bhikkhu who has attained the first jhana can jump the gun and fall from that state. “Mendicants, suppose there was a mountain cow who was foolish, incompetent, unskillful, and lacked common sense when roaming on rugged mountains. She might think: ‘Why don’t I go somewhere I’ve never been befo...
by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 824

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

So basically I poop in a bucket then throw it in a hole. It's quite gross when I think about it that way. I’d say it’s mildly gross but in another sense it’s just earth returning to earth. When backpacking I used a sharpened stick to dig catholes and small latrines and basically did what you did. I...
by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?
Replies: 9
Views: 313

Re: Should monks provide ceremonies at weddings, births, etc ?

I think that there’s a danger in using rituals as a means of currying favor with the laity. There are some ascetics and brahmins who, while enjoying food given in faith, still earn a living by unworthy branches of knowledge, by wrong livelihood. This includes making arrangements for giving and takin...
by Polar Bear
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder
Replies: 17
Views: 824

Re: Finding quiet living conditions as a householder

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:10 am
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Right on, thanks for the info.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Sottapana's sila
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: Sottapana's sila

Here’s a great post by Venerable Dhammanando on this subject: Before replying to the replies to my post, I should like to give a quick summary of how the “virtue pleasing to noble ones” is understood in the commentaries. I don’t recall this ever being discussed on this forum before. The defining of ...