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by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99578

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:3 One of the ten kinds of masturbation described in Buddhaghosa's Vinaya Commentary is cal...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: masturbation what's wrong?
Replies: 550
Views: 99578

Re: masturbation what's wrong?

Certainly it could be considered a Judeo-Christian practice: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; (Ecclesiastes, 9:10) :tongue: Or Matthew 6:3 (at least as interpreted by comedic theologians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore): ... let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Pa Auk In The West
Replies: 32
Views: 4913

Re: Pa Auk In The West

I've observed that virtually all Ajahn Chah monks have earned their Independance/freedom from "Nissaya" at the 5-year mark of being a Bhikkhu (or shortly thereafter), such as myself, whereas the majority of Pa Auk/Galduwa monks have not (from what I've personally observed). Most of them (like 90 or...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 64381

Re: How common is stream entry?

I guess the distinction then is about how they got to the path of stream entry, their respective temperaments, etc? Yes. It's a question of whether the wisdom faculty or the faith faculty is predominant. I think there was a thread a few months ago where we discussed whether or not stream entry is d...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 64381

Re: How common is stream entry?

Does that mean it is possible to be a stream-winner without directly seeing nibbana? No. The consciousness that arises at the stream-entry path moment has Nibbāna as its object. And furthermore, does that imply that one who has directly seen nibbana is necessarily sakadagami or higher? No. All grad...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How common is stream entry?
Replies: 527
Views: 64381

Re: How common is stream entry?

A faith follower is not a stream winner. In the commentaries the saddhānusāri and dhammānusāri are both stated to have arrived at the path of stream-entry. Of course those who base their conclusions on the Suttas alone might arrive at some other view. But since you make recourse in your post to the...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: Grammatical Rules Regarding "vā"

. The English distinction between “either x or y” and “x or y” is merely stylistic, not semantic, and has no equivalent in Pali. In their discussion of vā Pali grammarians drew a distinction between vikappana and sampiṇḍana , that is, a disjunctive ‘or’ and a conjunctive ‘and’. Vikappana samaṇā vā ...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do plants feel pain?
Replies: 13
Views: 309

Re: Do plants feel pain?

Samannapala sutta is one sutta where the lines of differences in jainism and buddhism id seen. A research text " Jainism in Buddhist literature" written by Dr. Hiralal Jain in Vidyodaya university Colombo under the guidance of Dr. Ven Balangoda Ananda Maitri is a book which shows the differences an...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Catholicism and Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 394

Re: Catholicism and Buddhism

The veneration of Mary, by contrast, features almost from the beginning of Christian history. What about the story of the Buddha's mother & the white elephant, which sounds very much like a virgin birth or immaculate conception? Passages of the kind that you quote did lead some 19th century Western...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Catholicism and Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 394

Re: Catholicism and Buddhism

Who do you reckon came first? Kuan Yin or the Virgin Mary? Mary. Avalokiteśvara, a male Bodhisattva, didn't appear until mid-2nd century CE in the 25th chapter of the Lotus Sūtra and didn't undergo his Chinese sex change until several centuries later. The veneration of Mary, by contrast, features a...
by Dhammanando
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Feminism for men
Replies: 131
Views: 2907

Re: Feminism for men

Be prepared to also teach them why they keep getting friend-zoned, and walked all over, because their fathers taught them to pander to women, and act weird. What in particular in Biddulph's child-rearing advice would amount to teaching a boy to pander to women and to act weird? You missed the point...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Parajika
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Parajika

It's interesting he uses the word gangster eh? Fitting I guess The Pali has mahācora , lit. "great thief", and I.B. Horner rendered it so. But the version of the English Vinaya at Sutta Central has been greatly revised, in part to correct Horner's errors, but also to present the whole work in a muc...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: -yuṃ ending (randhayuṃ)
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: -yuṃ ending (randhayuṃ)

It looks like it's time for me to learn a bit more. Thanks! :reading: You do need to know the active voice optative endings as it's a very common grammatical mood... 1. -eyyāmi -eyyāma 2. -eyyāsi -eyyātha 3. -eyya -eyyuṃ And it can also be helpful to be able to recognize the middle voice optative e...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Parajika
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Parajika

Thanks Bhante, I'm guessing that during the Buddha's time that there were some charlatans profiteering from claiming to have special powers and taking advantage of people? Would that be a fair interpretation? I don't know if there's any mention of this being done in the early texts, but it wouldn't...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: Buddhist monk jumped off motorway bridge

I didn't know Colin, but to judge from the photos on his Facebook memorial page I would guess that he was relatively new to Buddhism, for as recently as 2015 he was pictured drinking and sea-fishing.

https://web.facebook.com/cnashwba/photos_albums

:candle:
by Dhammanando
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Parajika
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Parajika

The Vinaya's background story can be read here: https://suttacentral.net/en/pi-tv-bu-vb-pj4 "But in this world with its gods, its lords of death, and its supreme beings, in this population with its ascetics and brahmins, its gods and humans, this is the greatest gangster: he who untruthfully and gro...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: -yuṃ ending (randhayuṃ)
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: -yuṃ ending (randhayuṃ)

ctcrnitv wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:57 pm
randhayuṃ
Optative third person plural randheyyuṃ shortened to fit the metre.
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?
Replies: 57
Views: 1304

Re: Why does Dalai Lama do the things he does?

I have great objection to his treatment of his wife. I believe the appropriate British way to describe him would be - adulterous cad of a husband. I think only historically uninformed British would apply that label to senior royalty. For everyone else it's simply called normal behaviour for a Briti...
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 1228

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

Isn't this practicing rites and rituals? What the Buddha problematised wasn't rites and rituals but misapprehension of them. It's the parāmāsa in sīlabbata-parāmāsa that's the flaw, not the sīla or the vata . Sīlabbata-parāmāsa would be floating one's dish in the stream thinking: "By this performan...
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?
Replies: 90
Views: 1228

Re: Is Ganges river back flow in Varanasi?

How far did it go upstream?....a few centimeters? 80 cubits. But when the Bodhisatta had finished eating that milk-rice, he took the golden vessel, and said: “If I shall be able to-day to become a Buddha, let this pot go up the stream; if not, let it go down the stream!” and he threw it into the wa...