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by chownah
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)
Replies: 14
Views: 182

Re: If most human beings go to a lower birth, why are NDE's "98% happy" experiences? (according to this guy)

There is a saying: Close only counts in horseshoes and handgrenades. There is another saying: Close....but no cigar. You can google them if you don't know what they mean. A near death experience is close to death....but.....being close to death doesn't count as being dead....being close to death is ...
by chownah
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 143

Re: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?

That will include all metabolism and brain activity. I'm not sure but I'll assume you are replying to my last post: It might include all metabolism and all brain activity but then again it might not....it would depend on the individual person doing the meditation. If the person doing the meditation...
by chownah
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?
Replies: 15
Views: 143

Re: Calming body fabrications - what does it mean?

"[1] Breathing in long, he discerns, 'I am breathing in long'; or breathing out long, he discerns, 'I am breathing out long.' [2] Or breathing in short, he discerns, 'I am breathing in short'; or breathing out short, he discerns, 'I am breathing out short.' [3] He trains himself, 'I will breathe in...
by chownah
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1048

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

There are these four ways of being inclusive . Cattārimāni, bhikkhave, saṅgaha vatthū ni— You are showing sangahavatthu as being translated to "inclusive" while nyanatiloka's dictionary shows: Sangaha-vatthu: the 4 'ways of showing favour' are generosity, kindly speech, beneficial actions, impartia...
by chownah
Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1048

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

B. Bodhi has 'impartiality' here instead of 'equality' and refers it to conduct. B. Bodhi does not appear to depart from the meaning of "equality"; both in his translation and in his footnote. In his footnote, B. Bodhi says "samānattatā" literally means "equal" to "oneself". AN 9.5 is about "saṅgah...
by chownah
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words
Replies: 63
Views: 1048

Re: A perspective on understanding the Buddha's words

Or in other words, the understanding of language might not fully describe the meaning of the teachings of the Buddha. The above appears to contradict the Dhamma Refuge, which say the Dhamma is well-spoken by the Blessed One. It seems it is due to not understanding language that misunderstanding ari...
by chownah
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: non-Theravada ideas about Viññanam Anidassanam
Replies: 157
Views: 1818

Re: non theravada ideas about vinnanam dassana

As nearly as I can tell the theravada scriptures do not show the buddha being nihilistic concerning self....nihilism means that something that exists is destroyed.....in my understanding the buddha teaches that whatever ones takes to be self is done through ignorance of the way things really are and...
by chownah
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: This is our view. You may take whichever you like. ~ Ledi Sayadaw
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: This is our view. You may take whichever you like. ~ Ledi Sayadaw

Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:23 pm
:anjali:

That is your view.


:heart:
That is your view.
chownah
by chownah
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the life like in Brahama Worlds?
Replies: 13
Views: 263

Re: What is the life like in Brahama Worlds?

On the brahama worlds when you want to get away from it all and just kick back and relax you can take trip to the brahama keys and eat brahama key lime pie!
chownah
by chownah
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?
Replies: 14
Views: 356

Re: What is the reason sexual abstinence ranking number 1 ?

This is referring to bhikkhu precept , isn't killing karma is heavier than sexual activity ? Maybe it's to do with likelihood and the frequency of temptation? Isn't male sangha and female sangha living separately ? And lay people are supposed to distant themselves from monastic community if not att...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Isn't mindfulness absurd?
Replies: 59
Views: 1317

Re: Isn't mindfulness absurd?

Srilankaputra,
Thanks for the explanation.
chownah
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Dhammanando, What is your guess as to how long it will be before english catches up with sinhala , thai, and ookameung? If you mean "catch up" in the sense of publishing English translations of those Pali texts that have up to now only been translated into Asian languages, then going by present tre...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Arupa is mind only being
Replies: 50
Views: 1063

Re: Arupa is mind only being

It seems that you are talking about non-human beings like devas etc......things that exist on some of the 31 planes of existence.....but.....it seems that mostly people here are discussing relative to regular old human beings (like you and me) when in some sort of meditative space.....I think that ...
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Dhammanando,
What is your guess as to how long it will be before english catches up with sinhala , thai, and ookameung?
chownah
by chownah
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries
Replies: 22
Views: 438

Re: Tipitaka translation in Buddhist countries

Not really. Thanks to the internet that the Buddhas' teaching is available in multiple languages. In Sri Lanka, you can access the whole Tipitaka in the Sinhalese language. You said not really but it seems to me that having the whole tipitaka and commentaries available in sinhalese is a lot better....