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by Dhammanando
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

New people ought to be learning the suttas and not having commentary defining and interpreting for them; Simply by virtue of the fact that they will be reading translations of suttas, new people will ineluctably have some sort of commentator defining and interpreting for them, How do the translator...
by Dhammanando
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]
Replies: 14
Views: 185

Re: Why Believe Commentaries? [From Transfer/Sharing merit limits]

why believe either a commentary or a late text? :shrug: Whether one believes them or disbelieves them, loves them or hates them, consulting later texts is very often the only possible way of ascertaining what important terms in the earlier texts mean. An hour ago, for example, I replied to a post e...
by Dhammanando
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: What is palāsa : (m.) leaf; foliage; malice; spite.?
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: What is palāsa : (m.) leaf; foliage; malice; spite.?

Palāsa carries both of the meanings in your title because it’s actually a homonym of two different Sanskrit words: palāśa and palāsa. From the PTS Pali English Dictionary: Palāsa (1) [Palāsa 1] (m. & nt.) [Vedic palāśa] 1. the tree Butea fron- dosa or Judas tree J iii.23 (in Palāsa Jātaka). —2. a le...
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Transfer/Sharing merit limits
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: Transfer/Sharing merit limits

If an animal or human is at near death and we chant say for example the three Refuge and other sutta dedicate to them , does this has any benefits for the animal / human or even if they happen just dies ? With humans it can be beneficial if the chanting is done in their presence and if all the fact...
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: sankappa equivalent with vitakka or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: sankappa equivalent with vitakka or not?

Can you point me to the passages where sankappa is not thinking, but something prior to thinking, "resolves" or "intention"? See the terms rūpa-saṅkappa ... dhamma-saṅkappa in the SN's Dhātusaṃyutta. Also there's the Vinaya's definition of cittasaṅkappa in connection with the third pārājika rule: R...
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Transfer/Sharing merit limits
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: Transfer/Sharing merit limits

1. I have a question , this wasn't of the words of the Buddha ? No. It's the arahant Nāgasena talking to King Milinda some time in the 2nd century BCE. 2. About the pretas , who live on the gifts of others , does here referring to foods ? No. When the term paradattūpajīvī is applied to humans (e.g....
by Dhammanando
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Transfer/Sharing merit limits
Replies: 12
Views: 177

Re: Transfer/Sharing merit limits

Based on the scriptures, are there any limits as to what kind of beings can receive merit when someone tries to share it? In the Milindapañha the benefit of dedicating the merit of a gift to one's deceased relatives is limited to those who have been reborn as just one of the four sub-species of pet...
by Dhammanando
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Order of Precedence

My impression is that hardly any bhkikkhu nowadays follows the Buddha's prescription addressing a junior as avuso. Is it so? Yes. The common practice nowadays is to address one's juniors by their name, which the Parinibbānasutta also permits. Any reasons for that? Did anyone tried to introduce this...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: how do we know what the buddha looked like?
Replies: 27
Views: 665

Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

diamind wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Did buddha ever say NOT to make images of him?
In Pali sources there is no mention of the question ever being raised.
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

Nonsense. There are hundreds of parallel passages in Sanskrit Buddhist texts where Pali nicca appears as Sanskrit nitya, anicca as anitya, attā as ātmān, and anattā as anātmān. The key is " Sanskrit Buddhist texts ". The point of my post was to show that European scholars did not err in treating Pa...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 322
Views: 21674

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

2.Those European scholars, when they first came across the Asoka pillars, came to the conclusion that Pali was a later iteration of Sanskrit. Of course, there were no Pali manuscripts in India except for the Asoka pillars. This is very clear in Allen’s book. If one really wants to understand the hi...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Order of Precedence
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Order of Precedence

What is a "senior" and a "junior" bhikkhu? Is it determined by the length of time one is ordained (as I have heard)? If so, does a newer monk who has attained a high attainment (e.g. he is already an anagami or arahant) still address an older monk as "venerable sir" or "reverence" if the older monk...
by Dhammanando
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Captivates the Mind of a Man
Replies: 47
Views: 535

Re: Captivates the Mind of a Man

Yes, I do expect the Buddha to exhaustively list each and every persuasion if it is applicable. This sutta is very straightforward - it deals with men obsessing over women and women obsessing over men. No mention of children, beasts, or dead people. THAT was entirely invented by your dissatisfactio...
by Dhammanando
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.
Replies: 11
Views: 242

Re: SN 20.7 Āṇi Sutta. The Drum Peg.

Do you agree with this. Thanks No, it's a bizarre mistake by the PED compilers, given that the "four pairs of persons, eight kinds of individuals" who make up the sāvaka-saṅgha include arahants and that certain persons known to have been arahants (e.g. Kumārakassapa in the Payasisutta) are called "...
by Dhammanando
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Suttas for the Householder
Replies: 29
Views: 19611

Re: Suttas for the Householder

Generally, how strict would preceptors be of ordaining someone whom the father or mother is against the person going forth, for wrong reasons (such as someone who is excessively anti-religious, to the point of stopping someone from being ordained by not giving permission)? Or is successively obtain...