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by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 1869

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

It's not because a small pocket of individuals in the 21st century uses a philosophical system—that is more than 2300 years old—for a specific purpose, that it makes that philosophical system for the "upper middle class who live comfortably and with good material wealth." Who else except those who ...
by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: cheerios commercial
Replies: 23
Views: 374

Re: cheerios commercial

chownah wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:09 am
The link to the annoying commercial seems to be missing. Is it this one?
The Lone Ranger doesn't seem especially annoying. If you want to see how annoying a cowboy commercial can be, try searching youtube for the "Milky Bar Kid".

:x
by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Abhidhamma: Is an abortion killing a living being?
Replies: 167
Views: 9031

Re: Abhidhamma: Is an abortion killing a living being?

it seems to me that bhikkhu pesala argues that one has an ethical obligation to carry to term because the unborn [being] has the capacity to develop into a human (the terms are in question, so i hope you get what i'm saying). It's not a case of "developing" into a human. The unborn child is a human...
by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: uposatha
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: uposatha

Sovatthika wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:49 am
where is this specified bhante or anyone
The lay observance is in the Cātumahārāja Sutta; the monastic one somewhere in the Vinaya's Khandhakas.

https://suttacentral.net/en/an3.37
by Dhammanando
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 1869

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

Were they materialists really? They were thorough-going materialists, though given the conjunction of this with panpsychism, along with the very peculiar qualities that Stoic physics ascribes to matter, their materialism was clearly very different from the kinds commonly met with today. According t...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Names of Dīgha-nikāya suttas
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Names of Dīgha-nikāya suttas

May I ask what in your opinion is the most plausible theory of creation of the Dīgha-texts ? I’m afraid I have no opinion at all. Moreover, it sounds as if you have already gone into this matter much more deeply than I ever have (or am ever likely to), and so even if I did have an opinion, telling ...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: Prompted/unprompted cittas in the suttanta

In what ways does something akin to prompted/unprompted come up in the suttanta? It seems like it should, in some form or another. There is the Bhūmijasutta: “Ānanda, when there is the body, because of bodily volition pleasure and pain arise internally; when there is speech, because of verbal volit...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 1869

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

"There," said Epictetus, "I told you that my leg would break." :candle: Do I detect just a hint of self-righteous satisfaction in that statement? "I told you so!" I think his words are simply those of a thoroughly convinced (and logically consistent) theist and fatalist, saying in brief what he say...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Stoicism and Buddhism
Replies: 40
Views: 1869

Re: Stoicism and Buddhism

He was born a slave (freed at the age of around 67) and his leg was permentantly damaged because his master beat him, which left him crippled. ;) I remember Christmas Humphreys, the British Buddhist popularizer, would often tell the story of Epictetus's equanimity when his sadistic master was tortu...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: ordaining in theravada and zen?
Replies: 14
Views: 270

Re: ordaining in theravada and zen?

would it be fair to say zen and theravada are two different religions? or is religion a rougher translation of a more fine term The rule that you cite is in the sacittaka class, meaning that culpability is contingent upon certain mental factors — knowledge, perception, intention, or some combinatio...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 255

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

What is the explanation for that, particularly in relation to the development of jhānas? Also, what text(s) is that notion found in? I think it's in several texts, though the only one that I can immediately recall is the Samādhi section of the Visuddhimagga. It states: Herein, we shall comment belo...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Names of Dīgha-nikāya suttas
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Names of Dīgha-nikāya suttas

Dear Pāli friends , Do you know if there had ever been used in Ancient Buddhist History any additional "clarifying" or "theme-introducing" names for the Dīgha-nikāya / Dīrgha-āgama texts ? For instance , Brahmajāla - "On views" ... I don't find anything in ATThakathās, Tīkās and Anyas .... I don't ...
by Dhammanando
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: uposatha
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: uposatha

Sovatthika wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:37 am
how often is uposatha observed in the ebts? is it the new, full and quarter moons, or is it just the new and full moons, or is it not specified
All four are uposatha days for eight-precept observance, though for the monastic sangha only the full and new moons are for Pāṭimokkha recital.
by Dhammanando
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment
Replies: 20
Views: 255

Re: relationship between a healthy body and enlightenment

The healthier, the younger the body the easier it is to progress. Is that correct? I think it's an over-generalization. In the Suttas there are no arahants under the age of seven and the commentaries say that seven is in fact the minimal age for any ariyan attainment. They also say that the fifth d...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 1827

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

Forceful breath not only isn't there, but it contradicts traditional understanding. But, of course, it is up to you whether to follow something or not, practise or not. Among ancient sources, it is the non-Theravadin Vimuttimagga which states that it's the natural rather than the deliberately contr...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: History of Buddhism
Replies: 14
Views: 259

Re: History of Buddhism

This book is very expensive. The poster's request was for an "authoritative book", not a cheap one. On Buddhist history you don't get much more authoritative than the Belgian indologist Louis de La Vallée-Poussin and his star pupil Monsignor Lamotte — a Jesuit who mastered seven Asian languages and...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Forest Monasteries around Lampung or Chiang Mai

2. Resemblance to a hermitage where one would be free to structure ones practice and study. 3. Quietude and acceptable Hygiene. Regarding #2, exactly how eremitical do you want it to be? I mean do you wish to be entirely by yourself with little or no interaction with other monks? Or is it enough th...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Palenglish fallacies
Replies: 21
Views: 1028

Re: Palenglish fallacies

The "I don't have to explain myself because I'm so advanced, and you're just too dumb to understand" fallacy. I can't think of a suitable Pali reference just yet. It's a bit long. Atimānissa ekaṃsavibhajjapaṭipucchābyākaraṇīyapañhaṃ ṭhapanaṃ vā mūgasūkarova tuṇhībhavanaṃ vā vippaṭipatti . “The fall...
by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Sunlun Sayadaw method
Replies: 110
Views: 1827

Re: Sunlun Sayadaw method

aflatun wrote:
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:49 am
This link seems to have his email which you use to register:

Registration
Thanks! I've just signed up for it. If anyone else wishes to do so there is still time. Though the link states that the course starts on 9th October, Peter Harvey in his e-mail says it's actually the 14th.
by Dhammanando
Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 1062

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

Indeed. My wife (who is an Anglican priest) informs me that one can undertake a structured and sincere prayer life, and see for oneself that one's relationship with God becomes closer and more meaningful. Not all that different from "Ehipassiko", really. A relationship with God, who is said to be p...