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by Dhammanando
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Gandhabba
Replies: 37
Views: 1332

Re: The Gandhabba

It doesn't really make sense, if that's just it. Why not? If the gandhabba isn't an intermediate being, or intermediate state of being, what else would it be? In sammutisacca, a non-arahant who has just died. In paramatthasacca, I would suppose it to be the paṭisandhi-viññāṇā . Not that the comment...
by Dhammanando
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: The Gandhabba
Replies: 37
Views: 1332

Re: The Gandhabba

So the gandhabba is something like a "virtual being" in the manner of a "virtual particle"? As far as I understood, Commy just says that it is a dying person, that's it .) It doesn't really make sense, if that's just it. Why not? There has to be more material. Otherwise there is an antarabhāva. And...
by Dhammanando
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

One more point: in the first session some people find it easier if they copy the text and mnemonicons first, leaving the oral recital (stage 2) until last. Try both and see what works for you.
by Dhammanando
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

6. Pause and read the whole text again as in stage 5. Then copy out Mnemonicon C, this time attempting to recite the whole line after writing each syllable. As in stage 4 try to rely initially on your memory alone and cheat only when necessary. . Mnemonicon C.jpg 7. Transfer the merit of your dhamma...
by Dhammanando
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

5. Pause, take a deep breath and close your eyes for a minute or two to clear your head. Read the whole text again and then copy out Mnemonicon B using the same procedure as for Mnemonicon A.

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Mnemonicon B.jpg
by Dhammanando
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Sorry again for the delay. I’ve finally got a new power cord. I shall now describe the memorisation procedure for the first day. The material to be memorised comprises the preliminary homage, text title, chapter title and verses 1-12, making a total of 490 syllables. This is the text: namo tassa bha...
by Dhammanando
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero
Replies: 716
Views: 47049

Re: The teachings of Ven. Waharaka Abhayaratanalankara Thero

The pronunciation of the Middle Indic Prākrit called Pāli cannot be inferred from modern Sinhala pronunciation any more than Classical Latin's pronunciation can be inferred from modern Romanian pronunciation. Quite right! It is from how they are pronounced by modern Englishmen —not Romanians— that ...
by Dhammanando
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 787

Re: Bhikkhu Sujato's Four Nikaya translations as Ebooks—October 2018

StormBorn wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:57 pm

Do you have any clue for why BS wants a new translation?
He states his reasons here...

http://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/tra ... ikayas/341
by Dhammanando
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Dhammanando wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm

Tomorrow I'll post instructions
Apologies for the delay. The instruction file is on my laptop, whose battery is unfortunately flat and whose power cable is not working. I'll post the guide next week when the new cable comes.
by Dhammanando
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

Attached is the file for 31-day memorising of the Dhammapada. Tomorrow I'll post instructions on the method.
Dhammapada.pdf
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by Dhammanando
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?
Replies: 30
Views: 2008

Re: Memorizing Suttas - Methods?

im interested in the dhammapada:) I'm personally shooting for the Dhammapada. I know a mnemonic technique that will help you, but may I first enquire how much time per day you are able and willing to devote to it? There are about fifteen-and-a-half thousand syllables in the Pali text of the Dhammap...
by Dhammanando
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Self and Control
Replies: 16
Views: 551

Re: The Self and Control

But seriously, again, do you have a goeloe? What the hell is a goeloe? (I googled it, nothing came up.) It sounds like it might be a Welsh version of a gostak. :) "Suppose someone to assert: The gostak distims the doshes. You do not know what this means; nor do I. But if we assume that it is Englis...
by Dhammanando
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 801

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

Can you refer me to any source that says this kind of contraception is acceptable? As there wasn't any such means of birth control in the Buddha's day unsurprisingly there are no canonical teachings on the subject. So all we have are personal opinions ( attanomati ). Mine, as already stated, is tha...
by Dhammanando
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?
Replies: 23
Views: 624

Re: Why don't we follow Noble Tenfold Path?

But I would still be curious if the term "tenfold path" as such is found in the Suttas. I don't believe that it is. Not in the suttas, but just once in the commentaries we find the eightfold path + right knowledge and right liberation referred to as the "tenfold path" ( dasaṅgikamagga ). It's in th...
by Dhammanando
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Birth control and Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 801

Re: Birth control and Buddhism

If we can be a good Theravadin non-vegetarian Buddhist then why we can't be a good lay person who uses contraception, is there any difference? As I've already said, as far as abstention from killing is concerned there's nothing morally problematic about contraceptives, i.e., methods employed to pre...