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by TRobinson465
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Non-English Resources
Topic: Is Sotapanna a fixed state?
Replies: 52
Views: 2725

Re: Sotapanna is not a fixed state!!

Well, i guess you could argue that the title is technically correct. Sotapanna isnt a 'fixed' state becuase you can go from the state of sotapanna to the state of arahant like ananda did.
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka

Does anyone know of a temple/monastery in Sri Lanka or Thailand that offers short-term ordination (30 days or less)? Oh, word of advice. If you don't wanna try out IDOP just search for other temples in Thailand. I heard in Sri Lanka there is this cultural thing where disrobing is dishonorable and i...
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: Short-term ordination in Thailand or Sri Lanka

I have come across IDOP (at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya); however, from my research online, it doesn't seem to be a serious program (no primary sutta study) and is a bit too commercial. Wat Pah Nanachat, on the other hand, looks like a better match but does not do short term ordinations. Hello, I have ...
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: What alphabet did the earliest written Pali texts use?
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: What alphabet did the earliest written Pali texts use?

dpcalder wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:32 am
Devangari, Sinhalese, etc.?
i heard the pali canon was actually written in sri lankan language (Sinhala?) phonetics. so pali, but using sri lankan script to sound it out.
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

The lotus represents the buddha having risen up from the mud (samsara) to the clear water where he bloomed (attained awakening) and the fire represents release from samsara ("nibanna" is the word used when a flame is extinguished). I just made this up. I am probably completely wrong. I have another...
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Original meaning of Vipassana
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Original meaning of Vipassana

Hello, So what do you guys think the original meaning of "Vipassana" was? I have great respect for Vipassana movement leaders like Goenka who did a lot to popularize Buddhist meditation, but from my understanding the idea that the original meaning of Vipassana is a meditation technique where you obs...
by TRobinson465
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

It might be from that time he subdued the angry Naga in Uruvela Kassapa's shrine. One time the Buddha used essentially samādhi as flames to deflect the flames that an angry Naga tried to fling at him and it let loose a glowing flaming aura that just turned the Naga into a harmless snake and he just...
by TRobinson465
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

https://www.thailandamulets.com/showRoom.php?cate=32&scate=100 Is what surrounds the head (and even the body) of this type of image intended to be flame? i just thought that was an aura (as a way to show holiness like the halo in the west). but even then there is a flame on top of the Buddha's turb...
by TRobinson465
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

Iconographically the flame is just an alternative way of representing the unhīsa (= Skt. uṣṇiṣa ), the turban-like protuberance that's the last of the 32 marks of a great man. I can see how the turban could evolve over time, but im more interested in why a flame or lotus. Id imagine they represent ...
by TRobinson465
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

The lotus represents the buddha having risen up from the mud (samsara) to the clear water where he bloomed (attained awakening) and the fire represents release from samsara ("nibanna" is the word used when a flame is extinguished). I just made this up. I am probably completely wrong. I have another...
by TRobinson465
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

It would be nice if TRobinson465 (the OP) would bring some images of what he has seen.....so far I haven't run into a lotus on the buddha's head and would like to see one if that is possible..... chownah I've also found the flame to be the more common one, but i see lotus or at least a flame that l...
by TRobinson465
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Fire/Lotus buds on Buddha statues

Hello all, I'm sure most of you are familiar with traditional theravada Buddha statues having flames/lotus buds on top of the Buddha's head. Does anyone know any sources on the history/reason for this? I am not talking about the protrusion, im talking about the flame and sometimes lotus bud that app...
by TRobinson465
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How was it technically verified in Theravada?
Replies: 31
Views: 1377

Re: How was it technically verified in Theravada?

I think only the Buddha knew. Even Ananda had to prove he was an arahant by levitating to the first council. Unless that was just a formality or something.
by TRobinson465
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Morning and Evening Chanting
Replies: 0
Views: 768

Morning and Evening Chanting

Hello Dhamma community, I was told a while ago that the morning and evening chanting done in Thai temples was created from several suttas a Thai monk put together hundreds of years ago. This would actually make sense since the chanting actually varies between temples within thailand sometimes. This ...
by TRobinson465
Mon May 06, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika
Replies: 24
Views: 5762

Re: Mahanikaya vs Dhammayuttika

Friend, It is not allowed to eat two meals but one can eat a portion of the meal at a later time: https://www.wisdompubs.org/book/middle-length-discourses-buddha/selections/middle-length-discourses-65-bhaddali-sutta Not two meals but one meal in two portions, friend. I have also seen monks complete...