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by Polar Bear
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Who are the contemporary meditation monks?
Replies: 37
Views: 623

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: 5967

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: 3565

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: 28
Views: 526

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: 28
Views: 526

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: 3565

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: 1920

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: 269

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: 152

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: 152

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: 177

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...
by Polar Bear
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is dumpster diving for food and/or robe cloth allowable according to the Vinaya?
Replies: 5
Views: 177

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

Well yes, I’m asking whether it is allowable where it is legal. As for what the lay-people think, I’m not sure how much that should matter in this case. And it seems that it was normal to collect cloth from the ancient Indian equivalent of dumpsters back in the early days of the sangha. Anyone who m...
by Polar Bear
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is dumpster diving for food and/or robe cloth allowable according to the Vinaya?
Replies: 5
Views: 177

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

Dumpster diving, commonly referred to in the UK and many parts of Europe as totting,[1] skipping,[2] skip diving or skip salvage,[3][4] is a popular form of modern salvaging of waste in large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers to find items that have been discarded by t...
by Polar Bear
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Original meaning of the word "saddha"
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: Original meaning of the word "saddha"

It seems the term saddha refers originally to a Vedic ritual undertaken with sincerity and faith See the Wikipedia article Śrāddha So I think we can say that Alara Kalama was sincere in his practice and had faith/confidence in his own teaching. You may also want to read A Note on Refuge in Vedic and...
by Polar Bear
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Against the stream centers shutting down
Replies: 46
Views: 1250

Re: Against the stream centers shutting down

I used to watch their live streams on facebook. I have to say I find it weird they had a separate group for POC (people of color). I don't know why they hade to segregate things by race. Seems like a very American thing to do these days. It’s because minorities in America have been historically opp...