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by Freelance ExBuddhist
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:33 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

...I cannot imagine that the instructions for breath meditation would be inclusive of lower intestinal gasses. [...] But seriously, is the idea that the root term was misapplied in the translations, and that anapana/apana is only correctly used with respect to the abdominal winds? You should be sho...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:14 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17185

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

Well, thank you, Arhat, for giving a cogent summary of both (1) what you have concluded and (2) why you have concluded it. I'm aware of K.R. Norman's argument (can't we just call him "Ken"?) but I find it more provocative than convincing; by contrast, see the chapters on Pali in Deshpande's book "Sa...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

The thing is that not everyone who has some interest in Buddhism is so dependent on - supposed - Buddhist authorities... On the contrary, if you can't read Pali you do depend on Buddhist authorities. You may not want to admit it to yourself, but you do. Everything you know --everything-- has at lea...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17185

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

... You've not commented on the specifics so I presume you're just stating your received beliefs rather than offering your personal assessment of the evidence which I have discussed about in that thread. No, that was my assessment of your claims stated in that thread. As others pointed out, also, y...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

...I even mentioned a few ideas myself: anapanasati... Ah, yes, of all the sad ironies... that is one of the more miserable examples of the gap between ancient text and modern misinterpretation. If anyone reading this wants to know the difference between what the ancient canon actually says (about ...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

I'm going to continue to follow the discussion, and trust that Freelance will continue to provide these insights. No, I won't. Your attitude speaks volumes about the depth of your understanding of the core of the Dhamma and while I respect your dedication and hope that your continue your work... Ag...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17185

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

I'm sorry, Arhat, but there is no evidence to support that theory. There is no evidence that Pali ever meant a system of orthography, and, on the contrary, there's abundant evidence that any/every available system of orthography was applied to the language, i.e., with diversity (from the earliest ti...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

Although some interesting comments have been offered along the way, it is hilarious to me, once again, that, (1) Nobody is interested in discussing the topic proposed in the original posting (why not have these unrelated discussions under some other heading, elsewhere in the forum?), and, (2) Everyb...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

Interesting how quickly the subject veered away from the stated title ("Confronting what's ancient and what's not.."). Apparently (?) nobody clicked on the link in the first post, proposing the subject for debate. http://youtu.be/-GkMUh1exzo?t=9m44s Issues here include the jarring fact that most of ...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 255760

Re: the great vegetarian debate

(1) Re: "How can we, with any authority state for certain precisely how the texts read?" In the specific instance mentioned (with the link to the article provided) we know precisely what the ancient text does not say. In this case, modern "interpreters" have added a whole phrase (with a concept not ...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:14 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

"...if you're going to draw people into the religion on a false premise, on the promise of a scientific and rational Buddhism, then you are going to lose those people, the minute they find out you've been lying to them..." http://youtu.be/-GkMUh1exzo I do not believe the future of the religion shoul...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada in China?
Replies: 7
Views: 1420

Re: Theravada in China?

I did a considerable chunk of research on Theravada within China. You can read an interview with my reflections on that period of my life, here: https://medium.com/p/9df3f5f826e4 At the start of the 20th century, the tradition was already very weak (and war-torn) in both of its major centers of acti...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Saṅkhāra in DO & Nibbana description: karmic volition?
Replies: 18
Views: 2002

Re: Saṅkhāra in DO & Nibbana description: karmic volition?

I wrote an article that discloses the intellectual history of western (mis-)interpretations of this text... ...with the most influential book being A.B. Keith's 1922 "standard textbook" that devoted a very non-standard chapter to the matter... ...and I'm sorry to say that you may be mildly shocked a...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Re: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism t

[Circa 16 min, 30 seconds:] "The third possibility, for me, is also not viable, I do not think the future of this religion can be a lie , in which people pretend that those texts don't exist, that Buddhism never was built on this type of supernatural claim..." [...] "...if you're going to draw peopl...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today
Replies: 257
Views: 11190

Confronting what's ancient and what's not (in Buddhism today

For discussion/debate: Brand New Ancient Buddhist Philosophy, Part 3 http://youtu.be/-GkMUh1exzo "How far do the implications go, of this conflict between what's ancient, and what's only apparently ancient?" "Culture is not static. Culture doesn't exist as a statue in a museum... culture only exists...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The personality is sin.
Replies: 29
Views: 1770

Re: The personality is sin.

This may or may not be helpful to the original poster, but to all assembled, I would note: Ancient Buddhism DOES NOT have so dim a view of the self and even "selfishness" as modern Buddhists pretend: "Great king, there is no one dear to me, more than my self. Is there anyone dear to you, more than y...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: the great vegetarian debate
Replies: 4229
Views: 255760

Re: the great vegetarian debate

The single most-debated source from the Pali canon on this subject relies on some suspicious text inserted in square brackets. QUOTE “[Many people] claim that he said it was OK to eat flesh as long as you yourself have not seen, heard, or suspected that the animal was killed especially for you… On t...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 17185

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

I was paid (a very small sum) to consult Nicholas Ostler on this issue --and I'm thanked for it (briefly) in his book _Last Lingua Franca_. This does not mean that I endorse the views about Pali stated in that book; however, this was very much one of the points of confusion that I tried (at length) ...
by Freelance ExBuddhist
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts (Sujato/Brahmali)
Replies: 16
Views: 2138

Re: Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts

To answer the direct question ("So, are they authentic or not?") that, frankly, the video seems to dance around, but not really answer: (1) Here's a substantive explanation in the form of a long essay (in both Chinese and English, parallel), contrasting the extant texts we've got from various tradit...