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by Polar Bear
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where is the Buddha?
Replies: 16
Views: 196

Re: Where is the Buddha?

The Buddha is Tathagata: Thus-Gone, the Buddha is Sugata: Well-Gone As long as his body remains he will be seen by gods and humans. But when his body breaks up, after life has ended, gods and humans will see him no more.” https://suttacentral.net/dn1/en/sujato “As a flame overthrown by the force of ...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 301

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

I am aware of this new understanding, however I'm not quite sure it fits in this case, although it might. There are a few extenuating circumstances that make it different from the typical sutta beginning that it tends to mostly applies to. As I said above, it would be neat for a senior monastic sch...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 301

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

In a related thing, at the ordination ceremony of a monk, the monk is quizzed as to whether he is fully familar with the vinaya of both bhikkhus and bhikkhunis. Knowing both vinayas is a requirement for ordination which the vast majority of monks ignore these days. Upali would have been very famili...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 301

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

I’m not sure we can rely on the text only referring to bhikkhus to conclude there were no bhikkhunis. See Ven. Anālayo’s essay: Bhikkhave and Bhikkhu as Gender-inclusive Terminology in Early Buddhist Texts : Abstract In what follows we examine whether the use of the vocative bhikkhave or the nominat...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: OCBC Online Pali Course Levels 1-3
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: OCBC Online Pali Course Levels 1-3

Awesome!

:goodpost:
by Polar Bear
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which Sutta discusses giving more than the requisites? A.III,206
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: Which Sutta discusses giving more than the requisites? A.III,206

Maybe you’re thinking about this sutta: Then Anathapindika the householder, surrounded by about 500 lay followers, went to the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there the Blessed One said to him, " Householder, you have provided the community o...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does words have power?
Replies: 44
Views: 974

Re: Does words have power?

Other posters have said above that our belief is important, if you believe it can affect you then it can happen. If somoene, for example does not have the karma of leper but they keep worrying about it, will it become a reality? No, you will not become a leper just by worrying about becoming one. I...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from LA
Replies: 6
Views: 76

Re: Hello from LA

Welcome to Dhammawheel!

I’m gonna guess you’re from Los Angeles but LA could also mean Louisiana or Laos.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1856

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

If you believe the Buddha is infallible then you should read MN 47: Vīmaṃsaka Sutta- The Inquirer . It’s an awesome sutta. Excerpt: “Bhikkhus, a bhikkhu who is an inquirer, not knowing how to gauge another’s mind, should make an investigation of the Tathāgata in order to find out whether or not he i...
by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 117
Views: 8052

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:34 pm

I should write about this actually, an update now that I've been back in the worldly world for 3 months.
Hi James,

Not to pressure you but I think it’d be awesome if you gave us an update and maybe said a little more about your experience as a monk.

Kind regards,

Polar Bear

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1856

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

It is good that you point it out but keep in mind that the second quote refers to Arahants in general. According to the commentaries the Buddha is omniscient in the sense that all knowable things are potentially accessible to him. I disagree with the commentary in this case. I would encourage you t...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1856

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Dhp 353 All-conquering , all-knowing am I , with regard to all things , unadhering. All-abandoning, released in the ending of craving: having fully known on my own, to whom should I point as my teacher? :bow: :bow: And how is one all knowing in the discipline of the noble ones: When he said this, V...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1856

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Do you think modern physiological science is complete & perfected? Do you think it's infallible? I certainly don't & would not be the least bit surprised if discoveries were made in the future that changed the dominant perspective on these processes. I think it’s safe to say that their isn’t a fire...
by Polar Bear
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 128
Views: 1856

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

Greetings Dylan, What do I vote for if I think his word was infallible vis-a-vis the Dhamma and the four noble truths... but not necessarily infallible in other respects, such as geography, astronomy, history etc. which aren't directly connected to dukkha and nirodha? Metta, Paul. :) I voted no bec...
by Polar Bear
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Slandering buddha
Replies: 172
Views: 2319

Re: Slandering buddha

Unfortunately the problem of people clinging to and promoting dangerous views is completely out of control and is not something that is even attempted to be dealt with. A person can literally hold and promote the view that the Buddha was a social construct, that Ariya people are akin to OT levels o...