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by Aloof
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No Wisdom without Jhana?
Replies: 78
Views: 3168

Re: No Wisdom without Jhana?

Dear Friends I have come across the following verses and I have never read before that the Buddha said there is no wisdom for one without Jhana, are there any other Sutta references that confirm this? There’s no jhāna for one without wisdom; No wisdom for one without jhāna. But for one with both jh...
by Aloof
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: STORY
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: STORY

A small ant size bug fell in the west coast of Indian sea from heaven. I have a question. Where is Indian sea? :namaste: A few km.away from my house and we locals call this sea as Indian sea, as this sea surrounds the east, west and south of India. What the world atlas calls this sea, I have to ref...
by Aloof
Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: STORY
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: STORY

yes, the answer came to me. In parable /simlie/ story.....The salt will be eaten away. Bugs will also perish as no salt is available. And then the sea bed will have a lot of salt in the form of mixture or compound .This salt will slowly and slowly go on adding. And one day the sea will become saltis...
by Aloof
Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: STORY
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: STORY

Greetings, If you are suggesting that the bugs are representative of a cosmic buddha, then no, they can't die because they are not born. But, honestly, as intriguing as the Story is, I'm pretty sure I'm not following the simile well at all. :namaste: I am very lonely on the topic of Buddhism. But I...
by Aloof
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: STORY
Replies: 17
Views: 778

Re: STORY

My question to all of you is whether the bug can perish in this process? Yes they can. In water ways in Sri Lanka there was a weed called "Japan Jabara" The authorities introduce a bug to eat them. When they ate all the weeds the bug also perished due to lack of food. Having said that your simile d...
by Aloof
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: STORY
Replies: 17
Views: 778

STORY

A small ant size bug fell in the west coast of Indian sea from heaven. He/she/it found out that if he eats the salt from the sea water, he grows in strength. So he grew to a certain size and then later he started multiplying. This started creating a small pool of fresh salt-less water in the vast se...
by Aloof
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could a person experience any levels of Dhamma without prior knowledge?
Replies: 19
Views: 782

Re: Could a person experience any levels of Dhamma without prior knowledge?

Could a person experience any level of Dhamma understanding (insight knowledges, stream entry, spotless vision of the Dhamma or literally any inkling of Dhamma) without any prior knowledge of the Dhamma? In the Mahayana naturally this is said to happen all the time, up to and including becoming enl...
by Aloof
Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Exactly WHAT was the Buddha
Replies: 14
Views: 1217

Re: Exactly WHAT was the Buddha

As per Theravada, Buddha was an intelligent ordinary person like us who put up an effort to become a Buddha. AND ANY ONE CAN BECOME BUDDHA WITH THE SAME EFFORT AND INTELLIGENCE. As per Mahayana, he was the ruler of Gods,Brahmas, stars,galaxis and milkiways.He was like us an ordinary person in some v...
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

tiltbillings wrote: The problem is that I am not following the hinayana, which the Buddha did not teach, nor do I need the Mahayana, which the Buddha did not teach.

:) For me full existence is following Buddha. It is not a religion. It is way of life. So the problem does not exist.
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

Thanks, Nice supporting article. You are welcome, however it may not be supportive in the way that you think. Later, the article states: In my own view, both paths (or vehicles) — the arahant path and the bodhisattva path — can be seen as valid expressions of the Buddha's teaching. However, they mu...
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

]So, what is your point here? Stop knowing history. Stop reading sutras. Stop discussing forums. Develop small vehicle by joining vipassana courses. In other words if we do as you are suggesting here, then should eventually see our way to the Mahayana? Yes. When you have cleared obstacles in your b...
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

[quote="L.N."]Aloof, if you are interested:



Thanks, Nice supporting article.
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

tiltbillings wrote:]So, what is your point here?
Stop knowing history. Stop reading sutras. Stop discussing forums. Develop small vehicle by joining vipassana courses.
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

One can not become a mahayanist by reading and mastering sutras . He must meditate with the SMALL VEHICLE. And then he should seek blessing of a guru/god if link is estabilished.
In that respect small vehicle is MOST IMPORTANT.
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

tiltbillings wrote:And your point is that we need to move on from the "small vehicle" to the Mahayana because that is where the truly true truth is?

Definately not. Small vehicle is the foundation. Stonger it is better it is. One should never move away. When the time comes it will automatically happen
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

]The Theravada was in place as a school before the rise of the Mahayana and well before the Mahayaqnists coined the ugly word hinayana. After Guatam died , Indian scholars totally rejected Buddhism and Guatam Buddha and China became the centre of Buddhism. Hinayana word disappeared in between this ...
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

Our day to day body without meditation is full of obstacles. When we attend vipassana 10 day course. We have to move awareness all around the body. The small vehicle is not able to move as obstacles are everywhere and our awareness has to clear the obstacle or we have to lift the vehicle to other pl...
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Re: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

Paul Davy wrote:Greetings Aloof,

And the interest or relevance of this to Theravada Buddhists is what exactly?

Metta,
Paul. :)
Theravada also develops the small vehicle like hinayana. The name is changed because of conflict between mahayana and hinayana.
by Aloof
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning
Replies: 30
Views: 1368

Hinayana- Mahayana-Lotus sutra....new meaning

(I am a hindu with no buddhist around me to teach me. Nor I have needed one. My inner eye has provided me all the teachings I needed). This is what I was taught ..... Hinayana........Hin means small. Yana means vehicle. A vehicle that can only work inside your body. This vehicle if properly handled ...
by Aloof
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: lotus sutra
Replies: 39
Views: 1959

Re: lotus sutra

[quote="Aloof" So why do you think its "higher beings" other than your own mind providing the answers? Where's the evidence? [/quote][/quote] :) :) . Find out your answers[/quote] or wait, and if I survive this forum, you will have a lot of writings from my side for you to judge. By the way what ar...