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by Dhammanando
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Theravada anti creativity?
Replies: 17
Views: 258

Re: Is Theravada anti creativity?

With respect to creativity the Theravada amounts to a happy middle way that successfully avoids the two extremes of Gothic Zen and Baroque Vajrayana.
by Dhammanando
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?
Replies: 17
Views: 383

Re: Is Dependent Origination deterministic?

I think it is for this reason that the Buddha said that the only true miracle is when a person comes to believe in the Buddha Dharma. Can you give a link to the sutta, please? It's a popular (though inaccurate) paraphrase of the third kind of pāṭihāriya in the Kevaṭṭa Sutta , DN 11. See also: David...
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

Regarding: "Usually they're just called "the seven Buddhas of this auspicious aeon" or something of that sort." Are the seven Buddhas ever sort of collectively referred to as a set with a certain term? Like perhaps a one-word term to refer to the set of seven Buddhas? I don't know. The Apadāna Comm...
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: micchā ditthi
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: micchā ditthi

auto wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:53 pm
it wasn't icchaka it was some other word, i wonder what it was.
Icchantika.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icchantika
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sperm Donation
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: Sperm Donation

Is donating sperm also dāna? It can be, though I doubt it would count as such if the semen were being donated merely for the purpose of impregnating someone. The Vinaya Piṭaka lists ten motives for masturbation on the part of males, of which three or four might be viewed as instances of dāna. 1. Fo...
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???

Thank you for your contribution Venerable Dhammanando however I find the above difficult to accept. I think any non-sotappana can practise the four agati. And most puthujjanas can manage to refrain from murdering their mothers. Nonetheless it's only after arrival at stream-entry that one is guarant...
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Modern Saddaniti translations?
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Modern Saddaniti translations?

Not in English, but there's a very fine Thai one by Sayādaw Gandhasārābhivaṃsa.

Edit:

And another Thai one (Dhātumālā only) by the Bhūmibalo Bhikkhu Foundation. A scanned copy of this is available online:

http://bhumibalo.org/?page_id=769
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

Do you know of any word that is used to refer directly to the "lineage" of seven Buddhas in the Nikayas I'm not aware of them ever being referred to by a term that means "lineage". Usually they're just called "the seven Buddhas of this auspicious aeon" or something of that sort. (as opposed to the ...
by Dhammanando
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: "Ariyasāvaka" in DN 31 for householders ???

Please kindly offer any linguistic or other scholarly insights. In the commentaries ariyasāvaka is sometimes defined in a manner that supports the remark from Bhikkhu Bodhi quoted earlier in this thread — that is, it's defined in a way that seems not exclude the virtuous worlding. For example, "An ...
by Dhammanando
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

Is this term also used within the Nikayas as well, such as in "DN14 Mahâpadāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lineage"? I wouldn't myself translate the apadāna in Mahāpadāna as "lineage". An explanatory rendering would be something like "trans-saṃsāric spiritual career". That is, the interval fr...
by Dhammanando
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

aag wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:17 am
Is this word the same or similar to lineage? Do you know the Sanskrit/Pali Pali words for these?
Gocara. Its opposite is agocara. They are sometimes translated as "one's own pastures" (= the four satipaṭṭhānas) and "foreign pastures" (= five kāmaguṇas).
by Dhammanando
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief
Replies: 27
Views: 398

Re: Are there Dhammayut groups without 'eternal citta' belief

When they talk about jit taeh, jit doem, jit borisut, jit arahan etc., I never heard a single time that anyone said the mind is eternal. The Thai phrases to google for are those that mean "citta that never dies", e.g., "จิตที่ไม่เคยตาย", "จิตที่ไม่ตาย", "จิตไม่ตาย", "จิตไม่เคยตาย", etc. Nearly all ...
by Dhammanando
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

aag wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:16 pm
What word would be appropriate/suitable if we are talking about the "lineage of Buddhas"?
Vaṃsa is used for this. A less common term is paveṇi.
by Dhammanando
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Lineage
Replies: 31
Views: 2315

Re: Lineage

I was checking to see whether the word "vamsa" was indeed and accurate translation for the word "lineage," but it seem from what you are saying, it is not. If we're talking about the ordination lineages of bhikkhus and bhikkhunīs, the relevant term is paramparā , which in its approved Vinaya sense ...
by Dhammanando
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Siddhartha was exiled?
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Siddhartha was exiled?

The Rohiṇī River incident is narrated in the Dhammapada Commentary.

https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/ ... /15-01.htm

The Wikipedia entry seems to added some fanciful details from modern Ambedkarite biographers of the Buddha.