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by Will
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is not appropriate to term suffering as Noble truth of suffering
Replies: 7
Views: 167

The Nirvana Sutra is a Tathagatagarbha sutra. Like all those ten or so sutras it emphasizes the positive nature of nirvana. Much of Mahayana negatively emphasizes the disappearance of suffering as nirvana. Just as this sutta quote has both positive & negative descriptors for Nibbana - I put the posi...
by Will
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 702

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Do Mahayana Buddhist believe in the four noble truths and the eight fold path? If so what scripture do they get these teachings from? Mahayana has their collection of sutras, shastras & abhidharma - the Three Baskets or Tripitaka. They include all the Nikayas and the rest of the Pali canon. So thei...
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Divine Stories
Replies: 2
Views: 1287

Re: Divine Stories

It has been a few years but now volume 2 of these tales is out:

https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/divine-stories-0
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Great Disciples of the Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

Re: Great Disciples of the Buddha

Was dipping into this uplifting book today, so am bumping the thread up into easy view again. It is still in print I assume, also e-book format.
by Will
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reading Mahayana books
Replies: 35
Views: 702

Re: Reading Mahayana books

Luis R: What scripture does Zen follow? In the beginning of Chan, the Lankavatara Sutra was a principle one. Later on the Platform Sutra of Hui-neng, along with Diamond Sutra & Surangama Sutra were influential. But there was strand of Chan that was anti-sutra or anything written, as time passed that...
by Will
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Repentance Cultivation
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Repentance Cultivation

I have heard of using the Four Right Exertions as part of a regular practice of repentance from our many vices in this life and past lives. Anyone have a more detailed outline of said practice?
by Will
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Feedback on Charts explaining the realms of rebirth
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Feedback on Charts explaining the realms of rebirth

Greetings bhante, My point is that the Buddha achieved bhava-nirodha, and as such didn't exist on any plane of existence . That being so, rather than attributing these as places one can be reborn at the end of this lifetime, they are places that (theoretically) one can arrive as quickly as a strong...
by Will
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1166

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

The Pali tradition of practice has certain keynotes, I would surmise (under correction of course) that one of them is avoiding the use or indulgence in, of personal desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds. Tantra does use desire-filled thoughts, words & deeds, that is why it is consider a dangerous pa...
by Will
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

Poor budo, what a pitiable outlook of us as 'meat machines' living in an almost random universe. You are missing the great joy in the Dhamma. Ever read the Agganna Sutta (DN 27, I think)? It is a sort of genesis taught by Buddha. Here is one verse: 10. 'There comes a time, Vasettha, when, sooner or ...
by Will
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there an equivalent to Tantra in Theravada Buddhism?
Replies: 79
Views: 1166

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

Here is a Mongolian tantric practicer defining the three Dharma paths of cultivation: Buddhist tantra presents a profound reinterpretation of the mode of practice of the standard Buddhist path. Chöjé Ngawang Palden states: In general our Master (Śākyamuni Buddha) taught three types of conduct: (1) t...
by Will
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

I think that all religions have a vested interest in maintaining social cohesion in their respective domains and children honoring their parents as a general societal norm is a strong component of social cohesion.....hence, religions promote it almost universally. chownah Not just religions, but so...
by Will
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

Prager gives many reasons to honor both parents, which is not love. The fact that people are contemptuous of the Dhamma is common as dirt. It sounds more like your failure to proselytize is what bothers you, more than their reaction. Also consider that without your parents you would not even exist, ...
by Will
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

OK, sorry, let me rephrase that. I didn't mean that the Chinese ideas were all derived from the South Asian ideas! What I meant was that the suttas I referred to are in the Pali Canon, so they are unlikely to be there because of Chinese influence. :heart: Mike I did not read you in that way, no nee...
by Will
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

mikenz66 wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:29 pm

Those are Pali suttas, so it seems clear that the ideas originated in South Asia...
:heart:
Mike
Assuming ideas come from texts, texts also come from minds, whether human or deva. The similarity, even identity of key spiritual notions has little to do, I suspect, with texts or geography.
by Will
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Rational Bible: Exodus
Replies: 17
Views: 297

Re: Rational Bible: Exodus

Hi Will, do you think there is any connection with those ideas and with the suttas discussed in this thread? Brahma Sutta AN 4.63. Brahma Sutta. Translated by Bhikkhu Sujato A family where the children honor their parents in their home is said to live with Brahmā. https://dhammawheel.com/viewtopic....