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by Dhammanando
Tue May 22, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 101
Views: 1427

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Walter Bagehot on the British monarchy and royal weddings “The best reason why monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. It is often said that men are ruled by their imagin...
by Dhammanando
Tue May 22, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Trump and the NHS
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Re: Trump and the NHS

Meezer77 wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 10:51 pm
What’s TDS? Googled it but nothin coming up
Trump Derangement Syndrome

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trump-der ... t-syndrome
by Dhammanando
Sun May 20, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

But according to the definition of "wrong view", when she's occupied with comparing herself with another, she is seeing things in a distorted way (i.e., accompanied by wrong view). Am I correct? :?: Sure. But that two cetasikas happen to have one thing in common with each other doesn't make them th...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 19, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: no birth without rebirth
Replies: 34
Views: 671

Re: no birth without rebirth

But , what is the meaning of old practioner ? The phrase I used was: "any old practitioner". In colloquial English "any old X" means "any X whatever" or "any X at all". Is there actually such a thing as Relinking consciousness for rebirth ? Well, it isn't something that I've personally verified. St...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 19, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 440

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

DooDoot wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 8:34 am
Venerable. Can I invite you to comment on the above discussion, namely, the Okkantika Saṃyutta, Uppāda Saṃyutta, Kilesa Saṃyutta and Rāhula Saṃyutta in respect to their inclusion and placement in the SN.
I would want to read Mun-keat's article before commenting.
by Dhammanando
Sat May 19, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

If wrong view can arise with pīti and restlessness, why can't it arise together with conceit? To revert to your earlier example, suppose a Christian thinks to herself: "(1) Christians will go to heaven for ever; (2) Buddhists will go to hell for ever; (3) Going to heaven is better than going to hel...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 19, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: no birth without rebirth
Replies: 34
Views: 671

Re: no birth without rebirth

hmm, could it be that jotipāla (bodhisatta) attained stream entry under kassapa buddha? If he had, then he would have stayed around for only seven lives at the most. As it is, no such thing is mentioned in either of the Ghaṭīkāra Suttas (M.ii.46-8; S.i.34-5), which report only that Jotipāla was ins...
by Dhammanando
Sat May 19, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 101
Views: 1427

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Reuters TV will start its coverage online at 4:30 ET. Here's a link if you'd like to watch. They will also be streaming via OS and Android apps, Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV


The Order of Service, including two unexpected musical choices.
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: no birth without rebirth
Replies: 34
Views: 671

Re: no birth without rebirth

1. Does the above mentioned mindful and clear comprehending is something Different from the Right Sati in the noble 8FP ? Yes. Mindfulness and clear comprehension can exist in other modes than as path factors. One example would be when jhāna is being developed by a yogi following an outside teachin...
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

I am still quite confused about the proximate cause of conceit——greed dissociated from wrong view. Where does this proximate cause come from? Each conditioned dhamma arises due to multiple causes. The most momentous of any dhamma's causes is called its padaṭṭhāna , usually translated "proximate cau...
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?
Replies: 19
Views: 348

Re: Why can't conceit and wrong view arise together?

The answer to the question in the thread title can be found in the next chapter of the Manual : Wrong view, conceit: Both of these factors are found only in cittas rooted in greed, for they involve some degree of holding to the five aggregates. However, the two exhibit contrary qualities, and thus t...
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: no birth without rebirth
Replies: 34
Views: 671

Re: no birth without rebirth

Hi doodoot , if third jhana is the threshold for one to attain clear sati , this is not difficult for bodhisatta . I think this talk of the third jhāna is a bit of a red herring. The phrase "mindful and clearly comprehending " ( sato sampajāno ) is used in many suttas that are not concerned with th...
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 101
Views: 1427

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

Dear Venerable. I have gained the impression from some of your forum posts that you appear to be a "royalist". Yes, in the sense that I have a mild preference for monarchies over republics and as a boy when attending English Civil War reenactments I would always cheer for the Cavaliers, not the Rou...
by Dhammanando
Fri May 18, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca
Replies: 101
Views: 1427

Re: Harry, Meghan and my Papañca

No_Mind wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:43 am
Why am I sort of depressed? Because everyone will be celebrating tomorrow but I can see the future ..
You can cheer yourself up with this delightful talk by historian David Starkey who takes a rather more optimistic view.

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by Dhammanando
Thu May 17, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

Bhante. Don't use a mirror to shave your hair? That, and when applying ointment to a sore, are the only occasions when a Vinaya-observant bhikkhu will look in a mirror. bathing What is this? Bhikkhus can bathe. Paccekabuddhas don't. parasol I know some monks use them. Yes, we're allowed to. But pac...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 16, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/snp/snp.1.03.than.html#fn-1 The hair and beard are just the first two items. The Niddesa's full list of gihibyañjanāni is: Gihibyañjanāni vuccanti kesā ca massū ca mālā ca gandhañca vilepanañca ābharaṇañca pilandhanañca vatthañca pārupanañca veṭhanañca uc...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 16, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 14
Views: 370

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

My question is why did the Buddha's Sangha shave their heads & beards rather than just let their hair grow freestyle? No reason is given in the Vinaya Piṭaka beyond the stock formula about householders complaining: Now at that time the group of six monks wore their hair long. People … spread it abo...
by Dhammanando
Wed May 16, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Does illegal downloading violate the 2nd precept?
Replies: 376
Views: 50152

Re: Buddhists and copyright

copyright infringement isn't theft because nothing is taken, In the Vinaya smuggling goods through customs to avoid paying duty on them is theft, even though nothing is taken. Here the theft consists not in taking but in evading what one ought to pay. I think those who argue that adinnādāna necessa...
by Dhammanando
Tue May 15, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Musings on Tantra and Mayahana (from: Tantric Theravada?)
Replies: 33
Views: 396

Re: Tantric Theravada?

Mahayana people never pay attention to the Agama all along . The Agama was kept in the library and the mahayanist don't bother to look at it . I don't think that was universally the case. Many a Ch'an/Zen master, for example, was also a Tripitaka master, and one didn't become one of those without k...
by Dhammanando
Tue May 15, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Labyrinths and Mazes
Replies: 9
Views: 176

Re: Labyrinths and Mazes

The Abbhantara Jātaka comes to mind. Next day, the queen lay down, as though ill, giving instructions to her maidens. The king sat upon his throne, under the white umbrella, and looked on at the dancing. Not seeing his queen, he asked a handmaid where she was. "The queen is sick," replied the girl. ...