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by thomaslaw
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: SN 19.1 Aṭṭhi Sutta. A Skeleton.

There are plenty of parallels in the Agamas, preserved in Chinese, but currently no translations on Sutta Central. https://suttacentral.net/sn19.1 :heart: Mike Hi A comparison of this SN 19 Lakkhana Samyutta and its Chinese version is presented by Choong Mun-keat in the following article pp. 78-81 ...
by thomaslaw
Sat May 19, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

The Chinese versions (SA 892, 899, 900, 897) are all located in the Nidana Vagga, which is called the Zayin song in the Chinese, according to Choong Mun-keat's recent article, in pp. 12-3, 23: “A comparison of the Pāli and Chinese versions of Okkantika Saṃyutta, Uppāda Saṃyutta, Kilesa Saṃyutta and ...
by thomaslaw
Fri May 18, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

Hi The textual structure of this SN 18 Raahula Samyutta is similar to SN 25-27 (Okkantika, Uppaada, and Kilesa Samyuttas). Thomas About these Samyuttas and their Chinese versions, see the following recent article by Choong Mun-keat: “A comparison of the Pāli and Chinese versions of Okkantika Saṃyut...
by thomaslaw
Wed May 16, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: Cakkhu Sutta SN 18.1. The Eye, etc.

Hi

The textual structure of this SN 18 Raahula Samyutta is similar to SN 25-27 (Okkantika, Uppaada, and Kilesa Samyuttas).

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Thu May 03, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Can we become Buddhas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1176

Re: Can we become Buddhas?

Hi

Why do we need to become Buddhas, if dhammas are anatta?

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Dhammas

Hi Dhammas (conditioned phenomena), e.g. khandhas, Ayatanas, not only should be seen as they really are as anicca (impermanent), dukkha (suffering), anatta (not-self), but also should be seen as they really are as rittaka (void, without reality), as tucchaka (insubstantial), as asaaraka (lacking es...
by thomaslaw
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 8
Views: 737

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

Stiphan wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:54 pm
The Buddha was born 566BC, attained Enlightenment 531BC, and passed away in 484BC. Just for your information. (Yes he died at the age of 82. Don't worry about how I know this. It's true.)
Good on you! :clap: :jumping:
by thomaslaw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Cambodia's 10 precept nuns
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: Cambodia's 10 precept nuns

If the nuns are allowed to stay in Buddhist temples, it seems they are just the same as monks who are supported by the communities. The main issue is economic support for their living.
by thomaslaw
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Dhammas

anthbrown84 wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:56 pm
Is this concept the same as the mahyana view on emptiness?
What is 'this concept'?
by thomaslaw
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Reference on "clinging to thought characteristics"?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: Reference on "clinging to thought characteristics"?

A similar teaching of 'one who guards the sense-doors' (indriyesu guttadvaaro) is also found in SN 35.198 and SN 35.120 (cf. Choong Mun-keat, The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism, pp. 97-98).

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Re: Dhammas

Hi It seems nibbana (cessation of dukkha, of dhamma) (= dhamma-nirodha) is not a dhamma? I could not find SN suttas state the Buddha as saying that nibbana is a dhamma (?) But, a SA sutra, SA 293, states the Buddha as saying that nirvana/nibbana is a dharma (see The Fundamental Teachings of Early Bu...
by thomaslaw
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Dhammas
Replies: 23
Views: 895

Dhammas

Hi Dhammas (conditioned phenomena), e.g. khandhas, Ayatanas, not only should be seen as they really are as anicca (impermanent), dukkha (suffering), anatta (not-self), but also should be seen as they really are as rittaka (void, without reality), as tucchaka (insubstantial), as asaaraka (lacking ess...
by thomaslaw
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Buddha's skin colour
Replies: 68
Views: 13612

Re: Buddha's skin colour

Knowing what we know now, such as DNA and all that good stuff, it makes perfect sense...I haven't seen Indians with "forty teeth", Most adults have 32 teeth. Among these teeth are 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars (including 4 wisdom teeth). Most people have a complete set of adult ...
by thomaslaw
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Piya Tan
Replies: 17
Views: 995

Re: Piya Tan

Thanks for the website information about the Dhamma works by Piya Tan. He certainly has done a very good job for those who want to know about Buddhism and spiritual happiness. But it seems that he uses and claims to be studying Early Buddhism is actually investigating Pali Buddhism.

Thomas
by thomaslaw
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?
Replies: 34
Views: 1416

Re: Is the idea of multiple "degrees" of Arhat a later development?

... So even if the Chinese were original, it doesn't necessarily mean Jhanas are unnecessary. It could be suggesting the exact opposite, in fact. According to Choong Mun-keat, the knowing of the four noble truths is part of the practice, which includes practising 'concentrative meditation' (pp. 237...