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by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ten grounds Vs Eighteen grounds of a schism
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Ten grounds Vs Eighteen grounds of a schism

Can you please share your thought, which one do you think is the most accurate translation? :anjali: te imehi dasahi vatthūhi Thanissaro: On the basis of these eighteen grounds... Bodhi & Sujāto: On these ten grounds... All three translators have treated the case as ablative in form but locative in...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Reading Mahayana books

. As to where they learn them from, with the Tibetans the primary source is probably Vasubandhu's auto-commentary to his Abhidharmakośa; with East Asians it's the Āgama sūtras and/or the older strata of Prajñāpāramitā sūtras. Interesting thank you. Would the Agama sutras and Prajnaparamita sutras b...
by Dhammanando
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Do Mahayana Buddhist believe in the four noble truths and the eight fold path? If so what scripture do they get these teachings from? I once met a member of Soka Gakkai who had never even heard of the four truths and eightfold path, but I think this was rather exceptional. In general Mahayanists wi...
by Dhammanando
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Reading Mahayana books

I think there are many similar examples of teachings created in all traditions of Buddhism to fit a form. Wherever Buddhists set great store by lineage, lineages will be invented. In the case of China, I think nearly every major school concocted a lineage of Indian and Chinese patriarchs for itself...
by Dhammanando
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Reading Mahayana books

It seems to me, the reason Chan Buddhism traces their 'lineage' back to Mahakasyapa is because of the incident where a large group of monks were gathered and the Buddha produced a flower and held it up before the assembly. Mahakasyapa was the only one to smile and this was thought of as 'transmissi...
by Dhammanando
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 717

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Zen also puts special emphasis on the Buddha's disciple Kashyapa, who in the suttas is famous for being the leader of a type of sadhu matted-hair fire sect who converted and brought all his followers with him, increasing the Buddha's monastic sangha exponentially overnight, shortly after his enligh...
by Dhammanando
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ten grounds Vs Eighteen grounds of a schism
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Ten grounds Vs Eighteen grounds of a schism

The question is, why are they different, which one is the correct one? Thanks. One is preserved in the the Anguttara Nikāya's Book of the Tens and so perforce must comprise ten items; the other is in the Vinaya Piṭaka, where it is not subject to such a numerical constraint. Both lists are correct, ...
by Dhammanando
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology
Replies: 10
Views: 248

Re: in my opinion the buddha knew science and technology

Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. https://suttacentral.net/dhp/en/buddharakkhita From the defilement of the mind are beings defiled. Fr...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Shambhala international
Replies: 17
Views: 288

Re: Shambhala international

LuisR wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:53 pm
Yeah. I wish I had my own Kingdom.
You can find one here.
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 341

Re: What is merit?

and how does merit 'reside' or come into existence, As with any sort of cetanā , the proximate cause of merit is the associated dhammas, with the three wholesome roots, attachment, aversion and delusion, being the most significant of these. A typo, perhaps. Should be the opposite. ...with the three...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is merit?
Replies: 30
Views: 341

Re: What is merit?

Could someone explain what is merit, exactly? Santānaṃ punāti visodhetī ti ‘puññan’ ti. "It cleanses and purifies the mental continuum, thus it is called 'merit'." It consists in the wholesome volition ( kusala cetanā ) present on any occasion of dāna, sīla or bhāvanā performed by a non-arahant. Wh...
by Dhammanando
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Gradual practice
Replies: 90
Views: 3035

Re: Gradual practice

And again, I repeat, I don't know anyone and never heard of anyone (except that Nepali meditator) who could at least somehow confirm such claims - meditation teachers included. May I ask what you mean when you speak of the Nepali boy being able to confirm his claims? Are you referring just to his a...
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Should Buddhist monks read a passage from Sutta Pitaka when attending to funeral blessings?
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Should Buddhist monks read a passage from Sutta Pitaka when attending to funeral blessings?

mikenz66 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:55 pm
Bhante, is this the passages listed here?
Yes. And then on the day of the cremation this one is chanted just before the pyre is lit:

https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/Chant ... n0045.html
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: milestone for western Theravada:
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: milestone for western Theravada:

Wizard in the Forest wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:31 pm
And I can't edit it for some reason, so I'll just have to accept the embarrassment
Done. :)
by Dhammanando
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin
Replies: 19
Views: 320

Re: On Impossibility of Guiding the Dead to a Better Destination by the Living Kin

Pattidāna is a non-canonical term which appeared in the commentaries which were written around 500 C.E. (about 1,000 years after the Buddha). The commentators present pattidāna as corresponding to that which in the suttas is denoted by the verb dakkhiṇaṃ anupadeti . "In five ways, young householder...