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by justindesilva
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Question about Theravada tradition
Replies: 33
Views: 15782

Re: Question about Theravada tradition

To inquisitive Wesley 82 Good question and In my knowledge a Prince from South india in the 5th century by the name of Bodhidharma travelled to China . After a spiritual confrontation with a then king of China he travelled in China Japan and closet territories. He established the zen (Chan) schools ...
by justindesilva
Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia
Replies: 32
Views: 4761

Re: Urgently seeking jhana teachers in Burma and SE Asia

Hi Mr.Swan The first thing you have already got which is the interest. I can only tell that there are many meditation centres in sri lanka who could help a person in the need of meditation. Please search sri Lankan webs to this effect. May I please tell you that experience in meditation is the best ...
by justindesilva
Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?
Replies: 40
Views: 5451

Re: Can a Sotapanna break the 5 precepts?

Once Lord budda questions from arhant sariputta about the meaning of sota pan a. Arhant Sariputta answers that sota is eight fold path and panna is following. Hence it is my view that a sotapanna is of samma ditthi and hence he will be vigilant to observe the five precepts. Samma Ajiva monitors one ...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana =/# Dhamma - more
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: Nibbana =/# Dhamma - more

I wish to narrate this story about the blind man and an elephant. The blind person tried to visualise and describe the elephant without success.
It is my view that our try to argue on nirvana is similar.
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Where did jaya mangala gatha come from?
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: Where did jaya mangala gatha come from?

To my understanding sutra is from paritta recitations.
It is recited about the handling of opponents by Lord budda when he was attempted to be killed by maras .
This is now recited at weddings as a blessing.
It recites the good against evil.
With maithri thoughts.
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Handling Angry Thoughts/Emotions
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Handling Angry Thoughts/Emotions

Being professional at old age (over 70) I sm compelled to handle situations regarding ownership of lands. Lands are objects which create emotion of possession. I often am confronted by angry clients. Buddhist practise has helped me to overcome such people. And what do I do. 1. I realise that the cli...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Drowning In Dharma, Structured Learning?
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: Drowning In Dharama, Structured Learning?

One will never drown in dharma after finding the depths and widths of dharma. It is so deep and wide. Hence instead of jumping in it is best to start from where Lord budda discussed the dharma from his first sermon. He enlightened his first five disciples who started venturing for truth together. He...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6232
Views: 648321

Re: the great rebirth debate

The argument on 're birth arises if there is a rebirth. But a discussion would be made on 're becoming which is the correct process in samsara . Conditioned by paticca samuppada the energies controlled by kamma pala beings continue in samsara. If we concentrate on only the present earthly life we ca...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: the great rebirth debate
Replies: 6232
Views: 648321

Re: the great rebirth debate

The argument on 're birth arises if there is a rebirth. But a discussion would be made on 're becoming which is the correct process in samsara . Conditioned by paticca samuppada the energies controlled by kamma pala beings continue in samsara. If we concentrate on only the present earthly life we ca...
by justindesilva
Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism and Career
Replies: 15
Views: 2359

Re: Buddhism and Career

Lord Buddha not only preached the monks but he was vigilant about his lay disciples too. Siglovada sutra exposes such an instant when he shows sigalaka the ill effects arising from acts of a professional by 1.destruction of life 2. Stealing 3. Sexual misconduct and adultery 4. Anger 5. Ignorance 6. ...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: How to remove ignorance ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1553

Re: How to remove ignorance ?

Ignorance from my understanding in budda dharma is micca ditthi. We are blidened by lobha (greed and avarice) dosa. A study of abidamma in the way of passa vedana sanna sankara vingnana will guide us to have a better understanding of micca ditthi. All thoughts not governed by lobha, dosa will enligh...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Nibbana. Outside of dhammas?
Replies: 45
Views: 3164

Re: Nibbana. Outside of dhammas?

If nirvana is to be analysed through damma (darma) May I know what is this dharma in reference.
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is knowledge the reason for suffering?
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Re: Is knowledge the reason for suffering?

Hi Rodnas May i answer this briefly. The reason for suffering is ignorance of the four noble truths. It explains that greed Is the prime reason for suffering. The other reasons are avarice and deludion. The best way to understand this is to read "Dhamma cakka pavattana sutta which is in budda.net It...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?
Replies: 23
Views: 2803

Re: What did the Buddha actually teach regarding meditation?

Either for a novice or experienced person in meditation it is my experience that Ana pana sati bhavana is the best. It is simple and easy that even a small child can get to it. I need not elaborate on this as Ana pana sati sutta explains how it brings in the mind of a meditator from nothing to somet...