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by Dhamma_Basti
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?
Replies: 84
Views: 8790

Re: Is postmodernism "a product of sheer stupidity" according to Buddhism ?

I think the Yogācārins will agree that there is no elephant. But it is however very very difficult to make concrete statements about the Buddha's understanding of the existence of an objective/outside reality. As far as my understanding goes, these positions do belong to later strands of Buddhism, e...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 8374

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

How is a female Buddhist supposed to intend to keep the first precept, given the possibility that she could become pregnant in a rape, and keeping such a pregnancy (and/or keeping the child) would most likely ruin her life and her chances to earn a livelihood? If she doesn't have the fundamentalist...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept
Replies: 111
Views: 8374

Re: Female Buddhists, rape, and the 1st precept

In my eyes a highly interesting question and worth to rise. Supposed a 16 year old girl, coming from a financially/emotionally weak family without the members being able to support her in the process of raising the child, get's raped, can totally see how carrying out the child would ruin her life. N...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sat May 27, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage, first Asian country to do so
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage, first Asian country to do so

Having nuns (or monks) execute wedding ceremonies is certainly another topic that's worth to discuss, but I think the legalization of same-sex marriage is a great thing. Taiwan is really a very progressive country!
by Dhamma_Basti
Sat May 27, 2017 3:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?

chownah: First of all I can only talk about the concept of Ālayavijñāna, since I have not done any serious reading on Bhavāṅgacitta and my only way to relate to this concept of the Theravādins is by referring to secondary literature. But also my understanding of Ālayavijñāna is also limited at best ...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sat May 27, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?

I think you must be referring to Bhavāṅgacitta (有分識). I think we are still having trouble to understand what purpose exactly this Bhavāṅgacitta served and whether it can really be seen as analogous to Ālayavijñāna or not. Within current scientific discourse Bhavāṅgacitta is speculated to be a foreru...
by Dhamma_Basti
Fri May 26, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Why Alaya Vinnana and Manas is not supported in Theravada?

Actually they are Mahāyāna-sources who do say that Theravāda supports Ālayavijñāna in the form of Bhavāṅgacitta. Quite prominently by Vasubandhu for example. I wonder whether there are refutations/responses to these claims from the Theravādins side? I didn't find anything yet, but I also didn't look...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sun May 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali Term: Ārammaṇa
Replies: 3
Views: 2474

Re: Pali Term: Ārammaṇa

One note on the root: According to Mayrhofer the root in old indo-aryan language for rambha 'pillar' is rabh, labh being a later variant (with a slight change in semantic meaning, but not a dramatic one). Prefix ā should not change too much here, maybe emphasizing the 'support'-aspect. Generally spe...
by Dhamma_Basti
Sat May 20, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is bhavangacitta?
Replies: 19
Views: 3650

Re: What is bhavangacitta?

Mhhmmm. I think there are still aspects of the bhavaṅgacitta that need to be understood properly and I reach the limits of my mental capability when I try to make the abhidhammic model work for me. Maybe there is something that I fundamentally got wrong, and certainly my understanding of pāli abhidh...
by Dhamma_Basti
Thu May 18, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik
Replies: 31
Views: 5008

Re: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik

This basicly means that, according to Oberlies some dialect, splitting from the same root-language at an earlier stage, later developed into Pāli. Isn't it even simpler and more elegant to simply note that some Prākrits (like Pāli) preserved different elements of their common Indo-European heritage...
by Dhamma_Basti
Thu May 18, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is bhavangacitta?
Replies: 19
Views: 3650

Re: What is bhavangacitta?

I have to excuse myself I am not an abhidhamma-scholar even though I would like to learn more about it. In what way does the Patthana provide solutions to the problems pointed out by Waldron? I am by the way not very found of american scholarship simply out of the reason of the sometimes low quality...
by Dhamma_Basti
Thu May 18, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Kamma, Vipaka and Rebirth
Replies: 42
Views: 9781

Re: Kamma, Vipaka and Rebirth

My other find in the library yesterday was Gethin, Rupert. 'Bhavaṅga and Rebirth According to the Abhidhamma.' in The Buddhist Forum . Vol III. T. Skorupski and U. Pagel (eds.), London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, pp. 11–35. Gethin works through the details of bhav...
by Dhamma_Basti
Wed May 17, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: What is bhavangacitta?
Replies: 19
Views: 3650

Re: What is bhavangacitta?

A little bit more recently William Waldron devoted a whole chapter of his book "The Buddhist Unconscious: The Alaya-vijñana in the context of Indian Buddhist Thought" on the bhavaṅga-citta in theravāda-abdhidhamma. I found it very worth reading.
by Dhamma_Basti
Wed May 17, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik
Replies: 31
Views: 5008

Re: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik

Yep not later than early to mid fourth century B.C. , with the common view among indologists that he must have lived somewhere between 7th and 5th century, give and take 200 years in both directions. Dating of Pāṇini certainly is still to be debated, but since he described the language of the Brahma...
by Dhamma_Basti
Mon May 15, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik
Replies: 31
Views: 5008

Re: The Buddha spoke pali by Stefan Karpik

I'm glad you agree. Moreover, as Oberlies writes, Pali does not descend from Vedic. This he's not saying. as he puts it is "[Pāli]not a direct continuation of Ṛgvedic Sanskrit; rather it descends from a dialect (or a number of dialects) which was (/were), despite many similarities, different from Ṛ...