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by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Momentary 'experience'
Replies: 181
Views: 7297

Re: Momentary 'experience'

The progression for attaining liberation/nibbāna experience is described in SN/SA in the following series of five stages (Choong Mun-keat, The Fundamental Teachings of Early Buddhism , p. 53): 1.passati, sammā-passaṃ, sammādiṭṭhi (i.e. seeing the five aggregates/six sense spheres as anicca, dukkha, ...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)
Replies: 18
Views: 767

Re: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)

Pali (literally "text") is based on a dialect from the region of Ujjeni (Ujjayani), capital of Avanti, in western India. The Pali canon is part of the early Buddhist texts. Only this Pali version from one of the early Buddhist schools has been preserved intact. Most of the other early Buddhist text...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)
Replies: 18
Views: 767

Re: The Reliability of the Early Buddhist Texts (Pali Canon)

Greetings. Although this book is available on Amazon in print form, it is also available online from Oxford University as a free PDF. Written by two bhikkhus, all of the falsehoods leveled against the Pali Canon are examined and refuted one by one in this short and highly readable book. Sadly, I us...
by thomaslaw
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana
Replies: 114
Views: 6175

Re: What needs to be done so that Theravada is never called Hinayana

Theravadins do not agree that Theravada is Hinayana, but they don’t do things that will stop it forever. Theravadins can draw the attention of the Mahayanists to the fact that Nibbana is a self-existing dharma (Nibbana exists independently, apart from any experience, after the death of Arahant - th...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: About Buddhist hell . .
Replies: 26
Views: 3052

Re: About Buddhist hell . .

See the Devadūta Sutta Thanks for the posting. The Buddha in the sutta teaches clearly about the conditions of hell, and its connection with King Yama. It seems King Yama is the king of hell? No such a king of hell is mentioned in the SN suttas. But some descriptions about various forms of tormente...
by thomaslaw
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: requesting help from devas
Replies: 19
Views: 3520

Re: requesting help from devas

Requesting help from devas seems found in the Pali chanting, such as chanting Aradhana (Invitation to Devas). But not sure what kinds of offering should also be presented to devas in the ritual?
by thomaslaw
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?

They are not practiced one by one, from the first to the 8. Of those, right view is the forerunner. And how is right view the forerunner? In one of right view, right resolve comes into being. In one of right resolve, right speech comes into being. In one of right speech, right action... In one of r...
by thomaslaw
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?

One can attain right concentration without right view. The two are not the same practice. Any singleness of mind equipped with these seven factors — right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort & right mindfulness — is called noble right concentration with i...
by thomaslaw
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?

sentinel wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:53 am

Maybe i misunderstand something , in the 8FP , isnt it starting with right view develop together until right mindfulness before arriving at right concentration ?
They are not practiced one by one, from the first to the 8.
by thomaslaw
Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1282

Re: Without right view can one attain right concentration ?

One can attain right concentration without right view. The two are not the same practice.
by thomaslaw
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The supportive god, Brahma
Replies: 13
Views: 971

Re: The supportive god, Brahma

It seems there is no Pali text indicating clearly Brahma is the supportive god for the Buddha, and/or for the Buddhist followers, although Brahma requested the Buddha to teach the Dhamma to the world. But Brahma is worshiped alongside with Buddhist rituals, particularly in Thai tradition, for person...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)
Replies: 51
Views: 1733

Re: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)

DooDoot wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:19 am

* The Buddha praised Sariputta for abiding in sunnata

* The Buddha did not praise Sariputta for abiding in asara
Correct. Empty of sara and of asara (sunnata).
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)
Replies: 51
Views: 1733

Re: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)

Flawed logic. Flawed logic of Nagarjuna appeared to be the following: * Dependent origination is sunnata * Sunnata is dependent origination * Asara is sunnata * Sunnata is asara The right view of the Buddhas is: * Dependent origination is sunnata * Sunnata is not dependent origination * Asara is su...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)
Replies: 51
Views: 1733

Re: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)

The five aggregates are void of self, hence void of sara and asara (sunnata). Both "sara" and "asara" are sunnata (void of self). Flawed logic; the same as Nagarjuna. Sunnata does not mean void of asara & sara. While both "sara" and "asara" are sunnata (void of self); sunnata (void of self) is not ...
by thomaslaw
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)
Replies: 51
Views: 1733

Re: SN 22.95 Phena Sutta is not about emptiness (sunnata)

DooDoot wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:51 am
thomaslaw wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:48 am
So, the five aggregates are void of sara and asara.
No. I didn't say this. I said five aggregates are void of sara. I said five aggregates are full of asara.
The five aggregates are void of self, hence void of sara and asara (sunnata). Both "sara" and "asara" are sunnata (void of self).