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by Parth
Wed May 29, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi guys
Replies: 13
Views: 2872

Re: Hi guys

Dear Fluke,

Only thing in 2-3 days vipassana can't be learnt let alone practised. You might end up taking a mild course and loosing the benefits that come with it.

Better take a 10 days course at Goenkaji's centers

Metta

Parth
by Parth
Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?
Replies: 39
Views: 3591

Re: Did Buddha say “The world is but an illusion?

Dear all,

Suffering is a truth which Buddha called an Arya Satya, one of the realisations without realising which no one can hope to even become a sotapanna.

Instead of this debate would request all to practise Vipassana where you would realise what is meant by illusory.

Regards

Parth
by Parth
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How bad is killing a mosquito?
Replies: 71
Views: 14855

Re: How bad is killing a mosquito?

The question which i raisdwas : What does one do if somebody is with his / her pregnant wife / sister and there is malaria / dengue spread in town. What do u do then. Do u kill a mosquito or not, it may be a question of one life against two but how do u determine since u would be killing based on su...
by Parth
Mon Oct 29, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Drugs and re-enlightenment?
Replies: 39
Views: 4897

Re: Drugs and re-enlightenment?

A sotapanna justifying drug addiction, really ? Dear xtracorroupt, you need help ! By intoxicants, nobody means only alcohol but any intoxicant which somebody takes (solid / liquid / gaseous) This includes something that somebody makes out of ( in future ) metal / wood/ stardust / asteroids / any ot...
by Parth
Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Rebirth of a Sotapanna
Replies: 15
Views: 2109

Re: Rebirth of a Sotapanna

Dear Mike,

Lets not doubt things just because they are prime nos. more than this doubt lets put efforts for maintaining that required mindfulness for just 7 days. Mind you what Buddha means is keeping that mindfulness unbroken continuously for 7 days and intervening nights.

Metta

Parth
by Parth
Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How bad is killing a mosquito?
Replies: 71
Views: 14855

Re: How bad is killing a mosquito?

You can't wear a mosquito net, there needs to be gap between the net and your skin for it to work. Even if u have mosquito repellents but if a mosquito has managed through that, what do u do ! I mean it is a practical situation.

Regards

Parth
by Parth
Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sotapanna and five precepts
Replies: 199
Views: 12547

Re: Sotapanna and five precepts

Don't remember the sutta but what I understand is that the things which a sotapanna can't do are : 1. Patricide 2. Matricide 3. Hurting a Buddha ( kill nobody can) 4. Cause schism in Buddha's order 5. Kill an Arhant This are probably the worst crimes which a sotapanna can't do. On other things they ...
by Parth
Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: How bad is killing a mosquito?
Replies: 71
Views: 14855

Re: How bad is killing a mosquito?

What does one do if somebody is with his / her pregnant wife / sister and there is malaria / dengue spread in town. What do u do then. Do u kill a mosquito or not, it may be a question of one life against two but how do u determine since u would be killing based on suspicion.

Metta

Parth
by Parth
Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Month Long Solitary Meditation Retreat
Replies: 29
Views: 3555

Re: Month Long Solitary Meditation Retreat

Hi, I would also recommend doing a retreat in Goenkaji's tradition. You could find more details on below website : http://www.dhamma.org/en/bycountry/na/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; These are run purely on a non obligatory donation basis and you could contribute by doing dhamma se...
by Parth
Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time: Q&A: Is there life after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 1944

Re: Time: Q&A: Is there life after death?

Could it be that what is referred to as a stage of after life is one of the 32 bhumis is outlined by the Buddha ? since anyways nobody stays in afterlife forever. But don't know for sure since my experience of vipassana tells me that there actually nano second to nano second death and living so the ...
by Parth
Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

I personally believe love is the key and as it gets directed towards more and more people it develops the person as well as creates more merit. But this going off topic slightly. That's right, and if that's the case it shouldn't matter what level of attainment of the receiver. One doesn't sit down ...
by Parth
Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

Dear Hanzze, Frankly have not been able to understand your point. I don't agree that a Dana given with moha does not produce results, it does but the effect is much lesser than one without any attachment ( which except for noble ones) don't think anyone else is capable of doing. I personally believe...
by Parth
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

Dear Hanzze, Did not quite understand the meaning of your last sentence :"of course .......... Very teaching". Also please understand the point here is not what somebody is doing for increasing his merit. The relatives may not even know if a person is a sotapanna and only out of genuine love, affect...
by Parth
Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

Too much merit could be a dangerous thing. The suttas mentioned that a deva who enjoys all the luxury and comfort in their heavenly world wouldn't tend to see the necessity and the urgency for Dhamma practice. A more important question is that given all the merits that you have, what are you gonna ...
by Parth
Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

For me, even between a hungry child and a healthy sammasambuddha, I'd definitely give to the hungry child without hesitation. I think this is what the Buddha really meant when He taught that the merit of giving to a sammasambuddha is still much less than a moment of practicing metta or contemplatin...
by Parth
Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

Yes, if the person concerned was still a child or a teenager he / she would still be dependant on his parents and later on as well take their hospitality from time to time. Going to friends / relatives place for lunch etc. Do you think such people do what they do for the merit? perhaps they love th...
by Parth
Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

Now my question is suppose somebody has a son/ daughter who becomes a sotapanna ( and continues to be a householder) in such a case would the parents / friends / other relatives of that person not gain extraordinary merit by virtue of offering food/ gifts/ other normal courtesies to that individual...
by Parth
Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Having a relative/ friend who is Sotapanna

I remember having read somewhere that in one of the pregious births of Gautama Buddha, he kept on donating for several years to all who came to seek, further he states that all that Dana had a lesser merit than what would come of one time feeding / donating to a single sotapanna ( which he could not...
by Parth
Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Goenka: a bodhisatta?
Replies: 72
Views: 6727

Re: Goenka: a bodhisatta?

Dear Sidney, To the best of my remembrance what is stated in Goenkaji's discources is a line in Vedas stating something like: ' truth is realised only by a person who practises Vipassana ie a ,'vipassi' '. However Goenkaji clearly states that by the time of Buddha the meanings of terms themselves we...
by Parth
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Was the Buddha right in his analysis of the Atman?
Replies: 17
Views: 1403

Re: Was the Buddha right in his analysis of the Atman?

Dear Coyote, You wanted a practical insight to know thyself, well there certainly is and one which does not demand any belief not on Buddha not on god not on belief of self or not self. The path is ' Vipassana' the technique rediscovered by Buddha, through which he himself attained nibbana and so ma...