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by cookiemonster
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarikas ...
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Anagarikas ...

Do lay people bow to anagarikas in Theravada?
by cookiemonster
Wed May 25, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ranks of SammasamBuddhas
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Ranks of SammasamBuddhas

It is said that there are three levels or grades of samma-sambuddhas: 1. Viriyadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma-samBuddha-hood after 16 world cycles of (mainly) effort; 2. Saddhadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma-samBuddha-hood after 8 world cycles of faith; or 3. Pannadhika Buddhas, who achieve Samma...
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?
Replies: 13
Views: 794

Re: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?

OK, I answered my own question ... Mayadevi (Buddha's mother) is a deva/devi ... is anyone aware of any others? Thanks!
by cookiemonster
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?
Replies: 13
Views: 794

Any named female devas in the Tipitaka?

I understand that there are male devas which are specifically named (e.g. Sakka, Brahma Sahampati, etc.), but does anyone know if there any named female devas in the canon? Note that I am specifically excluding any later developments, such as those found in the Mahayana and Vajrayana (e.g. Tara, fem...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Arhats and Bodhisattvas

Perhaps it's time for those on the receiving end of being labelled "hinayana-ists" to transform and embrace the term. The "small" vehicle is for the few who are willing to do the hard work involved with training for awakening. Or, the "poor" vehicle is that which should be esteemed, just as Lord Bud...
by cookiemonster
Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arhats and Bodhisattvas
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Arhats and Bodhisattvas

Is the alleged "bodhisattva" path even viable or legitimate, without committing oneself to that path before a samma-sambuddha and receiving a prophecy of success at future Buddhahood in return?

I do not consider Gotama to have been a bodhisattva until receiving those prophecies from former Buddhas.
by cookiemonster
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: As a meditator in Burma, should I bow to statues?
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: As a meditator in Burma, should I bow to statues?

Good post.

I bow, not because I believe there is someone or some spirit in the statue to receive the honor, but because respecting it in such a manner is self-transformative.
by cookiemonster
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

:anjali: OK, let's consider short-lived and long-lived people, ugly and beautiful people, stupid and discerning people as "sub-classes of human beings." That raises no concern whatsoever. However, you have taken what you term as "sub-classes" and applied it to "men, women, ethnic groups, and breeds...
by cookiemonster
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Lord Buddha clearly acknowledged that there were "short-lived" and "long-lived" people, "ugly" and "beautiful" people, "stupid" and "discerning" people, etc. OK, let's consider short-lived and long-lived people, ugly and beautiful people, stupid and discerning people as "sub-classes of human beings...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Unfortunately, this sutta does not appear to support that claim. Firstly, the sutta refers to "the human state," "the human race," and "human beings" repeatedly -- not sub-classes of human beings. From there forward, each paragraph begins with, "There is the case where a woman or man [does this]......
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Hi Cookiemonster, Can you please provide a link to a sutta where this is discussed? I would be interested to learn more. Also, "males, females, ethnic groups...." -- are these not just the same class of beings, namely human beings? Or you are purporting that each is a separate "subclass"? Thank you...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Oh dear! :console: I simply believe that Lord Buddha taught that while individual beings inherit their own kamma, classes of beings (brahmas, devas, humans, ghosts, animals, demons), and subclasses of beings (males, females, ethnic groups, breeds, etc.) as a whole can be said to have inherited simi...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Some Examples of the ripening of Collective Kamma Sensualists Are Swept Away by Death Nobody Can Escape the Effects of Kamma The Story of Five Hundred Bats I am sure that there are many other cases, e.g. the Petas in the Tirokuḍḍha Sutta “Bird's of a feather flock together.” Let us look at the mons...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Oh dear! :console: I simply believe that Lord Buddha taught that while individual beings inherit their own kamma, classes of beings (brahmas, devas, humans, ghosts, animals, demons), and subclasses of beings (males, females, ethnic groups, breeds, etc.) as a whole can be said to have inherited simi...
by cookiemonster
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

I simply believe that Lord Buddha taught that while individual beings inherit their own kamma, classes of beings (brahmas, devas, humans, ghosts, animals, demons), and subclasses of beings (males, females, ethnic groups, breeds, etc.) as a whole can be said to have inherited similar kamma. :anjali:...
by cookiemonster
Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Oh dear! :console: I simply believe that Lord Buddha taught that while individual beings inherit their own kamma, classes of beings (brahmas, devas, humans, ghosts, animals, demons), and subclasses of beings (males, females, ethnic groups, breeds, etc.) as a whole can be said to have inherited simi...
by cookiemonster
Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

Studies have shown that women are....actually more violent than men. Hi Cookiemonster, With all due respect, it would be valuable to give the article you cited a closer read. What is being discussed is an analysis of relationship data from the US and UK , which shows that, in modern times and in do...
by cookiemonster
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

In my own personal, direct experience, women are generally far more emotionally driven than men. I say that not as an insult, but as a fact which I have personally observed.

I am not very PC, I go where my data takes me.
by cookiemonster
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dispensation of Buddha
Replies: 82
Views: 3530

Re: Dispensation of Buddha

That is not to say that women cannot achieve nibbana (because they can) Well thank you kind sir ! (I'm assuming you're a man). but that their inclusion can cause a reduction in the length of the sasana Maybe something to do with the cultural attitudes towards women at the time ? perhaps due to the ...