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by robpiso
Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The value in learning about other traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 2796

Re: The value in learning about other traditions

I hope I understand your question right. Don't worry Martin. I just wanted to tell our young readers that things are more than what they are, as just mere unavoidable facts; namely that they are essentially (in some Indian philosophies, of which Buddhism is a part) byproducts of some aggregate that...
by robpiso
Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The value in learning about other traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 2796

Re: The value in learning about other traditions

...there are necessarily all sorts of people, good and bad, honest and dishonest. They're part of the world and none of our business. I agree with the last part (see this short Indian tale - The lion & the crane - http://bit.ly/1ykgDKm ); but I must temperate on the last part. "There are necessaril...
by robpiso
Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The value in learning about other traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 2796

Re: The value in learning about other traditions

gangsters, monks, business people... Right in the middle! Haha! (In france, the mob is called "le milieu" (the middle) - Accomodating perversion of the pristine message, I suppose. The Noble and the ignoble, as Buddha would call it. Though I have to admit that I have met some delightful monks - the...
by robpiso
Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who is a person of integrity?
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Who is a person of integrity?

SarathW wrote:Who is a person of integrity?
MN11 0Cula-Punnama Sutta: http://bit.ly/1mmfbSl or http://bit.ly/1o9fJGK


Cheers.

Please check the post on how to search offline http://bit.ly/1r6V5dH
by robpiso
Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The value in learning about other traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 2796

Re: The value in learning about other traditions

Knowledge and tradition. Good question indeed. What does samkhya (http://bit.ly/YYsKxd) say about the way to knowledge (from best to subordinate): 1. Experience. 2. Inference. 3. Tradition The last one being considered the lowest form of knowledge. Where does Buddhism stand in all this? IMHO, if we ...
by robpiso
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Unwholesome versus Evil in the Suttas
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: Unwholesome versus Evil in the Suttas

I know that there is a distinction between actions that are evil (papam) versus being merely unwholesome (akusala) and it makes perfect sense, but I was wondering where this kind of teaching is first articulated, in the suttas or in the commentaries. I don't remember ever coming across this kind of...
by robpiso
Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Consciousness v. perception
Replies: 51
Views: 2810

Re: Consciousness v. perception

Friend, this feeling, perception, and this consciousness, are these associated or dissociated? Is it possible to differenciate them and show them apart?: Friend, feelings, perceptions and consciousness are associated and not dissociated and it is not possible to differentiate them and show them apa...
by robpiso
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Google Saffron - Theravada Search Engine
Replies: 44
Views: 35819

Re: Google Saffron - Theravada Search Engine

This is not a comment about Google Saffron search engine, but some tips to search offline as well. Download the Pali Canon at: Metta: http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/tipitaka.zip (pretty comprehensive - the all Majjhima Nikaya) or Access to insight: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tech/download/bulk.htm...
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Could someone please explain or rephrase this passage?
Replies: 10
Views: 2298

Re: Could someone please explain or rephrase this passage?

Greetings all, There is this passage from the Maha-nidana Sutta, (as translated by Ven. Thanissaro): "'From name-&-form as a requisite condition comes contact. Thus it has been said. And this is the way to understand how, from name-&-form as a requisite condition comes contact. If the qualities, tr...
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6225
Views: 596772

Re: Rebirth

Aloka wrote:the freshness of the here and now
O, speculations about the Future (Aparantakappika) - Doctrines of Nibbāna Here and Now
(Ditthadhammanibbānavāda) - That does not seem very "Buddhistic".
Brahmajāla Sutta http://bit.ly/1uO03N3
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?
Replies: 36
Views: 4746

Re: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?

Buddha also spoke about contemplating all the other bonds of this world. Yet. Cheers. :?: "Bhikkhus, twofold are the searches: The noble search and the ignoble search. What is the ignoble search. Here, bhikkhus, one subject to birth searches birth. One subject to decay searches decay. One subject t...
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"
Replies: 37
Views: 8100

Re: "Others are cruel, we shall not be cruel"

May all of us lots of peace and progress in our practice, while facing whatever cruel and unjust treatments. Starter We all know how asuras can be cruel with us; particularly in these times of power & money. The only way to deal with them is to give them back what they are laying upon you. "This is...
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?
Replies: 36
Views: 4746

Re: Why contemplation on death is so difficult?

Because contemplating death is to give death and its followers a hold on you. "' The perception of death, when developed & pursued, is of great fruit, of great benefit. It gains a footing in the Deathless, has the Deathless as its final end ': Thus was it said. In reference to what was it said? Bud...
by robpiso
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?
Replies: 10
Views: 1535

Re: What is unique in Buddha’s teaching?

What is unique in Buddha’s teaching? We all know that some of the teachings of Buddha are already found in other religions. The question is what exactly unique to Buddha’s teaching. Is it Anatta? In Brahmajāla sutta ( http://bit.ly/1uO03N3 ) Buddha describes sixty-two philosophical and speculative ...
by robpiso
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why does the body die upon enlightenment?
Replies: 17
Views: 1143

Re: Why does the body die upon enlightenment?

JC33 wrote: Why does the body 'die' upon enlightenment?
Cula-suññata Sutta states it pretty straightforwardly:
After reaching the last stage,there is no more (need for) perception and feelings.