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by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Four jhanas contradictions in suttas

I don't think it is necessarily a contradiction. SN 53.34 Nadi sutta states that a person who habitually cultivates the jhanas can be expected not to disrobe. AN 6.60 Hatthi sutta is more of a warning that a person with jhanas can backslide if he starts to mix with laity and eventually neglects his ...
by pilgrim
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet & Fitness
Topic: Insomnia
Replies: 17
Views: 1347

Re: Insomnia

Light meditation (i.e avoiding strong concentrated effort) is useful to rein in the mind from overthinking so that it settles down. But when one is close to sleep, one has to decrease the effort further so that the mind naturally rambles before it slips into unconsciousness. I usually prefer to use ...
by pilgrim
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Chanting and Bowing
Replies: 20
Views: 395

Re: Chanting and Bowing

Among the last 5 fetters to overcome before one attains Arahantship is Mana; Conceit. Bowing to the Buddha is just beginning to scratch this monster which must eventually be destroyed.
by pilgrim
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?
Replies: 16
Views: 370

Re: Can dhamma practitioner read non dhamma books?

I wouldn't want to sit in an airplane piloted by a Buddhist pilot who hasn't read the plane manual.
by pilgrim
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Venerable Webu Sayadaw
Replies: 21
Views: 5172

Re: Venerable Webu Sayadaw

Although Webu Sayadaw's practice was primarily Anapanasati, he had a very close relationship with U Ba Khin and inspired him to teach. U Ba Khin also ordained under Webu Sayadaw for a short period.
https://www.vridhamma.org/Venerable-Webu-Sayadaw
by pilgrim
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 59
Views: 1511

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

ihrjordan wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:32 pm
How so? The Buddha never said he wasn't an avatar of lord vishnu
Poor reasoning.
I never said I'm Jesus Christ either. So am I him?
Those who make claims have to present their evidence.
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia

Buddhism is going to die, it's already nearly dead from within due to splintering/counterfeit Buddhism, how many self-proclaimed Buddhists actually read the suttas? Most of them are Mahayana and Zen and from other traditions. Buddhism is going to die from the outside as well. The Buddha already sai...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia

Buddha said the biggest threat to Buddhism come from within. This. Buddhists historically have an incredible knack for routing Mohammadanism. Its aggressive inroads into Burma are not even making waves against a Nobel-Peace-Prize winning Pacifist. .... On the other side of the coin, I highly doubt ...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 342

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

This article indicates it is possible that Rebirth has not occurred up to 30 minutes after the heart stops beating on its own. In the US there was a recent case where a toddler was revived 2 hours after drowning.
https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h418
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 342

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

We can't say it is nonsense unless we can clearly remember what happened in our previous death ( and even if you do, your death may not be characteristic of all deaths). Modern medicine recognises clinical death; when the heart and breathing stops. But Buddhism teaches us real death only happens wh...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 342

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

We can't say it is nonsense unless we can clearly remember what happened in our previous death ( and even if you do, your death may not be characteristic of all deaths). Modern medicine recognises clinical death; when the heart and breathing stops. But Buddhism teaches us real death only happens wh...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?
Replies: 20
Views: 342

Re: Is it true a person is untouchable if just passed away ?

We can't say it is nonsense unless we can clearly remember what happened in our previous death ( and even if you do, your death may not be characteristic of all deaths). Modern medicine recognises clinical death; when the heart and breathing stops. But Buddhism teaches us real death only happens whe...
by pilgrim
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Symbolism and Blasphemy
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Symbolism and Blasphemy

A symbol that is more consistently used across all Buddhist traditions is the dhamma wheel, or images of the Buddha. The "om" symbol is not really representative of Buddhism as a whole. Please do not use the image of the Buddha in the logo. The Buddha image is traditionally worshipped as representa...
by pilgrim
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Three Threats to Buddhism in Asia

"Buddhist scholars attending the 1st Makhapuja International Conference on ‘The Future of Buddhism in Asia’ have warned that consumerist trends within the monastic order and aggressive proselytism by Islamic and Christian groups are a threat to the future of Buddhism in Asia." https://www.indepthnew...
by pilgrim
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.
Replies: 12
Views: 199

Re: Minimum size of the Organism we should care about.

It makes sense only if they are creatures one can be reborn as. If one can't be reborn as virus, bacteria, coral polyps, amoeba and the like, there is no reason to consider these as sentient life. The difficulty is identifying which these creatures are as they are more likely to be sentient as their...