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by Nicolas
Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Here is an update from Culadasa: Dear Dharma Friends, I’m writing to say I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the harm and suffering I have caused my wife and family. I engaged in adultery and wrong speech, and failed to honor my commitment to my marriage. I’m also sorry for the pain I have caused the members o...
by Nicolas
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?
Replies: 29
Views: 298

Re: Is it wholesome to eat unfertilised eggs?

The Vinaya states there is no offense for a monk who takes what is in the possession of an animal.
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: attach picture in post? help
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: attach picture in post? help

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[edit: Yikes, I had made a mistake claiming uploading an image couldn't be done! (I removed the sentence because it was incorrect.) Thank you to Bhikkhu Pesala, below, for teaching me a new trick.]
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

My understanding: The qualia of seeing are eye-consciousness. The stuff of seeing (colors, etc.) is eye-consciousness. Consciousness of attention would be mind-consciousness. You can be attentive without knowing you're attentive. I don't think "attention" is mind-consciousness, unless it's attention...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Appropriate way of writing verse 204?
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Appropriate way of writing verse 204?

See this link: https://tipitaka.org/romn/cscd/s0502m.mul14.xml [edit: the link lists the Burmese version as well as variants] The default on this page is the Burmese version, I think. Text in [Blue color fonts] indicates a foot note. The following abbreviations are used to refer to different version...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: The meeting of the three is contact
Replies: 21
Views: 212

Re: The meeting of the three is contact

If you are asleep but your eyes are open, there appears to be no eye-consciousness there, yet light can hit the eye.
by Nicolas
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist
Replies: 18
Views: 185

Re: Helping the Dying non-Buddhist

Helping the dying non-Buddhist, one might encourage them to let go of their loves ones, let go of the world, let go of life and accept one's death so as to die in peace, to not resist death, to not have greed for experiences or things or beings or anything in the world, anything they did or didn't d...
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures
Replies: 15
Views: 356

Re: I don’t understand rejecting life’s pleasures

Vibhaṅga Sutta (SN 45.8) wrote: And what, bhikkhus, is right intention? Intention of renunciation [nekkhamma], intention of non-ill will, intention of harmlessness: this is called right intention.
Renunciation is in opposition to sensual desire [kāma].
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

(The Gavesī Sutta also mentions a lay teacher with many followers in Kassapa Buddha's time, even though he and his followers eventually ordain.)
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Volo wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:50 pm
Does anyone know what is his age?
He's probably around 70 years old.
by Nicolas
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board
Replies: 32
Views: 551

Re: Culadasa : An annoucement from Dharma Board

Culadasa's own words in response to this letter: Please do not take this letter as fact. It includes false information, and distortions and misrepresentations of fact. I, in fact, resigned from the Dharma Treasure Board due to irreconcilable differences including their refusal to engage in mediation...
by Nicolas
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is nirvana/heaven?
Replies: 47
Views: 835

Re: What is nirvana/heaven?

If I don't believe in rebirth, but understand the first noble truth, shouldn't I just induce brain death to reach parinibbana? The problem with this is that, regardless of your belief, if there is indeed "rebirth", then parinibbana will not be reached by inducing brain death in an unawakened one. T...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta

When the sutta mentions people going along with the stream, it is referring to people who don’t practice, not to a sotapanna. Do you understand that two identical words can be used in two different contexts and therefore have two different meanings? What you’re saying is similar to saying that the w...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Suffering as a gateway to the truth
Replies: 95
Views: 1180

Re: Suffering as a gateway to the truth

Nibbāna is the supreme goal. It so happens that higher knowledge is necessary for attaining Nibbana, but knowledge is not the goal, not an end in itself. Knowledge is knowledge, what the knowledge yields is what matters.
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Not so good take on a stream-enterer, Sutta

sotāpanna partakes in sensual pleasures hence SE enters the stream, like you say flow of the world. If he wouldn't partake in sensual pleasures then he would not be a streamenterer he would be 2nd person. I repeat, "stream" in "stream-enterer" doesn't refer to sensual pleasures and the flow of the ...