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by cookiemonster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Infants are little Buddhas
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Infants are little Buddhas

The Buddha himself rejected the idea infants are Buddhas and found the idea absurd: MN 78 "...When this was said, the Blessed One said to Pañcakanga: "In that case, carpenter, then according to Uggahamana's words a stupid baby boy, lying on its back, is consummate in what is skillful, foremost in w...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fundamentalist Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 344

Re: Fundamentalist Questions

I'm not sure I would even try to answer questions from a fundamentalist, given they are strongly attached to their own views, and not really interested in the answers. Such people are so convinced about the rightness of their own position that they are not interested in genuine discussion. For the ...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Fundamentalist Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 344

Re: Fundamentalist Questions

Unfortunately, as I do not have much experience in the dharma, I would like some help here. How does one answer the following questions from Christian fundamentalists (even when they are very wrong on science and evolution)? https://answersingenesis.org/world-religions/buddhism/ 1. Since souls are ...
by cookiemonster
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna & past kamma-vipaka
Replies: 16
Views: 437

Sotapanna & past kamma-vipaka

A post from SarathW made me think: What Sotapanna assures is free from lower life. (Apaya) In other words, he will be free from the bad Kamma which he was done in the past which will take him to lower life. Since we must "own" our kamma ("I am the owner of actions [kamma]" AN 5.57), and presumably m...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?
Replies: 44
Views: 1408

Re: Wouldn't be useful if Arahants reveal their state and achievements?

Hi! I'm aware of the prohibitions stated in the Vinaya about sharing their fruitions and ariya status with people outside the Sangha, and I agree -in general- with the reasons for it. But since we are living in an age and time way different from the Buddha's days, where we value empirically proven ...
by cookiemonster
Mon May 27, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Brahmaviharas Bhavana Lead to Brahma Realms or Heaven?
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: Brahmaviharas Bhavana Lead to Brahma Realms or Heaven?

Hello, I'm a bit confused reading the benefits of Metta some list rebirth in happy realms,some translate to heaven and others translate to Brahma realms. If I'm understanding correctly Brahma realms are jhanic realms correct? SO their not actually heaven which is a sensous plane (sugati). Which is ...
by cookiemonster
Sun May 05, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?
Replies: 23
Views: 691

Re: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?

"In what five precepts are his actions restrained? A noble disciple abstains from killing, from taking what is not given, from wrong sensual behavior, from lying, and from intoxicants that cause indolence. "And what are the four lofty mental abidings bringing happiness in the present, which he can ...
by cookiemonster
Sun May 05, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?
Replies: 23
Views: 691

Re: Would a sotapanna kill a mosquito?

Sotapannas have perfect virtue and ethics ... Where is this found in the suttas? As I understand it, sotapannas - at the very least - perfects mundane and apprehends supramundane Right View. This eliminates self-view, clinging to rites and rituals, and skeptical doubt, the three hallmarks of a sota...
by cookiemonster
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rareness of human birth
Replies: 35
Views: 1023

Re: Rareness of human birth

Hello, Sorry if this question has already been asked, but the Great Rebirth Debate thread is now so huge that it's not humanly possible to search through it... I read on the one hand that human rebirth is extremely rare. On the other hand I read that if one is rich/poor/handsome/ugly (etc.) in this...
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

... discussing them in a public context, which should not be done. Agreed ... a public announcement is unskillful speech, but IMO one should also keep in mind Right Speech if asked in a personal context, where one abstains from lying, speaking at the right time, truthfully, beneficially, and withou...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

There's also a question that so far I seem unwilling to let go. It goes something like this: What is the common stage of attainment (is that how to call it?) for Buddhists? Both among monastic communities, and among lay people? Nobody seems to talk about it. Like, people don't say "Hi, I'm Alison, ...
by cookiemonster
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: autistic, ACIM, stages of enlightenment

grumpyfreyr wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:58 pm
how do aryas find each other?
Through long personal association (AN 4:192) & knowledge - supernormal (AN 3:40) or ordinary.
by cookiemonster
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Disrobing defeat or progress?
Replies: 29
Views: 1798

Re: Disrobing defeat or progress?

This topic reminds me of something I read (in the Buddha and His Teachings by Narada Thera) about laymen who are also true monks: "Concerning a minister who attained arahantship while seated on an elephant decked in his best apparel, the Buddha remarked: Even though a man be richly adorned, if he wa...
by cookiemonster
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications
Replies: 41
Views: 1762

Paticcasamupadda - namarupa/name-and-form, vinnana/consciousness, and sankharas/fabrications

In the "standard" version of paticcasamupadda/dependent origination, it is said: "With ignorance as condition, volitional formations come to be; with volitional formations as condition, consciousness; with consciousness as condition, name-and-form" (e.g. SN 12.1: https://legacy.suttacentral.net/en/s...
by cookiemonster
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 9120

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

The implication of Pure Land Buddhism to me is this: Was Gotama negligent by not creating his own pure land for his disciples?