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by TRobinson465
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: What is the origin of Abhidhamma?
Replies: 5
Views: 8492

Re: What is the origin of Abhidhamma?

It depends, classically in Theravada its believed the Buddha taught it to devas when he was spending his vassa in tavatimsa, he then came down to earth each day and taught it to Ven. Sariputta who organized it into its traditional form. Many modern scholars believe it was a later addition however, d...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Buddha after prophecy
Replies: 7
Views: 5400

Buddha after prophecy

Hello, I remember learning that once a bodhisattva receives an official prediction from a Buddha that they will become a buddha (as our Lord Gautama Buddha did as a bodhisattva in the time of the Lord Dipankara Buddha), they will be guaranteed to not be reborn as a series of things ever again. Does ...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can't the Buddha actaullay see the beginning of someone's samsara?
Replies: 8
Views: 5350

Re: Can't the Buddha actaullay see the beginning of someone's samsara?

^Yes the response above is basically what i was trying to say.
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Can't the Buddha actaullay see the beginning of someone's samsara?
Replies: 8
Views: 5350

Re: Can't the Buddha actaullay see the beginning of someone's samsara?

He doesnt say he can't see, he says there is no known (or in some translations ive read, i think they use no fathomable or no construable) beginning. there is a difference between "i dont know" and there is "no known". It appears the sutta is saying there either isnt a known beginning at all or that...
by TRobinson465
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abrahmacariya
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Abrahmacariya

abrahmacariya is the third precept when you are on 8 precepts. So adultery isn't required to break the precept if you are on 8.
by TRobinson465
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Abrahmacariya
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Abrahmacariya

Technical question: What, specifically, constitutes a break of the precept (3rd of 8 precepts), "Abrahmacariya sikkhapadam samadiyami"? How do you know when this precept has been broken? Obviously, any kind of sexual intercourse breaks the precept, and I assume that masturbation and any other kind ...
by TRobinson465
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?
Replies: 134
Views: 41913

Re: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?

No, that's not what I said or meant. Buddhist teachings include individual responsibility, kamma, hard work, honest Right Livelihoods and other things which might be associated with entrepreneurship, numerous donors to the Sangha who worked in businesses, banking, etc (with no complaints from the B...
by TRobinson465
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: who is the god of israel
Replies: 28
Views: 19799

Re: who is the god of israel

I would say the god of isreal is not much different than the gods of Egypt or the gods of the aztecs or greeks or Mesopotamians. Only difference between the god of isreal and the gods of egypt is it is the god of the people who lived in isreal rather than Egypt.
by TRobinson465
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?
Replies: 134
Views: 41913

Re: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?

In my opinion you are making a bit of a jump suggesting that the Buddha endorses a "center-right approach". Doesn't he just encourage compassion and responsibility and being a good person within the prevailing society? Yes, of course left-right terms didn't exist back then because Marx wasn't aroun...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Law of atraction and kamma
Replies: 13
Views: 6088

Re: Law of atraction and kamma

Namaste i want to know your opinion about the theory of the secret or the law of attraction, it seems that the real law of attraction is kamma, but in that theory people seems to have results. In theory what they say is that if you stop thinking bad things you wont attract bad things to yourself (w...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?
Replies: 134
Views: 41913

Re: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?

Also. Wasnt Margaret Thatcher the one who said poverty is a "personality defect"?. And I dont think she meant a personality defect from a previous life.
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?
Replies: 134
Views: 41913

Re: Is Buddhism Left or Right leaning?

I would argue left since polls generally indicate left leaning ppl are attracted to it, at least in the west. Also The Kutadanta sutta and Cakkavatti sutta both promote the idea of the government reducing crime by taking an active role in reducing poverty, not exactly a bootstrap philosophy. althoug...
by TRobinson465
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: devadatta and brahma?
Replies: 20
Views: 7414

Re: devadatta and brahma?

devadatta got his mundane powers from jhana and meditation in this case he should be reborn in brahma world for his jhana and then in avicii for his bad activities but he went to avici now immediatly.. what happened to his jhana rebirth karma? isnt it should manifest first ? On the contrary i think...
by TRobinson465
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: bad karma
Replies: 80
Views: 4210

Re: bad karma

If you think you're bad luck then in this current kappa, there is one another Buddha, Metteyya will arise in future. Once this last chance is gone, it will be a very long time until another Buddha comes. This kappa is an extremely lucky, as we have 5 Buddhas, the maximum number in a kappa. Most kap...
by TRobinson465
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: bad karma
Replies: 80
Views: 4210

Re: bad karma

i think we are having one sharp bad karma that we are not born in buddhas time (just 2500 years ago) I dont think its necessarily bad karma, but possibly a lack of merit/good karma. But ultimately i think it can be either way. If you are born in the time of the buddha but was born in Japan or afric...