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by cookiemonster
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: In which sutta does the Buddha explain what no self means?

I would like to understand whether the typical Western understanding of no self is the same as the traditional understanding. Does anyone have suggestions for which texts I can begin with to understand what is traditionally meant by no self? anatta = "not self" = a perspective & approach towards li...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1003

Re: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism

Seeker_of_Truth wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:05 pm
You guys need Jesus.
Jesus helped me find the Lord Buddha. :clap:
by cookiemonster
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1003

Re: Introduction and musings about Christianity and Buddhism

Hello! I'm a member of a Lutheran church, the church of my parents, but I take Buddhism very seriously and have a little experience practicing it. I have meditated somewhere around 100 hours and read seven books about Buddhism. At the moment I'm reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which I...
by cookiemonster
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am looking for free books on Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 375

Re: I am looking for free books on Buddhism

Hello members of this Dhamma Wheel forum, I wish to read some books on Buddhism. But not just any books on Buddhism. I had bought some books online before . The problem now is I am broke I cannot afford to buy books anymore. But if it is cheap I can still buy them. By cheap I mean about US$3.00 I a...
by cookiemonster
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance?
Replies: 13
Views: 444

Re: Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance?

Crazy wisdom = Crazy ignorance? ============== Santa100 in another thread, worth repeating: santa100 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:16 am The biggest problem with ideas like "crazy wisdom" is that there's really no way to tell its difference against "crazy ignorance". So, if it quacks like a duck, it'...
by cookiemonster
Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Jhanas and rebirth as a god
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Jhanas and rebirth as a god

I dont know why people cling to jhana as jhana is addictive? I thought pleasure apart from 5 sense bases won't stay In brain and cause craving. but I dunno. "I thought: ‘I recall once, when my father the Sakyan was working, and I was sitting in the cool shade of a rose-apple tree, then—quite seclud...
by cookiemonster
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 664

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

Alternatively, the pletheora of writings can be seen as the Buddha's attempt at analyzing and expounding the Dhamma from many different directions. I compare it to describing a multi-storied building from the standpoint of various entry points. I appreciate the vast detail in that respect. The comp...
by cookiemonster
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?
Replies: 34
Views: 664

Re: Why is all Buddhist scripture including Theravada so vast?

I don't see why Theravada Buddhism can't have one central sacred text that cuts out all the excess fat by encapsulating the complete teaching. For some, like myself, the Samyutta Nikaya is just that. The other Nikayas are sometimes considered expansions on the SN. Alternatively, the pletheora of wr...
by cookiemonster
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas
Replies: 15
Views: 455

Re: 2 different types of approaches to reading the Nikayas

1) Read first and understand as what one mostly has no direct experience 2) Read and only accept what one has experience before Which style is more superior? Both - in a way. It's not an either-or proposition, but rather involves a spectrum. I think of knowledge as a single lightbulb over my head, ...
by cookiemonster
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?
Replies: 20
Views: 803

Re: Who/what do you think the Christian god is?

I'm an ex-Christian who is now a Buddhist. I was involved in all three branches of Christianity over the years - Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant. I'm curious as to what other Theravada Buddhists think about the god of Christianity. Does he exist? To recap, the god of Christianity is an insanely j...
by cookiemonster
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One meal a day & monks
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: One meal a day & monks

Thank you, everyone.

:anjali:
by cookiemonster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book recommendations for teens
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Book recommendations for teens

A friend asked me for one and if I could jot something down for his troubled young daughter. It does seem that there isn't anything aimed at the youth, right? I haven't found much material for the preteen or teen years ... it seems most Theravada reading material are either super simplistic & aimed...
by cookiemonster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara
Replies: 27
Views: 1132

Re: Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara

Dear friends in Dhamma, Does anyone have any information on the names of the Buddhas before Lord Tanhankara? I have found passing mention in various works of Buddhas which supposedly precede Lord Tanhankara. Among those are Sirimata Buddha, Mahutta Buddha, Sumita Buddha, and a previous Metteyya/Mai...
by cookiemonster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book recommendations for teens
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: Book recommendations for teens

Does anyone know of any good, comprehensive books on Buddha-Dhamma targeted to the 13-16 age group? I had in mind something like the content of Ven. Bodhi's book "In the Buddha's Words", but uses easier English for younger readers. Thank you. I believe that "Buddhism in a nutshell" by ven Narada th...
by cookiemonster
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: One meal a day & monks
Replies: 5
Views: 279

One meal a day & monks

How many minutes/hours is allotted to eating for a monk that is observing the practice of one meal a day?