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by EricJ
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Experience (of?) Nibbana
Replies: 83
Views: 8171

Re: Experience (of?) Nibbana

And what is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path? The discernment, the faculty of discernment, the strength of discernment, analysis of qualities as a factor of Awakening, the path factor of right view in one developing the noble path whose mind is noble, who...
by EricJ
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Experience (of?) Nibbana
Replies: 83
Views: 8171

Re: Experience (of?) Nibbana

Somewhat related question: And what is the right view that is without effluents, transcendent, a factor of the path? The discernment, the faculty of discernment, the strength of discernment, analysis of qualities as a factor of Awakening, the path factor of right view in one developing the noble pat...
by EricJ
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

First of all, I apologize for giving you the moniker "Sunshine" instead of "Sunrise" when quoting you in my previous post. I have had some tendency to conflate the two words when quoting you for some reason unbeknownst to me. This is truly my last post on this topic. Birth has several different mean...
by EricJ
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:40 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: your home altar/shrine
Replies: 179
Views: 51875

Re: your home altar/shrine

Very beautiful, JC. Just out of curiosity, where did you get that tapestry? I have been looking for just such an item online, with little success.

Regards,
Eric
by EricJ
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

Personally I think the Buddha taught rebirth for morality mostly for the people who already believed in it and there are places that he has talked about it as subjective reasoning not as an ultimate truth. For example: In MN 68 he seems to have said that he talked about it not to deceive people or ...
by EricJ
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

Or maybe it is given as if "they say this happens" not as "I know this happens". "I am actually not completely convinced that the Buddha taught rebirth for any other purpose than for morality. He taught it in different ways to different audiences. There are also many ways to look at his recollectio...
by EricJ
Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

He does not explicitly reject comments on it because that's not the point of the discussion. The point of the sutta is that such realizations (either eternalist or nihilist) have an underlying sense of self in them which is wrong view. Remove that and questions of rebirth will be irrelevant. The Bu...
by EricJ
Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

Another thing I forgot to mention (possibly because I hadn't finished my morning coffee :tongue: ) was that in the Brahmajala Sutta, 62 wrong views are enumerated and none of them are explicitly about "literal rebirth"-denial or "literal rebirth"-acceptance... they focus instead on variations of th...
by EricJ
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

Well, I'm not sure specifically who he was addressing this to and what they believed but you'll find his pragmatic and non-evangelical approach detailed in... MN 60: Apannaka Sutta http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.060.than.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Metta, Retr...
by EricJ
Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

This is a good point. The Buddha of the Pali Canon was much more interested in discouraging eternalism and annihilationism, than in actively encouraging rebirth-belief in those who didn't care much for it. Metta, Retro. :) Is there an example of a disciple in the Pali Canon who didn't care much for...
by EricJ
Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Website suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Website suggestions?

Thanks for the responses, guys. I am just looking for a tapestry with a Dhamma wheel and a low table. This is the Buddharupa I'm getting: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003DZC4KS/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=A1XY8KFCCJE22F" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. I'll probably have my Dhamma...
by EricJ
Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Website suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Website suggestions?

I am starting college, and I've decided to set up a little shrine in my dorm. I'm looking for a shrine table and a tapestry/wallhanging (preferrably with a Dhammacakka print), but I'm not having much luck.

Any suggestions, experienced shrine-makers?


Regards,
Eric
by EricJ
Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

I really don't think that there is anything wrong with the term "rebirth." The meaning of the Latin prefix "re-" is "again." Clearly, the notion of literal rebirth implies birth again and again and again. What is birth? I'd say that it's the arising of aggregates. There is "nothing" and "nobody" whi...
by EricJ
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11944
Views: 568658

Re: Word Association Game

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by EricJ
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll
Replies: 229
Views: 14122

Re: I Believe in Literal Rebirth - Poll

I voted yes, based on my understanding that "rebirth," in a Buddhist context, refers to an impersonal process of shifting causes and conditions. There's nothing inherently special or different about the falling away and arising of depersonal aggregates when compared to other constantly changing caus...
by EricJ
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Religion?
Replies: 72
Views: 4322

Re: Buddhism, Religion?

Though month after month for a hundred years one should offer sacrifices by the thousands, yet if only for a moment one should worship those of perfected minds that honor is indeed better than a century of sacrifice. Though for a hundred years one should tend the sacrificial fire in the forest, yet...
by EricJ
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Word Association Game
Replies: 11944
Views: 568658

Re: Word Association Game

Gulliver's Travels (Brobdingnag)
by EricJ
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati Tetrad: Spontaneous or consciously willed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: Anapanasati Tetrad: Spontaneous or consciously willed?

Thanks thereductor and IanAnd. I peruse the meditation forum quite a bit, and, as a relatively new Buddhist who currently focuses on the development of samatha qualities and jhana, I have gained a great deal of help from the posts you two contribute in topics related to the subtleties of this practi...
by EricJ
Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Buddhism, Religion?
Replies: 72
Views: 4322

Re: Buddhism, Religion?

I consider Buddhism to be the most profound expression of human religious sentiment [although I'm a bit biased ;D]. I don't find this thought alienating, and I don't think that "religion," "philosophy," and "Dhamma" are mutually exclusive terms. I look at that sutta quoted by Dukkhanirodha as discou...
by EricJ
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati Tetrad: Spontaneous or consciously willed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Anapanasati Tetrad: Spontaneous or consciously willed?

I am mostly asking this opinion with regard to the "samatha variant" of anapanasati. The title is fairly self-explanatory. I've tried both myself. I find that allowing it to happen spontaneously leads to a greater refinement of the breath/concentration and a more concrete sense of the "unity of brea...