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by rohana
Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda
Replies: 28
Views: 4820

Re: The Heretic Sage- Interview with Bhante Ñāṇananda

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

The Heretic Sage has now been published in PDF format here.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Excellent!
by rohana
Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 16 Stages of insight?
Replies: 9
Views: 885

Re: 16 Stages of insight?

There is, however, an emphasis on one out of them clearly discernible in the progression of insight They are OK as a rough sketch. I think such sketches tend to downplay the fact that in both the Mahasi and Goenka practices quite a lot of concentration is developed by the practice (abdominal rising...
by rohana
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 16 Stages of insight?
Replies: 9
Views: 885

Re: 16 Stages of insight?

See Bhikku Analayo's "The Dynamics of Theravāda Insight Meditation" for his comparative analysis of the insight knowledge schemes found in the Paṭisambhidāmagga, Visuddhimagga, and the Vimuktimarga.
by rohana
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The right Right View
Replies: 135
Views: 5564

Re: The right Right View

Is transformation really dependant on (intellectually) understanding all the subtle concepts of doctrine? Considering that people who successfully attained the path during the time of the Buddha included beggars and slaves who probably had little to no training in logical thinking or analysis, I su...
by rohana
Fri May 29, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 15131

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

... It's interesting to me, as well, that the Vinaya rules regarding monks and alcohol use and sexual activity were developed after the Sangha had formed, long after the Buddha rose up from his seat at the Bodhi tree. As I recall (imperfectly), the rule against consuming alcohol was instituted afte...
by rohana
Fri May 29, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 15131

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

So now you're saying sex with your wife is an unwholesome act not encouraged by Buddhism??? Of course. “Householder, suppose a dog, overcome by hunger and weakness, was waiting by a butcher’s shop. Then a skilled butcher or his apprentice would toss the dog a well hacked, clean hacked skeleton of m...
by rohana
Thu May 28, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Possibility of Stream Entry
Replies: 63
Views: 4798

Re: Possibility of Stream Entry

In this discussion between Sam Harris and Joseph Goldstein, Joseph talks about an experience which he had (around the 6 minute mark), which could very well be stream entry. He doesn't claim it to be stream entry, but simply describes it as the "experience of zero" and later in the discussion he says...
by rohana
Tue May 26, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 15131

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

As for prostitution, I really don’t understand why so many western Buddhists have this idée fixe about there being something inordinately evil in a man’s paying a woman to have sex with him. That's rooted deep down in the history of christian marriage in Europe since the middle ages. I think this m...
by rohana
Tue May 26, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 15131

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

This blog post by Bhikkhu Sujāto provides some discussion on the third precept: Interpretation of the third Precept pericope Ven. Dhammanando's reading of the precepts regarding prostitution seem to be pretty standard to me. A lay man/woman not in a committed relationship is not breaking the precept...
by rohana
Tue May 19, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sexual misconduct and prostitute
Replies: 203
Views: 15131

Re: Sexual misconduct and prostitute

steve19800 wrote:Prostitution existed in Buddha's time but is there any reason why it is not included in the list of 'prohibited' person?
Perhaps because whether it's sexual misconduct or not would depend on the person sleeping with the prostitute? (e.g. a married person vs. an unmarried person.)
by rohana
Wed May 13, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: watching rise and fall
Replies: 116
Views: 6364

Re: watching rise and fall

tiltbillings wrote:

    • It is not something special, and it is nothing at all to hang onto, and it is not something that comes by thinking alone. It is such an experience that gives one's contemplative/meditative Dhamma life, meaning, and direction.
:goodpost:
by rohana
Wed May 13, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: watching rise and fall
Replies: 116
Views: 6364

Re: watching rise and fall

Why must we assume that the hindrances need to be addressed in the exact same manner every time? If the hindrances are strong, then that means concentration is weak. When concentration is weak it is difficult to maintain mindfulness, so you can instead seek to eradicate the hindrance. Once concentra...
by rohana
Wed May 13, 2015 3:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: X-anity = Buddhism - breathing mindfulness
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: X-anity = Buddhism - breathing mindfulness

Bhikkhus, in the past, there was a Teacher called Sunetta, one free of greed who helped to cross the ford. The Teacher Sunetta had innumerable hundreds of disciples .Bhikkhus, this Teacher taught, to be born in the world of Brahma. Those who completely knew the dispensation of Sunetta, after death,...
by rohana
Tue May 12, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"
Replies: 390
Views: 31390

Re: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"

rohana, just in case you missed this from the OP: The purpose of doing this is to give members access to these writings, a place to discuss them, and an opportunity to understand what he was describing. That is all. ...So after this review the participants will have the opportunity to evaluate how ...
by rohana
Tue May 12, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"
Replies: 390
Views: 31390

Re: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"

Of course much of Ven. Ñanavira's credibility depends upon how much one accepts phenomenology as a way of interpreting experience. Over the decades it has become more than just a philosophy and has come to influence a wide range of disciplines in the human sciences. One thing to keep in mind is tha...
by rohana
Tue May 12, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"
Replies: 390
Views: 31390

Re: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"

I think quotes from the Suttas would be more relevant, since we're interested how the Buddha understood and taught intention, not what Heidegger thought. (Unless you're suggesting that Heidegger had attained the lōkōttara wisdom.) Ven. Ñanavira's Notes on Dhamma is full of references to Heidegger, ...
by rohana
Tue May 12, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"
Replies: 390
Views: 31390

Re: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"

Ven. Ñanavira draws a distinction between intention and intentional intention. In the school of phenomenology intention is the very source of the intelligibility of things. As Christiane Bailey explains, quoting Heidegger: ... I think quotes from the Suttas would be more relevant, since we're inter...
by rohana
Tue May 12, 2015 6:34 am
Forum: Modern Interpretations
Topic: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"
Replies: 390
Views: 31390

Re: A Review of Ven. Ñānavīra's "Notes on Dhamma"

tiltbillings wrote:The interesting question is cetanā being used in the suttas in a more everyday manner, or is it more consistent with a highly refined Western philophical manner?
Whichever even someone like Suppabuddha the leper would have understood.
by rohana
Fri May 08, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The State Of Asian Buddhism
Replies: 22
Views: 1692

Re: The State Of Asian Buddhism

The bottom line is that in Asia, most Buddhists don't have and never had access to the suttas -- the teachings of the Buddha. This would have been the state of affairs all the way back to the Buddha's time. Suttas were not meant to be books, but rather repositories of information. We think of books...
by rohana
Fri May 08, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Thanissaro/radical acceptance
Replies: 167
Views: 11302

Re: Thanissaro/radical acceptance

Alex123 wrote: Can you directly perceive anicca that happened billions of years ago?
Can you directly perceive anicca that will happen in billion years in the future in some distant galaxy?
Not sure what you mean by 'directly perceive' but it can be imagined and contemplated; e.g. Sattasūriya Sutta.