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by zan
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have some serious questions about the Dhamma but...
Replies: 13
Views: 935

I have some serious questions about the Dhamma but...

Edit: more than likely my questions amount to no more than pointless chatter and would have no effect on anyone. I understand this but it does not assuade my worry. End edit. I am concerned that my confusion is so ridiculous that if I post them publicly they may confuse other people! The only people...
by zan
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Choice
Replies: 29
Views: 2240

Choice

I know in the Mahayana schools they generally teach that nirvana is a choice. They teach three paths that one can decide to use, first to reach nirvana and then stay around for as long as they like to help others without entering parinirvana, second that one could help others along with oneself to r...
by zan
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on "Manual of Insight"
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Re: Questions on "Manual of Insight"

The way I read this passage is as follows: The correct definition of ultimate reality (which includes all four realities) is: It can be personally experienced It is immutable It is really existing Some people believe the definition is: It is eternal It is unchanging The author says that this confus...
by zan
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

No problem with including web site reference. The various Buddhist traditions have a lot more in common than we think. Serious Mahayanist practitioners would spend time to learn the Agamas, considered a parallel version to the Pali Canon. Even the Tibetan tradition would have something similar to a...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Questions on "Manual of Insight"
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Questions on "Manual of Insight"

Edit: I read on and he does clarify that "Among the ultimate realities, nibbana is called an unconditioned reality (asankhataparamattha). it is subject to nothing and does not arise and disappear, and so it is said to be permanent (nicca) and stable (dhuva). All the other ultimate realities are cond...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Where does The Buddha actually state what he learned from Alara Kalama and...
Replies: 7
Views: 1786

Where does The Buddha actually state what he learned from Alara Kalama and...

Where does The Buddha actually say what he learned from Alara Kalama and Udakka Ramaputa? I know he says that Alara taught him the sphere of nothingness but did he state that he was also taught the first four jhanas and the sphere of infinite space and infinite consciousness? If he didn't state that...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please give exhaustive definitions of some Pali words?
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: Could someone please give exhaustive definitions of some Pali words?

Hi Zan, This dictionary is useful for this kind of thing: https://what-buddha-said.net/library/Buddhist.Dictionary/dic3_i.htm#indriya Also, Bhikkhu Bodhi's introductions to the Majjhina Nikaya and Samyutta Nikaya has extensive discussions of how he translated certain terms, with references to parti...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

Well I'd say it is a great idea yeah, as long as the website you're linking doesn't interpret the Canon in wrong ways! (There is no "innocent" intention; even if you do not display your opinion, the action of writing the link to a website carries intentional (kammic) weight, if you were to 'just li...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

I appreciate all your points and ideas, thank you. What exactly do you mean by "But driving people towards a dead-end"? Basically teaching wrong views, what is not true Dhamma, and so forth. The magnitude of the kamma of doing so then depends on your influence (from our point of view as randoms, it...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Could someone please give exhaustive definitions of some Pali words?
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Could someone please give exhaustive definitions of some Pali words?

Apologies for not knowing for certain the actual Pali words for all of them. I am interested in finding the most exhaustive possible definitions for some Pali words but in English, context references would be great too if possible. For example if a word has more than one meaning if there could be al...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

This is a really interesting question and situation, I've been quite in a similar situation recently, and the call I made was to freely offer all the books I had either to people I knew, or people here on this forum. I am in a very different situation though since I wasn't in financial need when I ...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

I think you'll find most monasteries have a library of sorts (at least those where english is mostly spoken) and it contains among other things an extensive collection of Mahayana books, or books about other paths. Most western monks I've come across are quite well read, nothing wrong with that as ...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

I think you'll find most monasteries have a library of sorts (at least those where english is mostly spoken) and it contains among other things an extensive collection of Mahayana books, or books about other paths. Most western monks I've come across are quite well read, nothing wrong with that as ...
by zan
Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:01 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?
Replies: 17
Views: 1477

Re: What is the general stance of monastics on advising the laity in regard to Mahayana books?

Is there any reason to include a book mark or something with each book that would direct the person to the Pali Canon? Or is this a confused view caused by my own opinions? I have received multiple books from different stores that have a book mark directing one in some way included with books that a...