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by justindesilva
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 39
Views: 1705

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

You find five precepts in other religions as well. Hence observing five precepts alone will not help to become a Sotapanna. In Theistic religions with the faith in an all powerful god the five precepts are based on the ten commandments of the old testament. Those followers obey the rules as command...
by justindesilva
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!
Replies: 39
Views: 1705

Re: SN25.1-10 Good news!! Many of us in this forum are assured stream entry!

The shortest path to Enter the Stream is to observe our thoughts as not me not mine not myself. Then, if there is conditions of 8NP, the Fruit will be realised. The beginning of 8NP to me is five precepts as the first 5 steps of both are either the same or parallel. Next what are the criteria of be...
by justindesilva
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Why birth and death has one to one relationship?
Replies: 14
Views: 527

Re: Why birth and death has one to one relationship?

SarathW wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:08 pm
Why birth and death has one to one relationship?
Why can't we reborn as multiple personalities (more than one person)?
Only the person who is born dies and not anyone else.
by justindesilva
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 24200

Re: Theravada against mathematics

How can one describe meditation , anapana and vipassana with mathematics if Theravada is in line or complies with mathematics. I believe that mathematics can only be applied conventionally and not with absolutes ( Parramatta).
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Results of past karma
Replies: 56
Views: 1778

Re: Results of past karma

Is kamma vipaka or kamma always responsible to whatever that happens to a being , I mean sickness or death or prosperity etc. I have read in a sutta ( which sutta is forgotten by me) about panca niyama damma. Damma or actions that befalls on a being can be due to: Citta niyama ( mind or thoughts) Ut...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Vedana, Sankhara and Phasso in dependent origination
Replies: 21
Views: 742

Re: Vedana, Sankhara and Phasso in dependent origination

Paticca samuppada conditions life from the past to the present - present - and from the present to the future. Past is Avidya paccaya sankara. ( sankara here is activity owing to tanha and upadana from the past bhava. The next consciousness (vingnana) depends on the sankara just mentioned. It is fol...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha teach about mindfulness of your action?
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: Did Buddha teach about mindfulness of your action?

Commercial aspects of farming or fishing either agri or animal farming today is not in keeping with noble eightfold path. But how do you feed the growing population? The commercial institutes of farming is interested in quick money and not damma. If it is necessary one can find more beneficial meth...
by justindesilva
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is nirvana/heaven?
Replies: 48
Views: 1714

Re: What is nirvana/heaven?

not contacting chocolate with your tongue hence you feel nothing, etc Nirvana is also expressed by anidassana , meaning where consciousness has no base. It also means that contact and consciousness does not meet. Vingnana or consciousness can arise in a conditioned state to make way for contact ( p...
by justindesilva
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Did Buddha teach about mindfulness of your action?
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: Did Buddha teach about mindfulness of your action?

Did Buddha teach about mindfulness of your action? For instance, many animals are killed because we eat them. If we do not eat meat or consume less many living will be saved. In regards to right livelihood if we do not invest in industries like Vine growing then no vine will be produced. Because we...
by justindesilva
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 721
Views: 24200

Re:

Your argument doesn't hold, Germann. Satta may be an illusion, but the causal links are real, hence not all possible events are realised. The finite set of possible lives is smaller than the infinite set of past lives. If life is possible and happens naturally or by accident, life has already happe...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Hindu elements in Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 1319

Re: Hindu elements in Buddhism

Thanks for the replies, particularly about Sri Lanka. Since many Buddhists in these countries do so, do you think it is acceptable for Theravada Buddhists to pray to Vishnu, Ganesh or Shiva for, say, a new job, good health etc? Mahayana Buddhists pray to Bodhisattvas like Avalokiteshvara for these ...
by justindesilva
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Book recommendations for teens
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Book recommendations for teens

Does anyone know of any good, comprehensive books on Buddha-Dhamma targeted to the 13-16 age group? I had in mind something like the content of Ven. Bodhi's book "In the Buddha's Words", but uses easier English for younger readers. Thank you. I believe that "Buddhism in a nutshell" by ven Narada th...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Noble Eightfold Path is only for monks not for the household!!
Replies: 86
Views: 2483

Re: Noble Eightfold Path is only for monks not for the household!!

Greetings sentinel, How then this person is consider Noble ? :shrug: They're not. Who said they were? :shrug: Metta, Paul. :) I read in a web of Mahamwnawa, that a prutagjana (putajjana) is one who is prone to do terrible things which leads him to be born in hell or naraka by not understanding the ...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Who are your mother and father?
Replies: 25
Views: 1558

Re: Who are your mother and father?

The following video Ven. Walpola Gotama said that your mother is the person who provided the womb to grow the fetus. This put a great question about the surrogate mother. Video in the Sinhalese language. https://youtu.be/8LgFhrxHSt4?t=1908 @ Chownah This video by rev. Gotama is not about the father...
by justindesilva
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Arahant's suicide
Replies: 200
Views: 5852

Re: Re:

So....someone made up a story about what it says in some Commentary? chownah There is this phrase in Pali. Sarattha-ppakasini Buddhaghosa,s commentary on the Sanyutta-Nikaya edited by F.L.Woodward M.A. Vol.3 p. 267 "sotapanna, sakadagami-anagami-(araha)3-khinasavapi" note "3. VinA. omits" Note: is ...