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by robertk
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: difference in ordination during buddha time vs now?
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Re: difference in ordination during buddha time vs now?

Greetings, One thing that seems different nowadays is that there's more discrimination... especially around age. I cannot remember the Buddha saying, "No, you are too old to ordain". Some may argue it's a pragmatic and justifiable economic consideration, but it's a form of discrimination I don't re...
by robertk
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: Spelling
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: Spelling

Aloka wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:29 am
Would it be a good idea if there was a spellchecking facility available ? There seems to have been an increase in inaccurate spelling attempts and abbreviated words lately, which doesn't make good reading....well for me, at least!



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It would be useful..
by robertk
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

I thought Channa was an arhat ! Nooo, he was a mere worldling, not even a sotapanna, but after using the knife ( to cut his throat as far as I understand) he realised he still had defilements, went through the various stages of vipassana and attained all four paths and died at the same time as beco...
by robertk
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

Ven Bodhi from his translation wiith the Commentary: "MA: He cut his throat, and just at that moment the fear of death descended on him and the sign of future rebirth appeared. Recognising that he was still an ordinary person, he was aroused and developed insight. Comprehending the formations, he at...
by robertk
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

I wonder how the translator got "slit his wrists" from the pali. Of course Channa was not an arahat when he used the knife, and attained the various paths in the short time before he bled to death. I thought Channa was an arhat ! Nooo, he was a mere worldling, not even a sotapanna, but after using ...
by robertk
Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Right Livelihood and Law Enforcement
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Right Livelihood and Law Enforcement

Police and military are honorable careers in general - unless there is the requirement to kill.
by robertk
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

Unless one has attained stream entry, one starts with a blank slate the next time around as far as the Dhamma goes In fact, it is the opposite. Anyone who attains in this life was only able to because of the long accumulation of wisdom and other parami over a huge number of lifetimes. No tabula ras...
by robertk
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

Then why did the Buddha teach? (Maybe I am misunderstanding your point.) He luck isn't being given proper credit. I haven't worked out the details yet, but as far as I can see, everything points in that direction. “It’s likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. It’s likewise a ...
by robertk
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ending own life is blameless ?
Replies: 25
Views: 908

Re: Ending own life is blameless ?

I wonder how the translator got "slit his wrists" from the pali.
Of course Channa was not an arahat when he used the knife, and attained the various paths in the short time before he bled to death.
by robertk
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?
Replies: 62
Views: 2218

Re: If you're delusional, how can you be sure you've chosen the right religion/Buddhist school?

Hello: Hmm you dont need to be an expert to choose a good school for your children. You just need to know some indicators. Same thing here. If we are talking about the absolute best option, it depends on your discernment and a little bit of good luck. Regards. Discernment, yes. But is it good luck ...
by robertk
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?
Replies: 22
Views: 1054

Re: A long-term residential retreat in any warm climate?

Greetings Manas, I can practice now, I probably won't attain the states of calm I could in a more secluded setting, but that's no obstacle to stream-entry, according to Luangpor Dhammavuddho, and he gives pretty compelling reasons for this. Plenty of compelling sutta reasons too... check out this t...
by robertk
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: They're paying me to meditate
Replies: 13
Views: 660

Re: They're paying me to meditate

Did you cherry pick the timing of the photo. I was in New Zealand for a couple of weeks earlier this month and I swear it rained everyday.
by robertk
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Timeless objects or not?
Replies: 7
Views: 370

Re: Timeless objects or not?

dear venerable,
would you be able to quote the section from the text and I or someone will attempt to explain.

robert
by robertk
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 39
Views: 1582

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

Earlier in that sutta Ananda has seen a group of boys repeatedly shooting arrows through a tiny hole. When he returned from his alms round he tells Buddha what he had seen. Buddha himself was an accomplished archer so he knew what was and was not difficult. Nowhere does he say it is rare to succeed...