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by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Why so few Western Buddhists?
Replies: 176
Views: 15713

Re: Why so few Western Buddhists?

Greetings Ceisiwr, I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Agreed, especially since the classical notion of getting your own house in order before trying to fix the wider world is becoming increasingly "old hat". And amongst those who don't even care for that, such people tend to see themselves as c...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 549

Re: Really Confused...!

Greetings, Thanks, I might be wrong but is there a contradiction between that Sutta and the Mahā-parinibbāna Sutta when the Buddha stated he withheld nothing? No. He with-held nothing relevant of relevance to the path... the discarded leaves are things that are irrelevant to the path. Either way he ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1070

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Greetings char,
char101 wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:08 am
Are you saying you have more authentic knowledge than the puggala panatti and more authentic than Ven. Ledi?
It's called the Sutta Pitaka.

Kind regards.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1070

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Greetings, Obviously you don't consider "listening to and reflecting upon the teaching of the Buddha" to be practice. False. Contemplation of the Dhamma is a practice. But practice is listening, studying, thinking about and meditation about. This sentence does not make much sense. Metta, Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1070

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Greetings Char101, Your view expressed appears to be one influenced by the "meditation traditions" which gained prominence in the 20th century. As has been said many times here at this forum, the suttas show people becoming stream-entrants whilst listening to and reflecting upon the teaching of the ...
by retrofuturist
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1070

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Greetings char101, Or in other words, the understanding of language might not fully describe the meaning of the teachings of the Buddha. Here I agree... "Name has conquered everything, There is nothing greater than name, All have gone under the sway Of this one thing called name." If someone takes a...
by retrofuturist
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Incest.
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: Incest.

Greetings, Is incest between consenting adults breaking any precept? Assuming both are not married or divorced. Please note - this question is being asked in a Theravada forum. Posts which reflect personal opinion, insults, scientific analysis etc. are disruptive and off-topic. Accordingly, such pos...
by retrofuturist
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Awareness of awareness
Replies: 50
Views: 537

Re: Awareness of awareness

Greetings Mike,

You may find something useful in ven. Nanananda's explorations of the term manasikara.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Can i choice a better choice sometimes?

Greetings User99, Or Will i automatically do better actions of better choice every New day? Please forgive me if I misunderstand you, but this is a common motif in your questioning, and it appears as if you're searching for hope of a better future. As such it appears as if you're trying to use the D...
by retrofuturist
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.
Replies: 15
Views: 378

Re: Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching.

Greetings Chanh Dao, Jhana is not so important and In fact the attachment to it is a huge barrier on following the Buddha's teaching. I share the skepticism outlined above. The Buddha spent an awful lot of time talking about jhana and its benefits... not once calling it "a huge barrier on following ...
by retrofuturist
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Really Confused...!
Replies: 20
Views: 549

Re: Really Confused...!

Greetings Woodsman, is my problem, I now feel that I am missing out on practices that I ' should ' be doing rather than merely using insight practices. Its created a sense of urgency and anxiety that is impeding my practice . Has anyone else experienced this if so how on earth did you reconcile it? ...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 40
Views: 732

Re: Sutta source

Greetings, The footnote reads: "Assuming the historical authenticity of this passage, if the Buddha had wished to proscribe the ordination of women, it seems he would likely have pointed out this danger to Ananda at the beginning of their conversation. Ananda would then have desisted from his effort...
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 40
Views: 732

Re: Sutta source

Greetings Germann,
Germann wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:10 am
Sutta source - Bhikkhu Bodhi "The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya." 2012 - p. 1192.
Can you please share the accompanying footnote too?

Thank you.

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 40
Views: 732

Re: Buddha was mistaken

Greetings Germann,
Germann wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:53 am
Suttas exist today. That is, Buddha was mistaken in limiting the life of the Dhamma to 500 years.
Sutta source or it didn't happen.

:popcorn:

Metta,
Paul. :)
by retrofuturist
Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma
Replies: 40
Views: 732

Re: Refuge is taken in the not-good Dhamma

Greetings, Leaving "Theravada" aside, for the time being... The Suttas are pre-sectarian. The Suttas are Good Dhamma. In fact, I would say any Dhamma which is adequate to enable one hearing it to achieve stream-entry constitutes Good Dhamma. If the OP believes the above sources are so corrupted that...