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by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 34
Views: 314

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Saengnapha wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:06 pm
Bhante, no offense, but I remain unconvinced of your explanation.
Okay.
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 34
Views: 314

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Reference? LInk? It's the stock description of the attainment of stream-entry, found in dozens of suttas. The one I quoted is the MN's Brahmayu Sutta. Sutta Central links to Sister Uppalavaṇṇā's translation of it, which is probably rubbish. Here's the Ñāṇamoli/Bodhi one: https://tinyurl.com/ydejdl3k
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 34
Views: 314

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

Is Samma Ditthi perfected in a stream winner or is it still a work in progress? It's perfected. The Dhammacakkhu that arises at stream entry is "spotless" and "immaculate": Just as a clean cloth with all marks removed would take dye evenly, so too, while the brahmin Brahmāyu sat there, the spotless...
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?
Replies: 34
Views: 314

Re: How to exercise sense restraint in instances where aversion might arise?

I think this Analayo quote is optimistic at best. When Anālayo says "a stream-enterer is incapable of believing any phenomenon to be permanent," he is merely paraphrasing what the Buddha said. “It is impossible, it cannot happen that a person possessing right view ( diṭṭhisampanna ) could treat any...
by Dhammanando
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: General question about confession of wrong doing.
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: General question about confession of wrong doing.

Did the Buddha advise lay people to make such confessions? Yes and no. No in the sense that the Vinaya requirement for bhikkhus to regularly and methodically confess to each other any breaches in their training rules has no equivalent for householders. But yes in the sense that there is a narrative...
by Dhammanando
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?
Replies: 40
Views: 396

Re: If life is suffering, then wouldn't it be unethical to have children?

Yes, you are right. Perhaps I should word it the other way - Having children cannot be an unskillful act. :D It could be if the parents happen to have no sense of irony and are inspired to procreate after reading Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal : "A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year...
by Dhammanando
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: This Diagram
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: This Diagram

bhavanirodha wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:08 am
Thank you for the reply and the detail. I would then make out the half moon thingys to be the two types of body consciousness, accompanied by pain and pleasure. Does that sound right?
Indeed.
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3155

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Modus said a lot of things, many of which are in direct contradiction to Islamic teaching, for instance he is in complete denial of the common Islamic teaching that there is no compulsion in religion But this is a Meccan revelation. Members of the "heretical" Muslim sects referred to in my earlier ...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3155

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

But the interpretive principle that Modus referred to — that the Medina revelations abrogate the Mecca ones whenever the two conflict — is about as mainstream as you can get. Let me help you out here .... there have been some dissenting voices: Rejection of Naskh The principle of naskh is acknowled...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3155

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Well if you live in an Islamic country and publicly assert that half the Koran is heresy, maybe you would be charged with heresy. I'm not saying there is anything ideal about Islam, but stick to the facts don't make up fake interpretations to fit your own prejudices, the Koran is very difficult to ...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3155

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

Modus, You can't prove anything by quoting the Koran out of context, and making up your own interpretations in direct contradiction to those of recognized Islamic scholars. Whom do you have in mind? Which recognized Islamic scholar either rejects naskh / "abrogation", or interprets it differently f...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: This Diagram
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: This Diagram

It's an Abhidhamma chart of the 89 or 121 kinds of citta. Starting from the left... 1st column The first four rows are the 12 unwholesomes. The second three rows are the 18 rootless resultants. 2nd column 8 great wholesomes. 8 great resultants. 8 great functionals. The rest are the 15 refined-form a...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life
Replies: 92
Views: 1966

Re: I disrobed and returned to "normal" life

In Thailand Buddhism is strongly intertwined with social life and traditions, where monkhood is more a social role rather than a personal spiritual way of life. I think the kind of Thai monks you're talking about would probably reply that you're presenting a false dichotomy here. They would say tha...
by Dhammanando
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths
Replies: 179
Views: 3155

Re: Will certain Buddhists on DW please stop disparaging other faiths

I can find the quote shortly, but there exists a theologounemon popular in Protestant Revivalist circles, which justifies damnation in a way similar to the above. You'll find no end of quotes in this 140-page thesis on the subject: Trevor Johnson, Do the Saints in Heaven Behold the Sufferings of th...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Gods goddesses worship in Thailand
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Gods goddesses worship in Thailand

I am looking for website information about gods goddesses, such as Nangguk Nang Kwak (นางกวัก) or Thep Pakoranam, is the goddess of trade and is essentially the Hindu goddess Lakṣmī, though with a few Thai modifications (e,g., she rides on a pig rather than an owl). She’s mostly worshipped by Buddh...
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

mal4mac wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:26 pm
Here's an article on the "big money" being made by some holders of retreats. Samatha.org get some good press for being the least expensive!
And no charge at all for their online Skype course.
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

SarathW wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:22 am
Thank you, :bow: Bhante.
See also this talk by Lance Cousins, the co-founder of the Samatha Trust:

Samatha Meditation and Insight Meditation: Complementary or Competing?
by Dhammanando
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype
Replies: 9
Views: 200

Re: Looking for meditation guidance over Skype

Why is it called Buddhist Samatha meditation? Don't they teach Vipassana? The preferred approach of their Thai teacher, Nai Boonman, is samathavipassanā yuganaddha , the third of the four outlined in the Yuganddhasutta. “Then there is the case where a monk has developed tranquillity in tandem with ...
by Dhammanando
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Ordination in Thailand
Replies: 80
Views: 32707

Re: Ordination in Thailand

If one explains to the Asian donors that one is vegetarian/vegan, would they still consider it bad manners that one hasn't accepted part of their offering, would you say? It depends on the situation. When walking on almsround, for example, it would be unspeakably bad-mannered to refuse a donor's fo...
by Dhammanando
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: what skills are invaluable
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: what skills are invaluable

what should a layperson learn as a worldly skill before ordaining. None at all, in my opinion. Whatever practical skills you acquire you'll be called upon to exercise, which will be a distraction for you. Better to be like Chuang Tzu's useless tree. Shih the carpenter was on his way to the state of...