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by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 677

Re: Whats Anicca?

Ok, I'm prepared to stipulate that the abhidhamma uses fancy philosophical language on purpose, When I wrote "higher (and distinctive) teachings" it wasn't specifically the Abhidhamma that I had in mind, but rather the buddhānaṃ sāmukkaṃsikā dhamma , “teaching special to Buddhas”, no matter whether...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 677

Re: Whats Anicca?

Tell me if I'm wrong here, but as far as I know, the Buddha didn't try to express his ideas in fancy language that appealed mainly to philosophers. In his higher (and distinctive) teachings — those concerned with the development of paññā and attainment of liberation — the Buddha seems to have used ...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 677

Re: Whats Anicca?

In what way would translating anicca as "temporary" constitute "overriding an agreed usage"? If I understand correctly, your examples ("temporary secretary", etc.) are consistent with it fitting neatly within the agreed usage. I said "skating close to it", by which I didn't mean that "temporary" wo...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 677

Re: Whats Anicca?

Why wouldn't that be a point in favor of translating "anicca" as "temporary"? I thought the Buddha tried to get his ideas across using ordinary, everyday language whenever possible. I wouldn't regard it as a point in its favour, but rather as skating close to an "overriding of agreed usage" — somet...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Want first jhana? NWBH: Not What but How
Replies: 10
Views: 396

Re: Want first jhana? NWBH: Not What but How

Compare the above with this passage... The two passages will seem incompatible only if one assumes that the viewing of dhammas as impermanent, etc., is done while in jhāna (as Ajahn Thanissaro teaches). But Ajahn Brahm's approach, like the Visuddhimagga's, assumes that it is done after emergence fr...
by Dhammanando
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 24
Views: 677

Re: Whats Anicca?

I think the most straightforward English translation of "anicca" is "temporary". Not many translators translate it this way, though. Anyone know why? I suspect because of its linguistic register. It's a term that is most often used in everyday human affairs (e.g., temporary secretary, temporary arr...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 1059

Re: Theravada and mahayana

Here are few Mahayana monks didn't handle money and fasting after noon hour . Thank you. 1. As far as I know , master Hsuan Hua himself didn't touch or handle money . Perhaps , bhante could elaborate. When the two American bowing monks Heng Sure and Heng Chau came to stay at Chithurst Forest Monast...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and mahayana
Replies: 32
Views: 1059

Re: Theravada and mahayana

For your understanding , there are some Mahayana monks whom are very strict with vinaya rules .(and they don't handle money , they do not eat after noon time and they don't travel for sight seeing and they practise vipassana.) May I ask who they are? I've never heard of this before. The strictest M...
by Dhammanando
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Need help identifying some items found at a store.
Replies: 9
Views: 707

Re: Need help identifying some items found at a store.

MJAM wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:01 am
But I am trying to pinpoint what "Goddess" this is attempting to portray.
Sarasvatī
by Dhammanando
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?
Replies: 31
Views: 751

Re: What (kamma) causes a person to be Pandaka?

I dun remember where does the word pandaka appears in the Nikaya, anyone knows? It's primarily a Vinaya term. Even the two suttas in which it's found (the Ussaṅkita, AN 5:102 and the Pātimokkhaṭṭhapanā, AN 10.32) are concerned with monastic disciplinary matters. Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation, using '...
by Dhammanando
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: A Pali equivalent for "reification" ???
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: A Pali equivalent for "reification" ???

2. If so, which individual Pali words or compounds may refer directly to "reification"? The word is mostly used by translators of Sanskrit or Tibetan Mahayana texts as a rendering of three different words: 1. satkāyadṛṣṭi ("reifying view") = Pali sakkāyadiṭṭhi 2. prapañca = papañca 3. samāropana = ...
by Dhammanando
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: neutering a cat?
Replies: 59
Views: 801

Re: neutering a cat?

Is babbu another word for "cat"? I thought the Pali was bilaro. That's one of them, but Moggallāna's versified thesaurus gives three, squashed in between the words for jackals and wolves: sigālo jambuko kotthu, bheravo ca sivā pyatha, biḷāro babbu mañjāro, koko tu ca vako bhave. (Abhidhānappadīpika...
by Dhammanando
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: neutering a cat?
Replies: 59
Views: 801

Re: neutering a cat?

Cats are rarely mentioned in the canon at all. Their swimming ability and strength are compared unfavourably to those of an elephant, and there is a reference to their skin being used to make a bag! Don't forget the Babbu ("Cats") Jātaka, wherein four greedy felines come to a bad end. http://www.sa...
by Dhammanando
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Going to the forest
Replies: 21
Views: 444

Re: Going to the forest

Does 'forest' here mean something else, like being away from densely populated towns (rather than a real forest)? Though most translators render āraññaka senāsana as "forest dwelling", Ajahn Thanissaro's translation of it as " wilderness lodging" is probably more faithful to the meaning. The Vinaya...
by Dhammanando
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: regarding tomb worlds
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: regarding tomb worlds

I think you may be referring to the saying, Natthi loke anāmataṃ , "There's nowhere in the world where someone hasn't died." It's from the verses to the Upasaḷha Jātaka: https://legacy.suttacentral.net/en/ja166 It's also quoted in the Dhammapada Commentary's background story to Dhp. 75: https://www....