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by SarathW
Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Sutta Central is fundraising for the year 2019.
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Sutta Central is fundraising for the year 2019.

Sutta Central is fundraising for the year 2019.
Great way to make a donation.

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by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?
Replies: 37
Views: 311

Re: What would you do if there is no rebirth ?

I will practice as today. Because I enjoy freedom from attachhments, enjoy seclusion, enjoy sense restraint, enjoy morality, enjoy meditation, enjoy simplicity... actually I shaved my head before meeting Dhamma, so it would be the same life for me I think ;) I think i was a monk i previous lives .....
by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?

If it were the case that rebirth doesn't exist, then why do the commentaries (J.v.125ff) say Mahamogallana was brutally murdered because he murdered his own parents in a past life . Wouldn't B. Buhaddasa then be anti-dhammapada and anti-commentaries? The Buddha explained, 'Bhikkhus! Considering tha...
by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Adultery precept: who is man/woman under protection?
Replies: 8
Views: 105

Re: Adultery precept: who is man/woman under protection?

I think woman under protection in today's terms could be women under the age of consent. (say 18 years old) However, this may include any women who depend on someone else such as disabled women, women in prison, women do not have a shelter etc. The common sense and the certain tribal laws to be appl...
by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine?

Ven. Buddhadasa - rejection of the re-birth doctrine? I haven't read any of the teching by Ven. Buddhadasa. I just happen to read the following. "Buddhadasa rejected the traditional rebirth and karma doctrine, since he thought it to be incompatible with sunyata, and not conductive to the extinction ...
by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?
Replies: 126
Views: 4365

Re: If I am reborn it is not me. So why I care about the rebirth?

I just surprised to find that what I am thinking is very close to the teaching of Ven. Buddhdasa! "Buddhadasa rejected the traditional rebirth and karma doctrine, since he thought it to be incompatible with sunyata, and not conductive to the extinction of dukkha.[7]" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bu...
by SarathW
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 20
Views: 320

Re: Ajahn Brahm

Too bad. There was a time the public could phone the monastery during an hour in the early evening. I spoke to Ajahn Brahm by phone once. :smile:
If I was Ahahn Brahm I would not talk to anyone on the phone. Perhaps via Dhamma Wheel. :tongue:
by SarathW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1257

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

It's interesting that she was a sakadagami and had depression. A modern trend found in some Buddhists is the "arahantification of sotapannas" believing sotapannas are almost on a par with arahants and here is the report of a sakadagami (much higher than a sotapanna) with depression. Yes. The sakada...
by SarathW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 608

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Nibbana is like a thread.
Thread with a knot (personality view or the consciousness ) is like the Samsara.
Unknotted consciousness (or released consciousness) is like Nibbana.
by SarathW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm
Replies: 20
Views: 320

Re: Ajahn Brahm

How was the experience? It was the same as being at any other Western Theravada monastery that I have stayed at in Australia or New Zealand, not much different. But 25 monks instead of the usual 3 or 4. It was good. .What caused you to leave? I suffer from recurring depression for the last 15 years...
by SarathW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 608

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

santa100 wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:49 am
The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Don't worry about that scenario. Worry about US forgotten about Him (ie. forgotten the cultivation of Sila, Samadhi, Panna, which is what He really represents).
:goodpost:
by SarathW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us
Replies: 67
Views: 608

Re: The Buddha hasn't forgotten about us

Buddha is not a person and the Nibbana is not a place.
by SarathW
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?
Replies: 22
Views: 250

Re: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?

whynotme wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:25 pm
Rebirth is like dreams, one day you are this person, another day you are another person in another world.

For the person in the dream, there is nothing common between two dreams. But still the same person
I think this is a good point.
Buddha said that consciousness is like a magicians trick.
by SarathW
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?
Replies: 22
Views: 250

Re: Is rebirth like changing someone's name?

Same person" makes this sound more like the Hindu model, where a soul is repeatedly reincarnated?
The only Arahant has eliminated self-identification.
by SarathW
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?
Replies: 90
Views: 1257

Re: Can a sotāpanna committ suicide?

What I take from this is, that there might be situations where a Sotapanna might indeed decide on the end of life, as he feels by definition neither a desire to prolong or to end life, but sees his duties fulfilled.
As far as I understand, Sotapanna has not fulfilled his duties.