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by Stephen18
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away
Replies: 8
Views: 3643

Re: May dates of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and passing away

The Buddha was born 566BC, attained Enlightenment 531BC, and passed away in 484BC. Just for your information. (Yes he died at the age of 82. Don't worry about how I know this. It's true.)
by Stephen18
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing
Replies: 2
Views: 1043

Do the suttas mention the Buddha laughing

They mention him smiling on certain pertinent occasions, but what about laughing?

Teachers like Ajahn Chah would laugh a lot sometimes.
by Stephen18
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path
Replies: 0
Views: 613

Five basic personal qualities that are prerequsities for the Path

To succeed in Buddhist practice (and in life), one needs certain basic qualities and traits, which serve as a foundation for the development of higher and deeper qualities. For example, first of all, you need honesty and sincerity - acceptance of truth - whether of your current state or whether the ...
by Stephen18
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

:thumbsup: I like it. The only thing I'd change (for me) would be that #9 "Teaching, instructing, helping and caring for others" would come earlier or perhaps mentioned that it can be simultaneous with earlier stages. One need not wait until full enlightenment before helping and caring for others. ...
by Stephen18
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

On seconds thoughts, I can see the possibility of inserting two further important stages, namely, Right View (in between #5 and #6) and "Letting go of, abandoning, eliminating and overcoming all defilements, taints, fetters, etc." in between #7 and #8 (though these happen gradually, and in stages th...
by Stephen18
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey
Replies: 4
Views: 545

The Ten Stages of the Buddhist journey

All we need to do to achieve a certain goal is two things: gain the theoretical and practical knowledge through learning and then put that knowledge into practice through effort. The result will be the attainment of our original goal. The Buddha summarised this into the threefold division of the Dha...
by Stephen18
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Dukkha
Replies: 22
Views: 4376

Re: Dukkha

I think that's supposed to happen. What you mean by "disgust" might also be rendered "revulsion" or "disenchantment", nibbidā . If you see this page which provides translations for nibbidā, it also mentions "disgust with worldly life." In vipassanā it's one of the sixteen stages, and it refers to re...
by Stephen18
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Phew. I finished the sutta. More than 7 hours did it take me. Last two times I read it (back in 2007 and ca. 2012), it took me about 5 hours, but today I also had breaks and a few other extraneous things to attend to. I was also more attentive while reading it and enjoyed it more than before. It is ...
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?
Replies: 28
Views: 3125

Re: Which is the most important precept to get right for the Noble Path?

Well, the Noble Eightfold Path begins with Right view. Right view is a facet of wisdom, and wisdom is knowing, seeing and understanding truth. So truthfulness and honesty, and the acknowledgement and appreciation of truth is a prerequisite, or what you first need, before you start practicing the Nob...
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

I am reading DN 16 now, and I saw Sāriputta mentioned therein (declaring his bull's statement that there has never been, will be nor is now anyone greater than the Buddha), and I was like "Wait a minute, didn't Sāriputta die long before the Buddha's last journey?". In DN 16, he is mentioned precise...
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Thanks heaps, perkele!
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

Nicolas wrote: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:29 pm
Stiphan wrote: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
But the Lord, as swiftly as a strong man might stretch out his flexed arm or flex it again, vanished from this side of the Ganges and reappeared with his order of monks on the other shore.
Did the Buddha and the monks teleport themselves?
Yes.
Awesome!
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Re: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

And by the way, I just came to this (at 1.33): And then the Lord came to the River Ganges. And just then, the river was so full that a crow could drink out of it. And some people were looking for a boat, and some were looking for a raft, and some were binding together a raft of reeds to get to the o...
by Stephen18
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?
Replies: 14
Views: 2722

Sāriputta in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta?

I am reading DN 16 now, and I saw Sāriputta mentioned therein (declaring his bull's statement that there has never been, will be nor is now anyone greater than the Buddha), and I was like "Wait a minute, didn't Sāriputta die long before the Buddha's last journey?". In DN 16, he is mentioned precisel...
by Stephen18
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?
Replies: 110
Views: 10146

Re: Is hatred always bad, if you hate what should be hated?

I don't know if this classifies as "hatred", but the Buddha has this to say about certain psychic powers in the Kevaṭṭa Sutta [aka Kevaḍḍha Sutta]:

‘And that is why, Kevaddha, seeing the danger of such miracles, I dislike, reject and despise them.
-DN 11 / D I 213