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by SarathW
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: You can't improve indefinitely!
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: You can't improve indefinitely!

Where does he say it? he says that if you do good you are gold chained if bad then iron chained.
Maybe in another video.
He mentioned that if we sharpen the knife too much it will get blunt soon or ware out.
by SarathW
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: You can't improve indefinitely!
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: You can't improve indefinitely!

What he is saying is if we are trying to be good we end up with being bad.
How could this be?
by SarathW
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: You can't improve indefinitely!
Replies: 5
Views: 85

You can't improve indefinitely!

You can't improve indefinitely!
What does it mean?

by SarathW
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?
Replies: 65
Views: 387

Re: Do you believe in the infallibility of the Buddha's word?

The only way to test the infallibility of the Buddha's word is to practice his teaching.
by SarathW
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 80
Views: 1265

Re: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?

Alan Watts gives a brief description of Tantra.
It appears he followed the same path.

by SarathW
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 503

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

"Whatever doctrine and discipline taught and made known by me will be your teacher when I am gone."
:goodpost:
by SarathW
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 503

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

As you might have heard the commentary tradition holds that the Abhidhamma was actually the word of the Buddha.' But clearly it is not. In my opinion, Sutta knowledge of Dhamma without Abhidhamma is lame. The Abhidhamma knowledge without Sutta is blind. Vinaya Pitaka = Sila (virtues) Sutta Pitaka =...
by SarathW
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?
Replies: 34
Views: 1210

Re: Na Uyana or Mahamevnawa?

It's easy to criticize people and situations we actually know nothing about. Agree. This is the general attitude towards Sangha in Sri Lanka. There is not much respect for the Sangha even though outwardly it is not obvious. This is the result of too many corrupted monks, not following the Vinaya an...
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 15
Views: 378

Re: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

SDC wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:35 am
If the monastic in the video isn't Theravadin then this belongs in "Connections...". Let me know if I should move it.
Please move
Thanks
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 503

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

I agree however that if one intends to ordain at a place, it makes sense to agree with the main teacher's interpretation or at least listen to his instructions. Otherwise one isn't really taking him as one's teacher. I think finding a right teacher is the biggest hurdle of being a monk. More you kn...
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Are we in this earth to attain Nirvana?
Replies: 39
Views: 5721

Re: Are we in this earth to attain Nirvana?

This is a very old post.
I always thought that all sentients are striving for Nibbana.
I never knew it is a Mahayana thought.
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?
Replies: 15
Views: 378

Why Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves?

"Westerners can't extend loving kindness to themselves"
I heard above statement from many teachers more than once.
I still can't understand the reason behind this.

by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 103

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

The way I understand Vitakka and Vicara is the mind talking (speech).