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by lostitude
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Theravada and Jung
Replies: 41
Views: 2031

Re: Theravada and Jung

Chinese is my first language and I have seen discussion in the Chinese circle online. Cross reference it with the nikaya, the only meaning for hua will be luminosity, it has nothing to do with flower. Also, see kasina as in light, extending the light, bright and clean light, wrapping up in a white ...
by lostitude
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Theravada is a later sect?
Replies: 55
Views: 5764

Re: Theravada is a later sect?

Hello, sorry if this is a bit off-topic, but: 4. Out of compassion for created beings , in order to establish the Faith for a long time, he made, after the lapse of three months, when the fourth month and the second beginning of the Vassa ^) had arrived, the collection of the Dhamma. What is the par...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 8312

Re: was jesus an arahant

Dhammomhi wrote:i don't want to make a whole new topic for this; i just wondered if someone could point me to a (theravada) buddhist view of the prophet muhammad?
Really? Muhammad was 7th century AD.
by lostitude
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: was jesus an arahant
Replies: 130
Views: 8312

Re: was jesus an arahant

If we want to call Jesus a "Buddha" we then have to argue that either a) Christians do not have the original teachings of Jesus, or have them poorly preserved (Christian textual criticism is a very well-established field, this would not be a fruitful avenue of critique) It reminds me of how Muslims...
by lostitude
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

You could not possibly question the truthfulness of those experiences but, given time, you did. The experiences were not so far beyond doubt after all, in that you now consider them to be figments of your imagination. But at the time they weren't, that' the thing. I was absolutely sure they were re...
by lostitude
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

And as I know of no canonical record of people doubting the veracity of their past-life experiences, it would appear to be the case that if and when this arises, one just knows it as the truth rather than a subjective interpretation. But here's the thing: I used to be a Muslim, and I had several vi...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

Why was it felt that a beginner would not be able to reach any satisfactory result through practice unless he hears about all the beliefs/dogma surrounding buddhism? And even setting aside devas and other worlds and the like, why tell the student, from day one, that identifying with a sense of self...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

actually there are many suttas & many teachings which say to check, to see by yourself. Sure, but they invite you to verify that what you're being presented as true, is really true. Which is a pretty powerful way of letting the listener think 'wow the Buddha really was confident in his message, he ...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

I don't think this is the case at all. Many of the Christians I know have bad experiences which test or knock their faith; they don't make steady progress, and many give up altogether. Sure, but those who have a good grounding in their faith never suddenly start having visions about a deity that do...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A fitting new member of the Sangha?
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: A fitting new member of the Sangha?

binocular wrote:
lostitude wrote:Why speak about 'belief' when what ultimately matters is experience?
That's for the OP to decide.
Is it really? Belief without experience can lead to the goal?
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A fitting new member of the Sangha?
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: A fitting new member of the Sangha?

I know, nevertheless, that humans, tend to rush in, and I don't want to abandon if I start the path towards ordination, or even disrobe later. Why? What would be wrong with that, and why would it be shameful as you say in another post? It has happened to many monks, some of them are even well-known...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A fitting new member of the Sangha?
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: A fitting new member of the Sangha?

If you are aware that there are significant discrepancies between what you believe and what Buddhists believe, then how can you imagine yourself "understanding the Dhamma properly"? If you are aware that there are significant discrepancies between what you believe and what Buddhists believe, then h...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Why should practice be framed by ready-made answers?

Hello, I keep wondering why buddhist practice is so full of 'spoilers' that most of us keep talking about stages of spiritual progression that we haven't gotten even close to yet. Why was it felt that a beginner would not be able to reach any satisfactory result through practice unless he hears abou...
by lostitude
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Regression
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Regression

This probably won't be hepful, or it will be known to you already, but something I find really useful when I get bored is to remember that I really have nothing better to do. Maybe you could ask yourself what it is that you'd rather do instead of boring meditation, and you will probably remember tha...
by lostitude
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Impulsive people and meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 3205

Re: Impulsive people and meditation

Especially when a practice of inward-looking is suggested. I would expect that most people would be very resiastant to it in most settings and with most people, especially in any medical or medical-like setting. That seems natural, as inward-looking should be reserved for privacy and for people wit...