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by Nicolas
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Abhayagiri Community is safe
Replies: 22
Views: 521

Re: Abhayagiri Community is safe

Fire Update, October 15, 2017 https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/219-fire-update-october-15-2017 Just before the Kathina Ceremony started, Luang Por Pasanno shared some positive news that the major buildings on the Abhayagiri property were not damaged. In addition, during the Sunday evening’s county pr...
by Nicolas
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?
Replies: 68
Views: 1156

Re: Who are the (modern) protestant Buddhists?

I like lists, so I'll take a shot at creating a list. 1. Monastics are an integral part of Buddhism. 2. Teachings should only be done by monastic members. 3. The Order of bhikkhunis cannot be revived by Dharmagupta or other Mahayana nuns, it is dead. 4. The current full ordinations of nuns going on...
by Nicolas
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Please help me learn about how walking meditation is taught across tradition in Buddhism.
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Please help me learn about how walking meditation is taught across tradition in Buddhism.

I would like to unearth this topic, as I was wondering myself about the variety of ways in which walking meditation is taught and practiced.

If additional responses could be provided to Ven. Jayasara's questions, they would be most welcome.

Thanks.
by Nicolas
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

And yet we have this sutta (and others) where people don't recognize him. I'm also not saying there was nothing special about his appearance or that he looked just like you and me. Do you think that everyone, upon seeing the Buddha, thought that he was not only the most beautiful man they had ever s...
by Nicolas
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

If you have never ever met the Buddha once in your life, then how can you conclude that you would not be able to recognize Him whether "the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent"? About the Five ascetics, how would you explain their change of heart just by looking at the Buddha? In all likelihoo...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Pukkusati knows he would not recognize the Buddha, regardless of whether the Marks are visible, hidden, or inexistent. Otherwise, he would have said "I have never seen that Blessed One before, but I would recognise him [by his Marks, if they were visible]." But you should already see the illogical ...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

That statement proves nothing for all it said was that he wouldn't recognize Him because he never saw Him before. The term "Avuso"/friend is the key to the whole thing. Combined that with the Five ascetics story and it makes total sense. My apologies to the others for this being off-topic. Pukkusat...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

You've missed the most important detail right there in your provided quote: Pukkusati addressed the Buddha as "Avuso"/friend. Without concealing His marks, there'd be no way he'd use the term. Remember the scene when the Buddha's just attained enlightenement and went back to the jungle to teach His...
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140
Replies: 31
Views: 1885

Re: The Dhatu-vibhanga Sutta - MN 140

Even in meeting the Buddha, it was apparently possible to not know that he was in fact the Buddha; this is what happened to Bhaggava in MN 140. It was because the Buddha intentionally concealed His great marks as per the Comy.: [...] The sutta itself contradicts this: — But, bhikkhu, have you ever ...
by Nicolas
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If you could meet the Buddha
Replies: 26
Views: 398

Re: If you could meet the Buddha

"What is the best thing for me to hear from you right now?"
by Nicolas
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Help looking for a thread
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: Help looking for a thread

:anjali:
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: New Analayo Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1540

Re: New Analayo Book

cjmacie wrote:[...]
I imagine he made that choice thinking that the publication by Windhorse would reach more people than a free PDF.
Perhaps the waived royalties are going to a good cause?
It could be a good idea to email him to ask him, to get full understanding of the reasons why he chose that route.
by Nicolas
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: New Analayo Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1540

Re: New Analayo Book

[...] I imagine that he does not have the funding/publishing apparatus necessary to print and freely distribute his books, and since he's opted for a printed book vs. online PDF in this case, I imagine his hands are tied and he can no longer release the book's PDF for free distribution. "As an act ...
by Nicolas
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Wedding of zen buddhist monks
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Wedding of zen buddhist monks

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/fashion/weddings/for-this-couple-its-death-till-they-part.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share The article claims they are monks, but if you visit their website, it says nothing about monkhood. It does say something about one of them being a Zen pr...
by Nicolas
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The Dharma according to Shakespeare
Replies: 16
Views: 540

Re: The Dharma according to Shakespeare

binocular wrote: Why do you say "Dharma"?
What's in a name? That which we call a dhamma, by any other word... ;-)
by Nicolas
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Dana
Replies: 23
Views: 390

Re: Dana

See also Dhammapada verses 356-359 : 356. Weeds are the bane of fields, lust is the bane of mankind. Therefore, what is offered to those free of lust yields abundant fruit. 357. Weeds are the bane of fields, hatred is the bane of mankind. Therefore, what is offered to those free of hatred yields abu...
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: The Daily Tejaniya
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: The Daily Tejaniya

The Daily Tejaniya, August 26, 2017 wrote:Once somebody is looking for the mind, there's something wrong. Because everything that's happening, everything there is, is mind.
by Nicolas
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: “Dhamma to Inspire” : The Buddha’s Words for Monastics(And aspiring ones)

The Dasadhamma Sutta came to mind.
("There are these ten things that a person gone forth should reflect on often. Which ten?")