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by justindesilva
Sun May 17, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Gandhabba ?
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: What is Gandhabba ?

Still, gandhabba seems to mean “being to be born”, regardless of who spoke them. Well, possibly the ancient people believed some type of "being" was transmitted into the female from the male (rather than sperm + ovum); where the female was merely the carrier of that being (however this would be unl...
by justindesilva
Fri May 15, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is Gandhabba ?
Replies: 29
Views: 670

Re: What is Gandhabba ?

Some say it just means “semen” but then the question arises as to why the Buddha didn’t just say the Pali equivalent of semen, like what’s found in the Vinaya? My impression is there is no evidence the Buddha ever spoke MN 38 and MN 93, where the term 'gandhabba' is related to an embryo. These appe...
by justindesilva
Fri May 15, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: Gay and Buddhism

Hello justindesilva, Forgive me if I’ve missed some points. Your post is hard to read. I do think that whether gay, lesbian, hermophrodite in sex all enjoy sensual desires. Among a population at large one may not exhibit the style of sexuality. Yet in Buddhism Lord Buddha emphasized as allowable he...
by justindesilva
Fri May 15, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: Gay and Buddhism

Lastly, does anyone know if there was Arahat gay in Buddha's time? The above would be impossible because an Arahant would not identify with any sex preference or orientation. I think he means "Does anyone know if there was an arhat who was formerly gay as a sexual being before ordaining?" and the a...
by justindesilva
Thu May 14, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Hot Topics
Topic: Gay and Buddhism
Replies: 26
Views: 651

Re: Gay and Buddhism

dylanj I'm not convinced that paṇḍaka doesn't simply refer to homosexual. The problem with that is that “homosexual” is a modern term with a modern understanding. Even assuming that people back then had a concept of “homosexual” like we do, only the monk who was receiving during anal sex is labelle...
by justindesilva
Wed May 13, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does dāna (generosity) imply some level of dependence/commitment?
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Does dāna (generosity) imply some level of dependence/commitment?

Hello friends. I am in a situation which is an opportunity to practice dāna. It made me think about the degree of commitment that it is going to create in my life. I perform other generous acts from my sincere desire to help others, though they don't create a sense of commitment in me, I perform th...
by justindesilva
Tue May 12, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty
Replies: 17
Views: 603

Re: Ajahn Brahm Says The Will is Empty

it is process after process without processor. some people assume intention or desire as processor but its process. ven.nagarjuna said it very clearly. Well said thank you.🙏 The total process of samsara is a cosmic and universal process taken as a whole. Beings are a micro cosmic process been a par...
by justindesilva
Thu May 07, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: AN 10:61: The importance of having a sangha and avoiding non-Buddhists
Replies: 36
Views: 752

Re: AN 10:61: The importance of having a sangha and avoiding non-Buddhists

Interesting that the sutta refers to those of non-integrity while the title of the thread refers to non-Buddhists. Hmm, what to make of that? If today we wish to associate with real knowledge of dhamma, then we can never do it. But as said in kalara sutta we can find wise to associate and follow , ...
by justindesilva
Wed May 06, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advice needed: what not to do when observing 8 precepts
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Advice needed: what not to do when observing 8 precepts

During these days I try to observe the 8 precepts as much as possible. But it's quite hard to focus just on dhamma practice and meditation for the entire day since I'm a student and I have so much of projects and work I need to finish every day. And this is probably the only time I will get to prac...
by justindesilva
Wed May 06, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Advice needed: what not to do when observing 8 precepts
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Advice needed: what not to do when observing 8 precepts

During these days I try to observe the 8 precepts as much as possible. But it's quite hard to focus just on dhamma practice and meditation for the entire day since I'm a student and I have so much of projects and work I need to finish every day. And this is probably the only time I will get to prac...
by justindesilva
Wed May 06, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 25
Views: 627

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

Would it be appropriate to think of citta as desire that can be wholesome or unwholesome? Citta could be the noun ( eg. Alaya citta) and described as 52 concomitants. Wholesome and unwholesome are included in cetasika, 52 in all, 13 Universals(. Common to all) 14 immorals ,klesha, ( unwholesome) & ...
by justindesilva
Tue May 05, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2208

Re: Why the Buddha never forbade suicide ?

I am baffled why the Buddha never forbade people from committing suicide ? He laid down precepts in which not allowing to kill other people (including animals) yet not including killing own life ? Isn't this is something illogical ? There was the case of a particular monk who, having reached the do...
by justindesilva
Tue May 05, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?
Replies: 25
Views: 627

Re: Why is citta not an aggregate or niddana?

How come they get translated differently if they are synonyms? I usually see vinnana translated as consciousness or awareness and citta nearly always as mind? But don’t think I have ever see the reverse translations used for these words (I.e vinnana as mind and citta and consciousness) An aggregate...
by justindesilva
Mon May 04, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...
Replies: 98
Views: 1939

Re: So Nagarjuna purportedly demonstrated that arising and ceasing do not occur, ever...

And since many (most?) Believe that his teachings apply to Theravada, then this question is quite relevant: What possible reason could there be to practice Buddhism if Nagarjuna is correct and arising and ceasing do not ever occur? If no arising nor ceasing occur then the twelve links are meaningle...
by justindesilva
Mon May 04, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation duration
Replies: 19
Views: 659

Re: Meditation duration

Increase duration? Just prolong it. Maybe you are actually referring to the hindrances for right concentation? These are: sensual desire ill-will sloth and drowsiness restlessness and worry doubt I mean i can't continue beyond certain point. Just get stuck there. This is common in meditation. The b...