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by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

People recite "Itipiso Bhagava" etc in prayer position. But I do not consider it is prayer it is a recollection. For people don't know dhamma is a kind of prayer . I think it is a form of meditation not a prayer. In prayer, you ask something or some help from God. Not necessarily , anyone can pray ...
by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

I knew a nuns which had 4th stage cancer , terminally ill and doctors said she could not survive more than few months . Not only that , her body has several type of cancers . However , she prays and prostrate to the Buddha everyday and decided to dedicate her life to spread dhamma until she dies . ...
by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

More often than not I end up praying to the Buddha. Is that wrong practice? I know the Buddha said Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no external refuge; with the Dhamma as your island, the Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge. Mahāparinibbāṇa ...
by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

You pray because you have doubts and uncertainty. Doubt is one of the hindrances. Doubt in Dhamma is a hindrance. I do not have that. I doubt if I am saving enough for my old age. That is not a hindrance. :namaste: The problem is the dhamma encourages you to abandon greed which end up you are passi...
by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

The Buddha is dead and gone, parinibbana'd. But maybe someone else might hear your prayers, and could help you. There are many many powerful beings in higher realms. I know but sometimes I like to believe in Dhammakaya and .. that Buddha(s) still exists somewhere .. not as we know of them but their...
by sentinel
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?
Replies: 104
Views: 3906

Re: Is it wrong to pray to the Buddha?

SarathW wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:25 am
People recite "Itipiso Bhagava" etc in prayer position.
But I do not consider it is prayer it is a recollection.
For people don't know dhamma is a kind of prayer .
by sentinel
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5th link in dependent origination
Replies: 23
Views: 1005

Re: 5th link in dependent origination

because the six senses are mind body also ? Just like consciousness conditions the namarupa (body mind) not making sense . They're certainly related but there's a sequence of operation between them. Ven. Bodhi's explanation from "Connected Discourses": Because of: (i) ignorance (avijj›), lack of di...
by sentinel
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5th link in dependent origination
Replies: 23
Views: 1005

Re: 5th link in dependent origination

How can saḷāyatanaṃ be a condition for contact if there are no external āyatana? āyatana neuter (& m.) sphere of perception, the sense-organs (including mind) and their objects. These āyatanāni (relations, functions reciprocalities) are thus divided into two groups, inner (ajjhattikāni) and outer (...
by sentinel
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: 5th link in dependent origination
Replies: 23
Views: 1005

5th link in dependent origination

Greetings again ,

Does the term salayatana in the 5th link of dependent origination mean both
the six internal and external sense bases ie the six sense faculties and their objects ?
Or the 5th link in dependent origination refer only to 6 internal base (sense organ) ?

Thanks .
by sentinel
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seven Factors of Awakening
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Seven Factors of Awakening

So , how does the factor of equanimity lead you or get you to attain enlightenment/liberation ? I can't offer you an explanation based on personal experience but going off the suttas it seems that equanimity is perfected by the attainment of the 4th jhana, which is also the culmination of samma-sam...
by sentinel
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seven Factors of Awakening
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Seven Factors of Awakening

Concentration is a tranquility factor: “Though right concentration claims the last place among the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path, concentration itself does not mark the path's culmination. The attainment of concentration makes the mind still and steady, unifies its concomitants, opens vast vi...
by sentinel
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist
Replies: 127
Views: 9994

Re: On U.G. Krishnamurti:The Dharma Seals Of A Non-Buddhist

No we have not .. but having seen quite a few of his videos .. they seem to go like this chownah - Hi Guru I am chownah. Indian Guru/mystic/philosopher - Are you chownah? How do you know you are chownah? chownah - Because my parents named me chownah and my passport says so. Indian Guru/mystic/philo...
by sentinel
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seven Factors of Awakening
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Seven Factors of Awakening

Of the factors of enlightenment, some relate to tranquility and some to insight. Just as a surgeon cannot successfully operate unless the patient is anaesthetised, so insight needs a foundation of tranquility to enable seeing the way the defilements are entwined in perception, and to remove them. B...
by sentinel
Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Seven Factors of Awakening
Replies: 27
Views: 1192

Re: Seven Factors of Awakening

In the early stage of practice, the hindrances and the seven factors of enlightenment require special attention: “The five hindrances and seven factors of enlightenment require special attention because they are the principal impediments and aids to liberation. The hindrances — sensual desire, ill ...
by sentinel
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What does it mean by bodily witness ?
Replies: 12
Views: 615

Re: What does it mean by bodily witness ?

James tan, Nyanatiloka's dictionary is a great reference you can find it here: https://what-buddha-said.net/library/Buddhist.Dictionary/index_dict.n2.htm Its got stuff like "Body-witness: kāya-sakkhi." with a link which directs you to: Kāya-sakkhi: 'body-witness', is one of the 7 Noble Disciples se...