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by DGDC
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: recollection of the buddha
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: recollection of the buddha

I assume that 'recollection of the buddha' is a reference to Buddhanussati. Buddhanussati leads to Aveccappasada. That is joyful acceptance of 'Itipi so bhagava araham ...buddho bhagavati. [Saddahati Tathagatasss Bodhim]. Two more Anussati are: Dhammanussati, Sanghanussati defined in a similar manne...
by DGDC
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?
Replies: 11
Views: 5027

Re: Buddhanussati in Visuddhimagga: Nava Guna or Dasa?

The text of Buddhanussati appears many times in the original texts. It is a definition of 'so bhagava', that Lord. Each word that follows Itipi so bhagava, is a unique name. Araham comes from the the word Araha; Sammasambuddho; The Three words Bhagava Araham Sammasambuddho uniquely identifies Lord B...
by DGDC
Sun Mar 27, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discussion about The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 16
Views: 955

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Thannissaro's work is yet another interpretation of the Tipitaka (Skt. Tripitaka). Tipitaka is the belief system of the Theravada tradition. There are many other interpretations of Tipitaka; for example, What the Buddha Taught by Walpola. A recent successor to the book is What the Buddha Thought by...
by DGDC
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha talked to Acharn Mun?
Replies: 149
Views: 17172

Re: Buddha talked to Acharn Mun?

Bhikkhu Pesala I read about Achan Mun in the book Patipada, I think, by Achan Mahaboowa. There is no disrespect whatsoever of Acharn Mun. I have the highest respect for him as a yogi. However, he is not a member of the Sangha defined by 'Supatipanno bhagavato savakasangho...' No one ca see Lord Budd...
by DGDC
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: True meaning of Musavada in Five Precepts?
Replies: 16
Views: 4517

Re: True meaning of Musavada in Five Precepts?

Four Ariyasaccas (pronounced ariyasaccāni). The Ariyasaccas were proclaimed to the world by Lord Buddha (buddho bhagavā). The proclamation is recorded in two places in the Dhamma and Vinaya I agree that this is a Theravada board. Theravada is the Pali Canon. I like to be educated. Please give me the...
by DGDC
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Four Noble Truths
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Four Noble Truths

I wish to place before the forum a problem I have encountered with the meaning of the term Four Noble Truths. The definitions of the term in Oxford Dictionaries, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Wikipedia are compared below: 1 Oxford Dictionaries The term, 'four noble truths' is defined in Oxford Dictio...
by DGDC
Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: A philological study of the ariya-sacca as “Noble Truths”
Replies: 8
Views: 1764

Re: A philological study of the ariya-sacca as “Noble Truths”

Ariyasacca should be translated as noblest-truth.

Noblest implies unique, one and only, highest, beyond all known truths.

It also means 'samma'. Sammasambuddha is unique 'Sambuddha'.

I shall give the references if someone is interested in discussing this matter further.
by DGDC
Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:12 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Evaṃ me sutaṃ
Replies: 17
Views: 4917

Re: Evaṃ me sutaṃ

Speculation about the first council is not very fruitful. There is a raging controversy on the "Date of the Buddha". The dates range from 600 - 400 BCE. These are matters for historians, Buddhist philosophers, scholars and in general 'outsiders'. However, for those who accept the Dhamma of Lord Budd...
by DGDC
Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddha talked to Acharn Mun?
Replies: 149
Views: 17172

Re: Buddha talked to Acharn Mun?

VINAYA The Four Disrobing Offences Ajahn Brahmavamso "The four transgressions which incur a Parajika, the penalty of automatic disrobal, are as follows: 1. Engaging in sexual intercourse with another being of either sex. 2. Stealing something of value (which includes smuggling, cheating or deliberat...
by DGDC
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Antarabhava
Replies: 7
Views: 2738

Re: Antarabhava

"to beings who have come to be and those about to come to be." Metta Sutta I understand bhuta va sambhavesi va differently. Bhuta: Those who have become Sambhavesi: Those who are arahants or anagamins. Compare thasaa va thaavaraa va. Note: The name Metta Sutta is not unique. It is called Karaniya me...
by DGDC
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Questions Regarding Samma Samadhi
Replies: 29
Views: 4816

Re: Questions Regarding Samma Samadhi

Sammasamadhi is the last item of the Ariyan Eight-item Path [Ariyo Attngiko Maggo]. It is meaningful only to Ariyans. It doesn't make sense for non-Ariyans to discuss it. It is outside their perception and cognition. There are no Ariyans living in the world today; all living human beings are non-Ari...
by DGDC
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: True meaning of Musavada in Five Precepts?
Replies: 16
Views: 4517

Re: True meaning of Musavada in Five Precepts?

Five Precepts for householder's is a Theravada construction. The Lord's word on Musavada is: Musāvādaṃ pahāya musāvādā paṭivirato hoti saccavādī saccasandho theto paccayiko avisaṃvādako lokassa. This is for direct disciples of the Lord. What is means is that one's speech should be confined to 'the t...
by DGDC
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Discussion about The Quotable Thanissaro
Replies: 16
Views: 955

Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Thannissaro's work is yet another interpretation of the Tipitaka (Skt. Tripitaka). Tipitaka is the belief system of the Theravada tradition. There are many other interpretations of Tipitaka; for example, What the Buddha Taught by Walpola. A recent successor to the book is What the Buddha Thought by ...
by DGDC
Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:35 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Evaṃ me sutaṃ
Replies: 17
Views: 4917

Re: Evaṃ me sutaṃ

This reply is based on Theravada Vinaya and Sutta Pitakas Evam Me Sutam means 'heard by me'. It is a statement by a narrator of a talk embodying dhamma--Sutta. The origin of the Suttas is traced back to what is called the First Council. To the participants of the first council, it had the following...
by DGDC
Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: paying homage to the buddha
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: paying homage to the buddha

Paying homage to 'elders' is an age old Indian habit. It started as 'love and respect' for the parents. Then extended to teacher's who pointed out good and bad. Parents are one's first teachers. So called 'paying homage' is an act of gratitude. Children love and respect the parents for bringing them...
by DGDC
Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Definition Theravada
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Definition Theravada

Theravada is a collection of words. A collection that is fixed. It was brought to Sri Lanka by Ven. Mahinda--in his memory. Until it was written down in Sri Lanka at Matale, Alu Vihara Sri Lankan monks carried it in their memories. There is some evidence that commentaries in Sinhala existed--Sihalaa...
by DGDC
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?
Replies: 35
Views: 5730

Re: Shouldn't abyāpāda·saṅkappa cover avihiṃsā·saṅkappa?

This is not intended to be a reply or an answer to the question posed. However, I hope that what I write will throw some light on the topic. Sammaasankappa is an item of the Ariyo Atthangiko Maggo. This Magga can be understood only by an Ariyo; not by a Puthujjana. The difference between Ariya and P...
by DGDC
Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...
Replies: 15
Views: 16189

Re: Word by word translation of Namo Tassa...

Namo is to direct your mind to 'Bhagavaa araha.m sammaasambuddho'. It is usually accompanied by verbal and bodily action. More accurate, namo is the personification of the action of Vandanaa. Tassa is literally to that; it indicates that the person is not in the presence of Bhagavaa... Bhagavaa is h...