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by Tom
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2nd precept and milk and eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 38

2nd precept and milk and eggs

Is milking a cow and drinking its milk considered taking what is not given?
Also what about taking eggs from a chicken?
by Tom
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Question about kamma-vipaka
Replies: 8
Views: 463

Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

According to the Milindapañha there are only seven cases. The results of kamma are not quite the same as the results of hard work. If you work, you get paid a wage. If you donate, you make good kamma, and it makes you happy in the present, but the vipāka does not bear fruit at once. If one performs...
by Tom
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Why one meal a day?
Replies: 674
Views: 80532

Re: Why one meal a day?

Did the Buddha advocate one meal a day or only eating before noon for lay people?
by Tom
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha and sleep
Replies: 28
Views: 516

The Buddha and sleep

Did the Buddha recommend a certain time for sleep and for waking?
by Tom
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: question about Ajahn Lee's instructions
Replies: 1
Views: 152

question about Ajahn Lee's instructions

from: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/inmind.html "1. Start out with three or seven long in-and-out breaths, thinking bud- with the in-breath, and dho with the out. Keep the meditation syllable as long as the breath." my question is about the phrase "keep the meditation syllable as long...
by Tom
Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Looking for sutta

Was reading a sutta and it made me think of this thread Assalayana Sutta: With Assalayana MN 93 "Then the seven brahman seers said to the seer Devala the Dark, 'Now who is this, walking back & forth in the courtyard of the seven brahman seers like a village lout, saying, "Well, now, where have thes...
by Tom
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: vicikicchā and suttas that define it
Replies: 9
Views: 609

Re: vicikicchā and suttas that define it

At AN 1.15 and 1.20, the Buddha says that there is nothing more conducive to the arising and increase of doubt than unwise attention and there is nothing more conducive to the non-arising and decrease of doubt than wise attention, respectively. There may be a sutta where doubt is formally defined, ...
by Tom
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhana and Sensual Desire
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Jhana and Sensual Desire

If a putthujana attains first jhana, can sensual desire arise again for him before he dies? While I agree with bodom when taking a long time scale perspective, within one lifetime the picture is less clear. AN 4.123 mentions a jhana-attainer finding satisfaction and pursuing/indulging in the jhanas...
by Tom
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one dedicate merit to a specific goal in ones life?
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Can one dedicate merit to a specific goal in ones life?

Can you give us some examples of merits that will lead to become rich? This might help you “But then there is the case where a woman or man is a giver of food, drink, cloth, sandals, scents, ointments, beds, dwellings, & lighting to brahmans & contemplatives. Through having adopted & carried out su...
by Tom
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can one dedicate merit to a specific goal in ones life?
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Can one dedicate merit to a specific goal in ones life?

For example say someone wanted to become rich in their present life and they did deeds of merit and dedicated it to this goal, would this dedication effect the kammic result in that direction?
by Tom
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Dogs do it better"
Replies: 42
Views: 8044

Re: "Dogs do it better"

Hi Individual, The only thing that comes to mind is the Soṇa Sutta (AN. iii. 221-2), where the Buddha describes the five ways in which dogs are better than brahmins, owing to the latter's discarding of their ancient customs. It's one of a series of suttas where the Buddha decries how the brahmins o...
by Tom
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?
Replies: 9
Views: 341

Re: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?

Are supaṇṇas also animals? The commentaries classify supaṇṇas/garuḷas/garuḍas as birds, which would place them in the animal realm. But since, like nāgas, they have the power to assume human form, I would be inclined to call them super-animals too. Interesting, thank you Bhante 1. Are there any oth...
by Tom
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?
Replies: 9
Views: 341

Re: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?

As far as I understand, nagas are animals right (and thus unable to attain stream entry)? Or are they devas or something else? Nāgas are super-animals. Also are there non-Deva animals that live in the Deva planes? Most Indian Buddhist schools, including the Theravada, held that animal-like beings i...
by Tom
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?
Replies: 9
Views: 341

What realm do nagas belong to? And are there animals that live in the worlds of the devas?

As far as I understand, nagas are animals right (and thus unable to attain stream entry)? Or are they devas or something else?
Also are there non-Deva animals that live in the Deva planes?
by Tom
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Looking for sutta

Thank you both, however I’m not sure if that’s the one I’m thinking of
by Tom
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for sutta
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Looking for sutta

I vaguely recall a sutta where the Buddha or a disciple mentions that in the past there was a sage conversing with arrogant Brahmans and that the sage, via psychic power, made himself appear more and more handsome each time they expressed a negative attitude toward him. Does anyone have any idea of ...
by Tom
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supernormal Powers and Sense Desire
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Supernormal Powers and Sense Desire

L.N. wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:30 pm
Take a look at Chapter 13, Devadatta, in the following:
https://what-buddha-said.net/library/pd ... Buddha.pdf
Are you suggesting that in that chapter it suggests Devadatta still had sensual desires?
by Tom
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Supernormal Powers and Sense Desire
Replies: 10
Views: 414

Re: Supernormal Powers and Sense Desire

Yes. The power come from a foundation from past lives, he is capable of going into jhanas to have the power, when out of it, he has evil thoughts. I suspect for such a person, he will soon lose the ability down the drain and suffer the consequences due to kamma depending on what he has done. Do you...
by Tom
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skipping Jhanas
Replies: 14
Views: 454

Skipping Jhanas

Can one go directly to fourth jhana, skipping the first three?
by Tom
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Stream enterers and sexual desire
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Stream enterers and sexual desire

Does attaining stream entry decrease sexual desire?