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by SarathW
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 467

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: 467

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: 1193

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: 373

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: 467

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: 5712

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: 373

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: 102

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

The way I understand Vitakka and Vicara is the mind talking (speech).
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?
Replies: 39
Views: 519

Re: What is the difference between the Theravada and Mahayana concepts of Buddhahood?

Buddhism does not reject the existence of god and god like qualitis.
Nibbana is beyond even the god-like state according to Sutta.
I actually heard Ven. Getsunma is giving a talk to that effect.
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

giving up the grosser posture, he takes up the more refined one.
Good point.
But It won't tell whether you can't be in first Jhana when you are walking.
I am not sure whether there is a refined speech.
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

Thanks Retro
Which means, I can't even walk if I am in first Jhana?
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Nissarana Vanaya
Replies: 26
Views: 467

Re: Nissarana Vanaya

Mainly because even the best places in Sri Lanka are overly influenced by the Abhidhamma and commentaries.
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This is surprising . What is the reason for it?
Why do they give less emphasis to Sutta?
by SarathW
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Why speech ceased in first Jhana?
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

Why speech ceased in first Jhana?

Considering the fact the First Jhana comprise of Vitakka, Vicara (wholesome) I can not understand why speech has to be ceased in first Jhana.
What is the mental state we have when we speak?