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by Raga Mala
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: Agganna Sutta
Replies: 1
Views: 605

Re: Agganna Sutta

This is one of my favorite Suttas. For a long time the refrain was my signature.

Whose translation is this?
by Raga Mala
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Do you smoke?
Replies: 68
Views: 4760

Re: Do you smoke?

Did not respond to the poll because I found no category which describes my habits. The most accurate answer would be "I smoke and don't intend to quit," but since the category seemed to be cigarettes, and the verb "smoke" implies a habitual action, this would give the wrong impression. I smoke occas...
by Raga Mala
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Danger of Vipassana
Replies: 52
Views: 6095

Re: Danger of Vipassana

Hillstrom proceeds from the assumption that realizing no-self and impermanence represent pathologic/psychotic states: in other words, her underlying assumption for her ill-colored representation of our meditative experiences is that the realizations or wrong. Or to put it simply, Hillstrom believes ...
by Raga Mala
Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"
Replies: 91
Views: 12605

Re: Regarding the absence of "JCSuperstar"

Wah, I am speechless. Had no idea this had occurred. Silly that I happened to visit a forum I'd not been on in months to hear this news. I met James a few times. He was an extremely warm and genuine person, and he loved the Dhamma. Doubtless he has a few positive rebirths in store. Best wishes to Ja...
by Raga Mala
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 106137

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

With all respect, Bhante, While I agree with the general principle that Sangha issues should be, as you say, "discussed and resolved" within the Sangha, it is troubling when this is done in a way contrary to Vinaya principles, or cotnrary to commonsense principles. Ajahn Sujato rightly points out ma...
by Raga Mala
Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Replies: 566
Views: 106137

Re: Bhikkhuni Ordination performed - by Ajahn Brahmavamso

After spending the last several hours reading about this controversy (which until yesterday I did not even know was raging so heavily), I can only state that I agree with the action taken by Ven. Brahmavamso and co. Ajahn Sujato's blog is the best resource, because in it he references all the applic...
by Raga Mala
Fri Nov 06, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Expulsion of Ajahn Brahm from the FSN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

Re: The Expulsion of Ajahn Brahm from the FSN

Hey all, Sorry I am new to this story...what is the reason for this, or the stated reason? Is there a link to a statement by WPP that I can read for more background on this? I find Ajahn Brahm to be a great teacher and his teachings have been a great help to me, I hope that this will not affect his ...
by Raga Mala
Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: An Ajaan at My Temple
Replies: 0
Views: 594

An Ajaan at My Temple

Ajaan Niran, a monk at my temple, is preparing to leave and return to Thailand in a few days. His English is very poor. A conversation I had with him: ME: Ajaan, are you happy to be going back to Thailand? NIRAN: I...happy...and...not happy. ME: What do you mean? NIRAN: I happy and not happy, becaus...
by Raga Mala
Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: FOR ALL ANCHORAGE-AREA FOLKS (late notice)
Replies: 0
Views: 330

FOR ALL ANCHORAGE-AREA FOLKS (late notice)

Any Anchorage-area Buddhists or their non-Buddhist, or Buddhist-curious friends are welcomed to attend a sort of open house tonight at Wat Alaska. 2309 D St, by the intersection of Fireweed and C st (behind O'Reilley's Pub).

Please arrive before 7:45.

Peace!
by Raga Mala
Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Re: New Buddhist, I can't wait to learn from you all.

Whoa! Ben! Would you believe it, but I never made the acquaintance of bodhmonastery.net !? What a great resource! Thanks for sharing, I'll be there often.

Adam: Welcome. :smile:
by Raga Mala
Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching Theravada to College Students
Replies: 19
Views: 2127

Re: Teaching Theravada to College Students

The Prof's notes on my proposed outline: > THERAVADA BUDDHISM INTRO FALL ‘09 > > SESSION ONE, OCT 19TH, “INTRODUCING THE THERAVADA” > > I. What does Thera-vada mean? > > > > > > II. Distinguishing Theravada from Mahayana > > A. Historically > > > > B. Modern World > > > > C. Terminology > > 1. > “Hi...
by Raga Mala
Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Looking for online resources for a friend
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

Re: Looking for online resources for a friend

Greetings Ed, Yes, it's something soft and warm I'm after. Something targeted at those with low self-esteem who would benefit from "awakening to the sacred" to steal a term off Lama Surya Das. Metta, Retro. :) "Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung" by Ajahn Brahm is pretty tender stuff, though some o...
by Raga Mala
Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A new interpretation of the Pali Canon
Replies: 107
Views: 8675

Re: A new interpretation of the Pali Canon

On point 2. What I mean is that arahant is used to refer to those who have completed the noble eightfold path, it is also used for those who are fully enlightened ( tathagata ). It is also used for those on the higher tenfold path which leads to full enlightenment. So this conceals the two highest ...
by Raga Mala
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:21 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Comments?: Correspondence on Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1984

Re: Comments?: Correspondence on Buddhism

jhana.achariya wrote:
Raga Mala wrote:To what specific part of the correspondence are you referring?
I recall your prof wished to include the Western perspective on 'self'.
I am still not able to pinpoint the quote of hers you are referencing. Clarification?
by Raga Mala
Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching Theravada to College Students
Replies: 19
Views: 2127

Re: Teaching Theravada to College Students

Where do the Four Noble Truths fit in there? As I tried to make clear, a general Buddhism overview is not my purpose--she will already have covered 4NT, and while they are important, I prefer to spend my limited time discussing what I am meant to discuss (i.e. the Theravada) rather than reviewing b...
by Raga Mala
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching Theravada to College Students
Replies: 19
Views: 2127

Re: Teaching Theravada to College Students

Here's my working outline for now: THERAVADA BUDDHISM INTRO FALL ‘09 SESSION ONE, OCT 19TH, “INTRODUCING THE THERAVADA” I. What does Thera-vada mean? II. Distinguishing Theravada from Mahayana A. Historically B. Modern World C. Terminology 1. “Hinayana” 2. “Nikaya Schools” D. Similarities and inter-...
by Raga Mala
Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:02 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Comments?: Correspondence on Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1984

Re: Comments?: Correspondence on Buddhism

jhana.achariya wrote:
On the subject of 'self' and 'not-self', your professor is correct.
To what specific part of the correspondence are you referring?
by Raga Mala
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Study Group
Topic: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta
Replies: 12
Views: 1649

Re: MN 140. Dhātuvibhanga Sutta

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! :bow: :bow: :bow: Lately I've been taking a liking to Suttas from the Majjhima and Digha Nikaya which, like this one, tend to contain a series of interconnected teachings, rather than being a thorough exposition on one topic. This text, to me, rings true to the scenario set up i...
by Raga Mala
Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Most important texts
Replies: 21
Views: 2962

Re: Most important texts

I am surprised no one has so far grouped together the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, the Anatta-lukkhana Sutta, and the Aditta-pariyaya Sutta. Bhikkhu Nanamoli groups them together as the "three cardinal discourses of the Buddha." http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/nanamoli/wheel017.html" oncl...
by Raga Mala
Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Teaching Theravada to College Students
Replies: 19
Views: 2127

Re: Teaching Theravada to College Students

Prof Hanson wanted me to cover the following, per our meeting today. These are broad categories, but what do you think of each: -->Distinguishing Mahayana from Theravada in the modern world. -->Reinforcing/clarifying on Anatta -->Reinforcing/clarifying on Nibbana -->"Hinayana" meaning/use of term --...