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by Nicolas
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience
Replies: 20
Views: 269

Re: Nature of the Buddha’s omniscience

On the topic of omniscience, there is this article by Ven. Analayo: The Buddha and Omniscience.
by Nicolas
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 627

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Sam Vara wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:44 pm
It doesn't mean very much to me, I'll admit, but for those who are culturally or temperamentally predisposed to have an interest in Vishnu or avatars it might be helpful in sustaining practice.
True.
by Nicolas
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 627

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

binocular wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:33 pm
If the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu, it makes the Hindu anti-Buddhist propaganda justified ... and the Buddhists wrong.
I agree, but I don't think ihrjordan is anti-Buddhist. He is inviting us to ask ourselves his question and investigate, and that is the less general scope that I am addressing.
by Nicolas
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?
Replies: 35
Views: 627

Re: Was the Buddha an avatar of lord vishnu?

Whether or not the Buddha was an avatar of Vishnu is irrelevant, it doesn't provide any useful information. The things I have directly known but have not taught you are numerous, while the things I have taught you are few. And why, bhikkhus, have I not taught those many things? Because they are unbe...
by Nicolas
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Responding to sexual thoughts during a retreat
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Responding to sexual thoughts during a retreat

he said he was walking around with a boner, so my guess is that he was indulging quite liberally. :thumbsup: My understanding is that if one doesn't know how to remove/calm an erection (or if it doesn't occur to one to remove/calm it), then one can be afflicted by it without indulging in it; one ca...
by Nicolas
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Responding to sexual thoughts during a retreat
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Responding to sexual thoughts during a retreat

[...] Hi ChooChoo, Sexual daydreaming isn't breaking the precepts, but it's indulging in sensual desire, which warrants action. It also depends what attitude you had with regards to the sexual thoughts -- were you indulging in them? (That's what "sexual daydreaming" sounds like to me.) Or did sexua...
by Nicolas
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Where did the Buddha teach about "The Three Basic Facts of Existence"?
Replies: 17
Views: 374

Re: Where did the Buddha teach about "The Three Basic Facts of Existence"?

I think existence is usually assumed in a conditioned phenomena. Here's a sutta reference: And what is it, bhikkhus, that the wise in the world agree upon as existing, of which I too say that it exists? Form that is impermanent, suffering, and subject to change: this the wise in the world agree upo...
by Nicolas
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Whats Anicca?
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Whats Anicca?

Something that is anicca is something that is changing, subject to change, unstable, impermanent, transient, perishable, eventually ceasing.
by Nicolas
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?
Replies: 17
Views: 418

Re: How to not be dissapointed by other people in your path to englightenment?

Maybe if I rephrase the question, why is it that internally we want everyone to like us and behave in a way that pleases us, why does this lead to suffering, and how to over come it? Here are a couple of suttas which I think are relevant (my bolding): O Atula! Indeed, this is an ancient practice, n...
by Nicolas
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why do wise people get cheated by cunning people?
Replies: 34
Views: 481

Re: Why do wise people get cheated by cunning people?

cunning people cheat the wise can take the heat If on the hand there is no wound, one may carry even poison in it. Poison does not affect one who is free from wounds. For him who does no evil, there is no ill. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor su...
by Nicolas
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West
Replies: 139
Views: 3556

Re: Foundations of Human Life - A road to Nirvana for the West

[...] Hi Vincent, As you pointed out earlier from the Suñña Sutta (SN 35.85), "emptiness" refers to the concept of not-self, anatta ; all things are empty of self. This means there is no "I" behind things, internal or external. Material things "exist" in the sense that they appear (to us) as phenom...
by Nicolas
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Symbolism and Blasphemy
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: Symbolism and Blasphemy

Since it looks like a Triratna place, why not use the Triratna logo, or a variation thereof? 800x800 logo Same, 300x300 Same, tiny Another logo Same, with green background Otherwise, a critique of the logo you made: beyond what others posted ("Om" being more prominent in Hinduism or in Tibetan Buddh...
by Nicolas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 329
Views: 3796

Re: The specificity of our example

The function can take an infinite number of values! This is the fundamental difference between a function and a FINITE set. The Abhidhamma explains reality not in the language of functions. The Abhidhamma explains reality through a finite set of types of dhammas. The number of possible combinations...
by Nicolas
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 329
Views: 3796

Re: Theravada against mathematics

In the school Pali Abhidhamme, the being does not exist, the elements exist. This is a school view. When new religious trends emerge on the basis of Pali Vinaya monasticism, which teach the exact opposite, this is very good. But this is not the Theravada, but a new school, the school of the 20th an...