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by chownah
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Guanyin

Do you all think that a being like Guanyin / Avalokiteshvara could exist within a Theravada worldview? No, most Mahayana bodhisattvas is overpowered like a Buddha, which is wrong. It depends on how we interpret the ṛddhipāda. "Having been one, he becomes many." The Universal Gate of Avalokiteśvara ...
by chownah
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Guanyin

Thanks, chownah. That does add another kind of complexity to the issue. I'm now wondering whether it's more accurate to say your Theravada is narrower than your wife's (and the Theravada of most people in your community), or to say that Theravadin wats tolerate irreligious elements, as you seem to ...
by chownah
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Guanyin

I think this should be in the Connections to Other Paths subforum.....unless guanyin is mentioned in the pali tipitaka. chownah That's an astonishingly narrow view of Theravada, coming from someone who can visit dozens of very definitely Theravadin wats within a day's travel from home (unless I'm o...
by chownah
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Guanyin
Replies: 28
Views: 1171

Re: Guanyin

I think this should be in the Connections to Other Paths subforum.....unless guanyin is mentioned in the pali tipitaka.
chownah
by chownah
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahants and penile erection
Replies: 94
Views: 5480

Re: Arahants and penile erection

Could this have happened to the buddha?
chownah
by chownah
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahants and penile erection
Replies: 94
Views: 5480

Re: Arahants and penile erection

The question in this scenario is whether the monk's action, deplorable as it was, amounted to a violation of the first pārājika rule (prohibiting sexual intercourse) or the third pārājika rule (prohibiting the deliberate killing of a human being). In both cases the answer is no, since the monk didn...
by chownah
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahants and penile erection
Replies: 94
Views: 5480

Re: Arahants and penile erection

At one time a monk was lying down in the Jātiyā Grove at Bhaddiya, having gone there to spend the day, and he had an erection because of wind. A certain woman saw him and sat down on his penis, and having taken her pleasure, she departed. The monks, seeing the moisture, informed the Master. “Monks,...
by chownah
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

I agree with you completely that if a persons actions are consistent with the law then they are "not breaking" the law but I think there is a distinctly differnt meaning when it comes to "obeying" and "following" the law. I don't think there is a different meaning because I did not intend for there...
by chownah
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

Impossible to say until first knowing what the law of the land is and whether or not following it would be unethical. I think it depends on what is meant by obeying the law of the land. If ones own ethics coincides with the law of the land one could act consistent with the law but one could be doin...
by chownah
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

Impossible to say until first knowing what the law of the land is and whether or not following it would be unethical. I think it depends on what is meant by obeying the law of the land. If ones own ethics coincides with the law of the land one could act consistent with the law but one could be doin...
by chownah
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

As for lay people, I think more specifics of the apparent discrimination would need to be known, in order to see how the suttas apply. Yes, I also think it depends on the specifics. For example, if there's a law that all men must wear a hat when they go outside; that wouldn't be such a big deal and...
by chownah
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Secular Law
Replies: 33
Views: 913

Re: Theravada and Secular Law

There is right view with effluents and right view without effluents. With effluents is concerned with being in the world while without effluents is concerned with being apart from the world I think. I think that most people fall into a category where they ascribe to both in varying degrees. Those pe...
by chownah
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sight turns off during meditation?
Replies: 15
Views: 415

Re: Sight turns off during meditation?

If I meditate in the moonlight then my vision goes. I find after a while my eyes start stinging at which point I notice that they have been open for some time but without me seeing anything. I’ve not had this happen during the daylight hours. Perhaps because of more stimulation? During Jhana, which...
by chownah
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sight turns off during meditation?
Replies: 15
Views: 415

Re: Sight turns off during meditation?

I think that the essence of this issue is presented from 9:15 to 9:50 in the video. He is not talking about just during meditation but about sight in general. I have experienced this many times when not meditating.....it does take some concentration but the concentration is to relax the eye and keep...
by chownah
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Conditioned conciousness
Replies: 19
Views: 480

Re: Conditioned conciousness

The impulse to create theories about this or that is itself the manifestation of conceit. If conceit goes unnoticed in the moment it arises it is inevitably pursued and ... trapped. It is a matter of milliseconds! How to speak about conceit without using words or theories? How to use language? It's...