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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: 272

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: 604

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: 232

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: 222

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: 817

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: 222

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: 232

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?
by cookiemonster
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book recommendations for teens
Replies: 5
Views: 222

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.
by cookiemonster
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 4022

Re: Arahant's suicide

In the Mahayana bodhisattva does not have to cling to. The bodhisatta in the Pali texts is called "unenlightened". If a bodhisattva does not cling and possess no residue in clinging, then they would not be "operating" in samsara, but would be completely emancipated in parinibbana. If khandhas is du...
by cookiemonster
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 4022

Re: Arahant's suicide

Is Arahant's suicide a GOOD completion of the Path? If it is not, then why Arahant is not the Mahayana Bodhisattva (placing Benefit-For-The Other above Benefit-For-Itself)? Among the two, the arahant expresses the highest benefit for others and for self, through his or her achievement of the highes...
by cookiemonster
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 4022

Re: Arahant's suicide

Is Arahant's suicide a GOOD completion of the Path? If it is not, then why Arahant is not the Mahayana Bodhisattva (placing Benefit-For-The Other above Benefit-For-Itself)? Among the two, the arahant expresses the highest benefit for others and for self, through his or her achievement of the highes...
by cookiemonster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Infants are little Buddhas
Replies: 7
Views: 362

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: 479

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: 479

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: 547

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...