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by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Against the stream centers shutting down
Replies: 52
Views: 1673

Re: Against the stream centers shutting down

... Different strokes for different folks as they say. I’m not personally involved in this kind of thing but if others find it useful then good for them. I would suggest you find more constructive ways to criticize others than using elementary school style teasing, e.g. “poor babies.” It might actu...
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Upholding metta sutta
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: Upholding metta sutta

Joy is a factor of awakening. Pleasure in general is also a motivating force to continue to do whatever brought in that pleasure. So doing wholesome things that bring pleasure, like developing Metta and chanting the Metta Sutta, is practical because you’re likely to keep doing it. Desire for develop...
by Polar Bear
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT
Replies: 128
Views: 2570

Re: Nibbana experienced at mind-sense base... NOT

It’s obvious that the absence of greed, hate, and delusion is something to be known by the mind. I would describe these as qualities of the mind ( citta ), bearing in mind the third frame of the Satipatthana Sutta. Though the qualities ( "symptoms" ) of something are not necessarily the thing itsel...
by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 1014

Re: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?

Venerable Anālayo spends the vast majority of his time meditating these days.
by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: [MN 111] Fallacy of Anupadadhammavipassana while in a jhana
Replies: 58
Views: 6375

Re: [MN 111] Fallacy of Anupadadhammavipassana while in a jhana

“it is certainly not possible to observe, as is stated in the text, the disappearance of these qualities in any of these states [i.e., the absorptions], because they are constituted by these qualities.” :thumbsup: Arguments don't get much more QED than that. With a single sentence Tilman Vetter cut...
by Polar Bear
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 4710

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

A rather unfortunate translation, as he was hit accidently, no angry mob involved. The story is originally from MN 86 Sujato’s translation: Then Venerable Aṅgulimāla robed up in the morning and, taking his bowl and robe, entered Sāvatthī for alms. Now at that time someone threw a stone that hit Aṅg...
by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...
Replies: 29
Views: 811

Re: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...

How do the suttas reconcile this with the above statements? I’m not aware that they do. There are similar things too, like some suttas where the Buddha says he delights in seclusion and others where he says you shouldn’t delight in anything. I just chalk it up to language being a bit messy and that...
by Polar Bear
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...
Replies: 29
Views: 811

Re: Did the Buddha ever state flatly...

He obviously retained a mild preference for drinking water, eating food, urinating and defecating, meditating, teaching as opposed to dying of dehydration, starvation, bladder or intestinal explosion, not meditating and not teaching. The Jains for example would go all the way to total abandonment by...
by Polar Bear
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.
Replies: 163
Views: 4710

Re: Bhante Sujatos and karmic snobbery.

I think the Buddha would argue against the view that our decisions now are determined by what was done in the past. And he’d argue against such a view not by providing some metaphysical argument, but by showing that such a view is unhelpful to hold for someone who wants to be virtuous, self controll...
by Polar Bear
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why are you in this forum?
Replies: 53
Views: 2261

Re: Why are you in this forum?

I chose Learn & Share and Pass Time.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: For Monks Only: travelling by vehicles
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: For Monks Only: travelling by vehicles

This is one of those rules that basically no Buddhist monk follows anymore. My understanding is the Jains have the same rule but they follow it. There are almost no Jain monks outside of India.

:anjali:
by Polar Bear
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to take birth at will ?
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Is it possible to take birth at will ?

I think I was looking for MN 41 below, but there might be another sutta I was thinking of. It looks like determining your rebirth is less a matter of definitely succeeding though and more a matter of greater possibility. This is how principled and moral conduct is the reason why some sentient beings...
by Polar Bear
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it possible to take birth at will ?
Replies: 8
Views: 205

Re: Is it possible to take birth at will ?

There is definitely a sutta that states that a person who is virtuous, if they make a wish to be reborn as a wealthy upper class person, or to be reborn among a specific heavenly abode, will be able to achieve their wish due to that good kamma. I couldn’t find the sutta though, I cant think of the r...
by Polar Bear
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is dumpster diving for food and/or robe cloth allowable according to the Vinaya?
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Is dumpster diving for food and/or robe cloth allowable according to the Vinaya?

This question was answered by Venerable Dhammanando over at the Sutta Central forum. His answer is posted below: In the case of cloth, it would depend on what the law has to say in the country where the monk is living. If it makes it illegal, then dumpster-diving for cloth would be a dukkaṭa offence...